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Masterclass promotes American beef to UK chefs and butchers

The United States Meat Export Federation (USMEF) hosted an American Meat Masterclass in London, where it urged top chefs and butchers to import American beef and pork.

Meat supplier founder passes on

The US meat industry is mourning the loss of the founder of a pioneering meat supplier, who died aged 80 last week.

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Cargill to license bovine genetics tool

Cargill Inc, and Branhaven LLC have announced a non-exclusive agreement to license BeefTek Inc - their patented BeefGen genomics tools.

Mexico set to relax controls on US meat

Mexico is understood to be making regulatory changes, which will enable the imports of US beef and beef products from cattle of any age, according to The Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion...

Beef and pork exports perform well for US

Double-digit increases in exports to Mexico, China and South Korea helped push up export figures for US pork and beef in March. However, exports of lamb dropped 41% in volume,...

US beef association calls Brazilian food safety into question

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) in the US has highlighted what it calls "significant flaws" in Brazil’s meat inspection systems.

Pork shortages will be a key concern going forwards, finds new report

A shortage of pork, caused by recent outbreaks of the porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDv) virus, will be a key concern for many countries in the coming months, according to...

Study links heme iron in meat to heart disease

Latest research from the US claims further evidence that red meat consumption increases the risk of coronary heart disease by 57%.

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China gives thumbs-up to poultry from Virginia

China has lifted a long-running import ban on poultry and poultry products from the US state of Virginia.

Parma ham tops EU support for agricultural products promotion

Parma ham consortia in northern Italy are to share €2.7 million in European Union (EU) funds over three years for a major €5.4m promotion in the USA.

US meat and poultry organisations secure USDA funding

The US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) and The USA Poultry and Egg Export Council have been awarded significant funding for 2014 as part of the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA)...

Russian meat industry shrugs off risk of EU/US sanctions

The Russian government has shrugged off the risk posed by possible economic sanctions from the US and European Union (EU) over the Ukraine crisis, but admitted that a poultry export...

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McDonald’s Corporation reveals mixed results for first quarter

Revenue was up, but operating and net income down in McDonald’s Corporation’s trading update for the first quarter to 31 March 2014.

USDA announces new measures to control PEDv spread

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced it will require reporting of all cases of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) and Swine Delta Coronavirus in a bid to...

EU-US Free Trade Agreement opportunities discussed during industry visit

The potential opportunities for the beef and lamb sector from a Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and the USA were discussed at a recent industry exchange trip earlier...

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Move away from gestation crates could improve Canadian pork’s image

The Canadian pork industry could have stood to lose CA$1.7bn annually, over the next 15 years, had the decision not been made to move away from the use of gestation...

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Date set to finalise US poultry inspection rule

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has said it intends to finalise the proposed Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection rule by the end of the calendar year.

US research project investigates Blackhead disease

A study on Blackhead disease in poultry has pointed to the spreading of litter from pullet houses with affected birds as a potential risk factor.

Global beef demand being driven by China

The global beef market looks set to see demand continue to grow, with strong interest coming from China, according to a new Rabobank report.

Russia discovers excessive lead in sausages from the US

Two shipments of sausages from the US with levels of lead that were "excessive and even dangerous to consumer health" have been discovered by Russian veterinary experts.

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Cargill sees improving results in animal protein business

Cargill has reported a drop in net profit of 28% from $319 million in the third quarter to 28 February 2014, despite revenue holding steady at $32bn.

US reports export growth for meat, despite challenges

The United States Meat Exports Federation (USMEF) reported growth in exports for pork, beef and lamb in February 2014, despite concerns about supply and rising prices.

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Japanese pork industry sees interest from US soybean association

The Japanese pork industry recently played host to a three-day visit from a group representing the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (MSR&PC) from the US.

Pig virus forces up US pork prices

The deadly hog virus, porcine epidemic diarrhea (PEDV), is forcing the price of pork up and could boost imports into Japan, despite the Japanese recently imposing temporary restrictions on US...

ABC News fails to get ‘pink slime’ case thrown out

Beef Products Inc (BPI) is to plough ahead with its $1.2bn court case against ABC News and three of its reporters, after a South Dakota judge refused to dismiss the...

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