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Smithfield Foods to build new sausage plant

Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork processor, has announced its intention to construct a $44.8 million sausage plant in a joint venture with Kansas City Sausage.

Hormel Foods to acquire Applegate Farms

Hormel Foods is to acquire Applegate Farms, the number one natural and organic prepared meats brand in the US.

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Countdown to World Pork Expo begins

Delegates with links to the pork industry are preparing to travel to Des Moines, Iowa, for the World Pork Expo, being held on 3-4 June.

Walmart urges suppliers to cut use of livestock antibiotics

US retail giant Walmart Stores is urging its meat, dairy, seafood and egg suppliers to cut back on the use of antibiotics in their livestock, making it the first multiple...

US meat industry rises to export challenge

The US meat industry remains upbeat about the prospects for exporting its beef, lamb and pork, despite facing a number of hurdles in the past year.

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US salmonella and campylobacter rates on the up

There has been a slight increase in the number of raw meat and poultry products infected by salmonella and campylobacter in the US, according to the latest US Department of...

Pressure piles on US to scrap COOL rules as American WTO appeal fails

Canadian meat industry officials and politicians have redoubled their calls for the US to liberalise its country of origin labelling (COOL) rules for meat and livestock, now the World Trade...

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Hormel Foods predicts turkey sales fall

Hormel Foods said it expected sales of its turkey products to fall around 15% in the second half of the year, due to a supply shortfall caused by an avian...

Encouraging cattle weights seen in US

Cattle numbers in the US are on the up, but beef exports are continuing to be dragged down by a strong US dollar and high domestic beef prices, according to...

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Legislation introduced to repeal US COOL rule

The US country-of-origin labelling (COOL) requirement could be repealed after legislation (H.R 2393) was introduced by chairman of the House Agriculture Committee Mike Conaway.

WTO rejects US’ arguments in country-of-origin labelling case

The World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Appellate Body yesterday (18 May) ruled against the US’ country-of-origin labelling (COOL) requirements for meat, prompting more fears over retaliatory measures.

Concerns over spread of US bird flu

Reported cases of avian influenza in the US have now reached 156 in the past six months, making the current situation the most extensive outbreak of the disease ever reported...

Brazilian fresh beef exports to US move ever closer

Brazil could soon be exporting fresh meat to the USA, the chief executive of Brazilian meat processor JBS said this week.

Tariff warning from USMEF over COOL

Canada and Mexico could realistically impose retaliatory tariffs on the import of US meat, the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) has warned, depending on the outcome of a World Trade...

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US halal market offers increasing opportunities

American lamb and sheep meat producers are focusing on the growing US halal market to grow their business.

New beef labelling laws to be introduced in US

New rules governing the labelling of mechanically tenderised beef are to be introduced in the US. Consumers and foodservice businesses will now be given more information about how to safely...

Smithfield Foods tops table in water management report

Global meat producer Smithfield Foods has gained the highest ranking in terms of water management, among leading meat companies, according to a new report by business sustainability organisation Ceres.

COOL rule causes ‘significant damage’ to US meat industry

Mandatory country of origin labelling (MCOOL) in the US has caused "substantial economic damage" to both the meat industry and consumers, a damning new report has claimed.

US red meat exports see solid March

US exports of pork and beef are starting to regain momentum, according to the latest figures from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United States Meat Export...

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Ecuador latest to impose nationwide ban on US poultry

The Ecuadorian agricultural authority Agrocalidad has banned all imports of live foul, poultry meat and poultry products, as well as genetic material, including chicks and hatching eggs, from the US,...

Pig and poultry meat to push up global production

World meat production is expected to increase by 1.3% this year, to 318.7 million tonnes (mt) according to the new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United...

US pork producers continue to press on dietary guidelines

The US Pork Checkoff and the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) have submitted additional comments to US secretaries in a bid to change the outcome of the USDA’s 2015 Dietary...

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Fewer cases of salmonella found in US chicken plants

Cases of salmonella found in chicken plants in the US have reduced, the latest test results have revealed.

$330m of emergency funds added to avian influenza support

The US government has approved the use of $330 million in emergency funds to help combat the growing avian influenza epidemic.

Singapore grows US beef import list

Singapore has increased the range of beef products it can import from the US.

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