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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 24 March 2010

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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Trade Barriers Come Down as Safety Issues are Resolved

The United States and China reached an agreement over the last week to reopen the Chinese market to US pork imports.

Pork trade will resume immediately once both sides finalise export documentation.

The US pork industry shipped nearly 400,000 tonnes of pork worth nearly $690 million to China/Hong Kong in 2008, making it the No. 3 destination for US pork.

Last year, US pork exports to China/Hong Kong were down by 38 per cent, falling to just under $427 million.

Further trade issues could be ironed out as the UN granted permission to African nations to sit as observers in the food safety discussions.

The 17-18 March 2010 decision accepts three regional organisations from the continent as observers in the WTO committee dealing with these issues.

The will be able to follow World Trade Organisation work on food safety and animal and plant health — and to trade more effectively.

In the UK, the Food Standards Agency has welcomed the publication of the Consumer Focus Wales report: 'Protecting consumers from E.coli O157'.

The report refers to progress by the Agency and others in implementing the recommendations in the Pennington report on the Public Inquiry into the E.coli outbreak in South Wales in 2005.

Chris Harris

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Innovation in Traditional Foods Could Harm Their Image
Researchers from the Institute for Food and Agricultural Research and Technology (IRTA) have analysed the definitions of 'traditional food' and 'innovation' in order to predict the degree to which people will accept changes in the foods they eat.
US Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook - March 2010
There is a more positive outlook for the beef sector in the US but the poultry sector has shown lower stock levels and little production growth according to the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) March 2010 Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook.
Australian Commodities - March 2010 - Beef and Veal
The Australian weighted average saleyard price for beef is forecast to be around 279 cents a kilogram in 2009-10 and 272 cents a kilogram in 2010-11, compared with 296 cents a kilogram in 2008-09, according to the Australian Commodities report from ABARE.
Canadian Poultry and Egg Statistics - October to December 2009
By Statistics Canada - This publication provides data on the production, supply and disposition and value of Canadian poultry meat and eggs for the fourth quarter of 2009.
Automated Slaughter Line For Salmon
Automatic bleeding based on machine vision and robot technology: Norway is now operating the first salmon slaughter line in the world to use such techniques. The innovation makes for more rational operation, says the system’s pilot operator.
* Company News

Meyn Introduces Drawer System for Live Bird Handling
NETHERLANDS - In many countries there is a strong demand for live bird handling systems that are easy to use and maintain, yet are fully automated and efficient.
* Global Meat Processing Industry News

   United Kingdom

 » Rectory Foods Partners with Acura over Pork, Beef
 » Beef Sector In Danger Of Mincing Itself To Death
 » Meat Inspection Controls under Review
 » UK Slaughter Statistics - March 2010
 » UFU Welcome Progress on Country of Origin Labelling
 » Scotch Opportunities Highlighted at Foodex
 » Open Invitation to Devon Livestock Farmers
 » E.coli Report Welcomed
 » Meat and Climate Change Link 'Lopsided'


 » Agriculture a Key Area for NPC
 » DaChan Food Reports Strong Processed Segment
 » HK Govt Reviews Need for Poultry Slaughtering Centre Online Book Shop
   United States

 » Report Highlights Impacts of Livestock Production
 » Food Recall Legislation Introduced
 » AMI Addresses Hundreds on Food Safety
 » CME: US Trade Officials Attempt to Seal Pork Deal
 » Kraft to Reduce Salt in North American Products
 » Chinese Pork Market to Reopen to US
 » FDA Crack Down On Labelling Violations
 » Transparency In Nutrition Labelling
 » CME: Pork, Beef Prices Up; Chicken Prices Steady
 » Phages Show Potential for Salmonella Control in Pigs
 » Argentina to Stop Issuing Export Licenses For Beef
 » Catfish Processing Up Nine per cent
 » Revised US Food Safety Law Predicted This Year
 » NPPC Pleased With Lifting of Ban on US Pork
 » Perdue Recalls Turkey Sausage Products
 » Joint Climate Change Prediction Research Programme
 » Higher Quality Grades Here to Stay
 » Cutting Meat, Milk Intake Will Not Lower GHGs
 » Clean Water Awards 2010
 » CME: Growth in US Total Meat, Poultry Amount
 » US Consumers Face Food Price Rises
 » Huge Potential Markets For US Beef In China, Japan


 » FSAI Advises Leak-Proof Poultry Packaging
 » Irish Cattle Numbers Lower in December


 » Minerva Denies Takeover Rumours

   European Union

 » Campylobacter on Three-Quarters of EU Chickens
 » EU Pig Prices: Steady for the Most Part


 » New Products Move Kerala Towards Self-Sufficiency


 » Wiesenhof Records Continued Growth in 2009
 » Wiesenhof Reports its First CO2 Footprint

   Sri Lanka

 » Sri Lanka's Poultry Industry Squeezed


 » US Pork Exports to Mexico Thriving


 » Danish Chicken Free of Salmonella
 » Danish Crown Unlikely to Get Wage Reductions
 » Unwillingness to Negotiate Leads to Job Losses


 » Higher Yardings Slows Prices
 » JBS to Buy Rockdale Beef


 » Cooperation Improves Food Safety in Johor Baru

   Russian Federation

 » Russia Presents Opportunities for Dairy Exports
 » Share Sale by Russian Sea Group


 » African Observers for Food Safety and Animal Health


 » CPF Invests to Diversify Product Range

   South Africa

 » Sovereign Reports Difficult Half-Year of Trading


 » USDA Projects Lower Meat Production

   New Zealand

 » Meat & Wool New Zealand Announces Name-Change

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That's all for this week!


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