Guatemala opens beef market to U.S. imports
USA Guatemala has dropped all bone-related restrictions for beef and beef products imported from the United States.
Perdigao exports drop 22 percent
BRAZIL The Brazilian meat processor Perdigao announces adverse trading results for the first half of 2006.
Expanded AI surveillance program provides first results
USA Based on the expanded avian influenza surveillance program the presence of both H5 and N1 subtypes of avian influenza have been proved in two resident mute swans tested in Michigan.
Bovine genome sequencing project releases new data
WASHINGTON Researchers from the Bovine Genome Sequencing Project are nearing completion on sequencing the genome of the cow.
Wild Bird Monitoring for Avian Influenza to Expand
USA/Washington The Secretaries of Agriculture and the Interior announced that their departments are expanding wild bird monitoring for high pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza.
Smithfield completes Sara Lee acquisition
USA/Virginia Group Smithfield S.L., the joint venture of Smithfield Foods, Inc. and Oaktree Capital Management, LLC, completed the acquisition of the European meats business of Sara Lee Corporation for $575 million, plus the assumption of pension-related liabilities in an amount not to exceed $39 million.
Pork board requesting research proposals
WASHINGTON, DC, USA The National Pork Board is currently in the process of requesting proposals for research to advance the production and processing of hogs and pork products.
New Zealand launches beef brand in Korea
SYDNEY Meat and Wool New Zealand launched its ’New Zealand nature-bred beef‘ brand in Korea on Tuesday. The brand is being used to promote the health benefits of pasture-fed beef to an increasingly health conscious Korean market.
Aramark announces signing of merger agreement
USA, Philadelphia Aramark Corporation, a world leader in professional services, today announced that it has signed a definitive merger agreement to acquire the company in a transaction valued at approximately $8.3 billion, including the assumption or repayment of approximately $2.0 billion of debt.