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Red meat linked to kidney damage, claims study

Researchers at the University of Singapore have found that you are more likely to suffer from kidney failure if you eat a lot of red meat.

Meat processor BRF posts drop in profits

Brazilian food processor BRF posted a near-quarter drop in pre-tax profits as the soaring price of corn dented pork and poultry operations.

Danish Crown bemoans weak holiday demand

Business is unusually slow for meat processor Danish Crown which claims sales of fresh meat are “very quiet” for one of the busiest times of the year. 

E.coli sparks Ranch Foods Direct recall

A US pasture-to-plate supplier of high-quality beef has been forced to issue a recall after the US government warned a batch of its ground beef may be contaminated with E....

Iraq has ‘chronic’ bird flu problem

Iraq’s inability to tackle the cause of bird flu means the deadly virus  is likely to spread across neighbouring countries, according to an expert on animal diseases.

Massive anthrax outbreak wounds Russia’s venison sector

An outbreak of anthrax has killed 1,500 northern deer in Russia and, with the figure set to rise, fears over exports of venison have begun to surface.

Pilgrim’s Pride looks to diversify following poor second quarter

Pilgrim’s Pride has posted a decline in sales and margin for the second quarter of the year. 

Marfrig wants to be ‘global leader’ in environmental sustainability

Marfrig is one of the largest meat companies in Brazil and has radically changed how it produces beef to halt the deforestation of South America and protect the environment.

Meat smuggling undermines livestock trade in Southeast Asia

The common market launched on 1 January by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has so far failed to promote a sustainable increase in legitimate intra-ASEAN meat and livestock...

UK and US edging closer to lamb trade deal

UK politician George Eustice will announce today (27 July) that the Obama administration wants to relax import barriers on lamb, a move that could generate £35m for Britain’s economy.

ConAgra cuts the fat with double divestment

US food company ConAgra has sold two of its subsidiaries, JM Swank and Spicetec Flavors & Seasonings, generating nearly $500m from the deals. 

Silicon Valley’s ‘bloody’ veggie burger enters New York

Impossible Foods has launched a plant-based burger that bleeds, begging the question as to whether the Silicon Valley firm has fired the starting gun on an era of meat-free meat?

UK-China free trade agreement of ‘great interest’ to meat sector

A China bilateral trade deal offers "great opportunities" to the UK meat industry, according to The International Meat Trade Association (IMTA).

Thousands of chickens killed in Iraq bird flu virus

More than half a million birds have died thanks to a highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza strain that has torn through Baghdad and Wasit in Iraq. 

Chinese meat giant enters the digital space

One of China’s largest agricultural and meat conglomerates has entered a deal with the country’s leading e-commerce and cloud computing company to get a digital edge on its rivals....

Miratorg wins lawsuit against indebted Pobeda

A subsidiary of Russian meat packer Miratorg, LLC Bryansk Meat Company, has won a legal challenge against poultry supplier Pobeda, which allegedly owed the company millions in missed payments.

News in brief

India’s chicken market nervous over US imports

Senior figures in the Indian poultry industry are pushing the government to impose sky-high taxes on US chicken imports.

Latin America: US meat exporters hail red tape cuts

Free trade agreements and less red tape have supported growth in South America, but consumers need educating on American protein, the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) has warned.

UK reportedly exploring free trade agreement with China

British Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond is rumoured to have started negotiations with China over a multi-billion pound free trade agreement (FTA), only possible once Brexit is realised. 

JBS not directly targeted in corruption sting

Brazil’s JBS claims it has not been harmed by Brazilian police raids earlier this month as the country’s ongoing corruption investigations - dubbed ‘Operation Sepsis’ - continue.

Naked Bacon boosts provenance with digital labels

US meat company Naked Bacon is working with Label Insight to offer SmartLabel digital labelling on its products to help consumers learn more about the food they eat.

PETA's ‘absurd’ sin tax on meat blasted

The Animal Agriculture Alliance has slammed a stunt from PETA in which animal rights campaigners dressed up as nuns on stilts preaching for a sin tax on meat. 

Polish chicken processor plans 'major investment'

Polish chicken processor and feed producer Wipasz is planning to build a new meat processing plant in Miedzyrzec Podlaski, eastern Poland.

Loma restructures machinery service team

Machinery manufacturer Loma Systems has restructured the hierarchy of its field service team as demand for foreign matter detection equipment gathers pace.

Meat disputes hold up TTIP deal

Disagreements about the meat sector are holding up a deal between the EU and the US on a comprehensive Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP). 

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