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Tyson Foods tables highest offer for Hillshire

Tyson Foods placed a second and final bid for Chicago-based Hillshire Brands, to acquire all the outstanding common shares of the business for $63 per share, in cash.

EU insists on PEDv test for US and Canadian live pig imports

Live pigs imported from the USA and Canada will henceforth be tested for porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDv) to prevent the disease being introduced to Europe from North America.

Exports of US beef and pork continue to rise

US beef and pork exports saw double digit growth in value and volume terms in April 2014, according to the latest USDA data, compiled by the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

Russia imposes restrictions on live pig imports

Russia has banned imports of live pigs from six countries, including the US, Canada, Mexico, Japan, South Korea and South Africa, due to fears about the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus...

USDA announces multi-million dollar investment in fight against pig disease

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has pledged $26.2 million in funding to combat the threat of pig disease.

Plans shared on new common industry audit platform for pork

The National Pork Board has shared plans for a new common industry platform for pork producers, packers and processors, following more than a year of industry collaboration.

World Pork Expo kicks off in Iowa

Close to 20,000 pork producers and related professionals, from around 32 countries, have descended on the World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa, this week (4-6 June), to find out...

Hillshire Brands responds to takeover bids

US firm The Hillshire Brands Company appears to be the subject of a bidding war, with a number of unsolicited proposals to buy the business – from Tyson Foods and Pilgrim’s Pride....

US fast food chain urges change to grass-fed beef

A leading fast food chain in the US is urging US farmers to switch to grass-fed beef to help it maintain its supply of premium beef.

US food safety association flags up potential negatives of TTIP

Food safety in the meat industry could be negatively affected by the result of the current Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks between the US and the European Union,...

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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.