Business and Industry News for the meat sector
New additive enhances biodegradable packaging
USA DuPont announced commercial availability of a petrochemical additive that increases the utility of bio-based, biodegradable polylactic acid (PLA) packaging.
Bluetongue: Measures revised, restriction zone extended
BRUSSELS Member State veterinary experts meeting in the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health support a revision of the control measures for bluetongue.
Korea awaits inspection outcome
KOREA The Korean market continues to await the outcome of inspections of US processing plants by the Korean government.
Canadian last BSE case may reveal new insights
CANADA The 50-month-old dairy cow found on a farm in Alberta evidently showed prion development months earlier than could have been expected.
USDA Secretary Johanns pushes NAIS
USA/Kansas City During a keynote address at the National ID/Info Expo U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns voted for the National Animal Identification System (NAIS).
Using home meat brands to counter retail pressure
BRUSSELS Sales of fresh meat are stagnating throughout the European food retail sector. Accordingly, all producers - both the meat producers and the meat product manufacturers - are under enormous pressure at present. Many are faced with two options - adapt or sell up.
Secondary AI tests confirm low pathogenic H5N1
USA/Washington The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced final test results with respect to avian influenza of two Michigan wild mute swans (reported 15th August 2006).
Campaign aimed in greater transparency of Avian Flu data
LOS ANGELES A group of 70 leading medical researchers worldwide announced the formation of a consortium designed to improve the sharing of influenza data.
Canadian cattle herd declines
CANADA With concern to the Canadian national cattle herd, the first decline has been registered within seven years.
Canada’s next BSE case
USA/CANADA The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) notified the USDA of a case of BSE in a beef animal in Alberta, Canada.
U.S. beef hard to find in Japan
JAPAN According to Japanese press reports the choice of U.S. beef is relatively small.
Russian threat to block U.S. meat imports
USA Russia threats to block U.S. meat imports, if Washington doesn’t endorse Moscow’s bid to join the World Trade Organization within three months.
Viruses approved for anti-listeria application
USA The Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of a blend of viruses that eat bacteria for use as an anti-listeria agent in the processed meat industry.
Tyson to consolidate by reducing production capacity
ARKANSAS/Springdale Tyson Foods Inc. announced that it will consolidate its operations in the Pacific Northwest by closing subsidiaries.
China turns net poultry importer
CHINA Obviously due to bird flu, China was net poultry importer during the first six months of 2006 coming from a net poultry exporter at the same period in 2005.
Guatemala opens beef market to U.S. imports
USA Guatemala has dropped all bone-related restrictions for beef and beef products imported from the United States.
Perdigao exports drop 22 percent
BRAZIL The Brazilian meat processor Perdigao announces adverse trading results for the first half of 2006.
Expanded AI surveillance program provides first results
USA Based on the expanded avian influenza surveillance program the presence of both H5 and N1 subtypes of avian influenza have been proved in two resident mute swans tested in Michigan.
Bovine genome sequencing project releases new data
WASHINGTON Researchers from the Bovine Genome Sequencing Project are nearing completion on sequencing the genome of the cow.