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Kemin extends range with organic meat ingredient

Ingredients manufacturer Kemin has launched an organic, vinegar-based ingredient to prolong the shelf-life of various meat products.

Processed meat may ‘worsen’ asthma symptoms

Asthma sufferers could be at risk of making their symptoms worse, if they consume a high level of processed meat, according to French researchers.

Meat industry anger over midnight GIPSA rule

A cross-section of US meat bodies have reacted vociferously to proposed regulatory changes from government to protect farmers from “egregious” processor practices, warning the rules could cost jobs.

US legal battle over inhumane slaughter starts

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) has filed a lawsuit against the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), citing an unreasonable delay to an AWI petition.

Canadian poultry producers acquired by private equity firm

Manufacturers of frozen poultry products, Maxi Canada, Inc, based in Quebec has been acquired by Californian Altamont Capital Partners. 

US cattlemen win ‘first round’ of government challenge

A magistrate judge has shown favour to the Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF USA) in a legal battle with the government. 

Studies reaffirm international campylobacter concerns

Fears over campylobacter levels in chicken in New Zealand have been reignited, thanks to recent research. 

US pork and beef exports see double-digit growth in October

US pork and beef exports had a strong October, with both achieving double-digit increases from a year ago, according to statistics released by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and...

Calls made to include cancer warning on processed meat

Labels warning of cancer risks should appear on US processed meat and poultry products, according to The Center for Science and the Public Interest (CSPI).

Smithfield makes greenhouse gas emissions pledge

US pork processor Smithfield Foods has announced plans to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 25% by 2025. 

US government proposes changes to meat and poultry's nutritional display

Suggestions have been made to ensure that American consumers have up-to-date nutritional information on their meat and poultry products. 

Bird flu outbreaks rock poultry sector as prices rise

Waves of avian influenza (AI) across Europe, Asia and Africa could impact the poultry industry just as broiler prices rise and feed costs drop. 

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US pork sector braced for record-breaking numbers

A record-breaking number of pigs is set to have been produced by US farmers this year, according to the country’s National Pork Board.

Essentia in ‘major expansion’ of organic chicken ingredients

Essentia Protein Solutions has expanded its ProBase ingredients range for the second time in two months with the launch of organic chicken ingredients.

Pilgrim’s Pride in $350m deal to acquire GNP Company

Brazilian-owned US poultry giant Pilgrim’s Pride has entered into a definitive agreement to take over branded chicken producer GNP Company (GNP) in an all-cash $350m deal.

Antitrust clearance sees Greencore edge closer to Peacock Foods acquisition

Greencore’s planned acquisition of American company Peacock Foods has moved a step closer to completion after gaining antitrust clearance from US authorities.

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Memphis Meats launches crowdfunding campaign

‘Clean meat’ producer Memphis Meats has launched a community-building campaign to help extend awareness about its mission to “build a better meat”.

Kelly Turkeys to take on US Thanksgiving market

UK poultry processor Kelly Turkeys has been given the green light by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to market its premium Kelly Bronze offering throughout the United States. 

USDA offers up last-minute Thanksgiving food safety advice

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has published a guide to food safety ahead of Thanksgiving (24 November). 

Brokers challenge timing of Tyson CEO revelation

Financial brokers have challenged Tyson Foods on the timing of its announcement that its chief executive officer (CEO) Donnie Smith would be replaced by its president Tom Hayes on 31 December.

Perdue Farms responds to water pollution call

Poultry giant Perdue Farms has responded to pressure on several leading US meat firms to tighten focus on water use, highlighting the actions it has already taken on the issue.

World Meat Congress

World Meat Congress, in quotes

Speakers at the World Meat Congress, in Uruguay’s Punta del Este, concluded that meat will continue to play a vital role in reducing poverty and feeding the world's growing population. ...

Thailand’s CP Foods plans $1bn Bellisio takeover

Thailand’s Charoen Pokphand Foods (CP Foods) is to acquire US frozen food company Bellisio for $1bn, just days after the Thai conglomerate confirmed it was exploring investment in value-added products. ...

Huge science leap needed to control farm-driven antimicrobial resistance

A giant leap in research is needed to effectively end the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance, according to a Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) report.

JBS profits fall after Brazil headwinds

Brazilian meatpacker JBS has posted a 74% drop in third-quarter profits after the “most challenging period” in South America.