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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 22 September 2010

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Wednesday 22nd September 2010
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Changes to UK Slaughterhouse Legislation Proposed

The Food Standards Agency in the UK has launched a consultation on proposed changes to the Official Feed and Food Controls Regulations.

It is to consult on suggestions to amend the legislation that currently allows slaughterhouses and cutting plant operators to continue to operate while an appeal against the refusal or withdrawal of approval is pending.

A 20 per cent increase in fuel prices in the UK has led to a year on year rise in the cost of production for English beef and sheep enterprises.

Ahead of the publication of the full 2010 Business Pointers report by the English Beef and Lamb Executive in October, headline figures for the year to 31 March 2010 show that power and machinery costs are up between two and three pence per kilogram (kg) of liveweight produced across every type of beef and sheep enterprise.

Following a long-term ban on the use of meat and bone meal in animal feeds to control BSE, it has been proposed that poultry protein fed to pigs and vice versa in the EU.

A new analysis by Kansas State University in the US has shown that media attention to animal welfare has significant, negative effects on US meat demand.

The study, based on an extensive search of top US newspapers and magazines has formed a series of indices reflecting public information on animal welfare that US consumers received from 1982 to 2008.

Although the most direct effects of media attention were primarily associated with pork and poultry demand, researchers stressed that the beef industry is not immune.

Chris Harris

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 6 new features this week:

Opportunities for Offal
Consumption of offal in the UK rose by 67 per cent between 2003 and 2008 and was valued at £62 million, writes TheMeatSite senior editor Chris Harris.
Poultry Processing Tasks and Lower Back Injury
Researchers with the Georgia Tech Research Institute’s Agricultural Technology Research Program in conjunction with member companies of the Georgia Poultry Federation have been examining which tasks within a poultry processing plant could relate to lower back pain and injuries.
FAO Meat Market Monitor - September 2010
International meat prices strengthened in the first half of 2010, notably those of meats obtained in long production cycles, such as beef and sheep meat the FAO Meat Market Monitor reports.
New Zealand - Livestock and Products Annual 2010
The beef cattle inventory has been reduced and exports are likely to follow, according to David Lee-Jones in the latest GAIN report from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
Genetically Modified Salmon: Changing The Future
Twenty years of research has meant that consumers are closer than ever to seeing genetically modified (GM) salmon on their plates. Charlotte Johnston, TheFishSite junior editor speaks with Dr Ronald Stotish, CEO and President of AquaBounty Technologies, the small company that wants to make a difference.
US Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook - September 2010
US cattle slaughter rates are continuing to rise, according to the USDA's Economic Research Service.
* Global Meat Processing Industry News

   Russian Federation

 » Cherkizovo's Profit Jumps 24 Per Cent This Half-Year
 » Cherkizovo Acquires Kaliningrad Meat Plant
 » Russia Halts Pork from Two US Smithfield Plants
 » Kosher Poultry Slaughterhouse in Krasnodar Region

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   United States

 » Tyson's Predicts Continued Earnings Growth
 » Beef Nutrition Starts NCBA Legislative Conference
 » Illinois Receives Funds for BSE Inspections
 » OSHA Fines Wisconsin-based Meat Packing Company
 » Impact of Media Attention to Animal Welfare
 » Committee on Meat Inspection to Hold Public Meeting
 » CME: Lean Hog Prices Remain at High Levels
 » Cattle Outlook
 » NCBA Supports Marketplace Transparency
 » Salmonella Monitoring Programme Adopted by NPIP


 » Brazil's Pork Exports Continue on the Rise
 » Brazil Discusses Algeria's Import Ban on its Poultry
 » JBS Buys Vigor

   United Kingdom

 » LMC Report: Suckler Beef Costs Now Over £4 /Kg
 » UK Slaughter Statistics - September 2010
 » Rising Fuel Prices Increase Production Costs
 » EU Considers Return of MBM in Animal Feeds
 » Changes to Feed and Food Controls Regulations
 » Tesco Unveils Initiative For Fish Welfare
 » ABP Bursaries Announced


 » Beef Prices To Japan Lift
 » RSPCA To Hold Meeting On Welfare During Transport
 » Minister to Work as Meat Processor for the Day
 » JBS Completes Rockdale Beef Acquisition Online Book Shop

 » Philippines Takes Stock of Chicken Production
 » Government Raises Chicken Prices
 » Pork Prices Drop as Consumers Shift to Chicken


 » Leong Hup Seeks to Grow


 » Jordan Suspends Imports from Israel


 » Rising Demand Boosts Poultry Meat Industry


 » Hearings into Canadian Complaint Against M-COOL
 » US M-COOL More About Protectionism, Says CPC
 » COOL Ruling Could Have Far Reaching Implications


 » Minister for Integration Visits DC Slaughterhouses


 » Argentinean Cattle Supply Not To Recover Yet


 » Forecast for Chinese Pork Prices to Increase Again

   South Africa

 » World Cup Did Not Boost Astral's Business

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Market under Pressure


 » Poultry Cartel Uncovered in Bulgaria


 » Algeria's Poultry Industry Faces Huge Barriers

That's all for this week!


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