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Texas pig plant under investigation

Texas meat processor Columbia Packing is being investigated after allegedly dumping pig blood into a river.

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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....

Dutch urge joint response to Schmallenberg virus

The Dutch government is pressing for a co-ordinated European Union (EU) response to fighting the Schmallenberg virus, a damaging disease spreading rapidly among livestock across Europe.

Namibia on the verge of poultry self-sufficiency

The first integrated poultry business in Namibia has the potential to bring self-sufficiency to a traditionally import-dependent country.

WTO to rule on China-US broiler dispute

A World Trade Organisation (WTO) disputes panel has been established to decide whether Chinese anti-dumping and countervailing duties on American broiler chicken exports are legal.

Daily meat requirement dropped in US school meal regulation

A proposal to require US schools to serve meat every day at breakfast has been dropped, after a public consultation exposed concerns over high costs.

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.

Overview of the world poultry sector and the role of Thailand

Global broiler production has increased by 37% between 2002 to 2011. Production increased from 59m tonnes in 2002 to 81m tonnes in the main producing countries in 2011. Total world...

Brazilian beef exports to recover in 2012

Beef exporters have the potential to increase their revenue by 10% to over $6bn in 2012, the Brazilian Association of Meat Export Industries (Abiec) has announced.

UK government backs food and drink exports

The UK government is stepping up activity on the food and drink export market in a bid to boost the country’s flagging economy.

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Danish pork exports up 6%

The growth in Danish pork exports continued in the third quarter of 2011, with a 6% rise in the period between January and September, the German association of meat producers...

Welsh anticipate USA opening for lamb exports

The Welsh meat industry has claimed that it is only a matter of time before the USA lifts its restrictions and allows exports of red meat from the EU.

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FMD outbreak confirmed in China

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has confirmed another outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) amongst pigs in China.

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South American broiler meat production up 81% in 10 years

South America’s total broiler meat production has increased by 81% between 2001 and 2011, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced.

UK processors question publication of inspection data

The organisation which regulates and enforces food safety and public health across the UK has caused controversy by publishing the first round of audits of approved slaughterhouses and cutting plants,...

EU in talks to lift Thai chicken ban

The European Commission (EC) is in discussion with Thailand to potentially lift the ban on fresh chicken at the end of June 2012, after eight years of suspended trade.

McDonald’s reveals expansion plans

Burger giant McDonald’s has announced it will open more than 1,300 new restaurants globally next year following a strong performance in 2011.

Paraguay: animal health leader steps down after FMD outbreak

Paraguayan president Fernando Lugo has replaced president of the food safety and animal health authority (SENACSA) Daniel Rojas, after questions emerged over his handling of the foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreak...

French pork processors call for change

The French union for pork processors (SNIV-SNCP) has called for a reform of the pig industry to maintain the country’s competitiveness on the European market.

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Canada strikes trade deal with Philippines

Canada has reached a new trade agreement for the exports of live cattle, sheep and goats to the Philippines.

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New steak plant for Jacksonville, US

A US foodservice provider has announced that it is opening a new steak cutting plant in Jacksonville, which will create 200 jobs.

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South Korea lifts ban on Canadian beef

Canadian beef under 30 months of age can be exported to South Korea for the first time in nine years, agriculture minister Gerry Ritz has announced.

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Brazil and Canada in meat export talks

Brazilian and Canadian officials will discuss pork and beef exports at the fifth meeting of the Consultative Committee on Agriculture (CCA) Brazil – Canada, which is taking place in Brasilia...

US Supreme Court cancels California abattoir law

The US Supreme Court has rejected a 2010 California law forbidding slaughterhouses to accept animals unable to walk.

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.

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