Tyson Foods in partnership to trace beef using DNA technology

USA – World’s leading meat and poultry processor, Tyson Foods has partnered with DNA diagnostics company, IdentiGEN to use DNA technology to trace beef back to the individual animal of origin. Tyson’s beef and pork subsidiary, Tyson Fresh Meats will utilize IdentiGEN’s signature DNA TraceBack® system to trace the cattle raised for Tyson’s Open Prairie®…

Marfrig’s National Beef acquires Iowa Premium from Sysco for US$150m

USA – National Beef, the Missouri based beef processor and subsidiary of Marfrig Global Foods has acquired Iowa Premium, a meat packer previously owned by Sysco in a transaction valued at US$150 million. Iowa Premium, which is headquartered in Tama, Iowa, has daily processing capacity of 1,100 head of cattle. The company offers meat slaughtering…

Danish Crown sets climate-neutral goals, to become most sustainable meat producer

DENMARK – Danish Crown has set the ambitious goal to create a completely climate-neutral value chain by 2050 in a race to become the world’s leading producer of sustainable meat. Danish Crown says this will be achieved by halving the company’s climate footprint per kilogramme of pork by 2030 through intensive commitment to making the…

USDA strengthens partnerships to prevent African Swine Fever entering the country

USA – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced additional steps to protect the United States from African swine fever (ASF) which is widely spreading internationally. The strengthened actions aim to protect the country’s swine industry from the disease which has since spread to China. This follows the protections announced earlier by the…

ibert seeks establishing biogas plants in South Africa’s abattoirs

SOUTH AFRICA - ibert, a company which converts bio-waste into energy in South Africa, has a put forth a business proposition to South Africa’s abattoirs to set up biogas plants as a means of resolving animal waste disposal, reports Business Day. Otto Hager, Chief Executive Officer and founder ibert, said that the through the investment,…

Kemin launches NaturCEASE solution for fresh processed meats

USA – Kemin Industries, global provider of shelf-life extension and food safety solutions has unveiled a food ingredient that can keep processed meats that protects their freshness. The new solution, NaturCEASE™ Dry is a clean-label ingredient that responds to increasing need for fresh and tasty meat products that are not added with artificial flavors. According…

SA meat industry affected by foot-and- mouth disease.

SOUTH AFRICA – Meat producers in South Africa have raised an alarm on the industry’s performance following the recent outbreak of foot and mouth disease which has seen its neighbouring countries suspend importation of SA’s red meat until proof that the disease has been contained. Sandy le Marque, the CEO of the KwaZulu-Natal Agricultural Union…

Tyson Foods partners environment lobby to accelerate sustainable food production

USA – The American food processor, Tyson Foods and environmental advocacy group, EDF (Environmental Defence Fund) have launched a partnership to accelerate sustainable food production. The deal seeks to develop and deploy initiatives that will ensure sustainable and enough food production, while putting in regard the environmental and social issues. According to Tyson, the partnership…

Zimbabwe bans animal imports from South Africa over foot-n-mouth

ZIMBABWE – The Zimbabwean government imposed an immediate suspension of imports on all live cloven-hoofed animals and their products from South Africa following an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), reports the Herald. The government said the decision was arrived at following an outbreak of the disease, affecting the non-vaccination disease-free zone in the Limpopo Province.…

Kenya Meat Commission suspends over 60 staff on a go-slow fiasco

KENYA - The Kenya Meat Commission (KMC) has suspended over 60 workers from its Athi River based factory for allegedly participating in a work go slow that had seen the slaughter operation in the factory impaired, reports the Kenya News Agency. The commission through the Managing Commissioner, James Ole Serian issued an interdiction letter to…