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The American Association of Meat Processors announces rebranding

The American Association of Meat Processors (AAMP) has unveiled plans to launch a re-branding campaign.

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US opens market to Lithuania meats

The United States has confirmed it will open its market to imports of beef, pork, sheep and goat meat and derived products from Lithuania, 11 years after Lithuania first requested...

Ranchers concerns avoided as states block water management legislation

A federal court ruling in North Dakota will partially block the implementation of the controversial  ‘Waters of the United States’ rule, which had been due to become law today.

McDonald's faces criticism after animal welfare video

Tyson Foods has shunned a Tennessee farm producing chicken for McDonald’s McNuggets after an animal rights group posted gruesome footage online depicting birds being clubbed and stabbed with a spiked...

US meat firm suspends operations after food poisoning scare

Kapowsin Meats has suspended operations after the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said it hadn’t done enough to tackle sanitary problems leading to the discovery of Salmonella in some of...

Massachusetts groups unite against intensive farming

Animal rights groups in Massachusetts are joining forces to campaign for a state-wide vote to ban several intensive farming practices.

US studies reveal mince contamination and mislabelling

Two years after the UK meat industry was rocked by the discovery of horsemeat in dozens of beef products, a new study in the US has discovered the widespread contamination...

Beef farmers contest 'vague' water management law

Cattlemen are hotly contesting a rule that will give the US Environmental Protection Agency authority over all waterways in the US is set to come into effect on August 28.

Bird flu takes its toll on US poultry processor

Sales and profits at poultry processing company Sanderson Farms in the US have been hit, as the aftershocks of the bird flu outbreak continue to be felt. 

Kraft Heinz issues major turkey product recall

A multi-million dollar food recall affecting 938,000kg of Oscar Meyer turkey bacon products has been issued by Kraft Heinz Foods Company in the US after consumers became ill. ...

Doubts raised over the safety of conventional ground beef

Ground beef produced from conventionally raised cattle is twice as likely to contain superbugs as sustainable beef, according to US product testing and research organisation Consumer Reports.

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Iowa lifts bird flu quarantine areas

Traffic in Iowa around farms affected by bird flu can once again move freely, after the state agriculture secretary lifted all remaining movement bans in the quarantine areas set up...

Meat industry benefits from new packaging innovation

American-based Sealed Air Corporation has created multi-layer coextruded bags, designed to improve food safety in the fresh red meat and smoked and processed meat industry.  

US beef import industry aided by the US dollar

The strong US dollar is contributing to a growth in the country’s imports of beef and a slowdown in its beef export business, according to the US Department of Agriculture...

US poultry firms wait for South Africa to admit AGOA-deal exports

The extension of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) may have occurred over a month ago, but US poultry and pork exporters say they have yet to receive a...

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APHIS seeks views on carcase management

Comments are being sought by the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) on a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for mass carcase management.

Avian flu costs US poultry and egg industry $390m

The avian flu virus has cost the US egg and poultry industry nearly $390 million because of a 14% drop in exports during the first half of 2015 compared to 2014.

US looks to Mexico for pork sales

The US is targeting Mexico for pork exports in an attempt to retain its market share.

Pork shines in US foodservice

Pork continues to be the fastest-growing protein in foodservice in the US since 2011, according to Technomic’s 2015 Volumetric Assessment of Pork in Foodservice.

US meat exports drop for first half in 2015

US exports of pork, beef and lamb declined in the first half (H1) of 2015, data from the US Department of Agriculture, compiled by the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF)...

US meat industry prepares for antibiotics controls

US meat businesses are preparing for antibiotics measures set to be implemented by the end of December 2016 by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA). 

Animal welfare ruling: impact on US meat industry

US animal rights organisations have claimed a victory as so-called ‘ag-gag’ laws have been ruled unconstitutional by a judge. 

Canada rejects US origin label plans

Canada has rejected plans for the US to introduce voluntary labelling legislation calling it a “short-sighted” proposal. 

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Putin cracks down on banned Western food imports

Russian president Vladimir Putin has signed an executive order to destroy all imports of food brought into the country against the import bans from the West. 

Disease risk study delivers results

A way to determine disease risk by estimating the movement of US beef cattle has been developed by Kansas State University.

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