Meat

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.

Indonesia suspends US beef imports over BSE

Indonesia suspends US beef imports over BSE

By Melodie Michel

The Indonesian agriculture ministry has announced the suspension of US beef imports from today, after a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was discovered in a Californian dairy cow.

Report shows impact of intensive livestock farming in Canada

Report shows impact of intensive livestock farming in Canada

By Melodie Michel

Canadian factory farming has had a tremendous impact on human health, the environment, animal welfare and rural communities, according to a report commissioned by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPCA).

BSE detected in US dairy cow

BSE detected in US dairy cow

By Melodie Michel

An atypical case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) has been detected in a dairy cow in California, but the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) said it presented no food safety risk, as the animal was not presented for slaughter for human consumption.

USDA enhances residue controls and prevention

USDA enhances residue controls and prevention

By Melodie Michel

The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced new measures to prevent illegal residues in meat products, including the creation of a compliance guide, and increased testing for violators.

TPP membership crucial to Canadian food sector

TPP membership crucial to Canadian food sector

By Melodie Michel

Demand from Asia could boost the Canadian food industry after years of uncertainty, but officials must ensure the country is not left our of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreements because of protective measures, a report has said.

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”.

Brazil could meet half of global meat demand

Brazil could meet half of global meat demand

By Carina Perkins

Brazil will be capable of supplying almost half of the world’s beef within 10 years, according to the Brazilian minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, Jorge Mendes Ribeiro Filho.

Brazilian beef exports to reach US$6bn in 2012

Brazilian beef exports to reach US$6bn in 2012

By Melodie Michel

Exports of Brazilian beef are expected to reach US$6bn in 2012, up 20% from 2011 with a 10% increase in volume, according to the Brazilian Association of Meat Exporters (Abiec).

US pork prices regain momentum

US pork prices regain momentum

By Melodie Michel

US pork export valued reached US$58.17 per hog slaughtered in February, up 14% year-on-year, leading to a 21% increase in export value (US$526.2m), according to data released by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

US livestock antibiotics guidance meets mixed reaction

US livestock antibiotics guidance meets mixed reaction

By Melodie Michel

Representatives of the American meat industry have expressed mixed reactions to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) publication of a draft guidance on the use of antibiotics in livestock and poultry production.

Cargill returns stronger Q3 profits

Cargill returns stronger Q3 profits

By Carina Perkins

US processor Cargill has bounced back after poor profits in the first six months of the year, reporting a strong performance in the third quarter.

Canada plans overhaul of meat inspection

Canada plans overhaul of meat inspection

By Carina Perkins

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has published proposed amendments to its meat inspection regime, which would give meat processors greater freedom to trade inter-provincially and internationally.

Sustainable meat production in Brazil

Sustainable meat production in Brazil

By Melodie Michel

The International Meat Trade Association (IMTA), the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Brazilian Association of Beef Exporters (ABIEC) discuss the environmental progress made in Brazilian livestock production, and the challenges ahead.

‘Pink slime’ processor files for bankruptcy

‘Pink slime’ processor files for bankruptcy

By Melodie Michel

US ground beef processor AFA Foods has filed a bankruptcy petition, citing the ‘pink slime’ scandal that has been shaking the American meat industry for months.

Meat production can be sustainable, says WWF

Meat production can be sustainable, says WWF

By Melodie Michel

Meeting growing world demand for meat while preserving the environment is achievable with improved management practices and efficiency, according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Marfrig launches water management project

Marfrig launches water management project

By Melodie Michel

Brazilian processing giant Marfrig has launched a 'water footprint' project to monitor water usage in the production chain and improve sustainability and efficiency.

South Korea keeps ban on older US beef

South Korea keeps ban on older US beef

By Leah Germain

Despite winning import duty concessions under the newly-enforced free trade agreement between the US and South Korea, American beef producers will still not be able to export beef over the age of 30 months. The import of older beef remains banned under...

‘Pink slime’ producer shuts down three of four plants

‘Pink slime’ producer shuts down three of four plants

By Melodie Michel

Beef Products Inc (BPI), a major US producer of lean finely textured beef (LFTB), has announced the temporary closure of three of its plants, following a media and consumer campaign against ‘pink slime’.

FDA ordered to reconsider antibiotic regulations

FDA ordered to reconsider antibiotic regulations

By Melodie Michel

A US federal court has ordered the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to finish a reviewing process started 35 years ago, and that could lead to a ban of prophylactic use of antibiotics in livestock.

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.

US retailers swear off ‘pink slime’, industry worried

US retailers swear off ‘pink slime’, industry worried

By Melodie Michel

The American meat industry is worried about the consequences of a decision by major retailers to stop selling ground beef containing lean, finely textured trimmings (LFTB), commonly known as ‘pink slime’.

Canadian government grants C$500,000 for PRRS research

Canadian government grants C$500,000 for PRRS research

By Melodie Michel

The Canadian federal government and the provincial government of Quebec (MAPAQ) have allocated C$500,000 to a pilot project aiming to control porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS).

Tensions grow as Taiwan strengthens beef controls

Tensions grow as Taiwan strengthens beef controls

By Melodie Michel

The Taiwanese government has created confusion among meat importers by increasing ractopamine controls on imported beef, two weeks after proposing to relax the ban on the controversial additive.

US red meat exports maintain strong momentum

US red meat exports maintain strong momentum

By Carina Perkins

US red meat exports have continued to increase in the first part of 2012, according to statistics from the US Department for Agriculture (USDA) and the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

Canada makes further beef investment

Canada makes further beef investment

By Carina Perkins

The Canadian government has committed to investing a further C$3m to the Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS), which the industry claims will help improve productivity and efficiency throughout the beef chain.

US schools given choice to avoid ‘pink slime’

US schools given choice to avoid ‘pink slime’

By Melodie Michel

American schools will be able to opt out of serving lean finely textured beef (LFTB) at the beginning of the next school year, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced.

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.

Veal slaughtering practices to be reviewed

Veal slaughtering practices to be reviewed

By Melodie Michel

The US Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is pointing at slaughterhouse practices to explain the high percentages of ground veal contaminated with E.coli.

Iowa undercover video ban sparks criticism

Iowa undercover video ban sparks criticism

By Melodie Michel

The passage of a law, making undercover filming on farms illegal in the US state of Iowa, has raised controversy among animal welfare organisations.

US meat bodies protest over new tax proposal

US meat bodies protest over new tax proposal

By Carina Perkins

More than 45 meat industry organisations have written to US Congress asking it to oppose a new proposal to introduce cost recovery for food safety inspection in meat and poultry plants.

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.

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