China signs an agreement to import beef from France

CHINA - China has reached a health and safety agreement with France to import beef from the European country’s meat facilities, reported Reuters citing information from a French industry official. China has conducted inspections on certain meat plants in France and certification from Beijing is required before any meat is shipped. France will export chilled…

SA management considers buying the largest African feedlot valued at US$450m

SOUTH AFRICA - The management of the largest cattle feedlot in the continent, Karan Beef (Pty) Ltd is planning to acquire part or all of the firm from its owner Ivor Karan in a deal that values it at US$450 million, according to people familiar with the matter. An article by Bloomberg revealed that Karan…

Pinnacle Foods recalls beef products for possible toxin contamination

USA - Pinnacle Foods Inc., the New Jersey packaged foods company has recalled about 32,479 pounds of dried beef for possible toxin contamination that may be as a result of a processing deviation. The recall, announced by USDA said that the heat-treated, shelf-stable beef products could be possibly contaminated with staphylococcal enterotoxin and clostridial toxin.…

JBS to reduce greenhouse gas emmissions by 20% by 2020

USA - JBS USA,a leading processor of beef, pork and lamb in the U.S, has laid down its 2020 Sustainability goals, targeting to reduce its greenhouse gas emmissions by 20%, reducing water use by 10%, natural gas use by 20%, electricity use by 12%. Releasing its 2017 sustainability report, the company said it was on…

China’s beef production expected to increase to 7.4 million metric tonnes

CHINA - China’s beef production will increase by 1% in 2018 to 7.4 million metric tonnes (MMT), with its appetite for beef forecast to grow by 3% to 8.4 MMT, outpacing demand and leading to higher imports, according to a USDA report. China recently approved several new suppliers, most notably the United States, to help…

Zambeef’s CEO and co-founder Carl Irwin retires

ZAMBIA - Carl Irwin, the joint CEO and co-founder of Zambian agribusiness enterprise Zambeef has retired at end of March after building the company into a ‘multi-national conglomerate’ together with other founders. Carl Irwin is said to have served 23 years of leadership at one of the leading food retailers in Zambia and South Africa. He has greatly…

Red meat industry body raises concerns about Listeriosis ‘misinformation’

SOUTH AFRICA - The Red Meat Industry Forum (RMIF) and its member organisations have raised concerns over the entire meat industry which has been associated with Listeriosis scare across the food chain. The forum which includes the SA Meat Processors Association (SAMPA) questioned the entire red meat value chain, marred with Listeria contamination that has…

Brasil Foods SA shares fall 19.75% in the middle of a fraud crisis

BRAZIL - Brazilian Brasil Foods SA, one of the world’s largest exporter of meat has seen its shares flop 19.75% at the center of a food safety probe in the Brazilian meat industry by federal police, according to a report by Financial Times. BRF shares fell 19.75% to US$2.10 per share following the fraud altercation,…

Kenya bans importation of South Africa cold processed meat- Listeriosis scare

KENYA - Kenya has banned importation and sale of cold processed meat from South Africa, after South Africa’s listeriosis scare which has led to 180 deaths since the outbreak. Kepha Ombacho, the director of Public Health, has asked health officers in the counties and ports of entry to enforce the ban on meat and meat…

Zimbabwe bans imports of cold meat at the centre of Listeriosis outbreak in SA

ZIMBABWE - Zimbabwe is reported to have endorsed an import ban on cold meat products from South Africa, as the Listeriosis outbreak takes an elevation in SA. Zimbabwe joins four other countries that have opted to either suspend imports of the products or make an immediate recall of the affected products with what they termed…