Meat

Over-the-top media headlines and industry responses have left an equally bad taste, writes Nathan Gray.

Processed meat and cancer: Let's cut the nonsense

By Nathan Gray

After reviewing years of research that had suggested a link, yesterday the WHO classified processed meat as carcinogenic. Cue sensationalist headlines and huge industry backlash against these ‘obviously biased claims’. Can both sides please cut the nonsense?

The Arab market is a reliable, trusted, long-term trading partner for Australian agriculture that is sometimes overlooked,

MENA’s Aussie meat imports soar 11% in a year

By Niamh Michail

Australia’s meat exports to the Middle East are booming, up 11% year-on-year in 2014-15 and up 5% in the first six months of this fiscal year alone, according to the Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Mumbai, where officials have imposed a four-day ban on the slaughter and sale of meat

Mumbai bans meat

By Chloe Ryan

Mumbai has banned slaughter and the sale of meat, following a demand from the strictly vegetarian Jain community, sparking outrage among meat-eaters already upset by a permanent beef ban imposed this year.

Around 80% of Germany’s five million Muslim residents buy their meat from specialist Turkish or Arabic butchers, a pattern repeated across all of Western Europe.

'Lack of trust' costs supermarkets halal meat sales

By Eliot Beer

European supermarkets are losing out on halal meat sales because of trust issues and a lack of clear labelling, driving Muslim consumers to independent butchers, according to Euromonitor.

Decades-old beef 'originally came from American reserves'

China

Decades-old beef 'originally came from American reserves'

By RJ Whitehead

Before it was sold to food stalls and restaurants in China, much of the expired meat that has been all over recent headlines in the country had originally been part of American food reserves that were smuggled in through Hong Kong in the ‘Seventies and...

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.