Smithfield keeps its sights on Europe
The world’s largest pork products supplier, Smithfield Foods, is still focussing on growth. The Americans want to extend their business, particularly in Europe. Long-term this is the right way to go, said CEO Joseph W Luter III at the presentation of the 2006 business results.
Smithfield Foods – Changes in Top Management
VIRGINIA Joseph W. Luter, III today announced that he plans to relinquish the title of chief executive officer of Smithfield Foods, Inc. after serving for 31 years as chairman and chief executive officer.
European cattle population continued to fall slowly
LUXEMBOURG The December 2005 cattle surveys in the EU-25 show that the cattle population continued to fall slowly. According to European statistical office “Eurostat” total numbers of cattle were lower (–0.7%) than in December 2004. The price of cattle remains relatively high.
Statement on reopening of Korean market
WASHINGTON, DC Intense negotiations between the U.S. and Korea to restore beef trade between the nations are ongoing. And as these negotiations proceed, it is important to remember that the role of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) is to certify the integrity of the U.S. system for export to various nations according to the terms of agreements, American Meat Institute (AMI) says in a statement on reopening of Korean market.
New rules for nitrites and nitrates
BRUSSELS European Health Council amended 2 EU Directives on food additives and sweeteners. The legislation agreed adapts the authorised levels of nitrates and nitrites permitted in meat, in line with a ruling by the Court of Justice in 2000, and a subsequent scientific opinion from the European Food Safety Authority.
Austrian team winner of the International Young Butchers’ Competition
BRUGES Gerald Moser from Austria is the winner of this year’s International Young Butchers’ Competition. The second place goes to Florian Gstach from Austria also, and the third place to Jérôme Dubiez from France.
Animal welfare is a European value
BRUSSELS There is a high awareness of animal welfare in the EU, but are consumers prepared to pay a higher price for "animal friendly products"? This was one of the topics discussed in a hearing organised by the Parliament's Agriculture committee on the EU action plan for animal welfare 2006-2010.
New food protection centre at Danisco Brabrand
COPENHAGEN Danisco A/S has concentrated its research and development activities in the field of natural food protection in Brabrand, Denmark. Laboratories in Beaminster in the UK, and Niebüll in Germany will be closed.
Argentina will ease ban on exports
BONN The ban on exports of beef meat imposed by the Argentine government shall be eased. According to a decision of the Department of Trade and Industry the export shipment of an amount equal to 40% of the beef meat export of 2005 will be allowed from June until November 2006.
Australian Livestock with huge phantom numbers
fleischwirtschaft.de – QUEENSLAND/Australia: A big difference of about 11 million phantom cattle has been found between the existing Australian cattle population with 27 million individuals and the database registrations of about 38 million. This has been reported by the online service of Queensland Country Life.