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US suspends imports of Brazilian beef

The US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has suspended all imports of fresh beef from Brazil due to safety concerns.

JBS to appeal blocked $300m asset sale

JBS plans to launch an appeal after a Brazilian judge blocked its sale of meat firms in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay to rival Minerva in a nine-figure deal.

Tyson Foods introduces animal welfare measures

Tyson Foods, one of the US’s largest poultry processors, will add on-farm video cameras and pilot humane slaughter methods in a major effort to improve welfare for the 35 million...

USDA sued by meat industry over country of origin labelling

A lawsuit has been filed against the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in an attempt to force it to re-introduce country of origin labelling.

JBS announces major asset sale to cover debt

Brazilian meatpacker JBS has put a string of its assets, including Northern Irish poultry firm Moy Park, up for sale to raise R$6bn ($1.8bn) to pay off debt.

Fish firm caught up in huge US recall

Massachusetts-based Channel Fish Processing Company is the latest firm to recall food products that may contain undeclared allergens, bringing the total number of affected outfits to 12.

Meat prices in Canada expected to rise 9%

The price of meat in Canada is predicted to increase by as much as 9% by the end of 2017 according to the latest food price research.

Tough chicken meat ‘a big issue’ for industry

Fast-growing broiler chickens are developing wooden breast syndrome that’s making meat tough and chewy in what has become a growing problem for the poultry sector.

Tyson Foods vice president elected chairman of US poultry council

Marc Killebrew, vice president of international sales at Tyson Foods has been elected chairman of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC), succeeding former incumbent Steve Monroe. 

Amazon's Whole Foods deal highlights appeal of physical stores

Amazon's move to buy Whole Foods Market for $13.7bn represents a 'tacit admission' that online-only food retailing is still difficult, according to a UK-based analyst.

Dow-DuPont merger wins US antitrust approval

Dow and DuPont have won approval from the competition authority in the US to complete a $130bn merger upon condition that they divest a string of assets, including chemical products...

Cargill may be planning Chinese beef deal

Cargill may be one of the first meat companies to capitalise on newly-approved trade rules governing US beef exports to China.

Cross-contamination a cause of huge US meat recall

Newly Weds Foods has confirmed it is involved in the massive tranche of recalls issued by 10 US meat businesses, which fear their products may contain undeclared allergens.

Opposition to fair play rule raised – again

US poultry industry representatives have redoubled opposition to government proposals scrapping the need for farmers to prove competition harm in order to claim compensation.

US and China agree on beef that can go east

US beef sales to China could soon be reinstated now the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has finalised trade rules covering traceability and types of meat eligible for export.

Meat sector facing new trade tariffs post-Brexit

UK meat exporters may have to negotiate trade tariffs on a country-by-country basis with over 100 nations upon exiting the European Union (EU) on 29 March, 2019.

Meat firms hit by huge food safety recall

Nine US meat businesses have been forced to recall a total of over 3.5 million lbs of produce due to the presence of undeclared allergens.

Precision Incorporated acquires equipment firm Meyer Industries

US-based food-processing equipment supplier Precision Incorporated has acquired Texan firm Meyer Industries for an undisclosed sum as it targets growth in the food industry.

Hard Brexit breakdown ‘opportunity’ for meat trade

UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s failure to win a Conservative majority in the general election may soften the government’s hard Brexit rhetoric, benefiting the country's meat industry.

‘Groundbreaking’ natural antimicrobial agents developed for meat

Two plant-based antimicrobial ingredients protecting meat against listeria and salmonella contamination have been developed by French business Naturex. 

American farmers back NAFTA rewrite to protect beef producers

Protect local beef suppliers against globalisation, the National Farmers Union has demanded in an open letter to President Trump, following news of plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade...

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Meat packaging firm creates 30 jobs with $3m factory investment

US-based Package Concepts & Materials will add a large production facility to its South Carolina factory, creating up 30 new jobs.

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Research firm Cobb promotes poultry expert

US-based poultry research firm Cobb-Vantress, Inc has promoted Dr Aldo Rossi to vice-president of research and development for the company.

Deadline approaching for World Steak Challenge

Steak producers have less than a week to enter this year’s World Steak Challenge. 

Cargill in Colombia with Pollos El Bucanero takeover

International agri-food giant Cargill has entered the Colombian market through the acquisition of poultry firm Pollos El Bucanero SA, for an undisclosed sum.