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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 23 December 2009

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Wednesday 23rd December 2009
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Global Calls for Improved Labelling

The European Commission is looking at the possibility of having an EU-wide animal welfare label for meat products to indicate that they have been produced under strict welfare conditions.

The feasibility study has shown that the best model will be to have a label based on the organic label.

However, the Commission has warned that the label is only as good as the information about it provided to consumers.

In Australia, a report by the Productivity Commission has called for a simplification of food safety standards across the country.

The Commission has attacked the present system for a lack of national food safety standards in the poultry and red meat industries.

There are different food safety rules in each state, and the Commission says there has only been slow progress to develop national standards for primary industry and processing.

In the US, the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is to call for further public comments on the proposed rule, "Nutrition Labelling of Single-Ingredient Products and Ground or Chopped Meat and Poultry Products."

The rule is designed to help consumers make more informed decisions when buying and eating meat and poultry products by requiring nutrition labelling of major cuts of single-ingredient, raw meat and poultry products.

The next newsletter will appear on Wednesay 6 January. We wish all our readers, sponsors and partners a happy Christmas and prosperous New Year.

Chris Harris

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Key to Low Carbon Emission Pig Meat Production
A healthy diet and reduced consumption would reduce carbon emissions, writes TheMeatSite senior editor, Chris Harris.
AgriLive: The Red Meat Debate
Climate change dominated a debate led by a panel of red meat industry experts at AgriLive in the UK, as issues such as declining livestock numbers, cheaper imports and profitability were pushed aside, reports TheMeatSite junior editor, Charlotte Johnston.
Using Pigs to Grow Tomatoes with Biogas
An innovative eco-friendly pig farm of the future is the dream of a Danish pig farmer, Soren Hansen and the concept of a PhD architecture student, Nee Rentz Petersen, writes TheMeatSite senior editor, Chris Harris.
US Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook - December 2009
according to the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) December 2009 Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook.
LIMA - Quality in Meat-bone Separation
* Company News

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INDIA - From 1 to 3 February 2010, will see the opening of VIV India 2010, by VNU Exhibitions and Inter Ads.
* Global Meat Processing Industry News

   United States

 » USDA Amends Regulations on Imported Cooked Pork Skins
 » NASS Changes Market Hogs, Pigs Weight Groups
 » CME: Can Firms Be Made More Competitive?
 » Poultry Processor Fined over Safety Violation
 » Ground Beef Safety
 » Vaccine To Reduce E.Coli
 » Sara Lee Reducing Salt in Products
 » CME: November Estimates Indicate Higher Beef Prices
 » Processor, Farmer to be Sued over Water Pollution
 » Changes Proposed to Meat Nutrition Labelling Rules
 » ConAgra Foods Reports Strong Second-Quarter

   United Kingdom

 » Early Christmas for Sparks at BBC Good Food Show
 » Western Brands Announces Expansion Plans
 » Web Site Launched to Meet Food Security Challenge
 » UK Slaughter Statistics - December 2009
 » HSA Opens Welfare Award Nominations
 » Scottish Processors Urged To Rediscover Tripe
 » Scottish Govt Approves QMS Levy Increase Plans
 » New Learning Centre Opens for 2 Sisters
 » NFUS Expresses Support for Red Meat Investment Meyn

 » New US Pork Cut Finds Success in Japan
 » Aussie ‘ChristmaSteak’ for Japanese Families

   Russian Federation

 » Developing The Cattle Industry In Russia
 » Positive Development Trends in Russian Production
 » Russia Cuts Poultry, Pork Import Quotas
 » Atria Invests in Pig Farming in Russia

   European Union

 » Council Discusses Animal Welfare Labelling Scheme
 » Acquisition of Seara by Marfrig Approved in EU
 » EU Pig Prices: Prices Weakening in Most Places


 » Minister Defends Pork Brand Promotion


 » Investment Plan for Ontario Meat Packing Industry
 » Further Reduction of US Hog Herd a Requirement
 » Ham Products Recalled over Listeria Fear


 » DJF Scientist Awarded Danisco Prize 2009 Handtmann

 » Future Foodborne Disease Control by Breeding?

   Korea, South

 » HAM-burger Popular in South Korea Debut


 » Import Beef Prices Benefit From Limited Supply in US
 » Dairy Deadlock Ends
 » Report Highlights Complexity of Food Safety Rules


 » Superchilling And MAP Boost Salmon Shelf Life


 » Malaysia Muslims Sour Over Revamped Pork Soup


 » Pork Demand Expected to Rise During Holiday Season


 » CP Foods to Focus on Overseas Operations, Exports
 » Betagro VP Looks Forward to Expansion


 » International Egg and Poultry Review - North America CFS Compact

That's all for this week!


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