The TPP agreement has been welcomed by the 12 member nations

Red meat sector welcomes TPP Agreement signing

By Aidan Fortune

The signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement in New Zealand has been dubbed “a significant step towards reducing the amount of tariff and non-tariff barriers on red meat exports” by the red meat sector. 

Japan is the biggest importer of US beef

US cattlemen: TPP vital to reach world’s middle class

By Oscar Rousseau

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has said the swift implementation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is crucial to help American beef reach the world’s growing middle class. 

HKScan CEO Hannu Kotten, manager Juha Yrjonen and vice president Jukka Nikkinen

HKScan plans growth in Asia

By Oscar Rousseau

Meat manufacturer HKScan is seeking to boost exports to high-growth countries like China and Japan and hopes the launch of its Hong Kong office will be a springboard for a full-scale assault on the Asian market.

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Far East digest

Japanese coalition compromises on planned food tax hike

By RJ Whitehead

Japan's ruling coalition partners have agreed to a to exempt food products from a planned tax hike in 2017, when general consumption tax will be increased by two percentage points.

EU could soon ease Fukushima produce restrictions

EU could soon ease Fukushima produce restrictions

By RJ Whitehead

Japanese media have reported that the European Union may no longer require radiation screening for some food products imported into the bloc from the beginning of next year.