Brazil’s food giant BRF names new chief executive officer

BRAZIL – BRF, one of the biggest food companies in the world, has named Pedro Parente as the new chief executive officer with the hope that the new CEO will give a successful turnaround. According to SeekingAlpha, the government commission; which approved the appointment, said the nomination of the new CEO faces no conflict of…

Six German states ordered to recall 73,000 eggs over contamination scandals

GERMANY – The Agriculture Ministry of Lower Saxony has ordered the recall of 73,000 eggs from six German states as they were due to be sold in the market while found to be contaminated with fipronil. Fipronil is used to treat lice and ticks in chickens and some tests show that it can harm kidneys,…

Tanzania lifts ban on some meat products from South Africa

TANZANIA - Tanzania has formally lifted the ban on meat product imports from some specific processing facilities in South Africa following the outbreak of listeriosis declared in the country by the Minister of Health early last year. A statement from the Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA) however indicated that imports from some factories associated…

2 Sisters Food Group has announced 300 new permanent jobs

UK – 2 Sisters Food Group, a privately owned food manufacturing company, has invested at its Willand factory and is expanding operations in order to give it a ‘greater ability to process, cut and pack products for its retail customers’. According to the company, the business also aims to take up to 20 new apprentices…

China imposes anti-dumping penalties on Brazil chicken products

CHINA - China has announced plans to impose anti-dumping duties on broiler chicken products imported from Brazil citing an investigation that indicated increasing imports were damaging the domestic poultry industry. Bloomberg reported that the Ministry of Commerce said that importers would now have to pay deposits of between 18.8 to 38.4% on purchases to Chinese…

Tyson Foods starts construction of US$300m poultry plant in Tennessee

USA - Tyson Foods has started construction of US$300 million poultry processing facility in Humboldt, Tennessee projected to start operation in late 2019. According to FoodBev, the plant will produce pre-packaged trays of chicken for retailers nationwide in the US, and is expected to process 1.25 million birds every week at full capacity. Plans to…

Tyson Foods voluntarily recalls chicken products on plastic contamination

USA - Tyson Foods, the American convenience food provider said it was executing a voluntary recall of 3,120 pounds, or 260 cases, of breaded chicken tenderloins supplied to foodservice establishments throughout the country over possible contamination with blue and clear pieces of plastic. The move was taken after a supplier of ingredient sent to Tyson…

Namibia opens market for US poultry meat and poultry products

NAMIBIA - Namibia has opened its market to processed and unprocessed poultry meat and poultry products from the United States, according to USDA’s GAIN June 1, 2018 report. The country will import US poultry products from establishments approved for export by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). While Namibia imported 29,500 tonnes of broiler…

Tyson Foods acquires poultry producer Tecumseh Poultry LLC

USA - Tyson Foods, Inc., an American multinational corporation, has become one of the nation’s leading producers of organic branded chicken through its acquisition of Tecumseh Poultry LLC. According to the company, the acquisition includes the purchase of the air-chilled Smart Chicken brand, although the terms of the deal remain undisclosed. Tecumseh Poultry was founded…

U.S Grains Council unveils training to build poultry capacity in West Africa

MOROCCO - The US Grains Council (USGC) in collaboration with the Moroccan Federation of Poultry Associations (FISA) have unveiled a training program to build regional poultry capacity in West Africa, possibly for imports. The programme involves producers in West Africa who will be trained on how to improve their businesses including imports of feed grains…