Meat, Fish & Eggs

Cultured meat: Tyson Foods buys stake in startup, CEO insists it’s not “counterintuitive”

02 Feb 2018 --- Clean meat innovators Memphis Meats has been getting a lot of attention from investors recently with billionaire businessmen Richard Branson and Bill Gates staking their claim in the pioneering company last year – and now the venture capital arm of Tyson Foods has invested in the food tech startup which lab-grows meat directly from animal cells.

Food distributors sue US chicken processors over price conspiracy

01 Feb 2018 --- Sysco Corp and US Foods Holding Corp have joined retailer Winn-Dixie Stores and other poultry buyers in suing some of America's biggest chicken processors for allegedly conspiring to inflate prices.

US researchers boost aquaculture production by reducing high mortality rates

24 Jan 2018 --- Researchers at Oregon State University are developing a new technology to deliver water-soluble nutrients to aquaculture-raised fish, oysters, clams and shrimp that will boost their growth rates and reduce the high rates of mortality that plague the industry.

Lab-grown "clean" chicken: SuperMeat crowdfunds US$3m and partners with poultry producer

03 Jan 2018 --- Groundbreaking Israeli food-tech startup, SuperMeat, has raised US$3 million in seed funding and has joined forces with one of Europe’s largest poultry producers, PHW, establishing itself as a significant contender in the global shift towards lab-grown clean chicken.The recent seed round was led by US-based venture capital fund New Crop Capital and VC firm Stray Dog Capital with both firms saying they are openly committed to investing in more sustainable food systems.

UK: Scandal-hit chicken group in spotlight again

20 Dec 2017 --- The 2 Sisters Food Group, which was at the center of a safety scandal earlier this year following an undercover expose which revealed poor hygiene standards and serious food safety breaches, is once again in the spotlight as media reports claim that Tesco found issues at a second plant where inspectors gave a “red” warning rating to processes at a chicken plant in Scotland.

Making mindful choices: why sustainable seafood will thrive 

19 Dec 2017 --- Sustainability and the notion of a circular economy are high on both the industry and consumer radar, with “Mindful Choices” and “Going Full Circle” among Innova Market Insights’ Top Ten Trends for 2018. One of the most important sustainability platforms relates to fish & seafood. The market researcher also notes “Ocean Garden” as one of its 2018 trends, where the industry is looking towards the sea as a source for ingredients and more holistic nutrition inspiration. 

UK: Parliamentary inquiry finds 2 Sisters problems “are not a one-off”

21 Nov 2017 --- British MPs have ruled that problems at the English poultry and food manufacturing group 2 Sisters – which suspended operations last month due to hygiene concerns following an undercover operation – were "not a one-off”. The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee launched its inquiry into 2 Sisters and poultry standards following an expose by The Guardian and ITN which found evidence of 2 Sisters workers altering the slaughter date of poultry, raising the risk that shoppers could end up buying meat past its use-by date. 

West Africa food security: Greenpeace calls for urgent action on overfishing and illegal fishing

21 Nov 2017 --- Vessels arrested for illegally fishing in West African waters are still carrying on with business as usual, claims a Greenpeace Africa report released today on World Fisheries Day. The report, “The Cost of Ocean Destruction”, details how West African fishermen and communities continue to suffer from the consequences of overfishing and illegal fishing in this region and it provides specific recommendations for Governments on how to solve the crisis. 

WorldFish research highlights antimicrobial resistance risk in aquaculture

21 Nov 2017 --- New research from WorldFish undertaken as part of the CGIAR Research Program on Fish Agri-food Systems (FISH) identifies means to lessen the use of antimicrobials, such as antibiotics, antivirals, and antiprotozoals, in aquaculture. Intensification of fish farming systems has resulted in higher risks of disease outbreaks and a subsequent trend towards more antimicrobial use the report says.

WWF urges caution over increasing bluefin tuna catch levels

09 Nov 2017 --- The European Union and other fishing nations of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) will discuss a potential drastic increase in the total allowable catch of East Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna at a meeting next week (14-22 November) in Morocco. 

Vion Pork introduces Robusto ham for premium market segment in Italy

10 Oct 2017 --- Vion Pork, part of Vion Food Group, is introducing a premium selected ham for the top segment of the Italian market under the brand name of Robusto. The hams, from the supply chain concept Good Farming Balance, have been developed for the leading producers of dried hams.

Food safety: Faster Salmonella test developed

06 Oct 2017 --- A new test allows for accurate, rapid testing for Salmonella, a bacteria that is one of the leading causes of food-borne illness across all regions of the world. Salmonella can infect animals as well as people, with commonly reported cases of people falling sick after handling pets and livestock. 

Sainsbury's suspends business with 2 Sisters on food safety breach scandal

02 Oct 2017 --- UK retailer Sainsbury's has joined Marks and Spencer, Lidl and Aldi in suspending taking fresh chicken from 2 Sisters plant in West Bromwich (UK) featured in an investigation by ITV News and The Guardian, which uncovered a series of potential breaches of food safety rules. 2 Sisters accounts for one-third of all chicken processed in the UK. 

Exploring Natural Antimicrobials for Meat

14 Sep 2017 ---

The tide is turning against artificial ingredients and this is a trend that the meat industry is now unable to ignore. Rosemary extracts hold strong potential here.

PerkinElmer introduces speedy fipronil detection device for eggs

05 Sep 2017 --- US biotechnology company PerkinElmer is introducing a fipronil detection device that identifies pesticide levels in eggs within minutes. As the fipronil egg scandal still rocks the food industry around Europe and elsewhere, the multinational is putting forward a solution: Qsight Triple Quad LC/MS/MS.

BRC publishes new guidance on food packaging

22 Aug 2017 --- Brand and consumer protection organization, BRC Global Standards has published the first edition of food packaging materials guidance. It’s geared towards achieving a common understanding, terminology and point of reference for good practice for businesses involved in the delivery of food and to prevent substances from packaging materials from getting into food.

Report: Recalls of UK meat at highest since 2002

09 Aug 2017 --- According to a report from Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS, recalls of chicken and other poultry meats are at their highest level since 2002. It has also been revealed that chicken has overtaken red meat as the most popular meat to be consumed in the UK. 

EU, Canada, and US battle for China’s pork market, claims Rabobank

24 Jul 2017 --- Global pork trade is facing new dynamics, driven by price developments, new trade deals, and more challenging business environments, according to RaboResearch’s latest Global Pork Quarterly. “While China’s pork imports have begun to slow down, other traditional importing countries have reported significant growth,” says Chenjun Pan, RaboResearch Senior Analyst – Animal Protein. 

Plant-based Impossible Burger expands in Northern California

24 Jul 2017 --- Umami Burger introduces the Impossible Burger to its Northern California locations in partnership with Impossible Foods on Friday, July 21, becoming the first better burger restaurant group to feature the famous plant-based burger in the Bay Area. Successfully debuting at nine of Umami Burger's Los Angeles stores in Spring 2017, the popular Impossible Burger will expand to restaurants in Soma, Marina, Oakland and Palo Alto.

Record Corruption Fine for Brazilian Meat Firm

01 Jun 2017 --- A record US$3.2 billion fine is to be paid by the Brazilian meat giant JBS over a series of corruption investigations. Private investment holding company for JBS and controlling shareholder of the world's largest meatpacker, J&F Investimentos, will pay the record fine as part of a leniency deal that has been struck.

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