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Meat firms hit as US hurricane takes its toll

31-Oct-2012 - 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.  

South of Russia faces Mediterranean fever threat

31-Oct-2012 - Mediterranean fever (brucellosis) is spreading rapidly through the southern regions of Russia, infecting both livestock and humans.

KFC UK commits to more sustainable packaging

31-Oct-2012 - KFC UK & Ireland has made new commitments to sustainable sourcing after coming under pressure from Greenpeace over its packaging.

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Canadian pork industry warns of losses

31-Oct-2012 - 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.

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Listeria testing kit gains US validation

30-Oct-2012 - 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 profits down as sales grow

30-Oct-2012 - 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.

GPS develops meat export catalogue

30-Oct-2012 - UK exporter GPS Food Group has launched a new meat export catalogue to help increase sales in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.

Russian-Chinese joint project for reindeer venison

30-Oct-2012 - 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.

Danes set to achieve sow stall compliance

29-Oct-2012 - 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.

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Canada considers beef warning labels

29-Oct-2012 - Canada is considering introducing “warning labels” on tenderised beef in the wake of the recent huge E.coli scare, according to local news reports.

Welfare awards recognise European achievements

29-Oct-2012 - 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 poultry stunning rules may affect quality, warns Dutch firm

29-Oct-2012 - 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.

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Irish firm introduces premium burgers for export

26-Oct-2012 - Irish meat processor ABP Food Group has launched a new premium burger range aimed at the export market.

Russia sees rapid growth in turkey production

26-Oct-2012 - Turkey is the fastest growing sector of the Russian livestock industry and is forecast to increase by 133% by 2020, according to industry experts.

New report points to global meat production slowdown

26-Oct-2012 - 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.

USMEF director warns Europe over food policies

26-Oct-2012 - 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.

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Provenance helps Scotland push pork in Europe

25-Oct-2012 - Scottish pork is proving increasingly popular in Europe, according to the head of marketing for Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

European ministers uphold EU ractopamine ban

25-Oct-2012 - 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.

European success for English beef and lamb

25-Oct-2012 - 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.

Ukraine continues to struggle against livestock industry crisis

25-Oct-2012 - Despite government measures to support livestock production, the Ukrainian meat industry is still in crisis, according to recently published production data.

Russian meat products bad for health, scientists claim

24-Oct-2012 - Excessive levels of fat in Russian meat products are making them dangerous to human health, a report by Russian medics has claimed. 

Ukraine import tariff rise to hit EU pork exports, says UEBCV

24-Oct-2012 - 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.

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Two US firms recall products in E.coli scare

24-Oct-2012 - Two companies in the US have recalled ground beef products that may be contaminated with E.coli.

EU beef prices set to stay high

24-Oct-2012 - 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.

India doubles spend on protein

24-Oct-2012 - 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.

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