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A state-wide ban of fois gras will come into effect in California on Sunday (1 July), eight years after the legislation was signed by the then-Californian Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Russia’s veterinary services have announced that the ban on imports of livestock from the EU will soon be partly lifted.
Moldova is seeking to dramatically increase exports of meat and meat products to EU countries this year, in response to a failing domestic market.
A new campaign is calling on US supermarkets to stop selling meat raised on antibiotics, claiming that the majority of consumers want antibiotic-free meat.
The US State of Louisiana has implemented a new system of animal identification that will allow officials to trace a single animal in the event of a disease outbreak or terrorist attack.
Brazilian ministers have decided to press ahead with official objections to an anti-dumping duty on chicken exports introduced by South Africa.
Agriculture ministers worldwide are digesting the details of the agreement struck at the United Nations (UN) Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which stressed the need for livestock production systems to be more sustainable.
Two companies have achieved US certification for pathogen testing kits, which can be used to detect salmonella in meat products.
The Food and Agriculture Association (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) have announced a new global strategy for the fight against food-and-mouth disease (FMD).
Scottish red meat bosses and politicians are pushing for vital CAP reforms that deliver a much-needed boost to livestock numbers in Scotland, in order to meet unprecedented global demand for its products.
Europe should not become complacent about the risks of animal- and food-borne diseases, animal health experts have warned.
An outbreak of animal disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is threatening to cause a food security crisis, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization has warned.
Demand for meat around the world is currently strong, but “mounting operation costs, higher shipping expenses and healthy competition” are putting pressure on some producers, according to a report carried out by financial website StockCall.com.
Europe faces significant challenges when exporting animal-derived products, despite having some of the world’s highest standards in animal health, a representative of the EU Commission has warned.
Canada has dropped a World Trade Organization (WTO) case against South Korea over access to beef import markets, after the two countries signed a bilateral agreement to end the long-running dispute.
South Korea and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) have started a campaign to promote year-round consumption of US chilled pork in South Korea following a decline in US imports.
Russia reached self-sufficiency in halal meat production last year and exported halal poultry for the first time in its history, statistics have revealed.
Europe must take a balanced view on sustainability or risk exporting its meat production, a leading agricultural expert has warned.
The international food packaging company Faerch Plast (FP) opened a new factory in County Durham, England, last week to add to its portfolio of factories in Denmark and the Czech Republic.
Environmental groups are risking human health and the environment by recommending diets that are very low in meat, experts have warned.
Brazil and the European Union have signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a dialogue on agriculture following a conference on sustainable and inclusive agriculture held alongside the Rio+20 Summit of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.
Experts in Russia have predicted that the continued spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) in the Central-Federal District of Russia could lead to catastrophic consequences for the country’s pork industry.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has launched a public consultation on its draft guidance for the environmental risk posed by genetically modified animals.
Eighteen EU member states have now announced that they will be fully compliant with the partial ban of sow stalls by 1 January 2013.
An award-winning speech about the role of nationwide livestock auction markets has been given to the Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) in California, by a 15-year-old boy.
A consumer report has called on the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to tighten consumer labelling standards for meat raised without antibiotics.
European Union (EU) ministers have authorised the European Commission to draft a comprehensive animal welfare law that could include mandatory meat labelling laws.
The agriculture minister for the UK, Jim Paice, has called on the European Commission (EC) at the Agriculture and Fisheries Council in Luxembourg to asses the rules surrounding the transport of livestock.
One of the largest organic meat producers in Latin America has become the first company in the world to be awarded Rainforest Alliance certification for sustainable cattle production.
More than 100 cattle and buffaloes have died in two Indonesian villages, following infection with anthrax.
The meat packer and distributor, Master Purveyors, has seen an increase in staff production and a reduction in theft since installing surveillance hardware and software at their Florida site.
The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) to stop its hog subsidy before entering the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade talks.
The Custom Union (CU) of Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Belarus has introduced a new law on the safety of meat and meat products, intended to align safety standards between members and ensure they meet EU and World Trade Organization (WTO) requirements.
Following the first detection of the Schmallenberg virus (SBV) in Germany in 2011, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has recently published an assessment of the impact caused by the infection.
Dutch-based food and ingredients company Vion has announced more than 630 potential redundancies in its Dutch and German businesses after disappointing result for 2011 prompted the company to accelerate efficiencies outlined in its long-term strategy plan.
The UK’s Food Environment Research Agency (Fera), based in York, and US-based Waters Corporation are to open a laboratory-based training facility in the UK, designed to help solve the global food safety challenge.
Russian agricultural company Ariant is constructing a new meat-processing complex, which it claims will be the largest in Europe.
Russian meat processing giant Cherkizovo Group has acquired a number of new agricultural facilities in Central Russia, which it claims will further strengthen its position on the Russian meat market.
An unknown type of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), which destroys even vaccinated livestock populations, has been discovered in the republic of Kyrgyzstan.
The Schmallenberg virus (SBV) may survive this coming winter and infect livestock to the south and east of its current core outbreak areas in Germany, the Netherlands and France, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has warned.
Brazil’s agriculture ministers have met with industry representatives for crisis talks about the country’s floundering pig sector.
A Northern Ireland food firm has been bought by a US corporation, which also acquired another Ireland-based food company in 2009.
