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USDA: South African consumers now have access to high-quality US beef

US beef arrives in South Africa

By Oscar Rousseau

The first shipment of US beef has arrived in South Africa, after an “intense” and long-running trade dispute between both nations was resolved in January.

The EU has an opportunity to export Spanish-style pork products to Cuba, the UECBV say

Cuba - a ‘window of opportunity’ for EU pork

By Oscar Rousseau

Cuba has opened its market to a range of US food imports and the Spanish-speaking country has been tipped to be an unlikely saviour of Europe’s beleaguered pork sector, according to the European Meat and Livestock Trading Union (UECBV).

The proposed fiscal 2017 budget requested a 15% hike over last year’s total coming to $1.6bn

FDA identifies focus areas for requested funding

By Joseph James Whitworth

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it planned to focus on two areas as part of additional resources for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

The US government says meat exports to South Africa may be worth $75m annually

South Africa ends trade row with the US

By Oscar Rousseau

South Africa has ended its trade dispute with the US, allowing most imports of beef, pork and poultry access to the market, after what the US described as “intense” negotiations

Stormy outlook: climate change was already cutting UK yields, warned the NFU

Climate change is cutting UK food production: NFU

By Michael Stones

Climate change is already cutting UK food output, according to a survey conducted by the National Farmers Union (NFU), as US president Barack Obama said the UN climate conference in Paris could be a “turning point” in global efforts to halt rising temperatures.

The US is retaliating against persistent South African barriers to chicken, and other, meat imports

Obama punishes South Africa over chicken row

By Chloe Ryan

US president Barack Obama has suspended agricultural benefits to South Africa under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) after its repeated refusal to resume imports of US chicken.

The chain has faced negative publicity in the Russian media

McDonald’s to reduce pace of growth in Russia

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

The Russian division of McDonald’s is expected to open no more than 50-60 restaurants this year, down from 73 opened last year, according to a statement from the chief Russian manager Alexei Semenov.

Federal food safety employees win whistleblower protection

Federal food safety employees win whistleblower protection

By Rod Addy

US Congress has finally passed what have been described as “the strongest federal whistleblower protections in history”, according to the Government Accountability Project’s Food Integrity Campaign (FIC).

Round table: Food policy under Obama

Round table: Food policy under Obama

Barack Obama has pledged to bring change to his country. Three food industry executives discuss what his election could mean for food regulation and trade, and policy interplay with healthcare and energy.


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