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Russia set to lift Brazilian meat embargo

Russia is close to lifting a ban on imports of beef, pork and poultry from the Brazilian states of Mato Grosso, Parana and Rio Grande do Sul.

Oman opens to Canadian cattle

Oman has opened its doors to live cattle imports from Canada in an agreement worth an estimated $900,000 annually to the Canadian livestock industry,

Australian meat trade looks for speedy resolution to Korea FTA

Australia’s meat industry has warned that it is now “critical” that the Australia-South Korea free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations are concluded rapidly.

US pork industry hits back at bacteria claims

US pork producers have hit back against a report from advocacy group Consumers Union, which claimed that pork sold in US supermarkets contained frightening levels of harmful bacteria.

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Canadian meat safe, says CFIA

Canada's food safety officials have been forced to defend themselves over claims that they instructed inspectors to ignore safety controls for meat processed at XL Foods.

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Lamb production rises in New Zealand

New Zealand has reported an increase in lamb production this spring, although it was still the country’s third-smallest lamb crop since the 1950s.

EEC reduces Belarus meat import quotas

Belarus has had its meat import quotas for 2013 reduced significantly by the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), which controls tariffs for the Customs Union.

Cherkizovo hit by rouble, despite strong sales

Russian meat processor Cherkizovo has recorded a healthy sales increase of 6% for the nine months of 2012, despite an underwhelming price performance in its red meat divisions, caused by...

Russia brings in temporary ban on German meat plants

Russia has imposed temporary restrictions on a number of German meat plants, warning it might ban all meat imports from the country if concerns over veterinary and sanitary standards are...

Norway meat tariffs are protectionist, say MEPs

Members of the European Parliament have accused Norway of illicitly protecting its meat sector under the guise of reforming its tariffs system.

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Brazil and China in trade dialogue

Ministers from China and Brazil have met to discuss agricultural co-operation and trading between the two countries.

Zambeef turns in strong growth

African agri-business Zambeef has reported “robust” revenue growth over the past year, with a strong performance across its poultry, pork and beef divisions.

US demand boosts Australian boxed beef exports

Australian boxed beef exports are struggling in traditional key markets, but have been boosted by strong demand from the US, according to a new report from agribusiness banking specialist Rabobank.

Russia claims EU deception over bluetongue

The EU has been hiding outbreaks of a dangerous strain of the bluetongue virus, grossly violating veterinary rules and World Trade Organization (WTO) responsibilities, Russian veterinary authorities have claimed.

Australian cattle in BJD outbreak

Beef farmers in the Australian state of Queensland have expressed concern after cattle on a farm in the region tested positive for Bovine Johne’s disease (BJD).

Canadian meat firm’s licence suspended

A Canadian meat packer at the centre of the latest listeria monocytogenes recall has had its licence suspended by food safety officials.

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New Zealand divided over pork imports

New Zealand’s pork industry is fighting a proposal to allow fresh pork to be imported from countries where Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) is present.

Cherkizovo grows processed meats production

Russian processing giant Cherkizovo Group has extended its ham and deli operations in Russia’s Kaliningrad region.

Russia lifts ban on British meat

Russia has lifted its 16-year ban on British beef and lamb, with exports expected to commence within months.

Northern Irish firm clinches Dutch deal

A northern Irish company has won a £1.2m contract to supply a premium bacon range to a major supermarket chain in the Netherlands.

McDonald’s sees leadership change in US

The president of McDonald’s USA is to step down next month after 35 years of working for the burger giant.

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Jobs lost as Cargill streamlines transport

Fifty jobs have been lost at a Canadian beef factory after owner Cargill decided to switch its transport operations to an external contractor.

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California slaughterhouse pays out over fraud claims

The owners of a disgraced California slaughterhouse have agreed to pay over $300,000 to settle a landmark fraud lawsuit launched by animal welfare campaigners.

US meat industry questions new listeria guidelines

The US meat industry has expressed concerns over new Listeria control guidelines released by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Australian bird flu outbreak leads to import bans

A number of countries have banned poultry products from Australia over bird flu fears despite claims from the country’s authorities that the latest outbreak has been “successfully controlled”.

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