Raw beef liver ban in Japan
Japan has announced that it will ban the sale of raw beef liver in restaurants, following a spate of food poisoning cases last year.
Indonesian Beef Committee calls for increased import quota
The Jakarta Beef Committee recently held a demonstration at Indonesia’s Ministry of Agriculture. The committee insisted the government add a beef import quota of 50,000 tonnes (t) in the second semester of 2012.
New Zealand defends meat inspection reforms
New Zealand’s food safety body, MAF, has denied that proposed meat inspection reforms are a cost-cutting exercise, but rather designed to bring the country more into line with international standards, while maintaining or improving food safety.
India poultry firm launches training institute
Indian poultry company Suguna Group has set up an Institute for Poultry Management, offering diploma and certificate courses. The Institute’s principal Dr F R Sheriff said: “We want to promote nutritional safety and (financial) security in India’s poultry...
The government of New South Wales (NSW) has announced measures to improve animal welfare at abattoirs after an undercover video exposing cruelty sparked controversy in February.
The Chinese government is fighting to contain a fresh outbreak of avian flu virus H5N1 in central China farms, according to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).
China’s meat imports exceeded its exports in 2011, according to figures collected by the country’s China Meat Association (CMA).
The voluntary phasing out of sow stalls in Australia could cost the industry around AUS$50m and result in a decrease in productivity, industry leaders have admitted.
Australia’s pig industry representatives have claimed the industry is well ahead of its target to phase out the use of sow stalls by 2017.
Eating the recommended amount of red meat every day could cut the risk of anxiety and depression in women, researchers at Deakin University in Australia have said.
China is now clearly the world’s largest player in the global pork industry and produces and consumes over half of all pork in the world. While Chinese prices are currently soaring, due to a combination of increasing corn prices and strong domestic demand,...
China’s organic meat producers are increasingly targeting the country’s growing middle class, but prices remain high and standards confusing.
Focus on New Zealand
Given its distance from many of its meat export markets, New Zealand has to prove itself squeaky clean when it comes to environmental issues, including carbon footprinting.
Focus on New Zealand
With lamb supply dropping away, New Zealand has struggled to keep up with global demand and prices have soared, so is there a turnaround on the horizon?
Taiwanese officals have been forced to defend themselves over allegations that they covered up an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian flu.
The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) is continuing to investigate a complaint of alleged animal welfare concerns at three Indonesian abattoirs.
Key Asian poultry producers in Vietnam and India continue to be hit by bird flu outbreaks.
New marketing manager for MLA
Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) has appointed Michael Edmonds as global marketing general manager. He will succeed to Glen Feist in late March.
Amazon Japan has taken whale products off its website after being accused of facilitating trade of endangered species.
Slaughterings at a western Sydney abattoir have been suspended after an undercover video exposing animal cruelty emerged.
Mongolia receives first HACCP approval
Mongolian agri-business Just Agro LLC has received Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) certification for its meat company Makh Market, investment solution firm M.A.D. reports.
The Australian sheep industry expects a positive year in 2012, with a 4.2% increase in livestock numbers, Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) has announced.
Malaysia-NZ beef trade set to increase
New Zealand is hoping to increase beef exports to Malaysia after getting halal approval on 14 meat plants.
Japan and Hong Kong have suspended imports of Australian poultry products, including meat and eggs, following an outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza on a duck farm in Victoria.
Australian cattle farmers continue to face uncertainty over the future of the valuable export market to Indonesia.
Hong Kong’s poultry markets have today resumed trading after officials gave the all-clear from avian flu.
Australia’s pork body has submitted a proposal to government seeking permission to increase the pig slaughter levy for the first time in 18 years.
Hong Kong officials have warned of a possible outbreak of bird flu after a chicken carcass from a poultry market tested positive for the H5N1 virus.
NZ prepares for foot and mouth 'hoax' aftermath
The New Zealand government has swiftly dismissed reports of a foot and mouth outbreak, labelling it a "hoax", Tom Armitage reports.
Japan investigates additional mad cow cases
Japanese food safety authorities have ordered further testing, after two cows were diagnosed with Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) during preliminary screening, Tom Armitage reports.
EU approves Thai food safety
Europe recognised the role of Thailand in south-east Asia and its role in advocating improved food safety at a meeting in Brussels last week.
Schröder: resume talks
Following the failure of the World Trade Organisation Ministerial Conference in Cancún, Mexico, German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder issued an appeal to all parties concerned to resume talks as soon as possible.
EU reduces Thai chicken testing
The European Union is to reduce testing of imported Thai poultry for cancer-causing drugs, claiming that improved checks on chicken meat products have eased food safety fears.
Sars outbreak boosts Thai chicken industry
The Sars outbreak in Asia has had far-reaching implications for a number of industries. China, one of the worst-hit countries, has seen a sharp decline in the export of many goods and products, not least livestock.