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27 July 2020
Meat companies concede that not all plant workers can socially distance
Smithfield Foods says that workers cannot be socially distant in all areas of its plants after US Senate testimony....
23 July 2020
USDA and NFU comment on price fixing investigation
USDA updates public on investigation of 2019 Tyson beef plant closure and COVID-19 pandemic....
22 July 2020
CME update: cattle futures pull back on shaky demand
US live cattle futures closed lower on 21 June for a second straight session after contracts reached more-than-four-month highs last week as meat packers continued to process surplus cattle....
21 July 2020
CME update: cattle futures backslide as slaughter rate stabilises
US live cattle futures closed lower on 20 July, retreating from last week’s rally on signs that meat processors may be working through backlogs of market-ready cattle....
20 July 2020
CME update: live cattle futures stabilise after rally
US live cattle futures closed steady to firm on 17 July, evening out after a two-session rally that was attributed to speculative buying....
US meat processors turn to air cleaning tech after coronavirus outbreaks
Two of the world’s largest meatpackers say they have installed ultraviolet air cleaning equipment in some US plants in an effort to shore up worker protections during pandemic....
17 July 2020
CME update: live cattle futures reach four-month high
Live cattle futures on the CME rose on 16 July to four-month highs as steady to firmer cash cattle prices indicate progress in the cattle backlog....
16 July 2020
Michigan sets new standards for meat processors
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued an executive order laying out more guidelines and safety standards for meatpacking and poultry processing plants in Michigan....
China moves to suspend exports from two meat plants in Brazil over COVID-19 worries
The Chinese government has asked Brazil to stop exports from two meat plants over concerns about COVID-19 outbreaks in food processing centres in the country....
US meat processing continues to lag
Pig, poultry and beef processing continued at a lower level through May, according to recent reports released by the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), but it wasn’t because of COVID-19-related closures, according to the University...
13 July 2020
Irish health authorities gave meat plants advance notice of COVID-19 inspections
Ireland’s HSA gave advance notice of standards checks to meat plants, but Meat Industry Ireland leader denies pressuring safety body....
10 July 2020
RAMP UP Act promises to strengthen regional meat processors across the US
New bipartisan legislation aims to expand the capacity of small and medium-sized meat processors and strengthen the US meat supply chain. ...
09 July 2020
CME update: futures and boxed beef prices weaken
US live and feeder cattle futures weakened on 8 July alongside prices for boxed beef....
Brazil investigates COVID-19 outbreaks in 10 meat plants in Mato Grosso
Brazilian labour prosecutors are probing COVID-19 outbreaks in at least 10 meat processing plants across Mato Grosso state....
08 July 2020
CME update: abundant livestock supplies push cattle futures lower
US cattle futures ended mostly lower on 7 July following pressure from abundant supplies....
CDC report reveals extent of COVID-19 impact on meat plant workers
A new report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the heavy toll COVID-19 took on meat plant workers in April and May....
07 July 2020
CME update: cattle futures surge to two-month high
US live cattle futures reached a two-month high on 6 July on follow-through buying from last week....
04 July 2020
Renderers welcome increased trade from USMCA
The United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) went into full force this week, marking the start of a new chapter for North American trade and leading to greater reciprocal fair trade among these nations. ...
03 July 2020
NCBA welcomes legislation to improve US meat processing capacity
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) supports legislation that would improve US meat processing capacity and shore up supply chains. ...
BMPA hits back at union description of conditions in meat plants
The BMPA is criticising claims made by Unite the Union about working conditions in the UK's meat processing plants. The BMPA believes that Unite the Union's depictions are misleading and are muddying the waters in the fight to understand and combat the...
30 June 2020
CME update: cattle futures make modest gains after last week’s slides
US live cattle futures closed slightly higher on 29 June, bouncing back from early declines and firming on technical buying before the end of the month and quarter....
New BMPA report offers solutions to meat industry labour challenges
In a new report submitted to the UK's Migration Advisory Committee by the British Meat Processors Association, the BMPA offers solutions to the sector's recurring workforce challenges. ...
26 June 2020
COVID-19 has killed 93 meat plant workers across the US
UFCW, the largest meatpacking union in the US, reports that at least 65 meatpacking employees and 28 food processing workers have died from the novel coronavirus....
25 June 2020
US Senators grill meatpackers over exports to China during coronavirus crisis
Two Senate Democrats are questioning America’s top meatpackers to disclose how much pork, beef and chicken they shipped to China during the coronavirus outbreak before the end of the month....
24 June 2020
Why are meat plants so susceptible to COVID-19 outbreaks?
As more and more meat processing plants across the globe contend with outbreaks of the novel coronavirus, Reuters explains why meat plants can become hotbeds of infection....
23 June 2020
China says Brazilian beef exporter voluntarily suspended exports due to COVID-19 infections
Brazilian beef exporter suspends shipments to China due to novel coronavirus outbreaks at meat plants....
CME update: live cattle futures close lower as supply backlog weighs on industry
Live cattle futures closed lower on 22 June after the USDA Cattle on Feed report showed supplies and placements above trade expectations, but below marketing estimates....
22 June 2020
Brazil updates its safety guidelines for meatpackers as COVID-19 hammers processing plants
On 19 June, the Brazilian government published new guidelines for meatpackers after a surge of coronavirus cases were reported at meat plants....
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