Pork Meat

A tax on pig trotters, liver, brain and tongue has been cut by the Hungarian government

Hungary cuts VAT on pork offal to boost consumption

By Jaroslaw Adamowski

As part of its long-term policy to stimulate domestic consumption of pork, the Hungarian government has introduced a reduced value-added tax (VAT) on pork offal, taking it from 27% to 5%.

Local analysts believe Poland's consumption of pork will increase again this year

Poland’s pork meat exports return to growth path

By Jaroslaw Adamowski

Poland’s exports of processed pork meat have returned to growth in the first four months of 2015, with an increase of 6.5% to 128,600 tonnes (t), according to the Polish Ministry of Agriculture.

An additional four companies are expected to gain access to China following the signing of this new memorandum

Belgium signs pork meat export deal with China

By Carmen Paun, in Brussels

Belgium’s agriculture minister Willy Borsus signed a memorandum with Chinese authorities this week that could see the number of Belgian companies exporting pork meat to China increase in the next few months.

EU officials have not received any direct information on Russia's inspection plans

Brussels says EU united in food ban talks with Russia

By Carmen Paun, in Brussels

The European Commission stood by its position on Friday (30 January) that the European Union (EU) member states were united regarding talks with Russia about the possible lifting of the latter’s ban on EU food products such as pork meat.

The effect of the pork meat ban has hit Ukraine's pockets to the tune of $1m since July

Ukraine loses US$4m, due to Russian meat trade restrictions

By Carmen Paun, in Brussels

Ukraine has lost some US$4 million (€3.2m) in revenues following Russian cattle and pork meat import restrictions imposed in 2013 and 2014, according to data provided by the European Commission (EC).

The most siginificant reduction in Sweden's meat trade related to imports of beef and pork

Antibiotic concerns depress Swedish demand for meat imports

By Gerard O’Dwyer, in Helsinki

Growing fears over the widespread use of antibiotics in farm animals helped to drive a fall in demand for imported meat in Sweden in the first half of 2014, but Russia’s EU food trade ban might reverse that trend, said experts.

Swine fever ban expanded for Poland and Lithuania by Russia

Russia extends pork ban for Poland and Lithuania

By Carmen Paun, in Brussels

As of yesterday (Monday 7 April) Russia has effectively extended its African Swine Fever (ASF)-justified ban to include processed pork meat products from Poland and Lithuania, two Polish members of the European Parliament (MEP) have revealed.

Romania cleared for pig exports to the EU

EU lifts ban on Romanian pork

By Carmen Paun, in Brussels

Romania will be allowed to export pork meat to the European Union (EU) from all of its commercial pig holdings from New Year’s Day (2014), the country’s National Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Authority (ANSVSA) has announced.

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