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Breakout Labs backs 3D meat printing research

Breakout Labs backs 3D meat printing research

By Nicholas Robinson

Biological research company Modern Meadow has been awarded a grant to develop the understanding of tissue engineering research into 3D meat printing.

Florida pork firm owners indicted

Florida pork firm owners indicted

By Carina Perkins

The owners of a South Florida pork company are facing a possible jail sentance over allegations that they violated US slaughter and meat inspection laws.

US governors join corn ethanol debate

US governors join corn ethanol debate

By Carina Perkins

Two US governors have waded into the debate over corn ethanol production, calling on the goverment to waive the quotas mandated by the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).

Canadian meat sector welcomes new biosecurity standard

Canadian meat sector welcomes new biosecurity standard

By Leah Germain, Edmonton

Canada’s federal food inspection agency has released a new set of standards for biosecurity in beef products, which will aim to minimise the spread of endemic and infectious foreign diseases while strengthening Canada’s beef industry.

US farmers gain $170m promise from government

US farmers gain $170m promise from government

By Carina Perkins

The US government has announced plans to buy up $170m of domestically-produced meat and fish products to help the country’s struggling livestock sector.

Wendy’s enjoys revenue increase

Wendy’s enjoys revenue increase

By Carina Perkins

US burger chain The Wendy’s Company has reported improved revenues for the second quarter ended 1 July 2012, with same-store sales up for the fifth consecutive quarter.

Cattle prices down, but supplies tight

Cattle prices down, but supplies tight

By Carina Perkins

Cattle prices have started to come down as a result of weaker demand, but global supplies remain short, and prices are likely to rise again in the near future, according to the recently published Rabobank Beef Quarterly report.

Gloom for US maize forecast

Gloom for US maize forecast

By Arabella Mileham

The US is potentially facing its lowest yield of maize since 1995/6, analysts have claimed. Despite a record amount of grain planted in the spring, they said that the droughts sweeping across the central grain producing belt are likely to reduce yields...

USDA announces change to state-inspected processors’ markets

USDA announces change to state-inspected processors’ markets

By Arabella Mileham

An initiative to make it easier for small meat and poultry processors in the US to access wider markets has gone ahead, after the Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced the first states’ participation.

Canadian beef body develops new web solution

Canadian beef body develops new web solution

By Carina Perkins

The Canadian Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) has developed a new website to disseminate research and industry information to producers, veterinarians, meat processors and other industry stakeholders.

Meat behind drop in profits for Cargill

Meat behind drop in profits for Cargill

By Carina Perkins

US processing giant Cargill has reported another profit plunge, with fourth-quarter and fiscal 2012 earnings below company expectations.

US senators step into corn ethanol debate

US senators step into corn ethanol debate

By Carina Perkins

A bipartisan group of US senators has called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help the meat industry cope with drought conditions by adjusting the corn-ethanol mandate for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

Brazil cited as a leading poultry exporter

Brazil cited as a leading poultry exporter

By Nicholas Robinson

A detailed report looking at the impact of Brazil’s agricultural impact on third-country markets has been published, highlighting Brazil as a leading poultry exporter.

Firm secures US certification for E.coli kit

Firm secures US certification for E.coli kit

By Carina Perkins

A food safety technology company has achieved US certification for its new E.coli testing kit, which allows manufacturers to rapidly test meat samples for the deadly bug.

Marfrig to work on third-party emissions

Marfrig to work on third-party emissions

By Nicholas Robinson

Marfrig Group, a leading global food producer, has concluded that 95% of its global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions come from third-party sources.

EPA reviews meat industry call for ethanol reform

EPA reviews meat industry call for ethanol reform

By Arabella Mileham

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has said it is “reviewing” the meat industry’s petition to the EPA to waive the federal mandate on corn ethanol production during the drought that is sweeping the US.

Maple Leaf warns of challenging commodity markets

Maple Leaf warns of challenging commodity markets

By Nicholas Robinson

Canadian processor Maple Leaf Foods has reported improved profits for the second quarter, but warned that weather conditions could cause challenges in the year ahead.

Altitude effect on livestock studied

Altitude effect on livestock studied

By Nicholas Robinson

The effects of low and high altitudes on selective breeding have been studied by researchers in a paper for the Journal of Animal Science.

Canada puts $600k into listeria testing

Canada puts $600k into listeria testing

By Carina Perkins

The Canadian government has announced a $600,000 project to improve testing for the bacteria behind the life-threatening food-borne illness listeriosis.

Drought forces US to take emergency action

Drought forces US to take emergency action

By Leah Germain

American livestock producers are in “deep trouble” following the worst drought the country has experienced in 25 years, according to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack.

US beef exporters welcome reopening of Taiwan

US beef exporters welcome reopening of Taiwan

By Arabella Mileham

The US beef industry is confident that it will be able to rebuild its export market with Taiwan, after the Taiwanese Parliament passed legislation that will pave the way to reopen its borders to US beef imports.

USDA backs down on ‘Meatless Monday’ support

USDA backs down on ‘Meatless Monday’ support

By Ed Bedington

The US Department for Agriculture (USDA) has retracted a statement showing support for the ‘Meatless Monday’ campaign after it attracted fury from the US livestock sector.

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.

Brazil sees positive beef exports

Brazil sees positive beef exports

Brazil exported 557,395.58 tonnes of beef in the first six months of this year, according to figures from the Brazilian Association of Meat Export Industries (Abiec).

MFA stands by allegations of animal cruelty

MFA stands by allegations of animal cruelty

By Nicholas Robinson

Animal welfare charity Mercy for Animals (MFA) is standing by its claims that a video shot undercover at a US pig farm showed animal cruelty. 

Cargill recalls ground beef after Salmonella outbreak

Cargill recalls ground beef after Salmonella outbreak

By Carina Perkins

US meat processor Cargill Meat Solutions has been forced to recall nearly 30,000lb of fresh ground beef products after they were linked to a Salmonella outbreak that left 33 people ill.

US federation raises livestock antibiotics concern

US federation raises livestock antibiotics concern

By Nicholas Robinson

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has hit back at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over the latter’s proposals on restricting antibiotic use in meat production.

US meat trade welcomes CAFO database decision

US meat trade welcomes CAFO database decision

By Carina Perkins

The US meat industry has welcomed an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decision not to introduce laws that would require intensive farms to provide detailed information on their operations.

Cargill buys Texan beef plant

Cargill buys Texan beef plant

By Carina Perkins

US meat giant Cargill has acquired a bankrupt beef processing plant in Texas for $14.1m, with the sale expected to close next week.

US scientists refute E.coli poultry link claim

US scientists refute E.coli poultry link claim

By Carina Perkins

US scientists have questioned claims made by ABC News, which yesterday aired a report saying that women are developing antibiotic resistant bladder infections caused by E.coli from poultry products.

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