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American financial analysts have warned that meat producers and processors are losing business as the impact of Hurricane Sandy, one of the worst storms to batter America, continues to cripple the eastern seaboard.
Mediterranean fever (brucellosis) is spreading rapidly through the southern regions of Russia, infecting both livestock and humans.
KFC UK & Ireland has made new commitments to sustainable sourcing after coming under pressure from Greenpeace over its packaging.
The Canadian pork industry could lose a considerable amount of its production this year, with potential economic losses of CA$13.4bn, industry representatives have warned.
3M Food Safety has received US validation for a testing kit that allows processors to monitor levels of the fatal food bug Listeria.
Burger King (BKW) saw profits fall during the third quarter of 2012, with total revenues down 25.8% to $451.1m as a result of refranchising, the company reported yesterday.
UK exporter GPS Food Group has launched a new meat export catalogue to help increase sales in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.
Russia and China are to create a joint enterprise for reindeer meat processing, which will be the largest in Russia and has the potential to become the largest in the world.
Danish pig producers have announced they are confident of being ready in time for the EU’s partial ban on the use of sow stalls. According to the latest estimates from Denmark, the industry claims around 85% of its farmers are already keeping pregnant sows in group systems.
Canada is considering introducing “warning labels” on tenderised beef in the wake of the recent huge E.coli scare, according to local news reports.
Some of Europe’s leading food companies were recognised for their contribution towards raising animal welfare standards at an award ceremony in Paris last week.
New European Union (EU) rules on animal welfare, applicable from January 2013, might affect the quality of EU-made poultry meat, a spokesman for a major Dutch poultry producer has told an international conference in Brussels on the protection of animals in slaughterhouses.
Irish meat processor ABP Food Group has launched a new premium burger range aimed at the export market.
Turkey is the fastest growing sector of the Russian livestock industry and is forecast to increase by 133% by 2020, according to industry experts.
Global meat production is slowing down as a result of disease outbreaks and adverse weather conditions, according to a new report from the Worldwatch Institute.
Europe could be isolating itself from the world food market and risking food security by refusing to adopt new technologies, a leading figure in the US meat industry has warned.
Scottish pork is proving increasingly popular in Europe, according to the head of marketing for Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).
The European Union’s (EU) Council of Ministers for agriculture has upheld a ban on EU meat producers using the growth-promoting drug ractopamine and on the import of meat from cattle treated with it.
English beef and lamb exports are performing well in Europe despite a challenging market, but industry leaders insist the future focus must be on Russia and China.
Despite government measures to support livestock production, the Ukrainian meat industry is still in crisis, according to recently published production data.
Excessive levels of fat in Russian meat products are making them dangerous to human health, a report by Russian medics has claimed.
A proposal from the Ukraine government to raise its import tariffs on all kinds of meat and poultry would hit European Union (EU) pork meat exports to the country, the claims secretary general of the European Livestock and Meat Trading Union (UECBV) has claimed.
Two companies in the US have recalled ground beef products that may be contaminated with E.coli.
Beef prices in the EU are likely to remain at high levels for the foreseeable future, due to high feed costs and uncertainty about the new Common Agricultural Policy 2014-2020 (CAP) and the dairy quota abolition in 2015.
The amount of money spent on milk, eggs and meat in India has doubled over five years with supply shortages driving up prices and general food inflation.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has officially acknowledged a national standard of on-farm swine biosecurity after a rigourous review ensured that it met the CFIA's criteria.
Exports of Brazilian beef to the Middle East have risen dramatically this year as trade between the two regions goes from strength to strength.
The US arm of Brazilian-owned company JBS has taken over the management of XL Foods’ beef processing plant in Canada, which is at the centre of an E.coli outbreak and massive product recall.
American poultry and livestock producers may be facing a jump in animal feed prices if the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decides to adjust portions of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), a new study has argued. The RFS, established by congress in 2007, stipulates a certain percentage of fuel must be made from renewable sources, such as corn-based ethanol.
