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China aids exports to Iraq

One of America’s biggest poultry firms has secured exports to Iraq – thanks to help from China. 

CP Foods to tackle slavery in the broiler industry

Thai broiler operator CP Foods has set out to raise industry standards with the implementation of the Good Labour Policy (GLP) for Poultry Farm and Hatchery in Thailand. 

Crisis point for South African poultry industry

The South African poultry sector is in crisis, according to RCL Foods which has posted extensive losses for its poultry division over the past 12 months. 

Czech meat processors invest to expand output capacities

With the aim of raising their meat processing and packaging capacities, two Czech meat processors have unveiled investments of a total of CZK90 million (€3.4 million). 

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Pigmeat decline causes meat production drop in Malta

Meat production in Malta dropped 3.8% in the first half of 2016, compared to the same period in 2015, figures from the National Statistics Office have revealed. 

USDA expects beef exports to rise

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has set out an ambitious forecast for US beef exports over the next 12 months. 

Chinese beef acquisitions in Uruguay as Beijing dangles free trade deal

The purchase of a Uruguayan beef processor by a giant Chinese industrial conglomerate looks well-timed as China dangles the prospect of a free trade deal before the Latin American nation. ...

Copa-Cogeca admits EU pork market is ‘fragile’

EU farming body Copa-Cogeca has warned that pork and beef markets in Europe are struggling a week after the European Commission delivered a £500 million aid package to farmers. 

Bangladesh to tighten regulation on foreign poultry giants

Bangladesh is mulling controls over foreign investors in the country’s growing poultry industry after local rivals said they fear being swallowed by overseas companies.

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Over 3.5 tonnes of beef brains recalled in US

Meat processor Green Bay Dressed Beef, operating as American Foods Group, has issued a recall on 7,420 pounds (3.7 tonnes) of beef brains. 

China softens drop in Canadian pork exports

China’s ever-growing appetite for international pork helped prevent a greater drop in Canada’s exports of fresh and frozen pig meat in the first six months of the year. ...

China probes Jiangxi-reared pigs after Hong Kong steroid detection

Investigations into the health of pigs exported from Jiangxi are underway after Chinese authorities blocked trade following a warning from Hong Kong’s Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD). 

Q fever outbreak puts Australia on alert

An outbreak of Q fever at a meat-processing plant in Melbourne, Australia has put regional health officials on high alert.

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World Steak Challenge sees surge in global interest

The number of participating nations in this year’s World Steak Challenge has increased by 60% since the inaugural event kick-off at London’s Hyde Park in September 2015.

Latvian poultry processor eyes €2.5m investment

Latvian poultry processor Kekava Poultry Farm plans to invest €2.5m to modernise its poultry breeding facility and raise export sales, according to chief executive Anris Pranckevicius.

Russian embargo causes $1bn loss to Ukraine

Ukraine has lost $1bn-worth of trade thanks to the Russian-inflicted food embargo, according to Natalia Mykolska Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Economic and Trade Development. 

India: Punjab planning 'state-of-the-art' pork facility

The government of India’s semi-autonomous Punjab region is planning to build the country’s most advanced pig-processing facility as India’s consumption of pork and reliance on meat imports both continue to...

China re-imposes anti-dumping duties on US chicken

US white-feather chicken meat imported into China will face “anti-subsidy duties” for five more years, China’s ministry of commerce has announced. 

Australia boosts livestock disease monitoring systems

Australian government and meat industry agencies are boosting their efforts to increase biosecurity for the country’s critically important livestock sector.

Smell like ‘crispy fried chicken’ with KFC sun cream

Fast-food giant KFC has launched a limited edition range of chicken-scented sunscreen to get you smelling better than the iconic moustachioed colonel himself. 

Baby calves die in transport conditions violating EU law

Undercover investigations by a string of animal rights groups has detailed how Irish calves have been exported to France in “horrific” conditions that breach European law.

Japan’s Yonekyu welcomes Sealpac’s packaging

Yonekyu Corporation, one of Japan’s leading processed meat companies, has applauded the impact of Sealpac’s thermoformers on its production lines, claiming the equipment is “extremely strong”.

Pinnacle Foods cuts 85 jobs

US company Pinnacle Foods is to cut 85 manufacturing jobs as it moves production of its growing frozen meals brand Evol Foods from Colorado to Arkansas.

Australian beef council hails ‘important’ report

Cattle Council of Australia (CCA) CEO Jed Matz has welcomed a report from the Australian Meat Processor Corporation, which assessed the dangers of tighter competition laws. 

Thailand: chicken sector to boost standards following abuse claims

Two government departments in Thailand alongside the Thai Broilers Processing Exporters Association (TBA) will improve conditions in the chicken industry, following claims of modern-day slavery.

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