Business and Industry News for the meat sector
Thailand’s first victim of bird flu in 2006
THAILAND The country's first human death of highly pathogenic avian influenza has been confirmed by the Thai government officials.
Beef trade dispute one cause for WTO negotiations collapse
GENEVA Unfortunately, world trade talks in Geneva collapsed after members of the Group of Six failed to overcome differences, also including beef trade conditions.
Perdigao bid of Sadia failed
BRAZIL According to a notice of material event released by the meat processor Sadia the shareholders of Perdigao rejected even a revised offer of Sadia last Friday.
Agricultural prospects in South Africa
SOUTH AFRICA From a report of the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy at the University of Pretoria the agricultural prospects for the next 5 years can be seen including data for the meat industry.
USDA announces cut-down version of BSE surveillance program
USA USDA will reduce the number of cattle it tests for bovine spongiform encephalopathy to about one tenth of the number it has tested during its expanded surveillance program of the past two years.
Extension of allowable substances in organic meat production
USA By middle of July USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service released proposed rules providing the expansion of allowable substances used in treating livestock under the National Organic Program.
UN animal disease center supported by USDA vets
USA At the end of July a new animal disease crisis center of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization will start with its operations.
Meatpacker Sadia makes tender offer on Perdigão shares
BRAZIL/São Paulo Brazils largest meatpacker Sadia has made a bid to acquire local competitor Perdigão that could create the world's second-largest exporter of meats.
Top three quality traits of US beef
USA/Reno The National Beef Audit 2005, organised by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), named the greatest improvements in U.S. beef since the last audit conducted in 2000.
Updated Harvard Risk Assessment of BSE Released
USA A revised version of the October 2003 Harvard Risk Assessment of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) was released by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS or the agency).
Changes in Russia’s frozen beef quota
RUSSIA With concern to its country-specific frozen beef import quota Russia reached an agreement with the European Union (EU) about reallocation to other eligible suppliers.
Australian beef industry benefits from Korean delay
AUSTRALIA Meat and Livestock Australia stated, that continuing delays in reopening the South Korean market to U.S. beef will aid the Australian beef industry.
BJD found in an Australian cattle herd
AUSTRALIA The WA Department of Agriculture confirmed that it is investigating a case of the wasting disease bovine Johne's disease (BJD) in a cattle herd in the Albany area.
Brazil beef exports break record
BRAZIL Brazil's fresh beef exports broke another record in the first half of 2006 at 788,375 metric tons, 1.33 percent more than the first half of 2005, the Brazilian Beef Exporters Association, said Monday.
Presymptomatic Detection of BSE and vCJD
TEXAS According to a research report published in the journal Science, bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE)in animals and variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) in humans might possibly be detected in the blood before symptoms appear.
Spain Confirms Country's 1st Case of H5N1 Bird Flu
MADRID Spain has recorded its first case of H5N1 bird flu, the Agriculture Ministry confirmed.
Australian meat industry launches biodiesel venture
AUSTRALIA Meat & Livestock Australia has joined Midfield Meat International, Australian Meat Processors’ Corporation and Sustainability Victoria to launch an initiative designed to produce biodiesel from tallow.
Multiple introductions of H5N1 in Nigeria
NIGERIA According to new research published in this week's issue of the journal Nature after the avian influenza virus H5N1 had swept from Asia across Russia to Europe, Nigeria was the first country in Africa to report the emergence of this highly pathogenic virus.
CIAA recommends EU-wide nutrition labelling
BRUSSELS The Confederation of the food and drink industries of the EU (CIAA) announced a common nutrition labelling scheme to the European platform for action on diet, physical activity and health that is recommended for use by the food and drink industries across all 25 Member States of the EU.