Russia imposes import bans
RUSSIA, Moscow On 7 August, Moscow formally moved to place an immediate ban on imports of meat, fish, milk and fruit from the United States, European Union, Australia, Canada and Norway. Following USA Today the ban is expected to last for one year.
Poultry farmers opposing duty-free import from US
INDIA, Hyderabad The opposition to the External Affairs Ministry’s proposal to allow duty-free import of chicken legs from the US is gathering momentum with more poultry farmers protesting the move. Duty-free import of American chicken legs will wreak havoc on the domestic poultry industry, besides raising health concerns, they contend.
Texas A&M System joins forces with FAO
ITALY, Rome The Texas A&M University System and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) agreed to work together to combat world hunger by building capacity for sustainable agriculture and natural resource management in developing countries.
Campylobacter survey results published
UNITED KINGDOM, London The FSA has published the first set of quarterly results from a new survey of Campylobacter on fresh shop-bought chickens. The results show 59% of birds tested positive for the presence of Campylobacter. In 4% of samples Campylobacter was identified on the outside of the packaging.
Japanese Wagyu export destinations expand
AUSTRALIA, North Sydney – Japan exported 92.2 tonnes swt of beef (predominantly high value Wagyu) in June, up 24% year-on-year, with product sent to 17 markets which included new destinations like Holland, the UK, Belgium and the Philippines.
A for Tyson sustainability practices
USA, Springdale Tyson Foods, Inc is marking a decade of sustainability progress. The company, which has been measuring its corporate responsibility efforts since 2004, has released its latest sustainability report.
Russia continues to restrict meat imports
RUSSIA, Moscow During the first half of the year meat imports to Russia fell by 37% year-on-year, while the country's own meat production rose by 4%, clearly to compensate the losses, according to data from Rosstat, the Russian State Statistics Service.
US court upholds COOL rule
USA, Washington The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld new government rules requiring Country-of-Origin Labelling (COOL) on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat to tell consumers where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.
EU horsemeat testing shows improvement
BELGIUM, Brussels The second round of pan-European horse meat DNA tests has shown an improvement from 2013, but still saw products testing positive in seven countries.