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Chicken leg duty could damage US-Mexico trade, says report

Chicken leg duty could damage US-Mexico trade, says report

By Carina Perkins

A Mexican duty on US chicken leg quarter imports would damage the US poultry industry and leave many Mexican consumers unable to afford to eat poultry, according to a new report by Dermot Hayes PhD, professor of Economics and Finance at Iowa State University.

Paraguayan exports to fall 18-34% in 2012

Paraguayan exports to fall 18-34% in 2012

By Melodie Michel

Meat exports from Paraguay are expected to fall between 18% and 34% in 2012, despite remaining the second most-exported product in the country, the Paraguayan statistics centre (CADEP) has announced.

China authorises Costa Rican imports

China authorises Costa Rican imports

By Melodie Michel

China has approved three Costa Rican plants for exports to its market, according to Costa Rican Agriculture Minister Gloria Abraham Peralta.

US horse slaughter would not solve welfare issues, says HSUS

US horse slaughter would not solve welfare issues, says HSUS

By Melodie Michel

A New Mexico rancher’s application to open the country’s first horse abattoir since lifting a ban on such slaughter has been met with controversy, with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) saying the practice “runs counter to American values”.

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”.

Industry disappointed with US appeal of COOL ruling

Industry disappointed with US appeal of COOL ruling

By Melodie Michel

The American meat industry has expressed disappointment in the US Trade Representative’s decision to appeal a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling that said Country Of Origin Labelling (COOL) was against trade regulations.

Bolivian producers welcome opening of export market

Bolivian producers welcome opening of export market

By Melodie Michel

The Bolivian government has allowed beef, rice and corn producers to export their production surplus, lifting a three-year ban that helped the country achieve self-sufficiency.

Paraguay: animal health leader steps down after FMD outbreak

Paraguay: animal health leader steps down after FMD outbreak

By Melodie Michel

Paraguayan president Fernando Lugo has replaced president of the food safety and animal health authority (SENACSA) Daniel Rojas, after questions emerged over his handling of the foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreak that struck the country in September.

Study points to MRSA-infected pork in US

Study points to MRSA-infected pork in US

By Carina Perkins

New research has found that nearly 6.6% of pork sold at retail in America is infected with methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria.

Asian FMD boosts US pork exports

Asian FMD boosts US pork exports

By Melodie Michel

The US was the world’s biggest pork exporter in 2011, shipping 2.24m tonnes, mostly to Asia, Canada and Mexico, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has revealed. November was a record month, with export volumes and value up 22.5% and 35% respectively...

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