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Sizzling U.S. hog futures market braces for leaner times

By Theopolis Waters CHICAGO (Reuters) - The hottest commodity trade of the summer is facing a lean winter. Over the past six months, Chicago lean hog futures have surged by more than a third as hedge funds and big speculators laid on record bets; open interest surged by half, exceeding live cattle as the biggest livestock contract.

China pig farm 'pumped dissolved carcasses into river'

Authorities are reportedly probing a pig farm in central China for dissolving dead pigs in a chemical solution and pumping the resulting remains down its drains, which empty into a river. Huasheng Online, a news website published by the Hunan Daily Press Group, said environmental protection and animal hygiene authorities in Changsha, Hunan province, were investigating the allegations. The farm claimed that using strong alkali to break down carcasses before flushing them away was a non-harmful method of disposal for pigs that died of disease, the report said.

China pig farm 'pumped dissolved carcasses into river'

Authorities are reportedly probing a pig farm in central China for dissolving dead pigs in a chemical solution and pumping the resulting remains down its drains, which empty into a river. Huasheng Online, a news website published by the Hunan Daily Press Group, said environmental protection and animal hygiene authorities in Changsha, Hunan province, were investigating the allegations. The farm claimed that using strong alkali to break down carcasses before flushing them away was a non-harmful method of disposal for pigs that died of disease, the report said.

6,000 Dead pigs pulled from river in China

Shanghai, Mar 13 (EFE).- Authorities in Shanghai have pulled around 6,000 dead pigs from the Huangpu River, one of the main water sources for this Chinese city of 24 million residents. The problem, which became known last Friday with the discovery of the first pig carcasses in the village of Maogang, has spread to other rural districts and to Minhang, which is closer to the urban center. In Songjiang alone by Tuesday afternoon 5,916 dead pigs had been taken from the river, a number that is expected to increase, according to the official Shanghai Daily on Wednesday.

Taiwan, US to reopen stalled trade talks next week

Taiwan and the United States will resume stalled trade talks next week after Taipei removed a six-year-old ban on some US beef imports, officials said Wednesday. The US delegation will be led by Deputy US Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis at the two-day discussions beginning Monday, the American Institute in Taiwan, the de facto embassy, said in a statement. Negotiations on a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement, seen as a precursor to a full free trade agreement, have been dormant since 2007.

U.S. presses Russia to 'immediately' lift meat trade ban

WASHINGTON, Feb 11 (Reuters) - The United States on Monday urged Russia to immediately lift a ban on imports on U.S. meat products because of the feed additive ractopamine and to honor the commitments it made last year when it joined the World Trade Organization.

Russia blocking US meat over additives, West sees protectionism

* Russia veterinary body to ban U.S. beef, pork and turkey * Russia cites use of growth stimulant ractopamine * US says actions appear inconsistent with WTO commitments By Melissa Akin MOSCOW, Feb 8 (Reuters) - Russia's move to ban U.S. meat imports worth over $500 million each year, over a feed additive, will help domestic producers withstand an influx of cheap meat after Russia joined the World Trade Organization (WTO).

U.S. senators worried US-EU trade talks may not address agriculture

WASHINGTON, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Four Republican farm state U.S. senators on Thursday expressed concern that possible free trade talks between the United States and European Union may not dismantle longstanding EU barriers to U.S. pork, beef, poultry and other farm products.

UPDATE 1-Russia to ban German chilled meat imports in Feb

* Russia eyes ban on Germany's poultry, beef and pork * Moscow-Berlin ties have been frosty * Russia requires testing for ractopamine for meat from the U.S. (Changes sourcing, adds detail) MOSCOW, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Russia will stop importing chilled meats from Germany starting from Feb. 4 because of health concerns, a spokesman from Russia's animal and plant health watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor said on Monday.
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