World meat industry news

Russia Ends Six Year Colombia Beef Ban

  • 28 May 12:21

Russia Ends Six Year Colombia Beef Ban Russian food health authority Rosselkhoznadzor has lifted a foot and mouth disease ban imposed on a Colombian region since 2009. Beef, lamb, pork and dairy products from the southern district of Narino have Russian market access, the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) has been notified. Other regions were not covered by the ban, which exported a combined 1303 tonnes of beef to Russia in 2014. ICA general manager, Luis Humberto Martinez Lacoutre, said the announcement reflects “good relation and trust between the countries.” He added: "The removal of this restriction is a new opportunity for livestock producers in Nariño, because. Read more...

Commission Reports Knock Back Country of Origin Labelling Plans

  • 27 May 11:20

Commission Reports Knock Back Country of Origin Labelling Plans Two reports from the European Commission conclude that the benefits from new mandatory country of origin labelling requirements on food do not clearly outweigh the costs. The reports say that voluntary labelling rules seem to be the most suitable solution. The first report looks at the feasibility of different options for mandatory origin labelling for dairy products and for minor meats, notably horse meat, rabbit meat and meat from game and birds (farmed and wild). Labelling rules are already in place for beef meat, pig meat, poultry meat, sheep meat and goat meat. The report says that considering consumer attitudes towards additional information and potential. Read more...

Hungarian, Russian Poultry Businesses Sign Deal to Open Goose Farm

  • 27 May 11:19

Hungarian, Russian Poultry Businesses Sign Deal to Open Goose Farm A joint venture by Hungarian and Russian partners has been set up with the aim to launch a goose farm in Russia, with the planned investment expected to total up to €17 million, writes Jaroslaw Adamowski. Hungary’s poultry business Hortobágyi Lúdtenyészto Zrt. and Russia’s Ekoferma Zvenyigovo have signed a deal to jointly set up a goose farm in the province of Kirov, western Russia. The agreement was signed by the partners at the Hungarian embassy in Moscow. Under the plan, the joint venture will be established with an initial capital of €2 million. On top of this, a further amount, ranging between €12 million and. Read more...

International Farming Organisations United on Trans-Pacific Partnership

  • 26 May 12:33

International Farming Organisations United on Trans-Pacific Partnership As Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) nations meet this week in Guam to continue negotiations, agri-food producer and processor organisations from around the world have united to call for a trade agreement to improve market access for agricultural products. The organisations advocating for an ambitious, fair and comprehensive TPP agreement are the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance, the American Farm Bureau Federation, the Australian National Farmers’ Federation, and the Federated Farmers of New Zealand. Together, they represent hundreds of thousands of farmers, producers, processors and exporters who, in turn, employ millions of workers across. Read more...

International Egg Commission Launches Avian Flu Action Plan

  • 26 May 12:31

International Egg Commission Launches Avian Flu Action Plan The International Egg Commission (IEC) is launching its 'Avian Influenza Action Plan', a series of initiatives related to combating avian influenza. The plan aims to provide immediate support for the egg industry and to co-ordinate a series of actions internationally, with the ultimate long term goal of ridding the egg industry of this destructive disease. IEC will provide a central international communications hub on avian influenza, be the link between the global egg industry and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), and be responsible for communicating information and best practices to IEC members and the wider egg industry. First steps are to. Read more...

Russia to export poultry to India

  • 26 May 11:19

Russia to export poultry to India Russia will start exporting poultry and poultry products to India within its program of diversifiying export supplies, reports the deputy head of the Russian veterinary body, Alexei Alexeenko. "We have looked at what demand there is in India when it comes to our meat production, and in the first place there's a big demand for poultry. Our Indian partners show a lot of interest in our poultry,"Alexeenko says. Russia currently is actively seeking export markets for its poultry production, as the devaluation of the Russian ruble makes exporting much more profitable than a year ago. According to data from the Russian Institute of Agricultural Market. Read more...

G20 Action Plan for Food Sustainability

  • 22 May 09:34

G20 Action Plan for Food Sustainability Agriculture ministers from around the world have backed a plan to increase food security and sustainability and reduce food waste. Following the G20 meeting of agriculture ministers in Turkey, the ministers said that the pressures on natural resources and biodiversity and the impacts of climate change have produced a need for a rise in productivity while at the same time moving towards food systems that are more sustainable. In a communique unanimously agreed at the meeting last week, the ministers said that that responsible investment in sustainable and resilient food systems should raise productivity to expand food supplies and increase incomes and quality. Read more...

OIE Urges Greater Biosecurity to Prevent Further Avian Flu Spread

  • 21 May 13:13

OIE Urges Greater Biosecurity to Prevent Further Avian Flu Spread The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has recommended stronger farm biosecurity measures to curb the spread of avian influenza worldwide. Since early 2014, outbreaks of avian influenza (“bird flu”) involving different strains of the virus have been reported in more than 35 countries around the globe. Tens of millions of poultry have died as a result of these outbreaks, either naturally or due to the application of stamping out measures. While it is not unusual for the avian influenza virus to circulate, particularly among wild birds, the recent upsurge in outbreaks worldwide reaffirms the need for better implementation of the. Read more...

Cherkizovo eyes expansion of poultry exports

  • 21 May 12:29

Cherkizovo eyes expansion of poultry exports Russian meat giant, Cherkizovo plans to increase its poultry exports in order to reap the benefits of a weaker ruble as domestic prices come under pressure from faltering consumption, local media, the Moscow Times reports. Although the rouble has firmed over the past three months, Sergei Mikhailov said that Cherkizovo should have taken advantage of the weaker rouble, which plunged last year on falling oil prices and Western sanctions over Ukraine. Poultry exports up by 10% He said the company would aim to export 10%, up from between 1 and 2% currently, and target consumers in the Middle East, Africa and China. "If demand in Russia contracts, we will be forced. Read more...

WTO Rules Against US over Country of Origin Labelling

  • 20 May 13:32

WTO Rules Against US over Country of Origin Labelling The World Trade Organization has thrown out the US appeal against its ruling over mandatory country of origin labelling. The long-running dispute concerned the extra burden of record keeping imposed on exporters of meat and livestock to the US, which Canada and Mexico, who were leading the fight against the regulation, said gave the US an unfair advantage in the market. The WTO had already ruled that the US was placing too much of a burden on exporting countries but the US has argued that changes it had made to the rules had made them fairer. However, this week the Appellate Body of the WTO rejected the US arguments against the panel's findings under Article 2.1. Read more...