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Latest US dietary advice to avoid limiting meat

Meat will be included in new dietary advice, the US government has confirmed, with no reference to limiting consumption on environmental grounds.

Bird flu prompts farmers to consider rendering options

US poultry farmers are considering rendering birds for fertiliser and other inedible products if another outbreak of avian influenza (AI) forces them to take thousands of animals out of the...

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US fund launched for livestock projects

A fund of nearly $3 million (€2.65m) is being made available in grants to help address critical issues affecting agriculturally important plants and animals.

TPP agreement welcomed by trade bodies

International meat bodies have reacted favourably to the successful agreement of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Cattlemen praise positive outcome to US trade talks

The successful conclusion to Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks, which focused on removing trade barriers between the US and several Pacific Rim countries, has been welcomed by the National Cattlemen’s...

US poultry body seeks alternative killing methods

The USPOULTRY Board Research Initiative is requesting proposals on alternative humane ways of killing recently hatched chicks and poults that cannot be used commercially. 

Trans-Pacific Partnership considers removal of tariffs

US beef looks set for a boost, with trade barriers among Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries set for removal following meetings with trade ministers in Atlanta this week.

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US and China come together on food issues

The US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) has co-hosted the fourth annual Swine Industry Symposium in Beijing, China. 

WTO forecasts lower global trade growth

World Trade Organisation (WTO) economists have lowered their forecast for world trade growth in 2015 to 2.8%, from the 3.3% forecast made in April, and reduced their estimate for 2016 to 3.9% from 4%.

Strong dollar hitting beef exports

The strong US dollar is having an impact on its beef trade, with high levels of imports from cheaper global markets and a 10% year-on-year to July reduction in its...

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Sanderson recalls poultry products

Sanderson Farms is recalling approximately 551,090lb of poultry products that may be contaminated with extraneous metal materials the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced. ...

Cargill to move mince production from Nebraska

Cargill is to convert its beef mince plant in Columbus, Nebraska to a cooked meats facility and will relocate mince production to another site. The cost of the changes will...

Montana farmers meet with Congress over COOL

The Montana Farmers’ Union (MFU) has met with members of the US Congress to urge support for country-of-origin labelling (COOL) for beef, pork and chicken. 

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US meat processor looks at sous vide opportunity

Meat prepared sous vide may soon be available more widely in the US, after an Ohio-based company opened a new processing facility and said it wanted to introduce the cooking...

Pack Expo to focus on food trends and safety

More than 30,000 visitors from the meat processing and packaging sectors are expected to attend this year’s Pack Expo in Las Vegas later this month.

Whole Foods Market halts sale of rabbit

Whole Foods Market will stop selling rabbit meat in US stores after poor sales, animal welfare concerns and protests from groups squeamish over meat obtained from animals commonly kept as...

US looks to Africa for export opportunity

The US aims to grow its food exports to sub-Saharan Africa and is sending its deputy secretary of agriculture, Krysta Harden, to Accra, Ghana, in November to spread the word.

USDA detains contaminated chicken

Chicken products made by Aspen Foods, a division of Chicago-based Koch Poultry Company, have tested positive to the same salmonella enteritidis strain that sparked a recall by the US Department...

COOL labelling sanctions not cool, argues US

Canada and Mexico should dilute sanctions they want the World Trade Organisation (WHO) to approve in retaliation against Washington’s beef and pork country-of-origin labelling (COOL) rules, the US has argued...

Poultry could help address Brazil’s economic woes

Poultry exports could help halt Brazil’s economic slump, experts have claimed, as its gross domestic product (GDP) looks set to sink by more than 2% this year. 

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US and German trade bodies forge partnership

The American Association of Meat Processors (AAMP) has formed a new partnership with the German Butchers’ Association (GBA). 

Lithuania becomes second EU country to export beef to US

Lithuania’s meat sector has welcomed the new access granted to US markets for its exports, saying it expects a major boost to sales.

Silver Fern board backs China tie-up

A partnership between Silver Fern Farms and China’s leading meat processor Shanghai Maling, a listed company based in Shanghai, has been unanimously recommended by the board of New Zealand’s biggest meat...

Tyson Foods accused of abuse at Texas plant

Tyson Foods has been accused of using “cruel and illegal” practices at a chicken abattoir in Texas by an animal rights group that filmed undercover at the plant in Carthage.

US threatens South Africa with trade suspension

The US is threatening to suspend South Africa from a trade scheme after repeated delays in allowing US meat exports to South Africa to resume.