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Season's Greetings

21-Dec-2012 - From everyone at Global Meat News we would like to wish all our readers a Happy Christmas and all the best for the New Year.

The most popular stories of 2012

21-Dec-2012 - The global meat industry has experienced a turbulent year in 2012, from feed shortages to import and export bans. We round up the top 10 most-read stories on GlobalMeatNews.com in 2012.

EU-Singapore trade agreement finalised

21-Dec-2012 - The European Union (EU) has finalised a free trade agreement with Singapore, which should ease market access for EU meat exporters. It will also extend EU geographical indication intellectual property protection for traditional meat products to products sold in this wealthy south-east Asian city state.

News in brief

Burger link in Canadian E.Coli outbreak

21-Dec-2012 - Canda’s food safety bosses have confirmed a link between an E.coli outbreak and burgers from an Ontario meat processor.

Putin calls for meat self-suffiency

21-Dec-2012 - Russia’s president Vladimir Putin has called for the country to become fully self-sufficient in meat production and one of the world’s leading meat exporters by 2020.

Meat sector urges Obama to prevent strike at US ports

21-Dec-2012 - The US meat industry has called on President Obama to step in and prevent strikes threatened at container ports across the country’s East Coast.

Rising prices to hit foodservice

20-Dec-2012 - A UK procurement and supply chain company has warned that the catering and hospitality sectors are facing steep rises in food inflation in 2013.

Vion deal is ‘fresh opportunity’ for NI farmers

20-Dec-2012 - An Northern Irish farmers’ union has welcomed the management buyout of Vion’s UK pork division as good news for its members.

News in brief

Indonesia sets beef import quota

20-Dec-2012 - Indonesia has set a beef import quota of 80,000 tonnes (t) for 2013. The quota will be divided into 267,000 head of feeder cattle imports, equivalent to 48,000t of beef, and frozen imports of 32,000t.

Australian farming group calls for interest rate relief

20-Dec-2012 - The National Farmers Federation (NFF) in Australia has urged more banks in the country to pass on interest rate relief to agricultural customers.

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Happy holidays from William Reed Business Media!

19-Dec-2012 - The working year is almost done, time to pause from ‘the business’ and embrace the festive season…go on, give it a big hug. Happy holidays!

CCA joins sustainable beef round table

19-Dec-2012 - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) has joined the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef.

News in brief

English meat body strengthens export team

19-Dec-2012 - Two appointments to a UK levy body are aimed at increasing export opportunities for English processors.

Russian firm plans doubling of marbled beef production

19-Dec-2012 - Russia’s largest meat producer, Miratog, is planning to double its production of high-quality marbled beef by investing an additional RUB23bn (US$770m) in its beef supply chain.

Counterfeit meat seized in international raid

19-Dec-2012 - Counterfeit, mislabelled and sub-standard meat products have been seized in an international police operation spanning 29 countries, coordinated by Interpol and European police agency Europol.

News in brief

Brazil sees pork exports rise

18-Dec-2012 - Brazil exported 540,000 tonnes of pork in the first 11 months of 2012, generating revenues of $1.4 billion, according to data from the Brazilian Association of Producers and Exporters of Pork (ABIPECS).

Cargill invests $20m in South African business

18-Dec-2012 - US meat processor Cargill has announced plans to invest $20 million into its animal nutrition facilities in South Africa.

OIE issues biosecurity warning

18-Dec-2012 - Inconsistent global biosecurity standards are posing a threat to the world’s health and food security, the director general of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has warned.

Australia reports beef and veal export boost

18-Dec-2012 - Australia has reported a jump in beef and veal exports, with poor performance in Japan offset by increasing demand in other markets.

News in brief

McDonald’s reports fresh upturn in sales

17-Dec-2012 - McDonald’s has reported a recovery in sales for November, with strong performance in the US and Europe.

EU opens doors to Russian poultry imports

17-Dec-2012 - The European Union has opened its market to poultry imports from Russia, just weeks after a similar agreement was signed with the Ukraine.

Meat industry calls for rapid TPP agreement

17-Dec-2012 - New Zealand’s red meat sector has called for a speedy resolution to Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, pointing out that a deal would generate jobs and create new opportunities for exporters.

Beef prices forecast to set new records in 2013

17-Dec-2012 - Global beef prices are expected to break records again next year, as demand for cow meat outweighs supply, a Rabobank report has claimed.

News in brief

US brings in ‘hold and test’ rule for meat

17-Dec-2012 - The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is introducing a new “hold and test” rule on processed meat products in a bid to improve food safety.

Russia refutes link between ractopamine and US human rights bill

17-Dec-2012 - Russia has hit back against media reports that its decision to tighten controls on ractopamine in meat products was a reaction to the Magnitsky human rights bill, passed recently by US Congress.

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