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Ukraine pork production on the rise

Ukranian pork production increased significantly in the first four months of 2013, with experts predicting that the country could become self sufficient in pork by the end of the year.

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Palestinian livestock sector suffering under security

The meat and livestock sector in the West Bank of the Palestinian territories is suffering because of tough Israeli security restrictions, the development of Israeli settlements and a recent outbreak...

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Prepared meals increasingly unpopular in Sweden

Prepared meals are predicted to become unpopular in Sweden over the next five years, due to a growing unhealthy reputation of the sector, according to recent research by Canadean.

UK and Ireland have a shared future in food, says Paterson

Ways in which the UK and Ireland agri-food industries can work more closely were discussed at the UK-Ireland Food Business Innovation Summit in Dublin on Wednesday (29 May).

Spain implements restrictions on export to Russia

Spanish veterinary authorities have imposed temporary restrictions on the supply of meat and products of animal origin to the Customs Union countries of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.

H7N9 bird flu threatens global poultry outlook

The outbreak of H7N9 in eastern and central China could threaten the outlook for global poultry sales, according to the latest quarterly poultry report from Rabobank.

Chinese meat processor to buy US pork giant

China’s largest meat processing company has announced plans to buy out US pork producer Smithfield Foods for approximately US$4.7bn.

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OIE declares US low risk for BSE

US meat bosses have welcomed a decision by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) to declare the country a low risk for BSE in cattle.

Australian Greens challenge Labor on animal welfare

The Australian Greens have introduced a bill to the House of Representatives to establish an independent body to monitor animal welfare and live exports.

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Japan opens up to Brazilian pork

Japan has given the green light to exports of Brazilian pork after seven years of negotiation.

Russian meat firm sees profits drop away

Russian meat giant Cherkizovo has seen profits plunge significantly in the first quarter of 2013, due to high costs and low pig and poultry prices.

Beef boosts Irish food exports

Strong beef sales have contributed to a 27% value hike in Irish food and drink exports over the last three years to €9bn in 2012, while trade with the UK...

Stranded NZ meat cleared for export to China

New Zealand authorities claim they have resolved a trading impasse with China which has left hundreds of pallets of frozen beef and sheep meat stranded in ports for weeks.

Putin promises support for Russian pork and poultry industries

Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised that the government will provide special support to Russia’s poultry and pork producers, which are currently suffering record losses due to the country’s accession...

EU meat industry welcomes new pig inspection rules

The European Livestock and Meat Trading Union (UECBV) has welcomed new European Union (EU) pig meat inspection rules, backed by a key European Commission committee, that sanction a more risk-based...

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Atria appoints new board members

Finnish food company Atria has appointed a new board of directors after a year of increased sales.

Australia to focus on new food market connections

Australian agricultural businesses have welcomed the announcement of a food and beverage supplier advocate to help them access new markets.

Australian farmers given drought reprieve

Cattle farmers in the Australian state of Queensland have welcomed new rules which will give them more access to land for grazing their livestock.

Russian trade relations with Germany worsen

Russian authorities have stated that German exporters have once again violated veterinary requirements, which has significantly undermined the chances of Germany returning to normal trading conditions with Russia.

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Australia issues draft biosecurity proposals

Australia’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) has released draft regulations for its new Biosecurity Bill.

Canada ready for moves after US fails to meet COOL deadline

President of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) Martin Unrau has stated his agreement with his Mexican and US counterparts on the US’ country of origin labelling (COOL) law, following discussions....

IPPC reprieve for livestock sector in NFU lobbying success

Europe’s livestock sector could breathe a sigh of relief yesterday after a European Commission decision left cattle out of the Industrial Emissions Directive.

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Campylobacter found in US chicken embryos

US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Agricultural Research Service (ARS) researchers have found evidence of campylobacter in seven-day-old chick embryos.

Exports and innovation to drive NI agri-food industry

Exports and innovation are the focus of a new strategic action plan for Northern Ireland’s agri-food industry, launched at this year’s Balmoral Show, with ambitious targets set to increase current...

Infographic: H7N9 outbreak

The outbreak of H7N9 bird flu in China has left 36 dead and caused considerable damage to the local poultry industry. This infographic from Globalmeatnews.com shows the latest statistics on...

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