Latvia’s largest poultry processor, Kekava, is on the brink of bankruptcy after recording record losses of LVL4.019m (US$7.5m) in 2011.
Meat exports from the US have shown a mixed performance in the first quarter of 2012, according to a report released by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), compiled by the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF).
Peru has re-opened its doors to Canadian beef after lifting a ban which was implemented following Canada’s first BSE outbreak in 2003.
With the economic downturn affecting markets all around the world, global consumption habits are changing across the board, consumer expert Helen King told delegates to the World Meat Congress in Paris.
Brazilian meat company JBS has won a court injunction against Greenpeace, following the publication last week (6 June) of a report, which JBS claimed was ‘erroneous’ and ‘defamatory’.
Japan has announced that it will ban the sale of raw beef liver in restaurants, following a spate of food poisoning cases last year.
A report published recently in the Clinical Infectious Diseases journal has highlighted the increased risk in humans contracting toxoplasmosis from organic meat.
Canada’s meat and livestock industries have welcomed the Canadian government’s proposal to overhaul the country’s food safety regime.
Best practice regarding animal husbandry technology and veterinary science is to be shared between the European Union (EU) and China’s meat and livestock industries under a co-operation plan signed this week in Beijing. The agreement was initialled by the EU agriculture commissioner Dacian Ciolos and the Chinese agriculture minister Han Changfu.
The Russian government is due to embark on a large-scale development in beef production, which will enable the country to increase its beef export potential within the next 10 years.
Lessons need to be learnt from the US ban on horse slaughter or risk similar happening in other protein sectors, a former US congressman has warned.
The panda is a warning for all against veganism, delegates to the World Meat Congress were told.
International meat representatives have announced a deal that will see them work with UN authorities when it comes to assessing the industry’s impact on the environment.
The United States’ Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) has highlighted growing red meat exports as the bright spot in expanding American agricultural trade overseas.
English beef and lamb exporters could soon be targeting a wider range of new markets in countries outside the European Union, because exchange rate fluctuations currently makes English meat nearly 7% cheaper than a year ago.
The global meat industry is being called upon to support and back a new initiative to end child starvation and hunger.
The world needs to work together to encourage more youngsters into sheep farming, delegates to the World Meat Congress were told.
Focusing on long-term horizons and 2050 forecasts has allowed governments and other organisations to put off big, and sometimes difficult, decisions that need making today, England’s farming leader told delegates to the World Farmers Congress.
Concern is rising over the ongoing outbreak of African Swine Fever across Russia and the possibility it could spill out into wider Europe.
One of the world’s largest meat companies, JBS has threatened legal action over a damaging report published by Greenpeace, which claimed that the company was collaborating in the deforestation of the Brazilian rainforest.
The economic downturn and fall in global GDP growth is shaping up to be a serious “cloud on the horizon” of the meat industry, a leading expert told delegates to the World Meat Congress in Paris.
Britain’s animal welfare charity, the RSPCA, has called for better enforcement of welfare standards for livestock being transported across Europe, and reiterated its call for a maximum eight-hour journey time.
The Jakarta Beef Committee recently held a demonstration at Indonesia’s Ministry of Agriculture. The committee insisted the government add a beef import quota of 50,000 tonnes (t) in the second semester of 2012.
Producers and processors around the world are becoming more efficient at making high-quality pork products according to the International Meat Secretariat (IMS) – and it is benefiting the environment.
US and EU farmers would struggle to cope with some of the strict environmental legislation imposed in Brazil, according to a Brazilian senator.
Russian veterinary services have warned that avian flu, which is currently spreading through south-east Asia, has been found on a large poultry farm in eastern Russia.
Indian poultry company Suguna Group has set up an Institute for Poultry Management, offering diploma and certificate courses. The Institute’s principal Dr F R Sheriff said: “We want to promote nutritional safety and (financial) security in India’s poultry sector by attracting educated youth in the field.”
New Zealand’s food safety body, MAF, has denied that proposed meat inspection reforms are a cost-cutting exercise, but rather designed to bring the country more into line with international standards, while maintaining or improving food safety.
American food giant Sara Lee Corporation, has unveiled an aggressive new strategy of innovation and marketing for its meat business.
European meat producers looking to ship organic products to the USA will be put at a disadvantage under the new EU-US organic equivalence agreement, which came into effect on 1 June, according to one British organic expert.
Hong Kong has agreed to accept UK bone-in beef imports 16 years after all British beef exports were banned due to the BSE crisis.
The Penza region of Russia is set to become the biggest producer of turkey meat and beef in the country following a joint venture with Damate Agribusiness.
Older people should be encouraged to consume more meat to remain active in later life, delegates to the World Meat Congress (WMC) in Paris were told.
Lack of consistency and gold-plating is causing confusion and undermining the European meat industry on the global stage, according to a leading livestock and meat trading union.
Cautious optimism appears to sum up the general global meat supply scene, with high prices and relatively buoyant export markets, delegates to the World Meat Congress (WMC) were told.
One of Poland’s major wholesale retailers has upped its commitment to sourcing high welfare pork.
Meat industry experts are calling the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) latest plan to test domestic and imported ground beef products for six different strains of E coli unnecessary and a waste of resources.
The American Meat Institute (AMI) continues to embrace the digital communication age. It recently launched its own Facebook page to highlight industry news and has now started publishing a new blog post to keep readers up to date with industry developments.
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