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Pilgrim's Pride ends farmer contract after animal cruelty claim

The US’s second largest chicken firm, Pilgrim’s Pride, has launched an investigation into welfare standards after an investigation uncovered alleged animal cruelty at its contract farm in Georgia.

Self-regulation to fight Brazilian slavery called for

Brazil’s agribusiness industry should adopt a strategy of self-regulation to eradicate modern-day slavery, according to a United Nations agency official leading anti-slavery work in South America’s largest country.

European Commission urged to do more against Brazilian beef

The Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) has called on the European Commission to take stronger action against Brazilian beef, in the wake of meat scandal that has rocked the country. 

News in brief

Brazilian beef ban will not spoil Minerva’s trade

A US ban on fresh Brazilian beef imports will not dent meatpacker Minerva’s volume trade, which will now head to Uruguay instead. 

JBS to appeal blocked $300m asset sale

JBS plans to launch an appeal after a Brazilian judge blocked its sale of meat firms in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay to rival Minerva in a nine-figure deal.

JBS announces major asset sale to cover debt

Brazilian meatpacker JBS has put a string of its assets, including Northern Irish poultry firm Moy Park, up for sale to raise R$6bn ($1.8bn) to pay off debt.

EU checks expose ‘serious risk’ from Brazil meat

Tougher food safety checks on Brazilian imports prevented meat and poultry contaminated with salmonella and E.coli from entering Europe, according to a senior EU official. 

Brazil’s JBS appoints two executives

Meatpacker JBS SA has appointed Gilberto Xandó to its board of directors and Marcelo Proença as global head of compliance.

Minerva to reopen beef plant closed in 2015

Brazilian meatpacker Minerva SA will reopen its Mirassol D’Oeste cattle slaughterhouse in July, nearly two years after it shut the plant and axed hundreds of jobs.

Meatpacker Minerva seeking $350m to pay debts or takeovers

Multi-species Brazilian meat processor Minerva SA is looking to raise $350m in capital a week after beleaguered giant JBS sold the firm many of its South American beef assets.

Meat sector facing new trade tariffs post-Brexit

UK meat exporters may have to negotiate trade tariffs on a country-by-country basis with over 100 nations upon exiting the European Union (EU) on 29 March, 2019.

JBS dropped slavery-linked supplier a year ago

Embattled, beleaguered but unequivocally bullish Brazilian meatpacker JBS has strongly defended itself after allegations it bought cattle from a farm under investigation for labour abuse.

Deadline approaching for World Steak Challenge

Steak producers have less than a week to enter this year’s World Steak Challenge. 

JBS shareholder to pay huge $3bn corruption fine

J&F Investimentos, the holding company of the world’s largest meatpacker JBS, at the heart of a huge corruption scandal, has been fined billions of dollars by Brazilian prosecutors....

India’s cattle ban could ‘halt’ beef exports

The Indian government’s ban on the sale of cattle for slaughter is likely to have dramatic impact on its billion-dollar cattle export trade.

JBS appoints Tarek Farahat as chairman

Beleaguered Brazilian meatpacker JBS has appointed the former Procter & Gamble chief Tarek Farahat as its new chairman of the board.

Global progress made to address antibiotic reduction, says OIE

More countries are warning industry stakeholders about the risks of antimicrobial resistance than they were two years ago, according to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

Brazil President Temer hits out at JBS chief

Brazil’s President Michel Temer has strongly criticised an audio recording made by JBS executive Joesley Batista that allegedly captures the president’s approval to make illegal payments to another politician....

JBS chiefs enter plea bargain amid bribery claims

Seven executives of Brazilian meatpacker JBS, including the billionaire Batista brothers who run the company, have entered a plea bargain in yet another corruption scandal.

Brazil’s Minerva Foods linked to police probe

Meatpacker Minerva Foods is cooperating with police in Brazil in their probe into government corruption, but has stopped short of confirming it is a subject of investigation, despite media reports...

Brazil police probe ‘corruption’ in agriculture ministry

Brazilian police have opened two separate “corruption” investigations into whether food companies, including meatpackers, received illicit protection from government sometimes in exchange for bribes.

JBS posts poor income amid bribery investigation

Brazil-based JBS, one of the world’s largest meatpackers, has reported poor results for the first quarter of 2017.  

Industry ‘must’ cut antibiotics, says poultry council

International chicken business leaders have agreed a united stance on antibiotic use, claiming industry must reduce antimicrobials that pose the “greatest global risk”.

Global meat prices grow despite overall food decline

Most global food commodity prices have continued to decline in 2017 but meat has again bucked this trend, claims the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO).

Big chicken company reports first-quarter profit

Pilgrim’s Pride, which claims to be the world’s second-largest chicken producer, made over $90m profit in the first quarter of 2017, down by a fifth year-on-year.