Industry & Markets

US meat bodies protest over new tax proposal

US meat bodies protest over new tax proposal

By Carina Perkins

More than 45 meat industry organisations have written to US Congress asking it to oppose a new proposal to introduce cost recovery for food safety inspection in meat and poultry plants.

Red meat sector vital to UK economy

Red meat sector vital to UK economy

By Carina Perkins

A new report has concluded that the English red meat sector makes a “significant” contribution to the UK’s economy.

US industry welcomes nutrition labelling

US industry welcomes nutrition labelling

By Melodie Michel

American meat leaders have welcomed the government’s requirement for nutritional labelling on meat products that came into force on 1 March.

EU extends controls on Japanese meat imports

EU extends controls on Japanese meat imports

By Keith Nuthall and MJ Deschamps

The European Union (EU) has extended until 31 October its tough controls on imports of meat from Japan imposed because of health concerns over last spring’s nuclear disaster at Fukushima.

Canada-US hold livestock talks

Canada-US hold livestock talks

By Carina Perkins

Ministers from Canada and the US have met with livestock industry representatives to discuss how the countries can work together to improve competitiveness and productivity.

Poor profitability affects EU pig herd

Poor profitability affects EU pig herd

By Melodie Michel

High production costs and stringent sow stall legislation have discouraged many pig producers in the European Union (EU), according to a UK Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) market survey.

US beef production to decline further

US beef production to decline further

By Melodie Michel

American beef production is expected to go down by 4% in 2012, hindered by record low cattle numbers, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has revealed.

US-Philippines row heats up

US-Philippines row heats up

By Melodie Michel

Philippine agriculture secretary Proceso J Alcala is determined to maintain Administrative Order 22 (AO22), mandating refrigeration of imported meat, despite growing pressure from US officials.

Hormel profits down 14% due to high pork costs

Hormel profits down 14% due to high pork costs

By Melodie Michel

US food manufacturer Hormel Foods has reported a 14% drop in profits in the first quarter of 2012, down to $128.4m from $148.8m in Q1 2011. Overall sales were up 6% to $2.04bn, despite a 2% decline in volume.