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Week of Significant Deals for the Meat Industry - 25 September 2013

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Wednesday 25th September 2013.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


Week of Significant Deals for the Meat Industry

A beef and lamb trade deal between Russia and the UK expected to be worth up to £100 million over three years was finalised in Moscow last week by Russian Deputy Prime Minister, Arkady Dvorkovich and UK Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson.

The deal marks the end of an 18-year ban on British beef and lamb imposed by Russia following the outbreak of BSE in the mid-1990s. It includes a £7 million contract for lamb meat and opens the door to a further £2 million contract for beef offal.

In the United States, Smithfield Foods' shareholders have voted overwhelmingly to approve the proposed strategic combination with Shuanghui International Holdings Limited.

At a Special Meeting of Smithfield shareholders on 24 September, more than 96 per cent of the votes cast were in favour of the transaction, which represents approximately 76 per cent of Smithfield's total outstanding shares of common stock.

Reacting to the news, Smithfield Foods Inc. CEO, Larry Pope, called the deal a "great transaction" for shareholders, US farmers and agriculture. The President of the National Farmers Union, however, said: "It is a sad day for family farmers and consumers when the largest pork processing company in the United States is sold to a Chinese interest."

Countervailing duty orders on warmwater shrimp from China, Ecuador, India, Malaysia and Viet Nam have now been lifted after the US Trade Commission found the imports are of no threat to the US industry.

The customs union for Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan has resolved to allow poultry and beef meat imports from Colombia.

The Government of Canada and the Canadian Pork Council have agreed that mandatory traceability requirements for the PigTrace Canada programme will take effect on 1 July 2014.

A majority of employees at Danish Crown has voted against a proposal aimed to re-establish some of the pig production in Denmark - which in recent years has quit the country - thereby safeguarding jobs in Danish slaughterhouses.

And last but not least, European Union farmers now know where they stand on payment changes, following the completion of the political negotiations on reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

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Global Meat Industry News

   United States

Mixed Feelings over Approval of Shanghui-Smithfield Deal
Hog Slaughter Continues to Fall Short
CME: Pork, Beef Inventories Down, Poultry Up from Previous Month
AFBF Advocates Port Expansion Projects
Crisis Management Workshop Scheduled for November
Millsboro Poultry Plant Makes Progress
Smithfield Shareholders Approve Shuanghui Deal
Egg Bacterial Contamination Affected by Strain, Housing
CME: Cattle Numbers Shrink, Pig and Poultry Expanding
Go-ahead for New Poultry Processing Plant in Texas
Hog Outlook: Record Highs for Retail Pork Prices in August
CME: Consumers Willing to Pay More for Steaks, Breasts, Hamburgers
Perdue Foundation Makes Award to University of Delaware
Could Cut to Nutrition Bill Further Delay US Farm Bill?
Chicken Production 'Picks Up Steam'
CME: Retail Meat Prices Forced Higher in August


HKScan Opens New Poultry Plant in Estonia

   United Kingdom

Latest Food Safety Report Covers Meat Control, 'Horsegate'
Meat Factories Now Offer Bonus for Cattle Kept on Fewer Farms
Politicians Help Put Michaelmas Back on the Calendar
Cranswick Strengthens Its British Pig Herd
Agency Calls for Research on Meat Control
LMC: Tight Supplies and Bonus Scheme See Higher Beef Prices
UK Food Standards Agency Tackles Cadmium in Crabs
White Paper Examines Role of Metal Detection in Food Safety
Associated Seafoods' Fish Processing Facility Nears Completion
Competition Highlights Appetite for Quality Assured Beef
LMC: Cattle Supplies Tighten Across Northern Ireland
Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Cooked Meats

   European Union

How Much Closer Are We to European Reform?
Commissioner Calls for Pragmatism over Trade Partnership
Artisan Nordic Cheeses to Hit New York
Commission Clears JBS Acquisition of Seara, Zenda
Call for Stricter Rules for Organic Farming in the EU


Norwegian Designed Fish Freshness App Now on Android

   Viet Nam

Viet Nam Meets Germany's Increasing Demand for Tuna


Fiji Looking to Distribute Brazilian Chicken Meat in the Pacific
Brazil Pig Quotes Increase
JBS Poultry Group Buys into Agrovêneto


VION Food Germany to Sell Convenience-Retail


US Lifts Countervailing Duty on Some Imported Shrimp
UK, Russia Agree Multi-million-pound Beef, Lamb Trade Deal

   Czech Republic

Czech Farmers to Receive 850 Million Crowns in State Support


Canada Sets Date for Mandatory Traceability of Pork


Poultry Traders Disguise Farm Chickens with Yellow Dye


Cargill Plans for Growth in Poultry Sector in Anhui
China Looks to Uganda to Meet Food Demand
Chinese Wholesale Red Meat Prices Soar


JBS Appoints New President in Paraguay
Paraguayan Shipments Highest Since Foot and Mouth Outbreak


New Regulations on Meat Imports in Indonesia

   Dominican Republic

Haiti Still Yet to Formalise Meat and Egg Deal


Russian Customs Union Says Yes to Colombian Poultry, Beef

   New Zealand

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Danish Crown Employees Say No to Visionary Proposal


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