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International meat bodies welcome new global trade deal

International meat trade bodies welcome new WTO global deal

By Keith Nuthall

The International Meat Trade Association (IMTA) has welcomed the striking of a new global trade deal by the World Trade Organization (WTO), which should ease import and customs procedures that can slow the delivery of meat and livestock to export customers.

EU investigates Paraguay beef human rights claims

EU investigates Paraguay beef human rights claims

By Pacifica Goddard

The European Commission is currently looking into claims made by the tribal rights non-governmental organisation (NGO) Survival International, regarding alleged human rights violations by a company producing Paraguayan beef.

China is driving global casings market growth

Casings: China growth drives global market

By Chloe Ryan

In February this year, Viscofan, one of the world’s biggest casings manufacturers, opened a new factory in China. Costing €27.8m, the new collagen extrusion plant in Suzhou, 80km from Shanghai, is Viscofan’s first outside Europe. Here, cattle and pig...

Australian meat exports to Russia have slowed down

Australian beef exports to Russia slow down

By Carina Perkins

Australian beef exports to Russia have slowed despite a strengthening Russian economy, according to new data from Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA).

Japan is an important market for US meat exporters

US supports Japan TPP entry

By Carina Perkins

The US government has given its agreement to Japan joining the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a move welcomed by US meat bodies.

US calls for rapid response on agriculture trade barriers

US calls for rapid response on agriculture trade barriers

By Carina Perkins

US agriculture experts have called for Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators to ensure that any agreement includes a rapid response mechanism (RRM) to address sanitary and phyto-sanitary trade impediments and technical barriers to trade.

EU-Peru FTA comes into force

EU-Peru FTA comes into force

By Carina Perkins

A free trade agreement (FTA) between the EU and Peru came into effect on a provisional basis last week (1 March 2013), improving opportunities for meat exporters in both countries.

Oman opens to Canadian cattle

Oman opens to Canadian cattle

By Carina Perkins

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,

TPP deal could open doors for US poultry

TPP deal could open doors for US poultry

By Carina Perkins

Mexico and Canada’s inclusion in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) could provide an opportunity for US poultry producers if handled correctly by negotiators, according to industry leaders.