Meat prices in Ukraine are expected to grow to record levels by 2013, as a result of a fall of key production this year, an increase in the cost of feed, as well as in political factors, according to the Ukrainian meat industry experts
Sausage casing supplier Devro said its full-year operating profit would be around 3% down on expectations, but ahead of last year, due to currency fluctuations, inflation in hide costs and delays to capacity expansion projects.
A new report from The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has recommended that the testing of healthy livestock for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) is unnecessary in eight EU member states.
Intensification of livestock farming is actually damaging, rather than improving, world food security, according to a new report from UK charity Compassion in World Farming (CIWF).
US meat giant Cargill is showing signs of recovery from last year’s profit plunge, with first-quarter earnings up significantly year-on-year.
The British port of Ramsgate will resume live exports today (19 October) after the High Court granted “interim relief” from a ban implemented last month.
Russia has placed restrictions on imports of animal products from the Ukraine in what experts describe as the latest step in a “trade war” between the two countries.
Italy, the Netherlands and Denmark have voluntarily suspended exports of finished meat products to Russia pending an investigation into claims that exporters were using meat from third countries in these products.
A report by England’s pig levy body Bpex has shown that without retail price increases now, the pig herd in the UK and Europe could be cut by up to 10%.
A global animal welfare organisation has embarked on a three-year project with veterinarians in Indonesia to improve welfare standards in the country’s abattoirs.
Receivers have been appointed to the Irish sausage maker which featured in James Joyce’s Ulysses. The 100 year old meat processing company Olhausen Ltd, which operated three facilities in Blanchardstown and Coolock in Dublin and Lough Egish, Co Monaghan, has ceased trading and been put up for sale by receivers on behalf of Ulster Bank.
Figures released by Kantar Worldpanel showed Aldi to be Ireland’s star performer in the country’s grocery sector.
Vion UK has announced the closure of its primary pork processing plant in Scotland, citing major financial losses.
US burger chain Wendy’s has radically redesigned its logo, with the new design to appear on packaging, advertising, uniforms, websites and in restaurants by March 2013.
Tight global supplies and a challenging economy are likely to push pork prices to record levels in 2013, according to the latest analysis from Rabobank.
Opposition to the use of genetically modified organisms (GMO) in animal feed is growing in the CIS countries of Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Belarus.
A Bulgarian meat processing plant has been closed after authorities found more than 4 tonnes of spoiled meat on the premises.
The US pork industry has repeated calls for US environmental chiefs to grant a waiver of the government mandate on corn ethanol production.
The meat processor at the centre of a huge Canadian beef recall has temporarily laid off over 1,000 workers while the struggle to regain its licence continues.
A formal call for the European Commission to propose eight-hour journey-time limits for livestock being carried across the European Union (EU) has been made at the European Parliament.
A UK food packaging company has opened a new facility in Turkey in a bid to strengthen its global operations.
Beef and pork exports from the US have seen a dip on last year’s figures, according to the latest report from the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF).
The new president of the European animal welfare charity, Eurogroup for Animals, has vowed to keep up the pressure on MEPS to ensure that animal welfare remains high on the agenda, claiming there are there are “many issues that can only be solved on the EU stage”.
The leader of China’s meat industry has told the country’s annual national meat conference that his sector is starting to consolidate and move away from its past reliance on small businesses.
The EU must not impose “irresponsible” limits on the amount of crop-based biofuels it produces as it is likely to put animal feed supplies at risk and is based on a flawed impact assessment, a European farming co-operative has warned.
A new report has said that the European contract manufacturing market it likely to double in size and be worth around EUR14-16bn by 2020.
The Scottish red meat sector has been warned of a tough winter ahead, with shortages of quality silage and soaring straw and protein prices.
With 11 cases of E.coli now confirmed following a massive beef recall in Canada, the country’s meat industry has said it will “spare no efforts” to ensure that its products are safe.
Walmart reported its global business to be strong and growing stronger at its 19th annual financial results meeting for its investment community yesterday.
