Meat

Scientists discover PRRS resistance gene

Scientists discover PRRS resistance gene

By Melodie Michel

A team of US scientists have discovered a genetic marker determining pigs’ level of resistance to porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS).

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.

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.

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.

Farm antibiotics blamed for MRSA resistance

Farm antibiotics blamed for MRSA resistance

By Melodie Michel

The Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) bacterium responsible for MRSA became drug-resistant when it jumped from humans to antibiotic-fed livestock, new research suggests.

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.

No talks in sight on US-Taiwan ractopamine dispute

No talks in sight on US-Taiwan ractopamine dispute

By Melodie Michel

Negotiations to lift the ractopamine ban hampering meat trade between the US and Taiwan are unlikely to happen before additional scientific studies, US industry experts have said.

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