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Will America’s PEDv stymie President Putin’s EU pork ban?

A month or so ago the Russian ban on imports of pork from the EU looked like it might hit Europe’s pig producers very hard indeed. Around 25% of the EU’s exports of pigmeat are destined for Russia in an average week so the sudden cessation of this trade on the pretext of finding African Swine Fever (ASF) in a few wild boars in Lithuania and Poland would be expected to  have a very depressing effect on prices. And indeed this was the initial impact. But then Continue reading

Russia’s influence on the global pork trade

One British Prime Minister was once quoted as saying that, “a week is a long time in politics”. Right now it seems that a week is a very long time in the global pork trade….. Continue reading

Russia reminds the USA that choice matters

The USDA has announced that it will support a new certification system for US livestock that guarantees that meat produced under this standard will never have been fed beta agonists (growth hormones) such as ractopamine.  Companies can meet the requirements of the “Never Fed Beta Agonists” marketing claim under either a USDA Process Verified Program (PVP) or the USDA Quality System Assessment (QSA) Program. Beef and pigmeat and meat products derived from animals that comply Continue reading

Are US pork exporters facing a perfect storm?

The last two years – 2011 and 2012 – have been remarkable for US pork exporters. They worked hard and they supplied a quality product but, in crude terms, it was like selling central heating to Eskimos. They had a long list of plus factors on their side; Continue reading