USDA creates two systems for counting pathogens
SOUTH AFRICA Researchers at the US Department of Agriculture's Agriculture Research Service (ARS) developed two methods for counting bacterial pathogens - on cattle hides and carcasses and in faeces and ground beef.
Swift to operate a biogas production facility
USA, Colorado Swift & Co., Greely, Colorado, and Microgy, Inc., Portsmouth, New Hampshire, announced the signing of an agreement for a renewable gas facility at a beef processing plant.
US beef supplies up 2% in 2007
AUSTRALIA According to a market analysis on the North American cattle and beef industries conducted by the George Morris Centre (GMC), US beef supplies could rise by 2% in 2007.
US wants Japan to lift beef age bar
AUSTRALIA According to the Japan Times US Agriculture Secretary, Mike Johanns, will press Japan to remove the age limit on imports of US beef, rather than urging limits be raised from 20 months to 30 months.
EU lifts ban on importation of South African ostrich meat
SOUTH AFRICA/Menlopark The European Union informed South Africa that it accepts the country's status as free from Highly Pathogenic Notifiable Avian Influenza (HPNAI). The export of fresh ostrich meat can therefore resume as from 1 November 2006, according to the new ostrich protocol.
Premium Standard profits to drop down
USA/Missouri Net income of Premium Standard Farms, Kansas City, for the fiscal second quarter dropped from $12.2 million in 2005 to $4.3 million this year.
South Korea resumed US beef imports
AUSTRALIA After ending a three-year ban imposed following the discovery of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), first shipments of US beef have landed in South Korea.
Russia to be worlds second largest beef importer
AUSTRALIA Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) reports that Russia is set to become the world’s second largest beef importer in 2007, behind the US.
KFC announces switch to zero trans fat cooking oil
USA/Kentucky KFC Corporation announced that it is converting all of its 5,500 restaurants in the United States to a zero grams trans fat cooking oil.