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Solid performance for US meat sector

Solid performance for US meat sector

By Ed Bedington

The US meat export sector remains in robust health with solid results for the first half of 2012, latest figures have revealed.

EU-Japan look to free trade opportunity

EU-Japan look to free trade opportunity

By Carmen Paun and Wang Fangqing

A planned free trade agreement (FTA) between the European Union (EU) and Japan could end the Japanese BSE-linked ban on EU beef and veal imports, say industry representatives.

McDonald’s suffers drop in profits

McDonald’s suffers drop in profits

Burger giant McDonald’s has seen net profits fall 4% year-on-year in the second quarter of 2012, reflecting a strong dollar and challenging global trading conditions.

EU lifting of Thai raw chicken ban to affect world trade

EU lifting of Thai raw chicken ban to affect world trade

By Melodie Michel

Brazil and Argentina will face increased competition on the international poultry market now that the EU has announced it would lift its bird flu-related ban on raw chicken from Thailand on 1 July 2012, a report has said.

Indonesia suspends US beef imports over BSE

Indonesia suspends US beef imports over BSE

By Melodie Michel

The Indonesian agriculture ministry has announced the suspension of US beef imports from today, after a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was discovered in a Californian dairy cow.

Argentina denies non-compliance to WTO regulations

Argentina denies non-compliance to WTO regulations

By Melodie Michel

Argentina has rejected a joint statement issued by 14 World Trade Organisation (WTO) members, asking it to remove the import restrictions it recently implemented, as “unjustified”.

Changing landscape for New Zealand exports

Focus on New Zealand

Changing landscape for New Zealand exports

By Carina Perkins

The EU is still New Zealand’s most important export market for chilled lamb, but the balance is shifting as the country opens up new avenues.

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.

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