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Sanderson Farms doubles net income

US poultry firm Sanderson Farms has posted net income of $51m for the second quarter ended 30 April 2014 – double that of the same period last year ($24.4m).

Pork Council pushes for trade deal without Japan

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has teamed up with fellow US associations in a call to conclude current Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations without Japan.

Foster Farms reinforces commitment to reduce Salmonella

US poultry firm Foster Farms has reiterated its food safety commitments following the latest salmonella outbreak update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

South Korean pork market is volatile, says USMEF

The United States Meat Export Federation (USMEF) has described the pork market in South Korea as volatile.

Continued calls for elimination of beef tariffs, in TPP talks

Demands continue to be made for all tariffs on beef to be eliminated as part of any Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, by producers in four Trans-Pacific member countries.

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Higher meat production costs to filter to US consumers

A 10% decrease in US pork supply, coupled with droughts in California, look set to hit American consumers in the wallet, according to a professor at Texas Tech University.

China makes waves in international meat market

Demand for meat in China is soaring with exports to the country growing rapidly, according to the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

Hormel announces big jump in earnings

US firm Hormel Foods Corporation achieved record group sales of $2.24bn in its second quarter, up 4%. However, the firm announced that due to "lower anticipated hog supplies" it would...

US progress with Mexico highlighted on panel discussion

Mexico’s decision to expand imports of US beef was highlighted at a panel discussion on positive developments between the two countries.

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US federal agencies seek to leverage expertise on foodborne hazards

A number of US federal agencies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the aim of providing a more comprehensive approach to dealing with foodborne health hazards, associated with...

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Ground beef recalled due to E.coli scare

Approximately 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products have been recalled by Wolverine Packing Company in Detroit, US, due to fears that it may be contaminated with  E.coli O157:H7....

Interpack 2014 product showcase - part one

The 2014 Interpack show saw 175,000 visitors attend over the six-day event (8-14 May) with 2,700 exhibitors packing the 19 halls of the exhibition at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre in Germany.

Appointments announced at National Pork Board

Five new appointments to the National Pork Board have been announced by US agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack.

Smithfield hits record with Q1 results

Smithfield Foods has reported a record increase in net profit for its first quarter (Q1), as well as good returns for packaged food and a better export environment.

US meat company buys Pinnacle Foods

Chicago-based meat firm Hillshire Brands has announced it will buy packaged foods company Pinnacle Foods Inc for a reported US$6.6bn.

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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.