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Australia looks to safeguard beef exports to Korea

Following a record year of beef exports to Korea in 2016, Australia is looking to defend its position amidst contracting supply and competition from the US. 

European Commission urged to do more against Brazilian beef

The Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) has called on the European Commission to take stronger action against Brazilian beef, in the wake of meat scandal that has rocked the country. 

Russian bank eyes takeover of turkey producer Eurodon

Vnesheconombank (VEB), one of Russia’s largest state-owned banks, may gain control over much of Eurodon Group, the major Russia-based turkey producer. 

News in brief

Brazilian beef ban will not spoil Minerva’s trade

A US ban on fresh Brazilian beef imports will not dent meatpacker Minerva’s volume trade, which will now head to Uruguay instead. 

US suspends imports of Brazilian beef

The US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has suspended all imports of fresh beef from Brazil due to safety concerns.

JBS to appeal blocked $300m asset sale

JBS plans to launch an appeal after a Brazilian judge blocked its sale of meat firms in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay to rival Minerva in a nine-figure deal.

Australian cattlemen face up to new disease rules

Australian cattle producers have just seven days left before deregulation to managing Bovine Johne’s Disease (BJD) comes into full force.

Chinese investors to pump $1bn into Belarus meat plants

China-based Xinrongji Holding Group and DRex Food Group will set up several projects in the Belarus’ poultry and livestock industry worth a total of $1bn. 

Tyson Foods introduces animal welfare measures

Tyson Foods, one of the US’s largest poultry processors, will add on-farm video cameras and pilot humane slaughter methods in a major effort to improve welfare for the 35 million...

Graphic content warning: Bali’s dog meat trade

An undercover investigation by Animals Australia has revealed in graphic detail the growing dog meat trade hitting unsuspecting tourists in holiday hotspot Bali.

USDA sued by meat industry over country of origin labelling

A lawsuit has been filed against the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in an attempt to force it to re-introduce country of origin labelling.

Handtmann opens €7m customer service centre

Meat product manufacturers can devise and test bespoke solutions to processing issues and train on the latest equipment at a €7m customer service centre just opened by Handtmann at its...

Germany’s Tönnies eyes land for Serbian pig farms

German meat company Tönnies has applied to the Serbian authorities to secure more than 1 million square metres of available land in five municipalities to set up pig farms.

Autopackaging boosts meat packager’s production rates by 30%

Japanese barcode firm SATO has collaborated with Dibal and Mecatronic to deliver a 30% increase in production rates for an unnamed European meatpacker.

KFC Australia’s ‘logical next step’ is home delivery

Kentucky Fried Chicken’s Australian arm is branching into home delivery. 

JBS announces major asset sale to cover debt

Brazilian meatpacker JBS has put a string of its assets, including Northern Irish poultry firm Moy Park, up for sale to raise R$6bn ($1.8bn) to pay off debt.

Rising pig supply creates 260 Danish Crown jobs

Danish Crown is hiring 260 new workers months after the pork giant feared an abattoir closure was needed to ease under pressure exports hit by falling pig numbers.

Fish firm caught up in huge US recall

Massachusetts-based Channel Fish Processing Company is the latest firm to recall food products that may contain undeclared allergens, bringing the total number of affected outfits to 12.

Meat prices in Canada expected to rise 9%

The price of meat in Canada is predicted to increase by as much as 9% by the end of 2017 according to the latest food price research.

Politician wants protection for Australian beef

Beef processed outside of Australia but marketed as ‘Australian’ could be made illegal if MPs get their way, with a fine of more than US$1 million (m) being proposed. 

Tough chicken meat ‘a big issue’ for industry

Fast-growing broiler chickens are developing wooden breast syndrome that’s making meat tough and chewy in what has become a growing problem for the poultry sector.

Tourists tricked into eating dog meat in Bali

Holidaymakers are unwittingly eating dog meat on the Indonesian island of Bali, according to an Animals Australia investigation, raising questions about food safety and animal abuse. 

Tyson Foods vice president elected chairman of US poultry council

Marc Killebrew, vice president of international sales at Tyson Foods has been elected chairman of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC), succeeding former incumbent Steve Monroe. 

Amazon's Whole Foods deal highlights appeal of physical stores

Amazon's move to buy Whole Foods Market for $13.7bn represents a 'tacit admission' that online-only food retailing is still difficult, according to a UK-based analyst.

EU checks expose ‘serious risk’ from Brazil meat

Tougher food safety checks on Brazilian imports prevented meat and poultry contaminated with salmonella and E.coli from entering Europe, according to a senior EU official. 

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