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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.

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.

Record year for US exports

Record year for US exports

By Melodie Michel

US red meat exports reached record levels in 2011, with a value of over $11.5bn for beef, pork and lamb combined.

USDA delays controversial E.coli law

USDA delays controversial E.coli law

By Carina Perkins

The USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that it will delay the implementation of a controversial programme to test beef products for non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC).

Beef segment strains Tyson results

Beef segment strains Tyson results

By Melodie Michel

US meat processing giant Tyson Foods has reported a 48% drop in Q1 net income, despite $8.3bn in sales, up 9.4% from last year.

Mexico doubles beef exports

Mexico doubles beef exports

By Melodie Michel

Mexican beef exports almost doubled in 2011, going from 56,278t to 95,759t, the Mexican association of beef producers (AMEG) has announced.

Action stations for US pork in Japan

Action stations for US pork in Japan

By Carina Perkins

US pork is being sold at railway stations across Japan, thanks to a partnership between meat exporters and a local foodservice business.

WTO to rule on China-US broiler dispute

WTO to rule on China-US broiler dispute

By Keith Nuthall

A World Trade Organisation (WTO) disputes panel has been established to decide whether Chinese anti-dumping and countervailing duties on American broiler chicken exports are legal.

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