Newcastle found in Denmark
An outbreak of Newcastle disease, a highly contagious poultry virus, has been reported in Denmark.
Commission authorises Spain to pay
The European Commission has added Spain to the list of Member States authorised to make advance payments in a number of meat sectors.
Good news from the East
Meat processors in Japan have reported increased slaughter figures. According to Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), Japanese beef plants processed over 107,000 cattle in July 2003.
QMS launches Scotch Lamb promotion
Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) is to launch a nationwide campaign to promote Scotch lamb. The £200,000 UK-wide promotion is designed to stimulate Scottish sheep production.
Russia opens up
Russia is to allow imports of boneless Canadian beef, so long as the meat can be satisfactorily proven to be free of mad cow disease (BSE).
Russian poultry quota squeezing US exporters
The new Russian quota on US poultry imports is forcing US exporters to seek out new foreign markets.
EU to compensate Member States over FMD
The EU is to contribute to the compensation of four countries that took precautionary measures against Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in 2001.
FSAI issues mark of approval
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has announced details of a new approval mark for small meat plants to comply with recent regulations regarding meat products.
Pig producers in the UK are calling for tighter legislation to govern the labelling of pork. Many producers claim that a current loophole in the law is allowing some processors to pass off foreign pork as British.
Northern Ireland beef boost
The UK's National Beef Association (NBA) has demanded that the Livestock and Meat Commission for Northern Ireland (MLC) act to reverse low cattle prices affecting farmers in the province.
EU lifts African restrictions
The European Commission has decided to lift the last remaining restrictions imposed on meat imports from Swaziland and Botswana. The ban was imposed following outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD).
EU may block Polish meat imports
The European Union is considering blocking imports of Polish meat products because many of the country's processing plants are likely to miss agreed deadlines to improve hygiene standards.
Welsh confirm quality
Welsh lamb has joined Cornish clotted cream, West Country farmhousecheddar cheese and stilton cheese on the list of 34 UK productsrecognised by the EU for their quality and regional identity.
Pork quality questioned
A rising tide of imports of pig meat is coming into the UK but much of it which claims to be produced to UK specifications is not, according to the British Pig Executive (BPEX).
Investment pays off for Fleury Michon
Two new adverts for the group's delicatessen and packaged meat and ready meals units helped France's Fleury Michon to an 11 per cent increase in sales in the first half of 2003.
Atria begins Baltic expansion
Finnish group Atria is to become the first western company in the Lithuanian meat products market with the acquisition of a stake in local producer Saltuva.
Nutreco goes Dutch
Nutreco has acquired the remaining 37.7 per cent share in Dutch-based Hendrix Meat Group from Smits Holding and Jabova Beheer.
Russia to recommence US poultry imports
Russian agriculture officials have presented the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) with a shortlist of US processing plants approved to export poultry products to Russia.
Good news and bad for Glanbia employees
Glanbia Meats Ireland has announced that it is to spend €27 million expanding its two production facilities in Edenderry, county Offaly and Roscrea, county Tipperary.
Meaty investment in Russia
Russian-based meat processor EkoNord has opened a $10 million (€8.7m) meat-packing plant in Vsevolozhsk, Leningrad Oblast, Russia.
Belgians eye French market
Ter Beke, the Belgian ready meals and processed meat producer, has signed a letter of intent to buy the ready meals arm of French group Agis for an undisclosed sum.
Russian meat quotas prove successful
Fears that more than half the Russian quotas on meat imports would stay unallotted have proved to be unfounded, according to consultancy firm Market Advice.
Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pork processor, has announced fourth quarter sales of $1.9 billion (€1.6bn).
Help at hand for UK sheep farmers
A programme to help English sheep farmers get the best prices for their animals has been unveiled by the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX).
Pork issue on the table
The issue of the European pig meat market was raised by France at the recently concluded Agriculture/Fisheries Council of May 2003. France inquired into the possibility of introducing export refunds.
Nutreco and Genex merge breeding operations
International food company Nutreco and Canada-based Genex Swine Group signed a Memorandum of Understanding today. This concludes the merger between Nutreco's swine genetics company, Hypor, and Genex.
EC strengthens bird flu measures
The European Commission's Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health met last week to discuss again the avian influenza situation in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.
Ingredients firm to attend Eurocarne
Global ingredients giant Chr. Hansen is to attend Eurocarne, the 22nd International Exhibition of Meat and Meat Processing Industries. The event will be held in Verona, Italy, from 22 to 25 May 2003.
New pork pricing system in the UK
A new system for reporting deadweight pig prices is about to be launched in the UK which will bring benefits to the whole industry, according to the Meat and Livestock Commission (MLC).
UK debates Halal slaughter
New proposals governing the humane slaughter of animals in the UK could have huge implications for Jewish and Muslim communities, as well as the British meat processing industry as a whole.
Europe's sheep population declines
Europe's sheep population fell by four per cent last year, according to figures released from the EU's December sheep census. Within the major sheep-rearing countries however, the rate of decline varied greatly.
Spaniards put faith in meat products
Meat consumption across Europe has taken a battering in the last few years. But a new report suggests that the Spanish are faithful consumers of meat.
EC responds to possible bird flu outbreak in Germany
Following the possible outbreak of avian influenza in Germany last week, the European Commission has decided to reinforce the control measures already put in place by German authorities.
World Pork Congress to address EU expansion
As the enlargement of the EU draws ever closer, the impact that this process will have on pork producers and processors within the new Member States is becoming a pressing concern.
Gelita to rebrand its national divisions
All national divisions of the gelatine manufacturing group Gelita will operate under the same name from 1 June 2003.
Europe says yes to tagging
The European Commission believes that the results of the Electronic Identification of Animals (Idea) project, presented yesterday, confirm the feasibility of electronically tagging cattle, sheep and goats.
Shortfall in Italian organic market
High volumes of organic meat imports are entering the Italian market as domestic supplies continue to fall short of demand, according to a new Organic Monitor report.
Belgian bird flu leads to mass slaughter
Following the death of a Dutch vet after exposure to bird flu, Beligium is stepping up its efforts to try and contain the current outbreak.
Duc looks abroad to combat declining sales
With the French poultry sector in decline as a result of falling prices, increased competition and overproduction, Duc is looking to foreign markets - and innovative products - to help it survive.
Cremonini returns to the black
Italian meat packer and foodservice operator Cremonini has reported net profits of €2.5 million for 2002, a welcome return to the black after the company incurred losses totalling some €13.5 million in 2001.
BHJ in cooperation with Danpo and Rose Poultry
The BHJ Group has made and agreement with Danpo and Rose Poultry to expand cooperation regarding utilization of by-products from the Danish poultry slaughterhouses through a joint venture.