Meat

Tasters from the top cattle will determine a winner of the so-called Wagyu Olympics

Excitement builds for Japan's Wagyu Olympics

By Kathryn Wortley

Japan’s top cattle and meat producers are gearing up to compete in the country’s next ‘Wagyu Olympics’, the country’s premier beef cattle show, to be held in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture, on 7–11 September. 

Russian meat firms could benefit from a deal to export poultry to China

Russia eyes Chinese poultry trade as shortages loom

By Eugene Vorotnikov

Russia is planning to promote exports of poultry and pork to China and has already started talks with the Chinese government to increase exports beyond their current low volumes. 

Fast food franchising is viewed as a 'golden opportunity' in China's food industry

Fast food franchise wars in China

By Mark Godfrey

Hua Ke Duo's black sesame sprinkled buns and chilli pepper flavourings are Chinese, but the hamburgers are bigger than those at McDonald’s. 

Phil Hogan will lead a diplomatic offensive to halal-dominated food markets in the Middle East

Hogan to lead Middle East agri-food trade mission

By Oscar Rousseau

European commissioner for agriculture and rural development Phil Hogan will front an autumnal trade mission to Saudi Arabia and Iran in what could unlock lucrative new deals for halal meat traders.

Refugees given tools and training in northern Iraq

Refugees given tools and training in northern Iraq

By RJ Whitehead

A Germany-funded project to train refugees in greenhouse cultivation, beekeeping, hen production and food processing has been launched to help thousands of vulnerable Iraqis and Syrians.

Rotten pork from Denmark was found in a dump in China

Chinese authorities investigate dumped pork

By Mark Godfrey

Worries over cold chain integrity and food safety in the imported meat business have arisen in China, where authorities are seeking to trace the origins of a shipment of Danish pork found in a city dump. 

New Zealand meat exporters have welcomed the possibility of reduced trade tariffs

New Zealand opens FTA talks with South America

By Oscar Rousseau

New Zealand has launched talks with four South American countries and red meat exporters to create a free trade agreement (FTA) in the wake of Donald Trump’s Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) exit.

USDA secretary Sonny Perdue (centre) led celebrations for the return of US beef to China

China and US celebrate reopening of beef market

By Oscar Rousseau

US beef is back in China after a 14-year hiatus and senior meat figures including agriculture secretary Sonny Perdue marked the occasion in quintessentially American style: by eating a giant steak.

Import of Chinese cooked chicken to US up for debate

USDA proposes to allow cooked chicken from China

By Joseph James Whitworth

A proposed rule to allow China to export cooked chicken from poultry slaughtered in the country to the US has been described as a ‘slap in the face to American consumers’ by a congresswoman.

The food safety rule is designed to help consumers feel at ease when buying meat

China rolls out meat safety rule

By Mark Godfrey

The state agency overseeing China’s Food Safety Law is requiring all regions to establish a “standardised safe meat supermarket” – a designation which retailers can apply for but will become compulsory to stamp out tainted meat.

US beef will be heading to China again after a 14-year hiatus

US and China agree on beef that can go east

By Oscar Rousseau

US beef sales to China could soon be reinstated now the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has finalised trade rules covering traceability and types of meat eligible for export.

Left to right: Song Weiping, vice president, Da Bei Nong; Xi Chunling, ICCAW chair; Zhonghua Zhao, country director, World Animal Protection China

China takes big step toward improving pig welfare

By Oscar Rousseau

Chinese agri-food producer Da Bei Nong will introduce group sow housing and lower stocking density in a scheme that could radically change animal welfare for half the world’s pig population.

Virachai Ratanabanchuen, chief operating officer of CPF (centre) praised the policy

Thai giant launches new food standard

By Aidan Fortune

Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Company Limited (CPF) has introduced a CPF food standard project in an effort to build consistent quality and food safety management systems across its integrated feed-farm-food operations.

The EU had been expected to make a statement on its implementation plans this week

Europe accepts WTO chicken defeat with China

By Oscar Rousseau

The EU will amend import rules for Chinese chicken after a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute panel sided against the European bloc in a trade quarrel that stretches back two years.

Java, Indonesia, could be one place to set up a buffalo production hub

Indonesia urged to build cow hubs to hit self-sufficiency dream

By Telly Nathalia

The Indonesian government needs to establish new livestock production zones as it tries to boost meat production and consumption through imports of livestock and frozen beef, the Indonesian Meat Importers Association claims.

USMEF is keen to strengthen US red meat sales in regional Japanese markets

Japan's supermarkets targeted in US marketing push

By Kathryn Wortley

The US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) is partnering with supermarket chains and event organisers in Japan’s regions to strengthen already high US red meat sales by localising marketing, public relations and consumer interaction campaigns. 

MLA said Integrity Systems Company heralds a 'new era for red meat production'

Australia overhauls meat quality assurance scheme

By Aidan Fortune

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) has integrated its red meat and livestock quality assurance programs in a bid to improve them for the “future prosperity of the red meat and livestock industry”.

Ingham's has contracted new chicken growers as its paves the way for years of expansion

Australian chicken giant to create 400 jobs

By Oscar Rousseau

Poultry producer Ingham’s Group Limited will invest AU$70m ($51m) over a three-year expansion plan that will create 400 jobs in Western Australia.

The Trump administration has been praised for the speed of the beef deal

US inks ‘historic’ beef deal with China

By Oscar Rousseau

America and China have inked landmark deal to promote shipments of US beef that may also cool fears of a trade war between the world’s two largest economies.

Headache for Hanoi inspectors monitoring movement of frozen goods

Dateline Southeast Asia

Headache for Hanoi inspectors monitoring movement of frozen goods

By RJ Whitehead

Hanoi food inspectors are struggling to monitor frozen meat and produce, which are often stored poorly, then broken down into smaller packages and sold through wholesale markets to traders who take a relaxed approach to documentation.