World Pork Expo, held each June in Des Moines, hosts about 20,000 visitors over three days, including individuals and exhibitors from ASF positive regions. | Screencap via

World Pork Expo cancelled due to African swine fever

The National Pork Producers Council in the United States has cancelled the World Pork Expo planned for June in Des Moines, Iowa, because of fears of spreading African swine fever. The council’s board of directors took the unprecedented move in recognition that ASF continues to spread in China and other parts of Asia, as well […] Read more

TPP is critical for Canada's pork producers and processors, who export more than a $1 billion in pork annually to Japan. | File photo

Ag exporters worry about Ottawa’s TPP reluctance

Exporters of agricultural commodities and food are worried, very worried, that Canada will not be part of the new Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal. In a statement released today, the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance (CAFTA) said if Canada isn’t part of TPP, now known as the CPTPP, it could affect the “livelihoods of nearly a […] Read more

Proposed grading would emphasize marbling and flavour instead of leanness, similar to the way beef is labelled and promoted.  |  File photo

USDA proposes pork grading focus on flavour, texture

If adopted, the grading system would once again play up pork as a red meat and drop the white meat comparison

Pork is getting closer to becoming “the other steak” and backing away from being “the other white meat,” says a taste-focused pig genetics company. And it believes that’s the best news the pork market has had in years. “I think it’ll create an evolution. The premium will be for hard marbling, darker meat, closer to […] Read more

A staff member prepares to serve  pork steak at HyLife Pork Table, a pork dish restaurant operated by HyLife, a Canadian pig farmer and pork processor, at Daikanyama district in Tokyo, Japan. Last year, Canadian pork exports to Japan hit a record $3.812 million.  |  REUTERS/Issei Kato photo

Canadian pork satisfies Japanese appetites

TOKYO, Japan — Japan’s imports of Canadian pork are rising, said Tatsuo Iwama, ex-executive director for the Japan Meat Traders Association, which comprises 30 major Japanese meat traders. “Canadian pork meets Japan’s quality and price requirements,” Iwama said. Japan Ministry of Finance figures bear Iwama out. Imports of Canadian pork rose almost 20 percent last […] Read more

WH Group bought Smithfield in 2013 in a $4.7-billion deal aimed at tapping the massive supplies of U.S. meat for export to China. | Screencap via

Smithfield Foods goes online to sell U.S. pork in China

BEIJING, Oct 25 (Reuters) — The world’s largest pork company WH Group Ltd. said on Tuesday its U.S. subsidiary, Smithfield Foods, will for the first time sell its U.S.-produced pork online in China, via online retailer Inc. The move follows other international food companies that are looking to boost sales in the world’s top […] Read more

John Weber, the past-president of the U.S. National Pork Producers Council said pushing ahead with NAFTA re-negotiations is unwise because other policy issues should be dealt with first. | Robert Arnason photo

U.S. farm leader advises against hasty NAFTA talks

DES MOINES, Iowa — Negotiations to update the North American Free Trade Agreement could begin as early as August, and many people in the ag industry are hoping a new deal gets done quickly. However, the past-president of the U.S. National Pork Producers Council said pushing ahead with NAFTA re-negotiations is unwise because other policy […] Read more

Canada hoped to increase pork exports under the now-scuttled TPP deal, but now bilateral deals will be required.  |  File photo

Canadian pork sector eager to form trade deal with Japan

Canada exported $3.8 billion worth of pork last year, and with limited scope for domestic market growth, producers are putting emphasis on increasing that export amount. Frank Novak, chair of Alberta Pork, said the Canadian pork industry has reduced its reliance on the U.S. market, but trade deals with other countries will be vital to […] Read more

Imported food prices are rising in China, such as in this grocery store in Beijing.  | REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon photo

Chinese willing to pay more for imported pork

China’s import prices have been rising since last year and have even driven up international pork prices. Analysts expect this to continue this year, but Cesar Urias, market access and government programs management director for Canada Pork International, takes a more nuanced approach. Urias said those forecasts may have been reasonable last year, when pork […] Read more

Much of the emphasis on biosecurity to keep out the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus has been on truck hygiene, but new research shows spread through feed, even over long distances, is also a significant concern.  |  File photo

Research shows feed can spread PED

Simulation of overseas shipment revealed the deadly hog virus can survive in soybean meal for several weeks

BANFF, Alta. — The virus that causes deadly porcine epidemic diarrhea virus is proving to be a pesky survivor that can cross the ocean and remain viable in feed. PED has killed millions of piglets in the United States since 2013 and has also infected more than 100 barns in Canada, primarily in Ontario and […] Read more