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12 June 2020
CME update: cattle futures dip as beef supply increases
US live cattle futures sank on 11 June as beef production and processing rebounds....
11 June 2020
Small abattoirs play a critical role in animal welfare
New report outlines the decline of licensed slaughterhouses, raising transportation and welfare concerns. ...
10 June 2020
Republicans urge USDA to loosen regulations on meat production
Six Republican lawmakers on the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee have asked the Department of Agriculture to ease regulations on meat processors, saying that the rules make it harder for smaller companies to compete....
03 June 2020
Officials report 2,400 COVID-19 infections among meat plant workers in Brazilian state
Brazil’s labour prosecutor reports that more than 25 percent of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Rio Grande do Sul are among meat plant workers....
02 June 2020
Brazil’s prosecutors make Marfrig agree to more worker protections amid pandemic
Meat packing giant Marfrig Global Foods has signed a settlement with Brazil’s labour prosecutors that will improve protections for workers amid COVID-19 cases in meat processing plants....
US supply chain disruptions continue
When workers essential to the food supply become ill, how does this affect the food supply chain within the meat industry?...
28 May 2020
JBS plant in rural Brazil ordered close amid COVID-19 outbreak
A labour court in Brazil’s Rondônia state ordered a JBS beef plant to close until all employees were tested for COVID-19....
27 May 2020
Smaller meat processors face backlogs as coronavirus continues to shutter large slaughterhouses
Small meat processors across the US and Canada report months-long bottlenecks as farmers search for abattoirs to process backlogged livestock....
26 May 2020
Workers at Marfrig beef plant test positive for coronavirus
Brazilian meatpacker Marfrig said 25 employees at its unit in Várzea Grande, Brazil tested positive for COVID-19....
25 May 2020
CME update: live and feeder cattle futures slip upon release of cold storage data
US live and feeder cattle futures closed lower on 22 May ahead of the USDA Cattle on Feed report and after lacklustre cold storage data was released....
21 May 2020
Spread of COVID-19 a “huge learning curve” for Irish meat processors
Senior Irish health officials express concerns over recent spike in coronavirus cases at Irish meat plants....
Germany vows to clean up abattoirs after COVID-19 outbreaks among workers
Germany has proposed banning the use of temporary subcontractors at meatpacking plants following a surge in coronavirus infections....
20 May 2020
Canadian government steps in to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on dairy sector
The Canadian government has amended the Canadian Dairy Commission Act to support dairy producers and processors and ensure Canadians maintain access to affordable food. ...
19 May 2020
CME update: cattle futures reach six-week high after a third straight day of gains
US live cattle futures rose for a third consecutive day on 18 May, hitting their highest point since 1 April....
17 May 2020
Thai virology guru says meat is safe for consumption despite COVID-19 outbreak
Thai virology experts reassures public that it's safe to eat fully cooked meat amid the coronavirus pandemic. ...
15 May 2020
Improved Irish retail demand sees cattle prices rising
The Irish Farmers Association reports that domestic cattle prices are strengthening due to contracting supplies and steady retail demand....
14 May 2020
US Senators lead legislation to bring more transparency and accuracy to livestock markets
US Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Jon Tester (D-Montana) propose bipartisan legislation to increase proportion of "spot" payments meat packers are required to negotiate. ...
Mexican beef fills the US supply gap amid slaughterhouse bottleneck
More Mexican steaks and beef cuts are headed to the US as the coronavirus outbreaks shutters US meat processing plants....
CME update: live cattle futures close lower, retreating after this week’s earlier advances
US live cattle futures closed lower on 13 May, falling after early advances on profit-taking and hopes of easing beef prices....
12 May 2020
Brazil's JBS donates $120 million to combat COVID-19
As coronavirus infections hit more JBS meat packing plants in Brazil and the United States, the company announces it will donate 700 million reais ($120 million) to initiatives aimed combating the outbreak. ...
China suspends imports from four Australian slaughterhouses amid trade tensions
Australia's Minister for Trade reports that China has suspended imports from four major Australian meat processors as souring bilateral ties disrupt the trade of several major agricultural commodities. ...
11 May 2020
CME update: cattle futures prices rise as Trump administration investigates beef market
US live cattle futures rose on 8 May along with cash prices as the US government probed the beef market....
08 May 2020
North American cattle market contracts sharply, leaving retailers at a loose end
As COVID-19 shutters slaughterhouses and processing plants, cattle are left on-farm, leaving retailers hungry for beef....
07 May 2020
President Trump urges Justice Department to investigate meat price disparities
President Trump said on 6 May that he had asked the Justice Department to look into allegations that the meat packing industry broke antitrust law due to price disparities in meat markets....
06 May 2020
CME update: cattle futures slide after three days of gains
US cattle futures closed lower on Tuesday in a profit-taking setback after three sessions of gains....
05 May 2020
Tyson Foods warns that coronavirus will restrict US meat supply despite Trump order
The COVID-19 crisis will continue to idle US meat plants and restrict production, Tyson Foods Inc says, signalling additional disruptions to the US food supply after President Trump ordered plants to stay open....
Costco limits beef purchases amid fears of supply shortages
Costco Wholesale Corp announces limits on the number of beef, pork and poultry products customers can buy....
04 May 2020
COVID-19 cases confirmed in three Irish meat processing plants
Ireland’s agriculture minister reports six infection clusters at plants....
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