Business and Industry News for the meat sector
U.S. achieves cattle brucellosis class free status
USA USDA has announced that all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have simultaneously achieved cattle brucellosis class free status.
Hormel Foods to build new production facility
USA, Minnesota Hormel Foods Corp. announced that construction on a new production facility in Dubuque, Iowa, is expected to begin this year.
Tyson expands chicken production in China
USA, Arkansas Tyson officials announced plans to significantly expand its poultry business in China through a joint venture with a Chinese poultry company.
EU bans all Brazilian beef exports
AUSTRALIA The European Union (EU) has banned all Brazilian beef exports for an undefined period of time, effective from 31 January 2008.
Vast majority of Americans enjoy burgers from time to time
USA The vast majority of Americans (85%) say they eat burgers once a month or more, while only 6% say they never eat burgers.
Ed Schafer new secretary of agriculture
USA Ed Schafer has been confirmed and sworn in as the 29th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Export sheepmeat prices to lift as world supply tightens
AUSTRALIA After two years of easing world sheepmeat prices, an industry report says that the price slide appears to be turning up again.
Beef prices increasing in the EU
AUSTRALIA Steer prices in the EU have risen 7% in recent weeks, as a result of the increasing feed costs and a shortage of Brazilian beef.
Organic exports to climb on the back of cloned meat
AUSTRALIA Australian organic meat exporters say their business could be bolstered by the U.S. FDA's decision to approve food from cloned animals.
UAE opens to Uruguayan beef and sheepmeat
AUSTRALIA As of 30 December 2007, Uruguay is certified to export beef and sheep products to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Red meat retail prices ease in 2007
AUSTRALIA Retail prices for beef and lamb averaged lower during 2007, as red meat supplies on the domestic market increased.
Indonesia and Barbados re-open to U.S. beef
USA USDA and Indonesian authorities agreed to allow access for all U.S. beef and beef products. Barbados also ends restrictions on U.S. beef.
EFSA updates advice on Listeria risk in ready-to-eat foods
BRUSSELS Scientists at Europe's food safety watchdog have updated advice on the risks from Listeria in foods.
Australian cattle on feed numbers drop again
AUSTRALIA The number of cattle in Australian feedlots fell further due to very high input costs and unfavourable market conditions.
Average liveweight of broilers up in the U.S.
USA Although the average liveweight of broilers in the U.S. increased by 2%, the amount of birds slaughtered rose by only 1%.
Organic will not include food from cloned animals
USA, Massachusetts OTA reiterated that meat and other products produced from cloned animals would not be able to be sold as organic in the U.S.
Clone safety green light divides U.S. farming organisations
AUSTRALIA There have been mixed reactions from U.S. farming organisations following U.S. FDA’s decision on the safety of products from cloned animals.
Export markets for U.S. meat to reopen in 2008
AUSTRALIA The American Farm Bureau Federation's has announced that key export markets for U.S. beef and pork should reopen later this year.
Smithfield Foods to deny animal cloning
USA, Virginia Smithfield Foods, Inc. reiterated earlier statements that the company is not planning to produce meat products from cloned animals.