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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).

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Australian beef and lamb exports up 3%

Australian beef and lamb exports jumped 3% in 2011 to 949,195 and 160,007 tonnes swt respectively.

Supply discipline key to EU meat industry’s success

EU meat companies need to control supply growth in order to improve margins in a fragile economic environment, a Rabobank report has revealed.

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2012 outlook for UK retailers

Kantar Worldpanel communications director Ed Garner talks about the impact of the recession and the 2012 outlook for major UK supermarkets.

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US officials investigate salmonella outbreak

US health officials are investigating a multi-state salmonella outbreak linked to ground (minced) beef from Hannaford supermarkets.

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Video: 2012 outlook for UK retailers

Kantar Worldpanel communications director Ed Garner talks about the impact of the recession and the 2012 outlook for major UK supermarkets.

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UK farmers push for EU backing against retailers

UK farmers are calling on EU policy leaders to help them redress what they claim is an imbalance in the supply chain between themselves and retailers.

Designer labels

English quality beef and lamb are to get their own distinctive label.