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Butler Automatic's enhanced sensor cuts plastic waste

US equipment producer Butler Automatic has developed an enhanced sensor for its film splicer machine, a feature that could cut packaging waste, the company claims.

IBM and Walmart use blockchain technology to track China’s pork

US technology and retail giants IBM and Walmart, alongside Beijing’s Tsinghua University, will put Chinese pork on a blockchain in a move to bolster food safety and traceability. 

Vermont Smoke & Cure launches exclusive sausage flavours

US sausage supremo Vermont Smoke & Cure has linked up with local businesses Citizen Cider and Jasper Hill Farm to launch five-strong line of flavoursome craft pork bangers. 

Smithfield meat plants roar to life after ‘severe’ Hurricane Matthew

Smithfield Foods’ meat processing factories and farms in North Carolina, US, have returned to full operation following widespread flooding and damage caused by Hurricane Matthew. 

Europe’s China-bound pork exports set to fall

Analysts warn Europe’s share of lucrative pork exports to China will fall as competition from the Americas - driven by Canada's drug-free pig herd - puts pressure on EU trade....

UN adopts ‘groundbreaking’ animal welfare policies

The United Nations has adopted what one NGO described as “groundbreaking” policy recommendations, placing animal welfare concerns at the heart of global farming.

Baby food provides most protein in Russia

Russia consumed more baby food per capita than it did meat in 2015, according to London-based data analyst firm Euromonitor International.

Contamination sparks Tyson Foods popcorn chicken recall

Tyson Foods has recalled over 1,000 pounds (lb) of frozen popcorn chicken shipped to one US wholesaler after a school found hard plastic in packaging of the product.

Michigan Turkey Producers to recall produce due to contamination

US poultry firm Michigan Turkey Producers, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is recalling approximately 54,011 pounds of turkey breast products. 

‘Honest mistake’ sparks pig fat recall

A labelling mistake by the owner of Chicharonnes J&J has sparked a recall of 2,064 pounds (lb) of rendered animal fat products in the US.

Duckling’s head torn off in PETA video

An undercover video has unearthed abhorrent animal abuse at a meat factory in the US, where a baby duck’s head is ripped off and workers smash ducks into brick walls....

America’s number one pig farmer named

South Dakota-based pork producer Brad Greenway has been crowned America’s Pig Farmer of the Year, for his efforts to put a face on modern pigmeat production.

Sales double for Israeli firm’s sodium reduction agent

Ingredients manufacturer Salt of the Earth has reported a 100% increase in sales of its sodium reduction solutions up to the first half of 2016.

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Essentia launches antibiotic-free poultry proteins

Savoury food and sports nutrition processors can now access chicken- and turkey-based protein, which is guaranteed to be free from antibiotics, thanks to Essentia Protein Solutions.

Tick bites spark deadly allergic reactions to meat

Experts warn that tick bites are leading to a worrying number of people developing lethal allergic reactions to red meat, with Australia and America most at risk.

Young parents targeted in US beef campaign

US state beef councils are orchestrating a major beef campaign to encourage young parents to cook more beef for their children.

Good news in ‘tough year’ for US meat exports

The US enjoyed its highest-ever pig meat exports for August as the value of trade increased by nearly a fifth, driven by improvements in Mexico and rapid year-long growth in...

KFC welfare standards slammed in report

For the fourth year in row, Yum Brands ranked second lowest in the Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW), a performance that World Animal Protection slammed as “unacceptable”.

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CSP promises 'new standard' in odour fix

Alabama packaging solutions firm CSP Technologies has backed its Pharmapuck scavenging device to “set a new industry standard” to fix fetid odours and increase the shelf-life of packaged food products.

JBT Corp to acquire Tipper Tie for $160m

JBT Corporation (JBT) has signed a definitive agreement to take over meat processing and packaging machinery manufacturer Tipper Tie for $160m.

Cargill profit up by 66% in ‘strong’ quarter

Global agri-food corporation Cargill has reported a formidable 66% rise in net profit for the first quarter of the fiscal year.

Wellard revenue dented by Asia’s reluctance to buy cattle at higher price

Revenue for Australia’s largest cattle exporter Wellard was “significantly impacted” by a difficulty to pass on higher livestock prices to Asian clients.

Thai Union pays $46m for final stake in Tri-Union Frozen Products

Thailand’s seafood producer Thai Union has bought out the remaining 18% stake in its US subsidiary Tri-Union Frozen Products (TUFP) for a fee of over $46m.

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Tyson Foods investment creates 350 US jobs

Tyson Foods will invest $27m to expand production output at its beef and pork processing plant in Iowa, US, leading to the creation of 350 jobs.

Caviness Beef Packers recalls meat over E.coli link

Texas meat processor Caviness Beef Packers has recalled close to a tonne of boneless beef products that US health officials fear could be contaminated with E. coli.