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NFU urges restrictions on US imports

The USA’s National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has warned the US not to resume meat imports from Northern Argentina and Uruguay due to fears about disease spread.

Irish beef secures US access in EU first

Ireland has become the first European Union member state to achieve access to the US for its beef, following the lifting of the ban on EU beef in March 2014.

FSIS issues final rule on meat and poultry description changes

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a final rule on changes to the description of raw meat and poultry products.

Cancer risk from meat will be harder to prove in humans

A new study on the links between red meat and cancer risk, in mice, has found that the role of a sugar molecule – Neu5Gc – could hold some answers,...

Rabobank report ponders new norm for beef prices

Tight cattle and beef supplies were a continuing factor during Q4 of 2014, despite prices softening slightly on the preceding quarter, according to a new report by Rabobank.

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USDA appoints new members to meat and poultry committee

US agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the new members appointed to the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI) for the 2014-2016 term.

Top 10 global trade stories of 2014

As 2014 draws to a close GlobalMeatNews looks back at some of the biggest international trade stories to make the headlines this year. From Russia’s ban on meat imports in...

US meat exporters placing their bets on value prized cuts in Taiwan market

US meat exporters are to launch inexpensive cuts of American corn-fed beef in the Taiwanese market, with demand for premium products being depressed by soaring prices for American beef, accompanied...

Tyson Foods makes animal well-being appointment

International meat and poultry producer Tyson Foods has appointed a new leader to oversee the company’s "animal well-being efforts".

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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...