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Continued calls for ban on live exports from UK port

UK animal welfare charity the RSPCA has succeeded in prompting a full enquiry into live animal exports from the port of Dover, as it calls for a nationwide ban.

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Maple Leaf reports sales decline for Meat Products

Maple Leaf Foods has seen sales in its Meat Products Group fall 1.1%, to $742.7 million, in the fourth quarter to 31 December 2013.

Russia claims support from China and India over EU pork ban

Veterinary services in China and India are supporting the Russian ban on EU pork imports, according to Russian veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor.

ASF situation in Russia continues to worsen

While the first outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) have now been registered in the eastern part of the European Union, in Russia, where the disease has raged for six...

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US poultry firm reveals Q1 sales drop

US poultry processor Sanderson Farms announced a year-on-year sales drop of 1.8% to $584.9m, in its trading update for the first quarter ended 31 January 2014.

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US wholesale pork price predicted to rise 6%

Wholesale pork prices are predicted to increase 5.5-6.5%, according to the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) latest Producer Price Index (PPI).

France increases intake of UK beef

The amount of UK beef imported by France went up 8% last year, according the latest figures from UK levy body Eblex.

EU health alert service warns of Brazil E.coli meat contamination cases

The European Union’s (EU) RASFF food safety alert service has warned of E.coli being detected in Brazilian meat cargoes exported to Europe.

US agricultural group to visit Middle East and Europe

A trade mission made of agricultural leaders from around the US is en route to the Middle East and Europe in a bid to develop further export opportunities for beef,...

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Kerry Group achieves positive 2013 financial performance worldwide

Kerry Foods Group this week published a statement showing good growth worldwide in 2013.

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National Beef to close Californian site

The National Beef Packing Company is to close its Californian processing facility in April.

Spain buys 1.5m vaccine doses for bluetongue

Spain’s veterinary organisation is promising a tough response to a fresh outbreak of bluetongue disease in Spanish livestock.

US study links meat and Alzheimer’s

A US study using mice claims barbecued, grilled or fried meat can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, despite conflicting evidence among experts.

African swine fever to impact 2014 pig prices

The EU pigmeat market is likely to have seen "significant downwards demand", following Russia’s ban on imports after African swine fever (ASF) was discovered in Lithuania, according to a leading...

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Australia sees tightening of NZ lamb imports

Exports of New Zealand (NZ) lamb have tightened following high levels of drought-induced turn-off earlier last year, according to new figures from Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA).

Claims over supply of GMO-free soy refuted

A number of associations have come together to refute claims made by the German Poultry Association (ZDG) regarding a lack of GMO-free soy coming out of Brazil.

Low prices and gloomy outlook for China’s pigs

It is proving a gloomy start to the year for China’s pig producers, with low prices for hogs continuing to dog the sector. The latest data from the Department of...

Russia restores US turkey imports

From 24 February, Russian veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor lifted restrictions on the supply of turkey meat from the USA, said service spokesman Alexei Alexeenko.

Meat products recalled by Santa Maria Foods

Approximately 8,895lb of meat products are to be recalled by Canadian firm Santa Maria Foods Corporation, after it was found they had been imported without inspection.

Danish Muslims and Jews hit back at non-stun ban

Denmark’s Halal and Jewish societies must now rely on meat imports after the government announces a ban on non-stun meat products for animal welfare reasons.

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Unilever sells meat snack brands US firm

A leading FMCG giant has announced a move to sell off its meat snacks operations to a US rival.

MEPS attack Commission’s animal cloning proposals as too weak

The European Commission’s proposals to ban the farming of cloned animals and the sale of their meat came under fire yesterday from MEPs, who thought the European Union (EU) should...

EU countries achieve initial breakthrough on Russia’s pork import ban

Six European Union (EU) countries have proposed the introduction of a temporary veterinary certificate in order to resume supplies of pork to Russia, recently limited due to outbreaks of African...

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UK pork exports hit record since 2000

UK pork exports for last year hit record high since 2000, exceeding 256,000 tonnes (t) with a value of over £325m.

Infection fall positive in battle against Campylobacter

European food safety leaders have reported the first fall in human cases of campylobacteriosis in five years.

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