Business and Industry News for the meat sector
EU beef and lamb production to fall
AUSTRALIA According to a EU Commission report, EU-27 production levels of both beef and lamb are projected to decline towards 2013.
Cremonini growing remarkable
ITALY The annual closure 2006 confirms Cremonini’s growth trend in revenues and profitability.
USDA long-term projections for per capita meat consumption
USA The annual per capita consumption of meat and poultry will fall from 223 pounds in 2007 to a low of 213 pounds in 2012.
U.S. cattle and beef market outlook for 2007
AUSTRALIA The U.S. cattle and beef market 2007 will be characterised by significantly higher corn prices, slowing herd expansion and reducing cattle prices.
US Korea talks fail to reach agreement
AUSTRALIA Technical consultations between Korea and the U.S. last week failed to narrow their differences over the definition of bone chips.
Argentina delays export licenses
AUSTRALIA According to the Brazilian Meat Monitor (BMM), the Argentine government is delaying the issuance of beef export licences as a way to indirectly limit beef exports.
Biofach – the organic food fair has opened
GERMANY, Nuremberg Mariann Fischer Boel, responsible for agriculture and rural development within the European Commission (EC), declared BioFach and Vivaness 2007 open.
Live trade shall end now, RSPCA says
AUSTRALIA According to RSPCA Victoria president, Dr Hugh Wirth, live animal trade with Egypt shall end immediately.
Canada confirms another BSE case
AUSTRALIA The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has confirmed that a mature bull in Alberta has been infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy.
USDA budget 2008 reflects importance of food safety
USA The safety of America’s food supply again remains a government priority for next year.
Tönnies heading Top 10 list
GERMANY, Damme For the first time the list of the largest pig slaughtering businesses is being led by B&C Tönnies Fleischwerke based in Rheda-Wiedenbrück.
California proposes labelling for cloned food products
SOUTH AFRICA Legislation has been introduced in California to require the clear labelling of all products derived from cloned animals, if these are approved for human consumption.
Drought hampers US herd rebuilding efforts
AUSTRALIA According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s latest cattle inventory report, the US cattle herd rose by only or 0.3% in 2006.
BSE may be caused by a virus
USA The alternative view that a virus could cause spongiform encephalopathies of the brain, such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, has received a boost.
Export bans after H5N1 discovery in U.K.
LONDON An outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza on a turkey farm in eastern England led to import bans in Russia, Hong Kong and several other nations.
Beef to bounce back from big dry
AUSTRALIA Australia's beef industry will depend on two key factors over the next few years: drought and U.S. competition on Asian beef markets.
Cattle materials ban in medical products proposed
SOUTH AFRICA FDA wants to limit the use of some cattle materials in medical products in order to keep them free of the BSE-causative agent.
Big beef group could be broken up and sold
AUSTRALIA Australian assets of Swift & Company, Greeley, Colorado, could be pared off and sold separately as the parent U.S. company sells off its assets.
U.S. beef shipments to South Korea to be discussed
AUSTRALIA South Korea plans to hold talks with the United States in February over Seoul's rejection of American beef shipments for containing banned bone fragments, a South Korean official said.