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Oman poultry ban

Oman lifts avian flu-related ban on US poultry

Country ends trade restriction that had been in place since May
Oman has lifted its ban on poultry imports from the United States. The ban had been in place since May in response to the avian influenza outbreak that infected flocks in Western and Midwestern states.
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Kuwait lifts ban on poultry from India

Kuwait officials determine that India is now free of H5N8 avian influenza
After reaching the conclusion that India is free of highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza, government officials in Kuwait have lifted the country’s ban on Indian poultry, India’s Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) announced.
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Strong growth in halal, organic forecast in Middle East

International food and beverage exhibition in Dubai will highlight opportunities in growing sectors that include halal meats and organic products.
There are great opportunities for food manufacturers and processors, particularly in the meat and poultry sectors, to meet the strong demand for halal foods.
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Vet strike threat brings fear of meat shortage in Israel

A strike by veterinarians over changes to the regulation of poultry, meat and fish inspections could start
Poultry veterinarians in Israeli cities are threatening to go on strike October 26 in protest over changes to food safety inspections of meat and fish. Shortages could occur if the strike lasts more than 1 or 2 days and, already, there has been a jump in wholesale meat and fish prices.
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BRF Qatar

BRF buying part of Qatar National Import and Export Co.

The company has been BRF’s distributor in Qatar for more than 40 years
BRF, a meat, poultry and food company headquartered in Brazil, has signed a binding memorandum of understanding with Qatar National Import and Export Co. (QNIE) for the acquisition of a part of QNIE’s frozen distribution business in Qatar.
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Turkey’s poultry meat exports take a tumble

A handful of earlier outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza and unrest in neighboring countries have been blamed for a 50 percent fall in Turkish poultry meat exports so far in 2015
Turkish poultry meat exports have dropped by 50 percent so far in 2015. The drop in trade was due to speculation about possible avian influenza cases and escalating terror attacks, poultry industry representatives in Turkey said.
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African swine fever returns to Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe has reported its first outbreaks of African swine fever since 1992, while Uganda, Zambia, Cabo Verde, Chad and Cote d’Ivoire have also had outbreaks since the start of 2015
After an absence of more than 20 years, African swinefever has returned to Zimbabwe. 
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