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What push would EU firms need to change supply chains? Photo credits AR Harrison-Dunn

Seaweed in focus

What will it take to make Indonesian seaweed competitive?

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn, reporting from Indonesia

Indonesia has ambitious plans to add value to its seaweed industry – but its success could depend on the outcome of an ongoing tug-of-war between industry and government.

‘True Aussie’ was unveiled for the meat industry about a year ago

Australian ‘True Aussie’ quality campaign boosts exports

By Poorna Rodrigo

Australia’s push to re-define its agricultural produce under a unified name - ‘True Aussie’ that signifies products are clean, green and safe - is helping the country’s meat exporters, claim industry leaders.

Ukraine was already a major exporter of halal poultry with 43% of its production going to majority Muslim countries

Russia and Ukraine target Halal poultry market

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

Russia is planning to start exports of Halal poultry to the UAE and Qatar, while Ukraine’s Halal meat exports are booming, as both countries struggle with the effect of embargoes.

Indian opportunity for poultry with Japanese help

Japan poultry giant mulls technology transfer to boost Indian exports

By Julian Ryall, in Tokyo, and Raghavendra Verma, in New Delhi

Tokyo-based Mayekawa Manufacturing Co is in talks with officials of India’s Andhra Pradesh state government to bring Japanese technology to the state’s large poultry industry. N. Chandrababu Naidu, the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, visited Japan in...

Haryana follows Maharashtra in banning beef slaughter and consumption

India

Haryana follows Maharashtra in banning beef slaughter and consumption

By RJ Whitehead

Lawmakers in Haryana have followed their colleagues in Maharashtra to vote in a bill that outlaws the slaughter of cows in the state. Suspected violators will not be allowed bail on their arrest, and face up to 10 years of hard labour and a fine if convicted.

Midamar and its executives have been accused of money laundering, mail and wire fraud and conspiracy to make and use false statements and documents.

Midamar manager admits faking Halal shipment info

By Eliot Beer

A former manager at US meat producer Midamar has pleaded guilty to faking certificates on meat sold as Halal, and admitted using Kosher beef in place of Halal meat, in shipments to Muslim countries.

Asia-Pacific in 2014: A year of scandals, soul searching and success

Review of the year

Asia-Pacific in 2014: A year of scandals, soul searching and success

By RJ Whitehead

The last 12 months have been turbulent for much of Asia-Pacific's food industry, with regulations, legislation, markets and partnerships continuing to develop in the latest step in the region's economic development.To mark a fascinating year...

Review of bird flu safeguards urged to curb new outbreaks

Review of bird flu safeguards urged to curb new outbreaks

By Jane Byrne

All parties in the poultry supply chain, including feed producers, need to assess how they can help limit avian flu outbreaks, with no certainties about whether the spread of the disease will be checked in the coming weeks, says an industry specialist.  

Russia’s demand for meat has already driven exports from Chinese companies such as Shuanghui Group

China’s meat producers seek more export opportunities in Russia

By Elsa Reed

Five more Chinese companies have filed requests with China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) to export meat products to Russia, as China’s meat sector sees growing export opportunities in the market.

China represents a huge market for UK pig meat exports

Truss to visit China next month to boost pig exports

By Rick Pendrous

Environment secretary Liz Truss will be travelling to China in December with the aim of reducing barriers to UK pig exports to the world’s most populace nation as its demand for protein rises.

New bird flu strain causing concern for poultry producers in SE Asia

Southeast Asia

New bird flu strain causing concern for poultry producers in SE Asia

By RJ Whitehead

A recently-emerged strain of avian influenza virus in poultry in Southeast Asia represents a new threat to animal health and livelihoods and must be closely monitored, the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has warned. 

Australia exporting livestock to Egypt again after cruelty concerns were addressed

Egypt resumes Australian breeder animal imports

By Eliot Beer

Egypt has resumed imports of breeding animals from Australia, four months after agreeing to restart trade in livestock between the two countries, the Australian government announces.

A screen grab of the Dragon TV footage

China

Scandal-hit CEO brands own company's practices ‘unacceptable'

By RJ Whitehead

The chief executive of OSI Group, the American owner of the meat processor under investigation by Chinese authorities for supplying expired meat to international fast-food chains including McDonald’s and KFC, has “sincerely apologised” for events over...

Holy cow! Modi’s buffalo stance is based on votes, not religion

Analysis: Indian elections

Holy cow! Modi’s buffalo stance is based on votes, not religion

By RJ Whitehead

“The holiness of the cow is very much linked to the communal overtones of Indian politics,” wrote Indian historian DN Jha, who received death threats following the release of his book, The Myth of the Holy Cow.