Meat

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.

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

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.

China driving global beef growth

China driving global beef growth

By RJ Whitehead

Market fundamentals remain very positive for the global beef industry, with the Chinese market leading worldwide demand.

China convenience meat offering is increasing

China’s meat majors focus on convenience as incomes rise

By Mark Godfrey

There was a time when convenience for China’s meat-eaters was a bag of frozen pork dumplings. But today the offerings of convenience meat products are exploding across the aisles of China’s supermarket, with everything from pre-prepared frozen kebab sticks...

Industry group adds weight to NZ country of origin labelling debate

Industry group adds weight to NZ country of origin labelling debate

By RJ Whitehead

There have been fresh calls for the New Zealand government into introducing mandatory country of origin labelling with the chief executive of NZPork telling the Primary Production Select Committee that consumers want to know where their food comes from.

China gorges on Indian buffalo via Vietnam

China gorges on Indian buffalo via Vietnam

India’s buffalo meat (carabeef) exports to Southeast Asia are growing fast, thanks to rising demand in China, even though the world’s second-biggest economy has not officially opened its doors to India in this sector.

FAO calls for vigilance with avian influenza on the rise in China

FAO calls for vigilance with avian influenza on the rise in China

By RJ Whitehead

Human infections with the influenza A(H7N9) virus are on the rise again in China and the upcoming Chinese New Year festivities provide opportunity for further spread and human exposure, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation has warned.

Rampant mislabelling of beef in Korea

Rampant mislabelling of beef in Korea

In South Korea, more than 75 tonnes of US beef was passed off as coming from other countries over the first eight months of this year. It is said the illegal practice is to bypass restrictions that are meant to prevent the sale of meat containing a banned...

Shareholders give go-ahead for Smithfield-Shuanghui deal

Shareholders give go-ahead for Smithfield-Shuanghui deal

By RJ Whitehead

By calling it a “great transaction” for shareholders, farmers and agriculture in the United States, Smithfield Foods chief executive Larry Pope couldn’t have been more ebullient now his shareholders have rubber-stamped Shuanghui’s takeover of the American...