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February 2, 2019

Poland to employ more inspectors to prevent suspect meat exports

Polish authorities will install cameras in slaughterhouses and employ more health inspectors to prevent exports of contaminated beef to other EU countries, chief veterinarian Pawel Niemczuk said on Thursday, after a TV report showed sick cows being taken for slaughter. “Video surveillance will be available 24 hours a day, but there should be someone with […]

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January 10, 2019

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 […]

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January 8, 2019

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 […]

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January 7, 2019

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 […]

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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 […]

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January 2, 2019

Ban on ritual slaughter in Belgium’s Walloon Region

Jewish communities in Belgium’s Dutch-speaking region now have to rely on imported meat from Hungary and the Netherlands, as a ban on ritual slaughter goes into effect. full story – i24 news Polina Garaev

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Hong Kong’s pork prices likely to rise due to swine fever outbreak

Numbers of pigs imported from across the border fell by half over six days around Christmas, though industry spokesman says this was due to a dip in demand Price increases have so far been limited to individual shops, but one Michelin-starred restaurant has been forced to cut back on one of its pork liver dishes […]

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Animals turned away from factories as veterinary dispute continues

Meat Industry Ireland (MII), the country’s representative body for the meat processing industry, has said that some animals are being turned away from factories as a result of industrial action by Temporary Veterinary Inspectors (TVIs). full story – agriland Charles O’Donnell

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Meat industry deserves more respect, says chief

The leader of Scotland’s red meat processors has slammed anti-meat lobbyists for allegedly making claims which cannot be backed up with independent evidence. full story – courier.co.uk Nancy Nicolson

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November 9, 2018

Banham Poultry owed £41m to creditors, report shows

Norfolk chicken firm Banham Poultry owed more than £41m when it went into administration last month, a new report reveals. The Attleborough-based company experienced a cashflow crunch over the summer and was sold to Derbyshire-based Chesterfield Poultry in a pre-pack administration, a deal which safeguarded 1,100 jobs. Full story – Eastern Daily Press Mark Shields

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October 18, 2018

BSE confirmed at Aberdeenshire farm

A case of BSE – so-called mad cow disease – has been confirmed at a farm in Aberdeenshire. Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said a movement ban was now in place on the unnamed farm. Investigations are under way to identify the origin of the disease – the first of its kind in Scotland in […]

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Over 34,500 pigs culled in China in the past week due to ASF outbreaks

Over 34,500 pigs have been killed and disposed of in China in the past week due to seven individual outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF). Statistics available from the World Organisation of Animal Health (OIE) show that the outbreaks were detected between Friday, October 12, and Sunday, October 14. The outbreaks were discovered in both backyard farms and […]

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China urges more oversight of large pig farms amid disease epidemic

China’s vice agriculture minister said on Wednesday that local governments should step up their oversight of large-scale pig farms and breeding farms as another province reported a fresh outbreak of the highly contagious African swine fever. China has reported almost 40 separate outbreaks of the deadly disease in 10 provinces and municipalities since the first […]

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October 16, 2018

UK releases draft review for meat processing industry

The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Food Standards Scotland (FSS) have released a series of recommendations for the meat processing industry following a six-month review. The review was originally announced in February and comes in response to a number of high profile non-compliance issues identified at meat cutting plants. By issuing recommendations, FSA and […]

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September 25, 2018

No-deal Brexit a ‘grisly’ prospect for farming, warn industry leaders

Food and farming industry representatives have issued a stark warning about the negative impact of a “no-deal” Brexit, following publication of the latest “technical notes” by Defra. Food and Drink Federation (FDF) chief executive Ian Wright described such an outcome as “grisly”, saying it would bring chaos to the ports, serious disruption to food supplies, […]

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British R3 heifer prices highest in Europe

During the week ending September 9, the average R3 heifer price in the EU was 384.5c/kg – an increase of 2.4c/kg from 382.1c/kg in the week ending August 12. According to the Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC), Britain moved into first place on the league table during the week ending September 9, with an equivalent […]

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jun 2 - jun 22
VIV EUROPE 2018
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    VIV EUROPE 2018 JAARBEURS, THE NETHERLANDS – JUNE 20-22  WORLD EXPO FROM FEED TO FOOD   WORLD EXPO FROM FEED TO FOOD

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ANUFOOD China
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ANUFOOD China has transformed into the global food & beverage exhibition serving North Asia. From Nov. 21st to 23rd, ANUFOOD China 2018 edition will be held in Beijing, at China National Convention Center. As the Global International F&B platform with total floor area of 39,000sqm, ANUFOOD China is the must attend show in 2018. We look forward […]

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jun 2 - jun 22
Tavola 2018
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11-12-13 MARCH 2018   The Tavola trade fair has no equal.  It was first set up in 1982 and since then it has created a unique niche for itself by specialising in premium food and drinks.  Strong market leaders and small artisan producers guarantee an unusual assortment of strictly selected delicatessen and delicious high-end products.  

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