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US jerky brand breaks into Asian market

Perky Jerky – an American brand of turkey jerky - has been launched into Japan and South Korea.


Retail analysis: USA

Price may still be king in shaping American consumer demand for meat products, but its influence is waning as buyers seek more information on sourcing and preparation, according to key...

Top 10 animal health and disease stories of 2014

A disease outbreak can have catastrophic consequences for a business, as well as a huge knock-on effect on global markets. We take a look at some of the biggest stories...

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New cases of H5N8 birdflu in Europe and the US

Further outbreaks of the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain of avian influenza have been reported in Italy, and the US.

EU extends rules on pig imports from US and Canada

The European Commission has extended health controls on imports of live pigs from the USA and Canada until 31 October next year (2015) because of concerns about continued cases of...

Mexican horsemeat imports suspended by European Commission

A ban on imports of horsemeat from Mexico has been implemented by the European Commission following food safety concerns.

Variety meats perform well in US export market

The export value of US beef variety meats [offal] rose 39% to $90.6m during October, according to the latest data from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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McDonald’s looks to improve image with video insiders

It seems like too much of a coincidence that McDonald’s has been drip-feeding documentary-style videos of its production process in a bid to improve its image, just as global sales...

Report calls for more awareness about livestock emissions

With global consumption of meat and dairy expected to rise 76% by 2050, against a 2005-07 baseline, a new report has called for greater awareness of the impact of livestock emissions.

Cargill partners Kennedy and Coe on cattle sustainability

The cattle supply arm of Cargill’s US beef business has teamed up with consultancy Kennedy and Coe to develop a beef cattle sustainability assessment for its feed yards.

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US issues final rule on poultry imports

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has issued a final rule, amending regulations for the import of poultry and poultry products from regions...

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TTIP negotiations to be discussed at IPPE

A special program, focused on discussing the possible implications on animal production of the US-EU free trade negotiations, is to be held at the 2015 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE).

Thailand extends MBM supplies from US plants

An additional 11 meat and bone meal (MBM) facilities in the US have been approved to export to Thailand, according to the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).

US appeals WTO decision in COOL dispute

The United States has appealed the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) decision, on its amended country-of-origin labelling (COOL) measures.

Pork producers see success with Trichinella guidelines

The Codex Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH) has agreed to draft guidelines for the control of Trichinella spp in pork, marking a major victory for the US pork industry, according...

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Russia’s import ban – the last thing we need?

In August 2014, Russia placed a ban on the import of all meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, milk and dairy products from the US, EU, Australia, Canada and Norway, in response...

US conveyor belt firm eyes UK market

US-based conveyor belt manufacturer Cambridge Engineering Solutions has announced plans to extend its sales operations to the UK in an “important step in [its] global growth plan”.

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CSB-System brings full traceability to beef processor

Food IT specialist CSB-System International has launched a full traceability system for leading German meat processor Vion Convenience.

Poultry welfare coming to the fore – but not for all

For grocery retailers in many markets, offering cage-free eggs and cruelty-free poultry meat has virtually become the new industry standard. The next point of public contention – namely the unpalatable...

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Poultry and meat expo to grow space and exhibitors in 2015

The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) has announced it will have over 486,000 net square feet of exhibit space and 1,200 exhibitors at its upcoming 2015 show.

Russia claims to have covered its meat deficit

Russia claims to have completely covered the deficit in meat – in particular pork – that appeared in the domestic market after the ban on certain food imports in August...

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US pork board approves funding for swine centre

The US’ National Pork Board has approved the funding of a national Swine Health Information Center.

Cargill launches global nutrition programme

A new global nutrition programme has been launched by Cargill’s animal nutrition business, as it looks to improve feed efficiency and nutrient use in finisher pigs.

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US meat export group elects new officers

The US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) has elected a new team of officers at its annual strategic planning conference in Arlington, Virginia.

Proposed US beef scheme criticised by sector leaders

US government plans to create an industry funded ‘checkoff’ programme for beef have been dismissed as a “waste of producer dollars” by sector leaders.