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Wednesday 3rd December 2014.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


MSD Animal Health

Trade Disputes Dominate Global Market

Trade issues and disputes have been to the fore in the global meat sector of the last week with tensions rising between Russia and neighbour Belarus over biosecurity issues and the US appealing the decision of the World Trade Organisation over country of origin labelling.

This week the Russian and Belarus veterinary authorities met to settle problems of biosecurity on meat imports into Russia.

The Russian authorities have been concerned that consignments of meat and meat products are entering eh country contaminated with African swine fever.

The Russians have claimed to have written more than 40 letters of complaint to the Belarus authorities, but have received replies to just five.

They are concerned that Belarus is ignoring biosecurity conventions and is allowing product with fake or incorrect health certificates to cross the borders.

The lack of action by Belarus has led to a blockade on meat and food products by Russia and now after lengthy talks fresh attempts are being made to tighten up the controls at the borders and the checks in the meat plants in Belarus.

At the WTO, the US has lodged an appeal against the decision over country of origin labelling that declares the US changes to the policy even more restrictive than before.

The moves by the US to get the WTO decision overturned have drawn howls of anguish from the Canadian and Mexican meat producers who lodged the initial dispute.

They are demanding that the US abide by the decision of the WTO and make the labelling rules less restrictive and more favourable to exporting countries.

Meanwhile, India is reported to be considering a challenge to the recent World Trade Organisation (WTO) panel ruling over imports of US poultry meat.

India is likely to challenge a WTO panel's ruling which had described the country's ban on American poultry product imports as inconsistent with global norms.

The Department of Commerce is working on the "feasibility of filing an appeal against the WTO's panel report" in consultation with the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.

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Global Meat Industry News


China Farm Produce Prices Show Slight Rise
China to Export Poultry to Mongolia
China Beef Imports Continue to Rise

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Moy Park Chief Executive Outstanding Businesswoman of the Year
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IFR Announces Test for Detecting Horse Meat
UK Beef Imports Increase in 2014
2 Sisters Food Group Leads Way on Campylobacter Fight
Arla UK to Cut 100 Jobs
'Don’t Downgrade the Role of Vets in Animal Safety' Urges BVA
New Website Aimed at Tackling Campylobacter

   New Zealand

Lamb Numbers Show Modest Recovery


Success for Wagyu Genetic Discovery Programme
AACo Wins Export Award
Australia to Use Irradiation on Suspect Animal Product Imports


Arla Drops Bid for Egyptian Dairy

   United States

Cargill Joins with Kennedy and Coe to Develop Beef Cattle Sustainability Assessment
US Modifies Regulation of Poultry Imports to Keep out Bird Flu
NFU Calls for New Direction for Beef Checkoff
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Non-O157 STEC Beef Testing Costs $1.37 million
US Imported Beef Prices Down
Could Eating Turkey Save Your Life?
Hog and Pork in US Heading for Profit
What is Happening with PEDv?
Hormel Sales up Six Per Cent


US Appeal of WTO M-COOL Ruling Disappointing
Novel Technologies Improve Competitiveness of Canadian Pork
Lack of Workers Jeopardises New International Trade Opportunitties

   Russian Federation

Russia Targets Belarus Biosecurity Measures
Miratorg Pork Production Over 1 million tonnes
African Swine Fever in Meat Products Investigated


Bid to Prevent Bird Flu Outbreaks Affecting Trade
US Appeals WTO Panel Reports in US-COOL Disputes
France in Agreement with Russia over Offal Cattle Fat Exports
Global Livestock Sector Addresses Hunger Malnutrition


India Considers Challenge to WTO over US Poultry Decision


Carrefour Backs Fisheries Sustainable Certification
Dawn in Bid to Takeover Terrena Beef Subsidiary


German Newspaper Attacked For Antibiotics Prejudice


Women’s Group Learns Meat Processing as Livelihood

   European Union

New European Executive Team for Brazilian Company
EU Pig Prices Settled


US Export Affecting Mexican Pork Market


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   United Arab Emirates

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