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Organic meat and poultry sales rise in UK

Sales of organic lamb and poultry have risen in Great Britain, according to the Soil Association (SA), the UK body responsible for organic certification.

US industry welcomes nutrition labelling

American meat leaders have welcomed the government’s requirement for nutritional labelling on meat products that came into force on 1 March.

US beef production to decline further

American beef production is expected to go down by 4% in 2012, hindered by record low cattle numbers, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has revealed.

Hormel profits down 14% due to high pork costs

US food manufacturer Hormel Foods has reported a 14% drop in profits in the first quarter of 2012, down to $128.4m from $148.8m in Q1 2011. Overall sales were up...

French butchers call for mandatory halal labelling

French craft butchers have asked for national and European regulation to make halal labelling mandatory following a transparency controversy in the Paris region.

Amazon discontinues whale products after accusations

Amazon Japan has taken whale products off its website after being accused of facilitating trade of endangered species.

UK animals produced under higher welfare rise 52%, says RSPCA

The number of farm animals produced in the UK under welfare standards accredited by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has increased by 52% in...

French presidential candidate sparks halal row

Far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has sparked controversy by declaring all the meat consumed in the Paris region was halal.

Meat prices main driver for US shoppers’ decisions

Price per pound is still the most important decision factor for US consumers, followed for the first time by total package cost, according to the American Meat Institute (AMI).

US and EU reach organic agreement

Products certified organic in the United States or the European Union will be able to be sold as organic on both markets from 1 June 2012.

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UK halal plant targets export market

A halal food plant that aims to supply meat to Muslim consumers across Europe has received approval and funding from the UK agriculture ministry (Defra).

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New CEO for Walmart China

Walmart has named Greg Foran as president and CEO of its China operation, four months after the previous CEO quit over an organic pork scandal.

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Wales promotes its lamb in Dubai

Welsh meat body Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) will promote the principality’s lamb at Middle East trade show Gulfood from 19 to 22 February.

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Canada recalls beef over E.coli doubts

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is recalling ground beef sold in December 2011 after E.coli symptoms were observed in one consumer.

USDA delays controversial E.coli law

The USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that it will delay the implementation of a controversial programme to test beef products for non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC).

French meat consumption down 2.5% in 2011

French people bought 2.5% less meat in 2011, according to the French union for meat processors (SNIV).

Beef segment strains Tyson results

US meat processing giant Tyson Foods has reported a 48% drop in Q1 net income, despite $8.3bn in sales, up 9.4% from last year.

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Pork sale sparks controversy in Qatar

Qatar’s only off-licence has sparked controversy by selling pork products to expatriates, Arabianbusiness.com reports.

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Holstein Ham gets EU protection

The European Commission has granted legal protection to a ham from the northern German state Schleswig-Holstein, preventing meat traders from selling ‘Holsteiner Katenschinken’ unless it is made in its home...

Industry rejects EU decision on labelling

The European meat industry has criticised a decision by the European Parliament not to introduce food labelling that would display percentages of cuts in salt, fat and sugar.

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Undeclared allergen leads to 2,645lb beef recall

Minnesota meat firm J&B Group is recalling around 2,645lb of beef sirloin products, due to the undeclared presence of milk, the US Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced....

UK poultry sector ‘under-performing’

The UK poultry sector needs to focus on consolidation, efficiency and internationalisation to maintain its competitiveness on the EU market, a new report has suggested.

LED lighting could help beef discolouration, finds study

Researchers at an American University have found that using light-emitting diode (LED) lighting in meat refrigeration units may have a positive effect on bringing down operational costs.

Study points to MRSA-infected pork in US

New research has found that nearly 6.6% of pork sold at retail in America is infected with methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria.

Slowdown for world meat prices

Global meat prices started to slow down at the end of last year, reflecting sharp declines in overall food prices, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).