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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 26 May 2010

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Wednesday 26th May 2010
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Supermarkets Lead Supply Chain and Welfare Initiatives

In the UK, the role of the supermarket has long been a major factor in the direction the meat industry takes.

This week on group, Morrisons, announced that it had formed a partnership together with processor Woodheads with Yorkshire based, The Beef Improvement Group, to develop a more efficient and sustainable supply chain of fresh beef.

The supermarket currently processes around 3000 cattle every week at its Woodheads abattoirs in Turriff, Colne and Spalding supplying beef to its 420 plus British stores. Morrisons is the only major UK retailer committed to selling 100 per cent fresh British beef.

It is anticipated the new partnership will lead to competitive advantages for all parts of the supply chain and has the potential to further improve the eating quality of beef.

Meanwhile, rival supermarket chain, Sainsbury, has announced that it has become the UK's largest Freedom Food retailer, as it eclipses all other supermarkets in both range and volume sales of higher welfare products.

This year, total Freedom Food sales have hit £143 million, according to Kantar Worldpanel and 60 per cent of Sainsbury's customers have purchased at least one Freedom Food labelled item in the past year.

Sainsbury's sells 62 per cent of all Freedom Food-endorsed food in the UK, and sales have doubled in the past year.

In the US, as part of the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) 'Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food' initiative, USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has launched a compliance guide for mobile slaughter units.

The USDA says that the guide presents recommendations and is not a regulatory requirement.

The Mobile Slaughter Use Compliance Guide is intended for owners and managers of a new or existing red meat or poultry mobile slaughter unit who want their establishment to come under Federal inspection and continue operations in accordance with Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) regulations.

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

The Meat Industry Under Pressure
The global meat industry is coming under pressure - not just pressure from market forces, but high pressure used in processing and pasteurisation writes TheMeatSite senior editor, Chris Harris.
Veal Production In The UK
With an increasing awareness of where food comes from, Charlotte Johnston, TheMeatSite junior editor, unravels the consumer concerns surrounding veal production in the UK.
International Meat Review - 13 May 2010
Statistics Canada recently released Canada’s quarterly Hog Statistics report, according to the USDA International Meat Review for 13 May.
US Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook - April 2010
While cattle and beef producers are enjoying high prices, pig prices are expecetd to reflect the low supplies, the poultry industry is expected to expand in reply, according to teh USDA Economic Research Service.
Anglo Gold
* Global Meat Processing Industry News

   United States

 » CME: Hog And Cattle Prices Up Sharply
 » All Benefit from Competition in Broiler Sector
 » Cargill Invests $2.7 Million at Turkey Plant
 » In The Cattle Markets
 » Pre-Harvest E.Coli Management
 » Hormel Pleased with Second Quarter Results
 » Workshop Hears Reduced Salmonella Has Not Lowered Illness
 » Iowa Collaboration Improves Salmonella Detection
 » Transport Stress in Pigs Investigated
 » USDA, DOJ Hear about Competition Issues
 » Red Meat Production Below Last Year
 » Re-opening of Chinese Market to US Good News
 » Weekly US Cattle Outlook: Choice Beef Price Up
 » US Trade With Mexico Is Important, Says AMI
 » Compliance Guide for Mobile Slaughter Units
 » Weekly Outlook: Can Pork Prices be Maintained?
 » USDA Identifies Gaps in Local Processing Facilities
 » RTC Weight Slightly Higher Than Last Year
 » Sanderson's Net Sales for the Quarter up 14 Per Cent
 » Cargill Innovation Center for Wichita

   United Kingdom

 » UFU Say Cattle Supplies Set to Tighten
 » LMC Report: Increased Demand for Frying/Grilling Steaks
 » UK Slaughter Statistics - May 2010
 » New Board Member for BPEX
 » Eric Reid Retires from Moy Park
 » Looking At Supply Chain Efficiencies
 » Cranswick Profits Rise
 » Agreement Sought Between Broiler Growers, Processor
 » Sainsbury's Tops for Animal Welfare
 » Moy Park's Acquisition of O'Kane Welcomed
 » The Challenge Of Labelling Beef

   European Union

 » MEPs Veto Meat Glue Authorisation
 » Moy Park Acquires O'Kane for €30 Million

   New Zealand

 » R&D Investment Driving Sector Gains
 » Grass-fed Beef for Japanese Market
 » NZ King Salmon A Hit In Oz


 » CPC Questions Conclusions of Public Health Study
 » Maple Leaf to Sell Ontario Processing Plant


 » New Distribution Centre for Zhongpin


 » Korea Delivers Strong Returns for Australian Beef
 » Australian Grainfed Exports Up In 2010
 » Beef Trade As Usual In Japan Despite FMD
 » Queensland Beef Sizzles with Russian Chefs


 » Pork Crisis Payout Lower than Estimated
 » Chinese Govt Re-opens Market to Irish Pork
 » IFA Accuses Lidl of Hoodwinking Pig Producers


 » AEON Commit To Sustainable Seafood


 » Chicken Company Accused of Excessive 'Plumping'

LIMA - Quality in Meat-bone Separation
   South Africa

 » Lower Feed Prices Boost Rainbow's Revenue


 » Brazil's Pork Exports: Volume Down but Value Higher


 » International Egg and Poultry Review: Mercosur

That's all for this week!


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