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Wednesday 20th August 2014.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


Russia Turns to South America to Fill Trade Gap

South American meat and food exporters are stepping in to fill the gap in the market following the ban on imports of to Russia put in place by President Vladimir Putin.

High level trade talks were held this week between the Russians and Argentine governments in which Argentina promised a variety of goods from dairy products, beef, pork and poultry to chocolate, fruit, wine, eggs and soy beans.

Argentina told the Russian delegation in the talks that it could supply half the amount that was exported by the US to Russia before the ban.

Argentine First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Carlos Bianchi presented the head of the Russian veterinary and food Safety Authority, Sergei Dankvert, with a number of proposals to significantly increase the supply of food to make up for the Russian food market volumes of products previously shipped from the European Union and the United States.

And the Argentine Minister of Industry Deborah Giorgi said: “We can ensure the supply of a wide variety of Russian products of animal and vegetable origin.

At the same time, Russia was holding talks with Ecuador over possible exports of food products and also discussing with Brazil raising the bars that existed for several meat processors to export pork and beef products.

In the EU, the agriculture commissioner Dacian Ciolos, announced the start of support for some sectors that have been hit by the Russian trade ban and in the UK the Scottish Rural Affairs and Food Secretary Richard Lochhead met representatives across the food industry to explore support measures.

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Global Meat Industry News

   European Union

Small Movement on EU Pig Prices
European Farming Group Welcomes Commission Support
New Outbreaks of African Swine Fever in North East Europe
Danish Crown Faaborg Production to Move to UK

   New Zealand

Strong Demand for NZ Beef in US
New Zealand Lamb Exports Reducing
Working Group for Dairy Processing Sector Set Up

   United Kingdom

Scotland Debates Russian Trade Ban
UK Lamb Production Expected to Continue to Rise
Pork Farms Group Acquires Kerry Foods Chilled Savoury Pastry Business
British Lion Guarantees Safe Eggs
Research Reveals Hen Smothering Affects Half UK Commercial Flocks
Supplies to Tighten Towards 2015


China Grows Agricultural Trade with Russia
Small Fall in Chinese Food Prices
China Bans US Pork Imports Over Feed Additives
Russia Gives Go Ahead to Pork Imports From China
Chinese Dairy Imports Higher to End of May


A$20,000 Back-pay for Poultry Processors
Prices Fluctuate as Demand for Older Lambs Weakens
Australian Lamb Exports Strong Across Most Cuts


European Bank Lends $13 million to Ukrainian Meat Processor

   Hong Kong

WH Group Reports Rise in Profits

   Viet Nam

Companies Need to Collaborate to Build Standards


South America Steps in to Meet Russian Needs
Prospects of Pig Exports to Russia Resuming Vanishing Fast
Russia Eyes New Food Importers to Sustain Supplies
Global Hilton Quota Use Rises

   Russian Federation

Russia to Introduce Electronic Veterinary Certificates
Russia Seizes US Poultry Smuggled from Kazakhstan


Bacteria Detected in Food May Cause Abortions

   United States

Pork Board to Meet in September
Don't Lose Sight of the Real Prize: Profits
Slaughterhouse Employees Indicted over Illegal Sales of Condemned Meat
US Pork Demand Maintains Increase
National Pork Board Examines International Marketing Opportunities
Calls for End to Japan Gate Price On Pork
Positive Trends in Antimicrobial Resistance Reported in US
US Hide, Skin Leather Exports Reach $1.43 Billion
US Strengthens Detection of Contaminated Ground Beef
Cargill Sees Fall in Revenue and Earnings


Spanish Lamb Consumption Falling


JBS Sees Continued Growth
More Brazilian Pork Plants Approved for Export to Russia
Brazilian Steer Prices Ease as Exports Surge


Chile's Beef Price Under Pressure


Chicken Prices Down with Low Demand During Shrawan


Farmers Challenge Tesco Assertions on Mixed-origin Beef
DNA Tests Show Products Labelled Irish Not From Ireland


Chicken Supplies Hold Up after Typhoon
Philippines to Monitor Chicken Price Movements


Russian Food Import Ban Erodes Pork Sector Profitability
Framework for Elimination of PEDv in Canada

   Palestinian Territory

Damage to Agriculture and Fishing in Gaza Will Have Long-lasting Effects


Finnish Processor to Axe Office Staff
HKScan Shows Weak Result Despite Strong Balance Sheet


PDFA Launches Pure Milk in Punjab
India Signs Agri MoUs with 52 Nations
Poultry Sector Angry over Chicken Leg Imports


Ghana Offers Incentives to Poultry Processing Investors


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