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Major brand launch to promote 100% French meat

French co-operative Terrena has created two brands, which it aims to use to help promote meat products: Sourires de Campagne, an organic beef brand, and farmers’ mark La Nouvelle Agriculture.

Brazilian meat giant ‘dissatisfied’ after loss

Meat processor BRF’s fourth-quarter net income fell by over 130% as a combination of political uncertainty and market challenges pushed results into the red.

Value offering grows Maple Leaf Foods’ pork sales

Maple Leaf Foods’ increased focus on value-added pork products has helped the Canadian processor grow sales in 2016.

Russia loses appeal over EU pork import ban

Russia has lost its appeal against a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling over its blanket ban on imports of pigs and pork products from the European Union (EU).

Canada green-lights irradiation for ground beef

Irradiated ground beef looks set to hit the shelves of supermarket stores after the Canadian government approved its sale.

Thai takeover of top Russian meat plant nearly done

Talks to acquire a top Russian meat factory, the Ostankino Meat Processing Plant (OMPP), could be concluded by Thailand's CP Foods arm Charoen Pokphand Foods (overseas) LLC (CP Foods) next month....

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Essentia launches organic beef broths

North American-based Essentia Protein Solutions has launched a new range of grass-fed, USDA-certified organic beef broths and stocks.

Profit up for South African foodservice corporation

Multinational foodservice giant BidCorp has reported a 20% rise in half-year profit less than a year after its spin-off from Bidfood (formerly Bidvest Foodservice).

California food firm hit by 26t recall

US, California-based Ready Pac Foods Inc has recalled 26 tonnes (59,225 pounds) of chicken salad products that may be contaminated with listeria.

Tyson Foods sets out sustainability plans

Tyson Foods has outlined its vision for the future of food and what role the business has to play in it.

Resistance to antimicrobials still strong across the EU

Bacteria found in humans, animals and food continue to show resistance to antimicrobials across the EU. 

Russian meat deal could benefit Mexico

Mexico may be able to export 200,000-400,000 tonnes (t) of meat to Russia, as trade restrictions, started in 2012, are about to be lifted, according to Enrique Sánchez Cruz, director...

Online forum explores packaging advances for meat safety

Suppliers seeking an edge in the fight to kill germs and boost shelf-life through packaging innovations can access a free online forum held on 23 March, featuring EU and US...

Smithfield Foods rolls out antibiotic-free meat range

Smithfield Foods has launched an antibiotic-free range of bacon, sausages and fresh pork products under its clean meat brand Pure Farm. 

Animex considers options for new meat processing plant

Polish meat processor Animex Foods Ltd has unveiled plans to open a new meat processing facility in either Poland or Romania, and create up to 3,000 new jobs as part...

China’s bird flu outbreak ‘serious’

An outbreak of avian influenza (AI) in China that has already claimed the lives of more than 100 people is likely to hurt the pockets of farmers, according to analysts. 

New monitoring system developed by Central Queensland University

The creators of a new livestock theft prevention system are seeking producers to help research the project. 

US meat giant trials high-end pork product

A subsidiary of US meat giant Tyson Foods is debuting fresh new product development at the Annual Meat Conference in Dallas, Texas.

Norway meat labelling too weak says EU surveillance body

The Norwegian government must improve its labelling controls for meat products, foodstuffs containing meat and additives used in such products, the European Free Trade Area (EFTA) Surveillance Authority has claimed.

Q&A: Why checkweighing technology is key for the future

An expert at Switzerland-based food and pharma machinery producer Mettler Toledo weighs in on the role of advanced checkweighing technology and its uses for the future.

Indiana meat firm to create 20 jobs in expansion drive

Fisher Meats, a processor of fresh and smoked meats, announced plans today to triple its footprint in Jay County, creating up to 20 new jobs by 2019.

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Six abattoirs planned for Anambra state in Nigeria

The governor of Ndi Anambra (Anambra state) in Nigeria has revealed plans to build abattoirs in six regions of the state.

Farmers kill thousands of pigs in disease-hit Latvia

Latvia has culled more pigs in the past two weeks than in the last three years, due to African swine fever (ASF) outbreaks. 

Puerto Rico company hit by 453t chicken sausage recall

Century Packing Corporation has recalled 453 tonnes (999,419 pounds) of thermally processed, commercially sterile, chicken sausage products due to misbranding.

Fury over plan to build bacon plant on old Nazi site

Meat processor Handl Tyrol has responded to outrage over its plan to build a bacon and sausage factory on the site of a former Nazi forced labour camp in Austria.

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