Business and Industry News for the meat sector
Agricultural letters of intent signed by US and Taiwan
AUSTRALIA Taiwan's agricultural sector has signed letters of intent to procure a combined $3.9 billion worth of US soybeans, corn, wheat and beef.
AMI calling for balanced food and fuel policy
USA AMI and a coalition of meat, livestock and poultry organisations unveiled an information Web site regarding ethanol policy.
Agreement on clearer use of the sales description 'veal'
BRUSSELS European Union agriculture ministers agreed to clarify the marketing conditions for meat from bovine animals aged twelve months or less.
USDA/DOE to fund 11 biofuels research projects
USA The U.S. Department of Agriculture, in conjunction with the Department of Energy, announced to dole out $8.3 million for 11 biofuels research projects.
Delegation on Brazilian beef heads to Brussels
SOUTH AFRICA Irish beef farmers have presented an extensive factual evidence that proves the total lack of effective controls and standards in the Brazilian beef sector to EU Commission officials in Brussels.
Korea suspends quarantine inspections of US beef
AUSTRALIA South Korea has temporarily halted US beef imports as a result of the discovery of beef shipments that were mislabelled and violated import restrictions.
Vaccine against foot and mouth disease in progress
AUSTRALIA A new vaccine shows promise for preventing foot and mouth disease in livestock, proving effective in tests on cattle and swine in the United States.
Chile to triple its beef production
SOUTH AFTRICA In three years time Chile could triple its beef production from the current 247,000 annual tons to 750,000 tons according to the country's Cattle and Sheep Genetics improvement Council.
Meat is catching up in Japanese diet
AUSTRALIA According to government report it is very likely that soon meat will be the number one protein source in Japanese diets and will overtake fish.
Beef industry ready for competition in Asia
AUSTRALIA The Australian beef industry is confident it can withstand market pressures in the Japanese and Korean markets arising from the re-entry of US beef.
World’s leading beef producer based in Brazil
BRAZIL, São Paulo J&F Participações S.A., controlling shareholder of JBS S.A., announced an Agreement and Plan of Merger aiming the acquisition of the share control of Swift Foods Company.
New case of AI confirmed in UK
LONDON An outbreak of low pathogenic Avian Influenza H7N2 has been confirmed in a small poultry flock in North Wales.
Herbal therapy for pigs
SOUTH AFRICA Natural alternatives to growth-promoting antibiotics in livestock feed may soon be on the menu for pigs in Europe.
Brazilian beef exports on the rise
SOUTH AFRICA The first four months of 2007 was a boom period for Brazilian beef exports, up nearly 44% over the same period in 2006.
United States is controlled risk country for BSE says OIE
USA The OIE has unanimously adopted the resolution recommending that the United States be recognized as having "controlled" risk status for BSE.
Vion to takeover fat processor Gebr. Smilde
THE NETHERLANDS Vion N.V. (Son en Breugel) announces that it has reached an agreement in principle with Koninklijke Smilde B.V. on the takeover of Gebr. Smilde.
Corn-based ethanol production near tipping point, study warns
USA A new study estimates that increased corn prices driven by rapidly expanding U.S. ethanol production already have increased U.S. retail food prices by $14 billion annually.
Partial concensus for Argentina's new beef price agreement
AUSTRALIA Following three months of negotiations, a price agreement has been reached between the Argentinean government and representatives of the beef industry.
HK Ruokatalo Group is now officially HKScan
FINLAND, Turku The name of HK Ruokatalo Group has changed to HKScan Oyj, HKScan Abp in Swedish and HKScan Corporation in English.