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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 9 June 2010

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Wednesday 9th June 2010
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Beef Production Fall Set to Continue

World beef production is expected to fall in 2010 for the third consecutive year.

The USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service is forecasting a 0.7 per cent decline in world production this year compared to 2009. The US is the largest producer of beef and its production is expected to be down 0.8 per cent.

Among the world's five largest beef producing nations, only Brazil is expected to produce more beef this year than last.

Despite less beef being produced, the amount moving in international trade is expected to hold steady or increase slightly.

At the same time, Australian beef exports continued their steady recovery during May, hitting a 14-month high, with increased shipments to the US, Russia, Korea and Taiwan.

Exports for the month, at 85,762 tonnes swt, were up four per cent year-on-year, assisted by higher cattle slaughter since late April and a drop in the A$ throughout the month.

In the US, new legislation introduced by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to tackle the problems of E.coli contamination in food has come under fire.

The American Meat Institute says that while sharing the desire to eradicate E.coli, they are uncertain that the legislation will be effective.

In Europe, welfare campaigners, Eurogroup for Animals, has called on the European Commission, producers and food chain operators to take urgent action on piglet castration.

Chris Harris

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 3 new features this week:

Prevalence of Trichinella in Pigs in Ireland
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland recently conducted a survey to investigate the prevalence of Trichinella in pigs slaughtered in low throughput pig slaughterhouses. From August 2007 to January 2009, a total of 10,247 samples were taken and analysed for Trichinella in 33 slaughterhouses supervised by the local authority veterinary service.
Bulgarian Meat Market
The Bulgarian pork industry is only 45 per cent self sufficient, writes Peter Duggan from the Strategic Information Services at Bord Bia.
Foodborne Pathogens on Cattle Hides
Modern microbial beef safety concept is based on a farm-to-fork principle that involves a wide range of coordinated control measures applied at all relevant steps in the beef chain, writes S Buncic from University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Veterinary Medicine in Serbia in a paper for the Advancing Beef Safety through Research and Innovation conference. Online Book Shop
* Global Meat Processing Industry News


 » Turkish Poultry Export Ban to Russia Lifted
 » International Prices of Agricultural Commodities Drop
 » Live Cattle Exports Rising in Southern Hemisphere

   Russian Federation

 » One-Quarter of US Poultry Meat Quota May Go to Other Countries
 » Farming Lobby Forces Delay in US Poultry Imports

   United States

 » Public Meetings on New Draft Validation Guidance
 » CME: Live Versus Carcase Pricing for Cattle, Hogs
 » Iowa Group Uncovers Campylobacter's Achilles Heel
 » Agreement Reached in 'Donning and Doffing' Case
 » In The Cattle Markets
 » Milk Storage Tanks Exempt From Oil Spill Rule
 » E.Coli legislation Under Fire from AMI
 » Keep Your Eye on US Distribution Centre Sales
 » Allen Sells Poultry Complex, Feed Mill to Amick
 » World Beef Production Expected To Decline
 » AMI Unveils `Six Degrees of Bacon'
 » Bettcher Industries Launches New Web Site


 » Danish Pork a Bestseller in Japan


 » Wageningen Researchers Compare LCAs for Animal Products


 » Traceability Regulations Expected by Year's End
 » Traceability Pilot Project Highly Successful
 » New Opportunities for Food Processors Created

LIMA - Quality in Meat-bone Separation
   United Kingdom

 » LMC Report: Exports of Finished Cattle to GB Fall
 » NFU Backs WI Resolution for Clearer Food Labelling
 » Joint Commitment Made to Tackle Climate Change

   European Union

 » Call for End to Pig Castration in EU
 » Europe Beefs Up Support to Global Food Security
 » EU Pig Prices: Quotations On an Upward Trend
 » Unions Agree on Future of CAP, Mercosur Trade


 » RT-Biofarm to Raise Chicken Output
 » Glon Opts to Produce Halal Products in Malaysia


 » Beef Exports Hit 14-Month High

   Saudi Arabia

 » Investment Brings Self-Sufficiency in Saudi Poultry

   New Zealand

 » New Slaughter Code Problematic For Rural Butchers


 » Govt Criticised over Poultry Meat Purchasing


 » Poultry Companies Invest to Meet Projected Demand


 » Betagro Invests in Provinces, Processing, Feed


 » Prestigious Sustainability Award for Walmart Brazil


 » Danish Crown's Prices Going Up

   Korea, South

 » Korean Cattle Slaughter Falls After Five-Year Growth


That's all for this week!


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