US animal welfare campaigners are encouraging New Jersey citizens to support a bill that would ban sow gestation crates in the state.
Canada and Mexico have formally joined the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations, ministers announced this week.
Brazilian pork exports increased by nearly 50% year-on-year last month, according to the latest figures from the Brazilian association of pork producers and exporters (Abipecs).
A global meat processing company, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary in China, is on its way to becoming one of the country’s biggest poultry processors.
India will become the largest exporter of beef in the world in 2012, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has concluded in its latest report Livestock and Poultry-World Market and Trade 2012.
Japan has donated $104,698 towards helping developing countries improve food and animal health standards.
Ireland’s agricultural industry will close down next Tuesday (16 October) in support of a day of action by Irish farmers.
A long-serving US meat industry veteran has been granted an honour after receiving the US Meat Export Federation’s Distinguished Service Award.
A UK-based farming leader has been appointed to the vice-chairman role with the European agricultural umbrella organisation’s sheep working party.
Greece has clamped down sharply on movements of livestock on the Aegean island of Kos, to prevent the bluetongue virus spreading to other islands and the Greek mainland.
A major meat processor has commended the Russian government’s decision to extend the zero rate of income tax for agricultural producers.
Despite an expanded list of recalls announced this week by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), on beef products from Alberta-based XL Foods, the industry does not expect Canada’s largest-ever beef recall to damage domestic and foreign consumer demand.
China’s ability to become more self-sufficient in pork production will have major reverberations on world markets, a new study said.
The European Union (EU) should be more proactive in preventing animal health problems developing and spreading from its easterly member states, Piet Thijsse, vice-president of the European Livestock and Meat Trading Union (UECBV) has said.
Ireland is officially free of the Aujeszky Disease (AD), it has been announced.
Japanese chefs will be cooking up US beef when they go head to head with culinary experts from around the world in the 2012 International Exhibition of Culinary Art.
The US poultry industry provides more than a million jobs and contributes over $265 billion to the economy, according to a new study.
A UK welfare charity has started a global search for organisations or individuals that have made significant advances towards developing humane slaughter methods.
A US restaurant chain owner has announced its objective to work towards removing gestation crates from its pork supply chain.
Strong meat prices have helped to strengthened the FAO food price index, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations announced today.
A children’s charity supported by the global meat industry has announced its first field project for combating poverty and hunger.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has welcomed new data which suggests that global government support for agriculture fell to a record low last year.
Brazilian beef exports are forecast to grow by 10% this year as a result of increased sales to key markets and a favourable currency.
Qatar has opened its markets to imports of sheep and goats from Canada, ministers announced yesterday (2 October).
The spread of African swine fever (ASF) in Russia is slowing down, with animal health officials scaling down controls as a result.
The Chinese government is fighting a fresh major outbreak of avian influenza virus H5N1 in southern China, according to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). It says the outbreak was first reported on 11 September at a duck farm in the city of Zhanjiang, in Guangdong province.
EU beef and pork prices are expected to remain strong into 2014 and reach those seen during the severe disease outbreaks in 2000 and 2001.
The Australian government has said it is “actively assisting” efforts to prevent thousands of Australian sheep from being culled in Pakistan.
US processor Smithfield Foods has dismissed concerns over a global bacon shortage, insisting it will continue to deliver bacon products to its customers.
Finnish meat producer Atria has announced a reorganisation at one of its plants in order to “maintain competitiveness in a tough market”.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has temporarily suspended the licence of the processor at the centre of a huge E.coli recall in Canada and the US.
Vegan campaign group Peta has called for the abolition of livestock production, claiming that even ‘higher welfare’ meat is unethical.
A major agriculture and fisheries census is to take place in the Philippines in order to update information about the two sectors.
A new study has looked at the effectiveness of culling a herd of pigs in the circumstance of classical swine fever (CSF) outbreaks.
African integrated agri-business Zambeef has seen strong trading over the year to 30 September 2012, driven by rapidly increasing demand across meat divisions and continued growth in the Zambian economy, the company has announced.
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