Sainsbury’s to introduce touch-free packaging for its meat

UK - Sainsbury’s, one of the largest supermarket chains in the UK has revealed plans to introduce touch free meat packaging, that allows customers who fear touching raw meat to cook them without directly touching the product. Their chicken products will be packaged in straight-to-pan plastic pouches, referred to as ‘doypacks’ within the industry to…

South Africa’s beef imports to remain flat as production to increase 4%

SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa’s beef imports for the year 2018 are estimated to remain relatively flat at about 45,000 tons, close to 2017 which saw a decline in domestic beef supplies due to a severe drought in the preceding years. USDA reported that possibility to grow imports was suppressed by low demand for beef.…

Listeriosis crisis plunge the pork industry with 40% fall in producer prices

SOUTH AFRICA - The Listeriosis crisis has reportedly weighed down the country’s pork industry, producer prices having fallen 40%, resulting in rands accounted for losses by the pig farmers. The Listeriosis outbreak, claimed to have affected 945 patients and confirmed to have killed 176 people has led to the closure of several processing facilities including…

Meat alternatives startup Impossible Foods to enter Asia after funding round

SINGAPORE- Singapore’s Temasek Holdings has co-led a $114-million convertible note financing round in Impossible Foods, a California-based startup that makes plant-based burger patties that taste like beef. The latest investment brings the startup’s total funding to nearly $400 million so far. Impossible Foods announced the successful closing of the investment, co-led by Shanghai- and Hong…

Zambeef opens a new outlet to enhance accessibility of meat and dairies

ZAMBIA - Zambeef Products Plc, one of Zambia’s largest producers of beef and other food products including dairy has opened a new macro store, Chalala to enable customers easily access its meat and dairy products. The new Macro outlet adds to the company’s strong retail chain network in Zambia consisting of 78 retail outlets, 19…

Brazil suspends BRF’s poultry exports to the EU

BRAZIL - The Brazilian government has suspended BRF’s poultry exports destined for the European Union, following a probe into the company over the presence of Salmonella. The Ministry of Agriculture, Supply, and Livestock (MAPA) said it had temporarily suspended the production and sanitary certification of BRF’s poultry exports to the EU, and it expects to…

Listeriosis outbreaks shuts another Tiger Brands facility

SOUTH AFRICA - All products manufactured at Value Added Meat Product's (VAMP) Pretoria facility are being recalled by Tiger Brands‚ including the company’s Snax brand‚ as a precautionary measure‚ Tiger Brands said on Monday. Production at the plant will also be suspended. "This decision was taken as a result of the detection of Listeria monocytogenes at…

Standard Meat recalls raw beef due to possible Salmonella contamination

USA - Standard Meat Company, LP producer, processor and seller of meat products is recalling up to 53,154 pounds of raw beef products that may possibly be contaminated with Salmonella, said the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The raw meat products shipped to restaurant locations nationwide were said to contain…

Tiger Brands flags loss at meat unit after listeria outbreak

SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa’s Tiger Brands said on Monday it expected its meat products unit to record a monthly loss of up to 33 million rand ($3 million) after it suspended operations at four sites over a listeria outbreak that has killed 180 people in 14 months. Health authorities ordered a recall of processed…

Brazil improves its food safety standards to avoid another ban on meat exports

BRAZIL - Brazil has improved its food safety standards and is working with trading partners to avoid another ban on meat exports from the country, according to Blairo Maggi, Brazil's Agriculture Minister. In line with Reuters report, the minister said that it was possible some meat-packing plants could be banned by importing countries due to…