Rabobank weighs up prospects for pork markets in China, Mexico and the US
FeedNavigator, Friday 25 July 2014

The cost of feed grains in China has increased steadily in 2014 adding to the pressure on pig producers in that market, with some smaller farmers abandoning the pork business over the past few months, says Rabobank.

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Lithuania: State of emergency as ASF hits large farm
PigProgress, Friday 25 July 2014

An outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) on the Danish-owned Idavang Company pig farm has led to the drastic measure of the state of emergency in Lithuania

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Foot and mouth outbreak adds to South Korea’s meat woes
The Guardian, Thursday 24 July 2014

Disease found on pig farm, while bird flu continues to affect poultry industry, leaving country increasingly reliant on imports.

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Norway acts against MRSA infection on pig farm
GlobalMeatNews, Thursday 24 July 2014

Mattilsynet, Norway’s food safety authority, has ordered the destruction of a pig-herd in Vestre Toten, in western Norway, following the discovery of the antibiotic-resistant bacteria MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) in the herd. The farm owner, Simen Kolstad, was instructed to destroy all 600 pigs by 20 July.

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Five arrested as meat scandal spreads to more international chains
FoodNavigator, Wednesday 23 July 2014

As more American companies are embroiled in China’s latest food safety scandal, five people have been detained following a probe into a company that allegedly supplied stale meat to fast-food outlets.

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No end in sight for China’s cattle shortage
GlobalMeatNews, Wednesday 23 July 2014

On the face of it, things are looking rather rosy for beef in China. Growth is dynamic – at least within the context of fresh food – driven by consumer demand for higher-quality meat. Once you chip the surface, however, a major predicament soon becomes evident. There is just not enough cattle being raised domestically to satisfy demand. As prices spiral upwards, there is real danger of excluding a large number of Chinese consumers from buying beef on a regular basis.

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