France

The origin of the disease remains unknown

NEWS IN BRIEF

Bluetongue virus hits France

By Aidan Fortune

French authorities have reported a case of bluetongue BTV-4 in a bovine in the Haute Savoie region.

The mobile abattoir is capable of slaughtering around 150 cows per week

France powers up Sweden’s mobile abattoir

By Oscar Rousseau

Rising demand for ethical and traceable protein has seen Sweden’s Hälsingestintan roll out its innovative mobile slaughter unit in France, heralding a new wave of meat production.

Defra: There's an 80% chance the midge-borne disease bluetongue will spread to the UK

France extends bluetongue virus restriction zone

By Oscar Rousseau

France has increased restriction zones across large swathes of territory as the country struggles to contain the midge-borne disease bluetongue, which has swept through its beef and sheep livestock.

Cheaper labour in Germany and Spain has contributed to the problem

French slaughterhouses in crisis

By Georgi Gyton

The competition between French slaughterhouses has resulted in a "crisis", according to French meat association SNIV-SNCP.

France increases it imports of UK beef

France increases intake of UK beef

By Georgi Gyton

The amount of UK beef imported by France went up 8% last year, according the latest figures from UK levy body Eblex.

GDP fall set to hit meat industry

World Meat Congress

GDP fall set to hit meat industry

By Ed Bedington

The economic downturn and fall in global GDP growth is shaping up to be a serious “cloud on the horizon” of the meat industry, a leading expert told delegates to the World Meat Congress in Paris.

Pork issue on the table

Pork issue on the table

The issue of the European pig meat market was raised by France at the recently concluded Agriculture/Fisheries Council of May 2003. France inquired into the possibility of introducing export refunds.