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Cargill CEO stands up for free trade

In a time of creeping protectionism threatening to destabilise the balance of free trade, David MacLennan, CEO of agri-business giant Cargill, has made an impassioned defence of global commerce.

Industry reaction as UK triggers Article 50

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has told Brussels that Britain wants to exit the European Union by triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.

Hong Kong restores Brazilian meat trade

Hong Kong is the latest key importer to have lifted a ban on Brazilian meat, after China and Egypt eased restrictions earlier this week.

Georgia suffers shortage of lamb amid booming export surge

Georgia has been suffering from a shortage of lamb during the past few months, evidenced by rising prices in the domestic market. 

Over 100 US retailers believed to have recalled meatballs

Officials believe 112 retailers across more than a dozen US states may have beef products recalled by Kings Command Foods LLC after several customers complained of finding metal in their food.

Sealed Air to sell key divisions to equity firm

Packaging and hygiene solutions provider Sealed Air has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Diversey Care food hygiene and cleaning businesses from its food care division to private...

Key markets lift ban on Brazilian meat

Brazil has let out a sigh of relief this week after crucial export markets, including China and Egypt, lifted import bans imposed following alleged bribery of meat factory health inspectors. ...

Scientists find nanotechnology for detection of foodborne viruses

Canadian scientists claim to have developed a “ground-breaking” nanotechnology sensing mechanism that can detect mild traces of a foodborne virus, potentially making it easier to stop epidemics.

Donald Trump and China: call to unlock beef market

US meat bodies have urged US President Donald Trump to secure China President Xi Jinping’s support for a beef deal, with industry talks failing to make progress.

Polish meat processor posts record sales

Polish meat processor ZM Henryk Kania has reported record sales of PLN1.29 billion (€303 million) for 2016, up 25.3% on last year.

Leaders from Brazil and EU to tackle meat 'crisis'

European Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis is in Brazil on a three-day mission to ensure imported food is safe for consumption, following claims Brazilian meat processors bribed government officials and sold rotten...

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Texas food firm hit with 15t recall

Texas-based food producer Ajinomoto Windsor has recalled 15 tonnes (35,168 pounds) of frozen ready-to-eat beef products that may be contaminated with rubber.

US meatpackers denounce controversial fair play rules

Government litigation set up to protect farmers from “egregious retaliatory practices” have been criticised by American meat boards, which suggest regulation could inflict billions of dollars of financial damage.

New Zealand’s ‘big win’ for exporters with chilled China meat deal

New Zealand has struck a six-month agreement with China to supply top restaurants and retailers with chilled meat, in a deal potentially worth millions of dollars to the economy.

Farm body wants ‘action’ after Brazil meat scandal

EU farming body Copa-Cogeca has urged Brussels to enforce stronger action on Brazilian meat imports, following allegations that meat processors bribed government officials to turn a blind eye to rotten...

Indian crackdown on illegal meat slaughter, smuggling

India’s chief minister for the state of Uttar Pradesh, Adityanath Yogi, has ordered a crackdown on cow smuggling and illegal slaughter. 

Mexico eases beef trade tax

The Mexican government will allow a huge volume of international beef to enter the country tax-free this year.

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German firms hikes plastic prices

A German business making sealants for the food and drink industry said it plans to increase prices by 15% in April. 

Canada Budget 2017: meat industry welcomes food cash injection

Canada’s Finance Minister Bill Morneau has earmarked funds for innovation and food safety investment in his federal Budget, launched on Wednesday 22 March – a move welcomed by the meat sector.

Russia makes breakthrough in meat exports

Russia exported 173,000 tonnes (t) of meat last year, increasing this figure nearly twofold compared to 2015, according to the country’s Institute of Agricultural Market Studies (IKAR).

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Food safety and packaging webinar airs today

Readers seeking packaging solutions to combat microbial spoilage and preserve and extend shelf-life can listen to the advice of three experts in the field in a free online forum set...

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Chef cooks the world’s first lab-grown chicken

Memphis Meats made headlines around the world with news that it had produced the world’s first lab-grown duck and chicken – now you can watch a video about the innovation. ...

Smoked meat traders find export joy in Japan

European dried, cured and smoked meat producers are poised for a rapid expansion of export sales to Japan, with growing demand for such products that cannot be satisfied by Japanese...

Brazil meat scandal: EU says trade ban ‘inaccurate’

The international embarrassment facing Brazil over its rotten meat scandal has deepened after Hong Kong joined China in banning meat imports, although Europe is yet to follow suit.

US-China trade war threat analysed

The threat of a trade war between two of the world’s most powerful countries China and the United States is low, but analysts warn it could dramatically damage pork trade....

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