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Dutch Safety Board report finds deficiencies in meat supply chain

The Dutch Safety Board (DSB) has published a damning report on ‘Risks in the meat supply chain’, claiming the industry has "numerous deficiencies" when it comes to food hygiene....

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EFSA says use of peroxyacetic acid would not cause toxicity concerns

The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA’s) scientific panel has suggested that using solutions containing peroxyacetic acid (PAA) to reduce contamination from pathogens on poultry carcases and meat would not pose...

Romania to export sheepmeat to China

Romanian Deputy Prime Minister Liviu Dragnea has announced plans by China to launch imports of sheep meat from Romania following last year’s signing of two agreements to export Romanian pork...

Netherlands sees another bird flu outbreak

Veterinary services in the Netherlands are investigating a fresh outbreak of the H5N2 strain of avian flu, affecting poultry this month.

Cherkizovo Group acquires LISKO Broiler company

Russian meat and fodder producer Cherkizovo Group has acquired poultry producer LISKO Broiler for approximately RUB5bn ($140m), in what has been touted as a significant event in the Russian meat...

North American hog shortfall expected following PEDv, says Rabobank

A significant shortfall in the North American hog market is predicted, following the impact of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) on the population, according to a new report from Rabobank.

JBS announces profit jump in 2013

Global meat company JBS has revealed net profits increased by 28.9% to BRL926.9m ($403.75m) in its full-year results for 2013.

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Swedish investigation to focus on hybrid buffalo-beef mislabelling

A preliminary investigation by Livsmedelsverket, Sweden’s food safety authority, has established that between 25 to 30 tonnes (t) of fillet beef mixed with buffalo meat may have been sold, or...

Russia set to develop meat production in Crimea

The Russian government has prepared a preliminary development program for the recently annexed Crimean peninsula, which provides that the priority sectors for investment would be tourism, wine and meat production.

Most EU countries not convinced of meat ingredients origin labelling

Many European Union (EU) countries are unsure whether imposing mandatory labelling requirements for the country of origin of meat used as ingredient in processed food products would bring benefits that...

US beef cattle herd decline could have bottomed out says USDA expert

Beef production in the USA could be lower this year than in 2013, even though there are indications that the long decline in the national cattle herd may be at...

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Danish meat plants react nervously to 6% wage rise

Leading Danish meat processing companies fear that a recently negotiated three-year wage agreement for workers in the industry threatens to erode producers’ already low margins.

Latvia seeks EU compensation for damage resulting from sanctions against Russia

Latvia will appeal to the European Commission (EC) with a request to compensate the damage that sanctions against Russia have imposed on the country’s economy, primarily to its food and...

Polish pigmeat producers receive EU aid following ASF-linked price falls

Polish pigmeat producers operating in zones subject to movement controls because of the outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in local wild boars will be guaranteed payments of €35.70 per...

Argentine/Uruguay beef range strikes a chord in China

It is a pricey dinner for most Beijing pockets: two vacuum-packed steaks for RMB62.16, or RMB316/kg – several times the price of Chinese beef.

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Thermo Fisher Scientific acquires animal health company

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc has announced its acquisition of animal health diagnostics company Prionics AG.

Hormel organic pork goes up against local-breed champions

US-based meat major Hormel is seeking to lure China’s upper-crust customers with a range of certified organic pork sold through high-end supermarkets.

Russian meat imports drop by almost a third

Since the start of 2014, Russia has reduced meat imports by 27.1% to 159,100t on a year-on-year comparison, excluding trade with Belarus and Kazakhstan, the Russian Ministry of Agriculture has...

American merger one step closer

The directors of the North American Meat Association (NAMA) have voted in favour of a merger with the American Meat Institute (AMI).

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Heavy rain pushes up price of Argentine beef

The price of beef in Argentina has increased 20% since the start of 2014 thanks to heavy rainfall, according to latest market report by UK commodities analyst Mintec.

Danish pig industry joins forces to improve welfare

Danish pig leaders have reached an agreement with politicians and lobbyists to improve pig welfare standards following a special "welfare summit".

Government investment pledged to Maple Leaf Foods

A CA$5 million investment package has been awarded to Maple Leaf Foods in order to purchase and install new meat processing technology.

World Meat Congress to feature Child Hunger Challenge

The organisers of the World Meat Congress in Beijing, China, are to lead a Child Hunger Challenge, in a bid to raise money for child hunger and nutrition projects.

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Vion establishes new management board

Dutch meat giant Vion has announced a new management board which features an international team of experts across a broad range of fields.

Authorities release report on cattle mistreatment in Egypt

A joint review of slaughter practices, by the Australian and Egyptian governments has found that an abattoir in Ain Sokhna, Egypt, did not confirm to international standards for animal welfare.

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