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Australian beef exports forecast to expand through 2013

Australian beef exports will continue to gain pace over the rest of the year, boosted by drought, emerging market demand and a more favourable currency, according to Meat and Livestock...

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Belarus holds top-level meeting on ASF

Belarus has staged a meeting to discuss the control of African Swine Fever (ASF) with neighbouring countries Russia and Ukraine.

Cargill marks a first in beef tenderness

US meat giant Cargill has become the first major processor to receive government certification for its beef tenderness programme.

US plans new imported food safety laws

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed new laws to improve the safety of imported food.

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UK report calls for "moderate" meat consumption

The UK government has published a new report calling for meat consumption to be moderated in order to reduce the environmental impact of food and boost health.

First test-tube burger to be unveiled

A Dutch scientist will serve up the world’s first test-tube burger in London next month.

Horsmeat fiasco continues to have impact in Ireland

The horsemeat scandal continues to have an impact on consumer purchasing habits in Ireland, and has dented consumer confidence in the food industry, according to new research released by the...

New management model for China poultry market

Chinese and global animal health experts have visited a live poultry market, which has implemented a new management model aimed at improving biosecurity to prevent animal disease.

Meat drives Irish food exports

Meat was the major driver behind an increase in Irish food and drink exports this year, according to Irish food board Bord Bía.

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Australia sees live exports surge

Australian live exports increased significantly in May, according to the latest data from Meat and Livestock Australia.

North American coalition seeks injunction over COOL

A coalition of US, Canadian and Mexican meat industry organisations are seeking a preliminary injunction to delay implementation of US country-of-origin labelling (COOL) legislation.

Big losses for Russian poultry industry

Russia’s biggest poultry production regions have reported multi-million-dollar losses in the first six months of 2013.

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Brazilian chicken gains green light to Mexico

Mexico has opened its market to chicken and eggs from Brazil, according to the Brazilian authorities.

Meat linked to chemical exposure

Meat has been identified as a major source of exposure to industrial chemical bisphenol A (BPA), which has been linked to health problems.

Grass-fed meat label approved in Canada

Canadian food safety officials have approved the country’s first ever certification label for 100% grass-fed meat.

ASF threatens Russian pork exports

Experts have warned that Russia could lose its pork export industry as the epidemic of African swine fever (ASF) in Russia continues to gain momentum, spreading to new regions of...

Australian welfare bodies slam Pakistan inquiry

Australian animal welfare campaigners have reacted furiously to the findings of a government inquiry into the brutal slaughter of 20,000 sheep in Pakistan last year.

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Zambeef reverts to Zambian-only products

Zambeef Products will only deal in Zambian beef products and will stop all sale of imported beef, it was announced today (24 July).

US extends Smithfield and Shuanghui merger review

US authorities have extended their review of meat processor Smithfield’s proposed merger with Chinese company Shuanghui.

Australian review says live export slaughter boxes humane

An independent investigation into slaughter boxes used in Australia’s live export supply chains has concluded they are humane if used properly, the country’s agriculture ministry has announced.

UK processor warns of jobs threat

A UK meat processor has announced more than 100 jobs are under threat following proposals to restructure one of its operations.

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New poisoning in China sparks contamination fears

A man has been hospitalised in China after eating a “lamb skewer” laced with rat poison, sparking more fears about food contamination in the country.

Russia considers banning meat from Canada

Russian veterinary services are considering a total ban on imports of meat from Canada. The move follows a recent inspection, which revealed the use of ractopamine in Canadian meat processors...

World pork market set to improve

The global pork market will improve in the second half of the year and into 2014, although prices will remain under pressure, according to the latest report from Rabobank.

Pakistan acts to restrict cattle smuggling

Pakistani political and judicial authorities have taken action to slow the smuggling of cattle from Pakistan to Afghanistan and Iran, due to growing public discontent about the rising prices of...

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