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Pakistan experiences strong growth in the meat export sector

Pakistan’s meat export industry is growing at a rate of 30% every year, head of meat and nutrition at the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS), Dr Muhammad Hayat...

French COOL petition hits 15,000 signature mark

A Change.org petition calling for mandatory country of origin labelling on all French meat products has amassed over 15,000 signatures.

Atria loses position in Russian market

Finnish meat processor Atria has attributed a drop of sales by 23.9% to EUR 75.1 million to significant difficulties in the Russian market. 

Animal disease law formally approved by European Parliament agriculture committee

The European Parliament’s agriculture and rural development committee has backed proposed measures to prevent and stop outbreaks of animal diseases, including avian flu and African swine fever. 

US-EU free trade negotiations enter crucial stage

The US and the European Union have entered into a twelfth round of negotiations in Brussels over establishing non-tariff trade for a number of choice products, including processed meats.

Chinese authorities split over antibiotic overuse

China’s top regulator for food safety has said overuse of antibiotics is a “prominent problem” for the country’s meat industry and has called for agriculture and meat processors to do...

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Huge shipment of rotting pork found in Manila

A total of 165 containers of rotting meat is sitting at a shipping port in the Philippines – and nobody has claimed responsibility for it.

Spain offsets Europe’s pig herd decline

A report on the performance of European pork reveals, as experts predicted, the pig breeding herd declined during 2015, as low demand and even lower prices hit meat producers hard.

Draft animal disease law toughens biosecurity

The EU’s agriculture committee has backed a June resolution from MEPs to increase measures to prevent and eliminate the outbreak of animal diseases like bird flu and African swine fever. ...

ASF-resistant pigs identified in historic study

The ground has shifted in the fight against African swine fever (ASF) after scientists in Scotland used advanced genetic engineering to potentially create ASF-resilient pigs. 

McDonald’s France clinches nationally-sourced poultry deal

McDonald’s France, Cargill and Moy Park have signed a contract that strengthens supplies of nationally-sourced chicken to the French arm of the fast food business.

Meat substitute market expected to hit $5.2bn by 2020

The meat substitute market is capitalising on an increasingly health-conscious public, hungry for alternatives to meat, and a report has said this sector will grow by 8.4% annually by 2020.

Hong Kong gets a taste of Northern Ireland

Hong Kong and Macau are the latest destinations to have been added to Hannan Meats’ growing portfolio of international markets. 

UK government: Brexit creates trade uncertainty

The government says an EU exit would create uncertainty for UK farmers and their ability to trade internationally, but the National Farmers’ Union is still undecided on what outcome from...

McDonalds study helps beef farmers meet global CO2 target

Fast-food chain McDonalds has unveiled one of the largest independent studies of UK and Irish beef farms, which it says identifies measures that can help farmers meet government standards for...

Consolidation trend forecasted for Russian meat industry

At least 20% of meat companies in Russia will leave the market within the next few years due to acquisitions or bankruptcies.

US cattlemen call for action on TPP

The National Cattleman’s Beef Association (NCBA) has written to the US Senate calling for quick progress to be made over the ratification of the ambitious Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. ...

Devro tipped to post profit rise, despite headwind

Scottish manufacturer of collagen meat casings, Devro, will report an increase in pre-tax profits at the end of the financial year, a trend it will enjoy for three years, says...

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Thailand tipped as key market for Australian beef

Thailand has been earmarked as a potential processing and distribution hub for Western Australian live cattle exports, according to a government report on trade opportunities in south-east Asia.

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JBT buys X-ray food inspection company

Chicago-based company JBT Corporation has completed the acquisition of certain assets of Novus X-Ray, a provider of advanced X-ray food inspection systems, for an undisclosed fee.

Canadian restaurant company announces cage-free poultry policy

Canadian restaurant company SIR Corp has announced a commitment to move to a completely cage-free model for its poultry supply chain by September 2016. 

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Digital halal firm plans stock market float

The world’s first e-commerce marketplace for halal products, DagangHalal, has said it intends to float on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) market for smaller growing companies – known as the...

Chicken company in ‘no antibiotics ever’ pledge

US poultry firm GNP Company will add two ethical stamps to its chicken packaging to inform potential buyers the chicken has never been fed antibiotics and was humanely treated during...

TasFood eyes Nichols Poultry acquisition

Australian agrifood business TasFood Limited is planning a takeover of the family-owned, Tasmanian chicken producer Nichols Poultry. 

China’s meat firms invest in pig herd growth

Nearly 25 million pigs will be added to China’s herd between 2015 and 2018 by a handful of leading companies in investments worth RMB70 billion ($10.74bn).

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