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Plastic bits cause recall of 60 tonnes of poultry

Foster Poultry Farms is recalling 131,880 pounds (60 tonnes) of frozen, ready-to-eat breaded chicken patties after US shoppers reported discovering pieces of clear plastic packaging in the products.

US grass fed beef brand boosts sales channels

PRE Brands has expanded its US grass fed beef to New England in Shaw’s and Star Market outlets and online at Jet.com and has added 1/3 lb. hamburger patties to...

Trump’s biggest tax cut in US history thrills meat sector

The US government plans to cut taxes for big and small businesses in the largest reform since the Reagan era – and the meat industry is pleased that the death...

Brazil meat scandal: limited damage to pork

Brazil is continuing to grow its pork exports and even the recent meat corruption scandal had little to no impact on rising volume trade, Rabobank has claimed. 

Global beef prices tipped to drop this year

International beef prices are set to experience varying levels of decline this year, largely driven by one of the world’s biggest beef importers, the US, according to Informa.

US beef producer sells cattle farms to raise investment capital

Cargill will sell its two remaining cattle feedlots to Omaha-based Green Plains, as the US meat producer exits the cattle feeding business.

Tyson Foods in sandwich mega deal

US-based Tyson Foods has agreed to acquire sandwich-maker AdvancePierre Foods in a $4.2bn deal that will expand the giant meat processor’s market share in prepared foods.

Perdue confirmed as US agriculture secretary

America’s meat trade has reacted warmly to news that Donald Trump’s pick for agriculture secretary, Sonny Perdue, has finally been confirmed by the US senate. 

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Conagra completes takeover of meat snacks brand

Packaged Foods produced Conagra Brands has completed its acquisition of meat snacks and sunflower seeds maker Thanasi Foods for an undisclosed sum. 

Magnet found in sausage mix sparks recall

Florida-based Uncle John’s Pride has issued a recall for over 63 tonnes (t) of ready-to-eat smoked meat and chicken sausages after a magnet was found in a product mix. 

Better testing fuels US meat pathogen reports

Reported US infections linked to pathogens Yersinia and Shiga toxin-producing E.coli, commonly contaminating meat products, grew in number in 2016, but experts blamed better testing, not more people becoming sick. ...

Second Salmonella recall this month for US food firm

Packaged foods company Conagra Brands has recalled over 50 tonnes of chicken nugget ready meals after a supplier said one ingredient may contain Salmonella.

Tyson Foods appoints first-ever sustainability exec

One of the US’ largest meat processors, Tyson Foods, has appointed Justin Whitmore as its first sustainability leader as the company takes steps towards a cleaner footprint on the planet.

Subway to sue Canadian broadcaster for defamation

Fast-food chain Subway has filed a CA$210 million defamation lawsuit against the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) after the broadcaster claimed some of its chicken was less than 50% meat.

US petition seeks to ban Brazilian beef imports

A US beef industry-backed petition wants 100,000 signatures to put pressure on the White House to, in its own words, “ban unsafe imports” of Brazilian meat.

US foodservice firm brings out all-natural meat ingredients line

Meat producer Burke Corporation has cooked up a line of clean ingredients as the company aims to position itself as an “innovative leader” in America’s pizza toppings supply industry.

US meat business to grow human organs from pigs

Smithfield Foods has set up a bioscience unit to supply pork by-product to the medical sector, with the ultimate goal of selling pig organs for human transplantation.

Cargill to open multi-million-dollar cooked meat factory

US meatpacker Cargill will officially open a meat factory in Nebraska after investing $111m to convert the fresh beef plant to a cooked meats powerhouse.

‘Disaster’ law for the meat industry delayed

A controversial rule governing fair trade practices in the US meat industry, set to come into force in April, has been delayed for six months.

US targets Japan's appetite for luxury beef

US suppliers are expanding in Japan’s competitive high-end beef market to build on growing consumer demand for US beef.

US and China to ‘flesh out’ beef deal

White House representative Sean Spicer has confirmed Chinese president Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump did discuss expanding beef exports, amid rumours China has relaxed restrictions on US beef.

Smithfield Foods rides high with hot dog deal

Pork company Smithfield Foods has entered into a partnership with amusement park Six Flags to be the official hot dog supplier to the multi-million dollar valued theme park corporation.

Low sheep supply to spark record Australian prices

Tight livestock supplies will see Australia process 2.7 million fewer sheep and lambs this year, which may lead to record prices for the industry.

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Meat defies decline of global food prices

Meat is the only one of five major food commodity groups that saw an increase in the Food and Agricultural Organization’s (FAO) pricing index last month.

Over 170 firefighters tackle meat factory inferno

A “relentless effort” from the Los Angeles Fire Department saved half of a massive meat factory in the US state of California after a “raging inferno” ripped through the facility. ...