India opens market to British sheep meat
Dec06

India opens market to British sheep meat

A new agreement to export British sheep meat to India was announced yesterday (5th December), as the country prepares to open its market for the first time. The new agreement, which covers a range of sheep meat cuts, is expected to build on this by over £6 million in the next five years. The UK’s sheep meat exports were worth £386 million to our economy in 2017, with lamb meat alone reaching 69 export markets. The deal has been...

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U.S. moves forward with cell-grown ‘meat’
Nov21

U.S. moves forward with cell-grown ‘meat’

Cultured ‘meat’ products are a continuing topic of interest across the pond, with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announcing they will oversee production. The two organisations recently held a public meeting to discuss the use of livestock and poultry cell lines for food products. At this meeting, stakeholders shared perspectives on the regulation needed to both foster these...

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International Meat Trade Association welcomes Draft Brexit Agreement
Nov19

International Meat Trade Association welcomes Draft Brexit Agreement

The International Meat Trade Association (IMTA) has welcomed the Draft Brexit Agreement reached by UK and EU negotiators but says that much uncertainty remains. The organisation has released the following statement: “IMTA welcomes the news that the UK and EU negotiators have reached a technical agreement on the Draft Withdrawal Agreement and that the UK Cabinet has endorsed the plan. “However, until the agreement has gone through the...

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Brexit Withdrawal Agreement: what it means for meat
Nov15

Brexit Withdrawal Agreement: what it means for meat

The meat industry has been quick to respond to the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, which was confirmed by the United Kingdom and European Union negotiating teams in principle this week. The full 585 page report on the Withdrawal Agreement can be found here and that of the Political Declaration here. Meat industry figures are encouraged by the progress but say there are some unanswered questions in a number of areas, including the status...

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Global pork markets ‘on edge’ as African Swine Fever spreads
Oct25

Global pork markets ‘on edge’ as African Swine Fever spreads

The spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) has disrupted pork markets across the world, according to the latest analysis by Rabobank. In the Q4 Pork Quarterly report, released this week, Christine McCracken, senior analyst – Animal Protein – said that the entire industry is “reassessing its vulnerabilities” as the virus continues to spread. She added: “New ASF discoveries in Europe raise new concerns of more serious trade...

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International Meat Trade Association reacts to updated ‘no-deal’ Brexit notices
Sep25

International Meat Trade Association reacts to updated ‘no-deal’ Brexit notices

The International Meat Trade Association (IMTA) has reacted to the Government’s updated ‘no-deal’ Brexit Technical Notices, saying there are still questions which need to be answered. An updated list of scenarios show how the Government would deal with issues should there be a ‘no-deal’ Brexit. The most relevant to the meat and wider food industry are as follows: Importing animals and animal products if there’s no Brexit deal The EU...

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