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Poland’s QFG investment creates 1,200 jobs

Polish meat processor QFG plans to invest PLN400 million (€92m) to expand and upgrade its output capacity, creating 1,200 new jobs by the end of 2022, according to senior company representatives.

Dutch analysts warn against meat ‘overconsumption’

Scientists from government-linked research agency RIVM have advised people to avoid eating too much animal protein, as a debate over increasing the tax on meat gathers pace.

Greencore targets US revenue growth as costs rise

Convenience food business Greencore is targeting US revenue growth after the Ireland-based firm reported “strong” financial results in the 13 weeks to December 2016.

EU lifts Ukraine poultry ban as disease fear eases

The European Commission has lifted a trade ban on Ukrainian poultry exports, imposed in December 2016 following a regionalisation move for highly pathogenic avian influenza.

Indian firm launches meat preservative to tackle cancer fears

An Indian ingredients firm has launched a natural preservative for chilled meats free from the chemical nitrate that some researchers have linked to cancer.

South African government responds to poultry crisis

South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has begged meat processors not to close plants or cut jobs as the response to the poultry “crisis” makes progress.

JBS gives top job to senior US politician

Brazilian meatpacker JBS SA has appointed a number of high-level independent board members to its subsidiary JBS Foods International, with former House of Representatives speaker John Boehner among them.

Super Bowl chicken wing consumption craze hits US

US citizens may eat enough chicken wings to circle the earth nearly three times during Super Bowl weekend, according to the National Chicken Council (NCC).

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Atlas Meat Company forced to recall pork products

Colorado-based processor Atlas Meat Company is recalling approximately 2,579 pounds of pork sausage products due to misbranding. 

Loss-making Chinese semen provider looks to breed success

The slump in demand and pricing for dairy cattle is prompting one of China’s leading distributors of semen and pure-bred breeding cattle to expand into the beef feedlot and processing...

MEPs hop into action on rabbit farming welfare

Member States of the European Union are encouraging rabbit farmers to phase out conventional battery cages. 

Poultry exports drive growth for Ukraine’s MHP

Export sales grew by nearly 50% in the 12 months up to December 2016 for Ukraine’s grain and poultry giant MHP. 

Ireland reports atypical case of mad cow disease

The Republic of Ireland has reported a case of atypical bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) – colloquially known as mad cow disease – in an 18-year-old cow.

New Zealand: Trump’s TPP axe a ‘significant blow’

New Zealand Beef + Lamb chairman, James Parsons, has lamented US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), claiming the protectionist move will hurt exports.

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Oscar Mayer meat plant closure date confirmed

The Oscar Mayer meat factory in Madison, US, will be shut down permanently in the first quarter of 2017. 

Japan's tax diversion scheme lifts wagyu beef sales

A scheme by Miyazaki Prefecture, which offers local wagyu in return for tax payments to its municipalities from residents in other parts of the country, is supporting regional livestock farmers...

Dutch meat body questions call to eat less meat

The Dutch Meat Association (COV) has questioned the “political” recommendations of government-linked research agency RIVM to eat less meat to improve public health.

US app aims to help consumers choose great meat

A mobile app, designed to help shoppers buy and prepare meat and poultry products, has been launched by the North American Meat Institute (NAMI).

Investment costs in Miratorg’s pig cluster rise

Investment in Miratorg’s large pigmeat factory in Kursk Oblast has reached RUB160 billion ($2.68bn), nearly 25% above original estimates, according to a report from the region’s Information Department.

CP Group promises sustainable food production shift at Davos

Thailand’s Charoen Pokphand Group (CP) has joined top corporations at Davos, Switzerland to start an initiative tasked with radically changing food manufacturing to halt waste, improve health and counter climate...

Polish meat processor invests €27 million and eyes foreign expansion

To expand and modernise its output capacity, Polish meat processor Sokolów SA completed investments worth close to PLN120m (€27m) in 2016, with plans afoot for more investment this year. ...

GMP's multi-million dollar expansion creates 76 jobs

Australia-based Gundagai Meat Processors (GMP) has started an AU$30 million plant upgrade, generating 76 new full-time jobs.

US meat industry wants Asia deal as Trump kills TPP

The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) has called on President Donald Trump to negotiate a bilateral trade deal with Asia after he withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

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Processing defect sparks chicken recall

US-based Hans Kissle Company has recalled more than 6,000lbs (2,721kg) of ready-to-eat chicken, as a possible processing flaw raised concerns that bacterial pathogens may be present in the meat.

Meat processors show leadership in animal welfare

Poultry firms Noble Foods and Cranswick, both UK-based, top the global Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW).

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