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Pork Council pushes for trade deal without Japan

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has teamed up with fellow US associations in a call to conclude current Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations without Japan.

Astral posts significant profit increase in H1

South African poultry producer Astral Foods delivered a 260% increase in operating profit by R213m, in its interim results for the six months to 31 March 2014.

Russian poultry firm Cherkizovo reports mixed results

Russia’s largest meat and fodder producer Cherkizovo Group has revealed an increase in revenue of 13% in local currency the rouble (RUB), for the first quarter ending 31 March 2014.

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Far East: contrasting shows in Singapore and Shanghai

Food & Hotel Asia (FHA) in Singapore (7-11 April) attracted a record 3,200 exhibitors and 45,000 visitors. The show demonstrated the economic buoyancy and the increasing demand for meat in...

Foster Farms reinforces commitment to reduce Salmonella

US poultry firm Foster Farms has reiterated its food safety commitments following the latest salmonella outbreak update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

South Korean pork market is volatile, says USMEF

The United States Meat Export Federation (USMEF) has described the pork market in South Korea as volatile.

EFSA publishes scientific opinion on tail-docking in pigs

Following a request from the European Commission, the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) Animal Health and Welfare (AHAW) panel has published a scientific opinion on the issue of tail-docking in...

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Halal conference calls for improved understanding of Sharia

Participants at the third Gulf Conference on The Halal Industry called for greater understanding of the consensus between Sharia interpretation and scientific evidence.

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OSI Poland looks to target Italy for exports of beef

Beef producer OSI Poland Foodworks is looking to increase its exports to Italy by 50% by the end of the year.

Continued calls for elimination of beef tariffs, in TPP talks

Demands continue to be made for all tariffs on beef to be eliminated as part of any Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, by producers in four Trans-Pacific member countries.

Ukraine pushes out Russian pork producer

One of Russia’s largest producers of poultry and pork, agricultural holding BEZRK-Belgrankorm, will close its business in Ukraine.

Canada hints at export opportunities to Ukraine

Canadian sheep and goat producers are hoping to expand their exports to Ukraine, following the signing of an agreement to allow exports of pure-bred sheep and goats to the country.

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Higher meat production costs to filter to US consumers

A 10% decrease in US pork supply, coupled with droughts in California, look set to hit American consumers in the wallet, according to a professor at Texas Tech University.

Iran increases poultry production to avoid social unrest

In 1392 – the Iranian year equivalent to 21 March 2013 to 20 March 2014 – Iran produced 2.15 million tonnes (mt) of poultry, a rise of about 12% year-on-year,...

European Commission gives approval for meat preservative

The European Commission has approved the use of ethyl lauroyl arginate (E-243) as a preservative in most heat-treated meat products in the 28-country European Union (EU). But the Commission has...

Further global collaboration on animal health announced

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OiE) have pledged to boost their existing collaboration on animal health, in a...

China makes waves in international meat market

Demand for meat in China is soaring with exports to the country growing rapidly, according to the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

Hormel announces big jump in earnings

US firm Hormel Foods Corporation achieved record group sales of $2.24bn in its second quarter, up 4%. However, the firm announced that due to "lower anticipated hog supplies" it would...

Findings released on PEDv in Mexico

There have been a total of 83 outbreaks of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) in Mexico since July 2013, according to the latest update from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OiE).

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Atria announces plans to streamline production plant

Finnish meat and poultry manufacturer Atria has revealed it plans to make operations at its Jyväskylä production plant more efficient.

US progress with Mexico highlighted on panel discussion

Mexico’s decision to expand imports of US beef was highlighted at a panel discussion on positive developments between the two countries.

Danish Crown on collision course with government over foreign investment

Danish Crown’s decision to invest in facilities outside Denmark risks straining relations with the government in Copenhagen as the company lobbies for state measures to reduce operating costs at local...

UK sets new record for pork exports

The UK has set a new record for exports of pork and pork products, achieving its highest monthly figure since 1998.

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Kazakhstan bans Australian beef imports

Kazakhstan has imposed a temporary ban on some imports of Australian beef following the discovery of the growth stimulator trenbolone, according to the Kazakh Agency for Consumer Rights Protection (KACRP).

Interpack 2014 product showcase - part two

The 2014 Interpack show saw 175,000 visitors attend over the six-day event (8-14 May) with 2,700 exhibitors packing the 19 halls of the exhibition at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre in Germany.

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