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U.S. rules out major Trans-Pacific trade announcement at APEC

There will be no "major announcement" on a Washington-backed Asia-Pacific free trade deal during a meeting of leaders from the region in Beijing this week, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said on Sunday. FULL STORY »

Revised Institutional Meat Purchase Specifications released

This week, the U.S. Institutional Meat Purchase Specifications Series documents for fresh beef, lamb, veal and pork were released. FULL STORY »

UK feed wheat purchased by Murphy Brown

The first shipment of British feed wheat to the United States in 2-1/2 years was purchased by hog producer Murphy Brown, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, possibly as part of an effort to produce a specific grade of meat, an official at Prestage Farms Inc, a partner of Murphy Brown, said. FULL STORY »

Pacific trade talks progress but gap remains between U.S., Japan

Negotiations for an ambitious trade pact among Pacific countries made significant progress over the weekend but there is still a gap between Japan and the United States over market access and other hurdles, trade representatives said on Monday. FULL STORY »

Heated international pork markets cool down

Rabobank has published a new report on the global pork industry, saying that heated international markets are slowly cooling down. FULL STORY »