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$700,000 of cocaine found in Jamaican beef patties

A Jamaican woman faces drug charges after US authorities busted an attempt to smuggle $700,000 worth of cocaine into New York concealed in a box of Jamaican beef patties.

World’s largest halal firm eyes stock market float

Brazilian meatpacker BRF plans to capitalise its new halal subsidiary OneFoods and may look to raise funds via a stock market flotation.

Belgium horsemeat call after drug found in Brazilian imports

A discovery of Brazilian horsemeat laced with naproxen in Belgium has sparked calls for tough controls over EU imports of horsemeat.

Russia targets huge growth in meat exports

Russia plans to increase meat exports tenfold to 1 million tonnes a year by 2020, according to Alexandr Tkachev, the country’s minister of agriculture.

HKScan agrees Finnish beef deal

HKScan Finland has boosted its foothold on the beef market through its acquisition of the remaining half of Paimion Teurastamo (Paimio Slaughterhouse) from Wellcapita, based in Turku, Finland.

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Trump to pick Perdue for Ag Secretary

Donald Trump is set to nominate former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue as secretary of the US Department of Agriculture as the President-elect’s inauguration looms closer.

‘Historic’ day as Atria closes China pork deal

Finnish food company Atria has penned a contract to start trading large volumes of pork with China, a milestone the meat processor’s CEO described as “historic”.

Icelandic farmers launch lamb promotion

Iceland’s lamb farmers are promoting the unique nature of their meat products, in a bid to cope with falling local meat prices caused by overproduction and declining exports.

African swine fever sparks emergency in Latvia

The Latvian Food and Veterinary Service (PVD) has declared an “emergency situation” in three regions of the country following outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF).

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Crown Food grows canned beef production lines

Crown Food Europe has increased its production facilities in response to growing demand for canned corned beef. 

Hong Kong adds to avian flu blocked list

Hong Kong’s Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has banned the imports of poultry meat and products from Egypt, the Odessa and Chernivtsi Oblasts...

Hungarian group Bonafarm eyes stake in meat processor

Hungarian food processing conglomerate Bonafarm is in talks to acquire a stake in local meat processor MCS Vágóhíd Kft. 

Industry welcomes US decision to lift embargo on French beef

The United States authorities have lifted an embargo on French beef imports after 19 years, the French Agriculture Ministry has said, and European meat producers are delighted. 

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US meat industry welcomes UK exporters

Meat exporters from the United Kingdom arrived in the US last week to receive training on how to meet beef and lamb import requirements. 

Expansion of Japanese beef bowl chains to drive Chinese meat consumption

Two of Japan’s biggest conglomerates are planning huge expansion of their ‘beef bowl’ fast food chains across China in order to compensate for low growth in a saturated Japanese marketplace. ...

O’Brien Fine Foods to take over Faughan Foods

O’Brien Fine Foods, owner of the Brady Family ham business in Ireland, has announced it is to acquire Faughan Foods. 

French Assembly votes for compulsory CCTV in abattoirs

The French Assembly has voted for the compulsory installation of CCTV in slaughterhouses. 

News in brief

Hong Kong adds to avian flu blocked list

Hong Kong’s Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has banned the imports of poultry meat and products from Egypt, the Odessa and Chernivtsi Oblasts...

New Australian lamb promotional campaign launched

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) has launched its new lamb marketing campaign. 

Jobs at risk as HKScan issues second profit warning

Finnish meat processor HKScan has lowered its 2016 operating profit forecast for the second time in a matter of months, with at least 35 jobs set to be axed. 

Kashmiri taste for lamb and goat prompts robust meat trade in India

The predominantly meat-eating communities in the Muslim-majority Kashmir valley in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir has become a significant market for Indian meat and livestock producers from outside...

National Chicken Council urges research into slow growth

America poultry organisation, the National Chicken Council, wants the entire industry to invest in researching the economic and welfare benefits of ‘slow growing’ broiler birds.

Australia goat prices move from ‘strength-to-strength’

A relatively good balance between the Australian and US dollar during 2016 fended off a price pinch for goat meat exporters hit with trade decline.

Christmas sparks boom in KFC sales in Japan

Japan's long-held tradition of celebrating Christmas with KFC has lifted poultry farmers after the industry culled half a million birds in November and December 2016 following a bird flu outbreak.

WTO sets deadline to resolve Russia’s EU pork ban

A final decision on Russia’s toxic and long-running trade ban on EU pork exports is set to be published within the next six weeks, according to the World Trade Organization...

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