Japan to scrap UK beef ban imposed after BSE crisis

Japan will end a ban on British beef and lamb that has been in place since the mad cow disease epidemic.

The move comes ahead of a meeting between Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Theresa May.

The leaders are expected to announce funding for technology collaborations at the Downing Street meeting on Thursday.

Brexit is also expected to loom large over the talks, with Mr Abe expressing Japan’s concerns.

Downing Street says Japan’s decision to drop the beef and lamb ban, which has been in place since 1996, will be worth £127m to British farmers over five years.

Exports of red meat products from the UK surpassed £1.2 billion in 2017, according to Revenue and Customs Statistics.

full story – BBC

China’s top pig farmers see sharp fall in profits amid disease epidemic

China’s major pig farmers sharply cut 2018 profit estimates on Monday, after fast-spreading African swine fever hit prices and demand for pork in the world’s largest hog producer.

Muyuan Foods Co. Ltd cut its 2018 net profit forecast to between 500 million yuan ($73 million) and 550 million yuan, down at least 20 percent from an earlier estimate in October, showed a filing to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange.

full story – Reuters


Brazil meat exports slump on trade bans, logistics issues

Export sales by Brazilian meat processors lagged last year as trade bans and a domestic truckers’ strike weighed on their ability to serve major customers like Russia and the European Union, according to data released by trade group ABPA on Thursday.

Europe banned 20 Brazilian chicken plants because of food safety concerns, while Russia froze imports of the country’s pork for nearly a year after accusing Brazilian purveyors of using a banned feed additive.

full story – Reuters

Ana Mano

Veganuary’s ‘false claim of crimes’ damaging animal welfare and human health

Industry bods are making a stand against Veganuary and its ‘false claim of crimes’ to set the record straight on the red meat sector.

The misguided and misleading campaign, in the National Sheep Association’s (NSA) own words, was damaging against animal welfare, the environment and human health, and criticism from welfare campaigners – among others – was neglecting sheep farming’s joined-up working with the environment.

full story – farmers guardian

Lauren Dean