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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.

McDonald’s reveals expansion plans

McDonald’s reveals expansion plans

By Carina Perkins

Burger giant McDonald’s has announced it will open more than 1,300 new restaurants globally next year following a strong performance in 2011.

Paraguay: animal health leader steps down after FMD outbreak

Paraguay: animal health leader steps down after FMD outbreak

By Melodie Michel

Paraguayan president Fernando Lugo has replaced president of the food safety and animal health authority (SENACSA) Daniel Rojas, after questions emerged over his handling of the foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreak that struck the country in September.

USDA awards substantial fund for E.coli research

USDA awards substantial fund for E.coli research

By Carina Perkins

The US Department for Agriculture (USDA) has awarded an American research team a $25m grant to investigate ways to reduce the incidence of E.coli infections from beef.

Study points to MRSA-infected pork in US

Study points to MRSA-infected pork in US

By Carina Perkins

New research has found that nearly 6.6% of pork sold at retail in America is infected with methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria.

Asian FMD boosts US pork exports

Asian FMD boosts US pork exports

By Melodie Michel

The US was the world’s biggest pork exporter in 2011, shipping 2.24m tonnes, mostly to Asia, Canada and Mexico, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has revealed. November was a record month, with export volumes and value up 22.5% and 35% respectively...

Argentine government vows vigilance over FMD

Argentine government vows vigilance over FMD

By Stephanie Garlow, reporting from Buenos Aires

The Argentine government has promised to be steadfast in protecting its valuable beef industry in the face of a renewed foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak in neighbouring Paraguay.

Positive outlook for US beef exports

Positive outlook for US beef exports

By Melodie Michel

American beef exports have reached pre-Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) levels for the first time since the disease was discovered in the country. Trade has been helped by exchange rates, and expansion to new markets, according to USDA chief economist...

US restricts antibiotics for livestock

US restricts antibiotics for livestock

By Carina Perkins

The US Food and Drink Administration (FDA) has announced plans to ban the use of certain antibiotics used to treat cattle, pigs, chickens and turkeys.

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