U.S. beef, pork on display at one of world’s largest food shows

Dan Halstrom, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) senior vice president for marketing and communications, is in Paris this week for SIAL 2014 – one of the world’s largest food exhibitions. FULL STORY »

EU says Russia's blocking of pork imports 'disproportionate'

The European Union has called on Russia to stop blocking pork exports from the bloc, saying Moscow's reaction to an outbreak of African Swine Fever in Lithuania was "disproportionate". FULL STORY »

USMEF: Working to resolve the meat trade impasse with Russia

Last year was the best ever for U.S. beef exports to Russia ($307 million), and a very strong year for U.S. pork exports ($282 million). But trade slowed dramatically toward the end of 2012, as Russia stepped up enforcement of its zero-tolerance policy for residues of the livestock feed additive ractopamine. Despite diplomatic efforts to address this issue, the Russian market formally closed to U.S. pork and beef on February 11. FULL STORY »

Russia to ban meat from most Canadian, Mexican suppliers

Russia plans to ban meat imports from most Canadian and Mexican suppliers from April 8 over concerns about the use of the feed additive ractopamine, Russia's veterinary and phytosanitary service (VPSS) said on Friday. FULL STORY »

EU may lift animal by-product ban for pig, poultry feed in 2014

The European Union hopes to ease the cost of protein used to make pig and poultry feed by lifting a ban on by-products imposed during the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) outbreak over a decade ago. FULL STORY »

Non-scientific trade barriers create dilemma

USMEF issue analysis explains how barriers such as Russia’s ban on ractopamine disrupt trade and create a dilemma for our industry as we push for scientific standards but also need to satisfy the preferences of export customers. FULL STORY »

EU-U.S. trade talks promise both prizes and pitfalls

Forthcoming transatlantic trade talks might offer a fresh incentive for Europe to worry a bit less about protecting past economic gains and focus a bit more on securing sources of future prosperity. FULL STORY »

EU, U.S. fire starting gun for free trade talks

The United States and the European Union agreed on Wednesday to push for the launch by the end of June of talks to create the world's biggest free trade alliance, which could be a benchmark for global competitors to follow. FULL STORY »

Russia consumer safety watchdog sees long U.S. meat ban

A Russian ban on U.S. beef, pork and turkey imports coming into effect this month is likely to last for a long time, Gennady Onishchenko, the head of Russia's consumer safety watchdog, was quoted as saying by Interfax on Monday. FULL STORY »

Canada, EU fail to settle differences over free trade pact

Canada and the European Union failed to settle their differences on a proposed free trade deal this week at top-level talks to hammer out an agreement that is already well behind schedule. FULL STORY »

EU leaders agree to push for U.S. trade deal

European leaders agreed on Friday to push for a free-trade pact with the United States, putting the onus on the White House to decide whether to try for a deal that would encompass half the world's economic output. FULL STORY »

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