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South Africa ends trade row with the US

South Africa has ended its trade dispute with the US, allowing most imports of beef, pork and poultry access to the market, after what the US described as “intense” negotiations

Zebra Technologies develops new traceability scanning device

Zebra Technologies has launched a mobile scanning device which may improve meat traceability, as well as the productivity of warehouse employees. 

Eat lean meat, say US dietary guidelines

The US government’s new dietary guidelines support the role of lean red meat in a healthy balanced diet.

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Over 7,000 pounds of US sausages recalled

California-based Neto’s Sausage has recalled 23 types of beef, pork and chicken products after they were shipped for sale without a food safety inspection. 

South African bodies lock horns on US poultry

South Africa’s Poultry Association (SAPA) has said it will not lower poultry testing standards to accommodate US imports, after an industry body criticised it for “stubborn protectionism” over the country’s...

Nearly 90,000 pounds of contaminated beef recalled in US

Minnesota-based Huisken Meat Company has been forced to recall approximately 89,568 pounds (lb) of beef burger patties due to fears of foreign matter contamination. 

Taiwan’s election rages over US drug-fed pork

Should Taiwan import US pork that contains the drug ractopamine? This is the question that Taiwan’s presidential candidates have clashed over in a series of heated televised debates.

TPP players to sign deal in February

The 12 members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade pact hope to sign a document in February that verifies the wording of the historic trade deal.

UK pork processors eye US export savings

Pork processors in the UK may soon enjoy costs savings with exports to the US, after an agreement with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) was reached this week.

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Global value of processed poultry tipped to rise

The global value of processed poultry will exceed $289.1bn in 2020, according to a report by Allied Market Research (AMR). 

Congress cools off beef and pork labelling

US President Barack Obama has signed an omnibus bill to end the US government’s enforcement of the country-of-origin labelling (COOL) requirements for beef and pork products. 

US beef exports to stabilise in 2016

Uncertainty and volatility in the US beef export market will stabilise in 2016, according to a report from Rabobank.

Lettuce creates three times more greenhouse gas emissions than bacon

Eating pork will produce around one third of the greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) found in a diet rich in lettuce, a new study has claimed. 

US toughens ability to track mince virus outbreak

The US department that safeguards the industry and consumers from dangerous foodborne illnesses has launched a protocol to improve virus detection in a bid to protect consumers from future outbreaks.

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Charitable meat processors boosted by state reimbursement

Meat processors in the US state of West Virginia, which take part in the Hunters Helping the Hungry (HHH) initiative, are set to receive an increased state reimbursement. 

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Pork firm pulls honey ham over undeclared allergens

American pork producer Morrilton Packing Co has recalled 12,146 pounds of boneless ham, due to undeclared allergens on its label. 

Grass-fed beef has the lowest red meat cancer risk

Eating red meat that has grazed on grass its entire life poses a potentially lower risk of cancer than pellet-fed beef, according to research by Mayo Clinic.

Antibiotic target for meat producers needed, report says

Farmers worldwide have been urged to cut the use of antibiotics in livestock, because of the risk it poses to human health, says a report. 

WTO slash Canada-Mexico damages claim by a third

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has ordered that Canada and Mexico accept a third of the compensation they were seeking for economic losses caused by the USA’s country-of-origin labelling (COOL)...

US beef competes with Australia for rule of Japan’s market

American beef faces “intense competition” with Australia for the lion’s share of exports to Japan, the US Meat Export Federation’s (USMEF) senior vice-president of marketing Dan Halstrom has said. ...

Starbucks recalls Christmas panini over US E.coli scare

Starbucks has rushed to remove its Christmas turkey panini from over 1,000 US stores after discovering an ingredient in the sandwich was linked to an earlier E.coli outbreak. 

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Global price of poultry drops sharply

Chicken prices around the world have dropped sharply by around 10% compared to last year, according to a report by Rabobank. 

Climate change a ‘risk’ to global food security

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has warned that efforts to tackle climate change will have an adverse knock-on effect to global food security. 

EU-US trade talks progress despite red tape fears

High-level talks between the US agriculture secretary Tom Vilsacks and the presidents for Copa and Cogeca have outlined the opportunities that the transatlantic trade (TTIP) deal can offer both parties. ...


ADM feeds food sector with salt reduction technology

Flavour and speciality ingredient specialist Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) has unveiled new technology to cut sodium by 30% while ensuring meat products retain their trademark salty taste. 

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