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Argentina opens borders to US pork

For the first time since 1992, Argentina will allow US pork to enter the market. 

South Africa hit with fifth bird flu outbreak

A farm owned by one of South Africa’s biggest poultry processors, Astral Foods, has been hit with an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI). 

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Comeragh Mountain Lamb seeks protected status

A consultation has been launched for Comeragh Mountain Lamb to be granted Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status from the EU. 

Belarus plots reforms to expensive meat subsidies

Belarus plans to reform its profligate state support scheme, backing its domestic meat industry, with the aim of making it more efficient and profitable, according to a spokesperson for the...

French cattle to learn from UK breed

The French cattle industry has signed a deal that will see it receive genetics from a UK breed.

Tyson Foods’ investment creates 300 jobs at Tennessee plant

Expansion of Tyson Foods’ poultry plant in the state of Tennessee will create more than 300 jobs as the US meat giant invests $84m to double its output.

Brazilian beef giant Marfrig to hire 4,500 new staff

Brazilian meatpacker Marfrig will create thousands of new jobs by reopening five slaughterhouses and scaling up production this year.

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Cobb-Vantress expands sales and technical teams

US poultry processor Cobb-Vantress has made appointments to its sales and technical teams.

Kane Beef creates jobs after unlocking China

Kane Beef plans to increase its workforce after it became the first meat processor in the state of Texas, US, to start selling beef to China.

Booming Asian mega farms are an ‘economic risk’

Investors should not get overexcited by the risky Asian meat industry as booming production may not translate to soaring profits, a FAIRR (Farm Animal Investment Risk & Return) Initiative report...

Smithfield Foods buys Kansas City Sausage Company

Smithfield Foods Inc has announced the full acquisition of sausage producer and processor Kansas City Sausage Company.

No Belgian chicken meat has tested positive for banned insecticide

Belgium’s food safety body, the Federal Authority for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC), has confirmed not a single sample of the tested chicken meat has been found to...

JBS net income drops in second quarter

JBS suffered a mammoth 80% year-on-year drop in income for the second quarter of the year, due to growing net financial expenses. 

Australia rolls out sheep health monitoring programme

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) has announced a $3 million (m) investment in the health of its sheep flock. 

Chinese livestock firm taps up Southeast Asia

A leading Chinese livestock and meat processing firm wants to tap supply of cattle from south-east Asia, with a cattle quarantine and slaughtering hub planned for the city of Ruili,...

CCTV to be mandatory in English slaughterhouses

The British government has announced plans to make CCTV mandatory in all abattoirs in England.

Asia: Bird flu outbreaks see 200,000 birds culled

Hundreds of thousands of birds have been culled in the Philippines and Laos after both Southeast Asian countries reported avian influenza (AI) outbreaks.

Polish salmonella crisis might undercut EU formaldehyde ban

Poland is unhappy that the European Commission is opposing the use of formaldehyde while it is in the middle of a salmonella crisis.

UK and China sign £200m pork export deal

The UK has signed a new export deal with China to supply pork products.

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Lab-grown meat firm in talks to license tech

Hampton Creek has confirmed the Silicon Valley start-up is in talks to license its lab-grown meat technology to some of the world’s biggest meat companies.

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US firm introduces antibiotic-free pork range

Giant Food, based in Landover, Maryland, has launched a new ‘No Antibiotics Ever’ private brand of pork products. 

Demand for quick meat to fuel poultry processing machinery growth

Demand for easy-to-cook meat will have a positive knock-on effect on the poultry processing equipment sector, which analysts expect to be buoyed by demand for added-value chicken.

Czech government buys pig farm on Holocaust site

Czech pig breeder AGPI a.s. has agreed to sell its pig farm in Lety to the country’s government for an undisclosed sum.

Kerry Group sees half-year revenue growth

New technology and acquisitions, particularly in the Americas, by the Kerry Group has seen a growth in revenue for the first half of the year.

Government plan to clean waters will ‘help’ Kiwi farmers

Red meat farmers will benefit from a multi-million dollar New Zealand government drive to improve fresh water quality, according to Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ). 

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