North America

Potential benefits for businesses with WTO deal

The International Chamber of Commerce supports an agreement on trade facilitation during the World Trade Organization Ministerial being held in Bali this week. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: Canadian live pig imports to U.S.

The flow of feeder pigs from Canada continues to slow in reaction to MCOOL legislation and the terrible economics of pig production for many Canadian producers this past year. FULL STORY »

More trouble for bankrupt Agfeed

Just one week after AgFeed Industries Inc. was given the green light to sell its U.S. operations to a trio of its competitors. Now, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has preliminarily decided to recommend an enforcement action be brought against it on alleged violations of anti-fraud provisions of securities laws. FULL STORY »

Shuanghui secures $4 billion bank loan

This week Shuanghau International Holdings Inc. announced it has signed a $4 billion loan agreement from a consortium of eight banks, part of the financing the Chinese pork giant needs to acquire Smithfield Foods. FULL STORY »

Coalition issues principles for TPP agreement

An ad hoc coalition of agricultural and food organizations led by the National Pork Producers Council and Cargill has communicated to U.S. trade negotiators its “core” principles for a final, successful Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. FULL STORY »

Are dark clouds on Maple Leaf’s horizon?

Last week, Canadian food processor Maple Leaf Foods reported a disappointing quarterly loss, hurt by weak returns on raising pigs. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: Canadian feeder pigs to U.S. producers

The Canadian swine industry continues to shrink in size. We won’t know the exact numbers of pigs until the results of the July 1 inventory count is released by Statistics Canada in late July. FULL STORY »

Canada to target U.S. products in meat labels dispute

Canada will put forward a list of U.S. products that it will target in retaliation over a dispute with its largest trading partner about country of origin labels on meat, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said on Friday. FULL STORY »

Canada retaliation on U.S. labels may go beyond beef, pork

Canadian retaliation against the United States for its country- of-origin meat-labeling rules may target more products than U.S. beef and pork. FULL STORY »

Canada mulls retaliation against U.S. over meat-origin dispute

Canada is prepared to take "extensive retaliatory measures" against the United States unless it complies with a WTO order to redesign its meat labels, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said on Tuesday. FULL STORY »

China not yet demanding pledge Canada pork is ractopamine free

China is not yet requiring a third-party review of Canadian pork imports to ensure they are free of the feed additive ractopamine, Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said on Monday. FULL STORY »

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