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US opens market for fresh beef from Brazil and Argentina

Fourteen Brazilian states have been granted access to the US market for fresh beef (chilled or frozen), following a 15-year period of trade restrictions.

Meat trade organisations welcome new Obama trade negotiating powers

The European Livestock and Meat Trades Union (UECBV) has welcomed the securing of trade promotion authority (TPA) by US President Barack Obama, which will allow him to negotiate trade deals...

Bovine growth could slow for India

While it will continue to be a major player on the global bovine market, the pace of growth in India could well be much lower than that experienced over the...

UK coatings firm announces gluten-free investment

Bowman Ingredients is to make a multi-million pound investment in what it claims is the UK’s first dedicated production facility for gluten-free crumb products.

Retail analysis: Russian Federation

With a population of 143.5 million people last year, Russia consumes approximately 9.8 million tonnes of meat per year, the equivalent of 68kg per capita, according to official data from...

Sustainable beef scheme at McDonald’s Canada sees positive start

Nearly 100 ranchers in Canada have registered to take part in a McDonald’s pilot scheme aimed at ensuring sustainability in the beef sector.

Beef prices weaken during first third of year

Global beef prices have weakened during the first four months of 2015, following a period of record high prices. However, it’s unlikely prices will continue to fall as beef supply...

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Philippines hopes to lift meat exports with new plants

Two new publicly funded meat processing facilities being built in the Philippines are due to be completed within the year, with the aim of helping to boost meat exports from...

Price rises expected for Poland’s poultry meat as consumption grows

Poland’s consumption of poultry meat is expected to reach 28kg per capita this year, up 1.8% compared with 2014, as indicated by data released by the country’s state-run Institute of...

Arguments on meat industry taxation continue in Ukraine

Ukraine may face a rapid drop in meat production if the country’s government decides to cancel benefits on VAT for livestock producers, according to market participants.

New FMD rules could open export opps for African beef

Changes to international regulatory standards for managing foot and mouth disease (FMD), which were adopted at the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) world assembly in Paris last month, have...

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Green light given to multi-million dollar Iowa pork processing plant

Work on a new $246m pork processing plant can begin, after council officials from Sioux City, Iowa, approved the sale of land for the plant.

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New appointment made at Cargill’s European poultry HQ

Mary Thompson has been appointed to lead Cargill’s European poultry business based in Hereford, England. She will start her new role on 1 August.

New date set for end of Russian embargo

Russia has extended its embargo on EU food imports for a further six months until 31 January 2016, in retaliation for the EU’s decision to extend its own economic sanctions...

Holfeld claims packaging first

Irish pork processor O’Brien’s Fine Foods has overhauled the packaging on its range of dry-cured bacon, cooked hams, puddings and sausages.

Chinese processor delivers 40t of pork to Russia, as others seek entry

A unit of China’s top pork processor has shipped 40 tons of pork overland to Russia. The Wangkui Shuanghui Beidahuang Food Co plant in northerly Heilongjiang province shipped the pork,...

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Forty-year old meat found in Chinese investigation

Nearly half a billion US dollars-worth of smuggled frozen meat, some of it 40 years old, has been seized by officials in China in the latest food safety crackdown.

Jellyfish lamb could have made it onto general market

A lamb that had a mother genetically modified with jellyfish protein was sold to an abattoir and may have been mistakenly eaten, a French medical research laboratory has admitted.

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New appointment for Aussie poultry federation

Dr Vivien Kite has been named the new executive director of the Australian Chicken Meat Federation (ACMF) and the Australian Poultry Industries Association (APIA). Kite will replace Dr Andreas Dubs,...

Meat body welcomes US-South Africa talks

The US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) has welcomed the news that trade officials from the US and South Africa are in talks to try to resolve the embargo on US...

Miratorg to launch Russia’s largest beef genetics centre

LLC Bryansk Meat Company, a subsidiary of the country’s agricultural holding Miratorg, has disclosed plans to create the largest genetic centre for the breeding of seed bulls in Russia.

European pig industry warned over potential ASF spread

African Swine Fever (ASF) could cross into Germany imminently, the European pig industry has been warned.

Middleby relaunches Thurne brand

US equipment firm Middleby Corporation has relaunched the Thurne brand with a new range of slicing systems.

Lamb prices decline in China

A glut of local and imported supply has caused Chinese lamb prices to fall this year, with the current retail price of RMB50/kg, down 10.7% year-on-year according to pricing data...

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Meat and livestock sector starts to debate Brexit as referendum authorised

In or out? Like every UK voter, the meat and livestock industry has two-and-a-half years to decide whether its future is better with Britain remaining in the European Union (EU)...

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