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Concerns raised over Taiwan’s decision to reject US pork

A US ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO) voiced concerns about Taiwan’s decision to reject certain US pork imports at a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, last week.

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IMS workshop programme announced for Florida

Meat industry leaders will come together at the 2014 International Meat Secretariat (IMS) Marketing Workshop, to be held from 27-29 October, in Florida.

US government announces plan to tackle antibiotic resistance

The White House has announced it will be putting in place a National Strategy to Combat Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.

US campaign group to sue USDA over poultry inspection rule

Food & Water Watch (FWW), an American not-for-profit organisation, is suing the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in a bid to stop the implementation of the New Poultry Inspection System...

Eagle introduces new fat-to-lean analysis

Eagle Product Inspection has launched a new fat analysis technology which ensures meat manufacturers reach the correct fat-to-lean ratio for customers.

Bullish outlook for global poultry industry

Pricing across the global poultry market is expected to remain bullish, despite the recent Russian ban, according to a new report by Rabobank.

Pork associations join forces on TPP tariff issue

Associations representing hog farmers in Australia, Canada, Chile, Mexico, Peru and the USA have joined forces to push for the elimination of tariffs on pork.

Genus announces pig production agreement in China

Global animal genetics company Genus, has entered into a strategic partnership with River Stone Farm (Shandong) Co, in China, in an agreement which will see it become the Group’s first...

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McDonald’s sees significant sales drop in APMEA

Global fast food chain McDonald’s has seen sales drop 14.5% in the Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa (APMEA) region.

Japan’s poultry market could benefit from high beef and pork prices

With high market prices expected for beef and pork during the remainder of the year, Japan’s low-priced broiler meat could be at a competitive advantage, according to the latest Global...

Argentina is hopeful US move will set precedent for its beef

Argentina is "delighted" that the USA has acknowledged the regions of Patagonia South and Patagonia North B are free from foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), and hopes its proposal to allow imports...

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US’ third-largest poultry producer cuts use of antibiotics

Perdue Foods has announced it is has stopped using antibiotics in its chicken hatcheries – a process that has taken five years to fully implement.

US beef and pork export volumes drop

The USA has seen year-on-year export volumes for beef and pork fall for the first time this year.

European meat market stable despite Russian embargo, Brussels expert says

The European meat market is not in crisis following the embargo imposed by Russia on meat from the European Union (EU), a European Commission expert has told GlobalMeatNews.

OSI Group links up with Pickstock Telford

OSI Group has entered into a joint venture with UK-based beef processor Pickstock Telford.

Suckler cows sector could be hit by EU-US trade agreement, study says

The conclusion of a Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) currently being negotiated between the European Union (EU) and the US could have serious adverse consequences for the EU suckler...

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National Pork Board CEO steps down

Chris Novak, chief executive officer of US association the National Pork Board, has announced he is to step down after six years of service.

US to formulate separate international marketing strategy for pork

The USA is trying to come up with a tailor-made international marketing strategy to tap a bigger share of pork sales, now growing at an estimated 12% globally from 2013...

Various US poultry products see export restrictions

Restrictions have been imposed on US poultry products from various countries due to the outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) last month.

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Spotlight on flexitarianism

Almost 50% of the respondents in a special GlobalMeatNews poll said they had actively reduced their meat consumption, suggesting the industry needs to do more to educate consumers about meat’s...

Terms of Tyson Foods/Hillshire Brands merger finalised

Tyson Foods announced the completion of its merger with Hillshire Brands last week, in a move which positions Tyson as "a clear leader in the prepared foods business", according to...

New Atkins-style diet book promotes consumption of meat

Echoing the Atkins diet, a new book called The Big Fat Surprise has claimed that eating fat, including from red meat, can actually be beneficial to your health.

Globalisation of meat trade presents challenges for packaging

Developing packaging that ensures exported products arrive in the optimum condition is a challenge for manufacturers as the meat industry becomes increasingly globalised.

US packaging show to offer technology seminars

The Pack Expo International Show 2014, held in Chicago, US has announced it will hold educational seminars at its Centre for Trends and Technologies (CTT).

Bosch to display broad range at Pack Expo

Equipment manufacturer Bosch Packaging Technology is gearing up to exhibit a range of new products at Pack Expo International 2014.