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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 18 August 2010
Wednesday 18th August 2010
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Editorial - US Poultry Meat Exports to Russia Resume - Finally

On 16 August, Russia lifted a ban on poultry imports from 68 US companies whose production processes meet Russian requirements. However, the ban remains on products of the remaining 19 plants that have not met the country's sanitation demands, according to a Russian Agriculture Ministry spokesman.

Solid performance in June allowed US pork and beef exports to finish the first half of 2010 with strong momentum. According to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF), pork exports of 164,000 metric tons were 24 per cent higher than June 2009, and beef export volume was up 14 per cent at 495,443 metric tons.

Cholesterol oxidation products (COPs) from meat packed under a modified atmosphere (MAP) do not harm consumers, according to a study from Germany's Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR).

Cholesterol from foods of animal origin is known to lead to the formation of COPs. Packaged meat on supermarket shelves often carries the wording 'Packaged in a controlled atmosphere', a process that helps meat retain its red colour for longer but more COPs form in the oxygen-enriched atmosphere. Consumers ingest these COPs from all cholesterol-containing foods but their impact on human health was not known until the BfR study.

The BfR President, Professor Andreas Hensel, explained: "We know that the additional amount of COPs ingested by consumers from oxygen-enriched packaging is very low. Based on the latest findings, there is no health risk from the additional amounts of cholesterol oxidation products."

And finally, there is new evidence that the boar taint threshold should be lower. Researchers in Norway found that some consumers could detect boar taint even at levels below the currently accepted threshold.

Jackie Linden

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS - Poultry Meat Consumption in the Americas Well Above World Average
On average, poultry meat consumption is well above the global mean, writes Terry Evans in the last of this special series on the industry in the Americas for TheMeatSite.
Boulogne Builds a Future with Vision for Fish Handling
As Europe's largest fish-processing centre, handling 330,000 tonnes of fish last year, Boulogne sur Mer holds a strong position in the French fish industry, writes Peter Crosskey in the first of four features on the French fish industry.
Livestock, Meat and Eggs in the Netherlands 2010
The Netherlands has a long tradition as a well-known trading nation in agricultural produce. Thanks to the wealth of agricultural knowledge, the fertile soil, the quality of its produce and products and its trading instinct Dutch products are exported all over the world, according to the 2010 Livestock, Meat and Eggs in the Netherlands report.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - August 2010
Total US meat production forecasts for 2010 and 2011 are reduced slightly from last month, according to the USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates for August 2010.
South Africa - Broiler Production and Consumption
Annual growth in broiler production in South Africa slowed down in 2009 but an increase of three per cent to 957 million broilers or 1.290 million tons of poultry meat is expected in 2010, according to Dirk Esterhuizen in the latest GAIN report for USDA Foreign Agricultural Service. Online Book Shop
* Company News

Lima Presents New Models at IPA 2010
FRANCE - At the coming World Food Process Exhibition, IPA 2010, Lima will promote several recently developed models.
* Global Meat Processing Industry News


 » Mexico Eliminates Anti-Dumping Duties

   United States

 » FASS Updates List of GM References
 » CME: Fed Cattle Prices Less Seasonal than Hogs
 » Cattle Business Rocky As Trend Towards Better Beef Continues
 » Poultry, Beef, Veg Head Food-Borne Disease Sources
 » Strong Mid-Year Results for US Pork, Beef Exports
 » AgFeed Acquires M2P2
 » CME: June US Pork and Beef Trade Data
 » Pork Now Part of Mexico's Trade Retaliation List
 » Georgia Tech Announces New Research Programme
 » Feeding Glycerol Improves Pork Belly Firmness
 » Keeping Cattle Calm Increases Carcase Value
 » Poulson to Retire as Executive VP of Smithfield

   Russian Federation

 » Strong Performance in All Segments for Cherkizovo
 » US Poultry Exports to Russia Resume

   United Kingdom

 » Summary Of Investigation On Cloned Animals
 » EU, Japan Import More Thai Chicken Products
 » Addressing Problems In Slaughterhouses

 » Australia Cattle Industry Cuts Emissons


 » Live Hog Prices See Improvement
 » Increased Domestic Pork Consumption Promoted
 » Economic Action Plan Strengthens Livestock Industry


 » Growing Interest in Plastics from Feathers


 » Higher Revenue for San Miguel Food Group

   South Africa

 » AFGRI Acquires Rossgro Chickens


 » Boar Taint Threshold Should be Lower

   Korea, South

 » First Chilean Chicken Arrives in South Korea
LIMA - Quality in Meat-bone Separation

 » CPF Boosts Overseas Business


 » Brasil Foods' Q2 Sales Up to 6.3 Billion Real
 » BRF Voted Company of the Year
 » Marfrig Announces Net Income Surge
 » Export Jump of 37 Per Cent Boosts JBS Q2 Results


 » Uruguay Focus On Export Markets And Quality Meat


 » Rosy Future for Processed Meat Market in China


 » Supermarket Chain Cuts out Castration


 » Outbreak of Trichinellosis in Argentina


 » International Egg and Poultry Review: Japan


 » No Threat to Consumers from COPs in Packed Meat
That's all for this week!


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