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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 30 March 2011
Wednesday 30th March 2011
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Editorial - EU Council Fails to Agree on Cloning

Despite the best efforts from the Hungarian Presidency, the conciliation on novel foods has failed after more than three years of negotiations, and the EU will stay with the status quo.

The Council has exhausted every possibility trying to reach a balanced solution on novel foods, it is reported, and in particular on the question of food from cloned animals.

It stated it was strongly committed to finding a compromise that met consumers' concerns about marketing and information about foods from cloned animals and their offspring. The Council wanted a solution that could be implemented in practice yet also comply with the international trade rules to which the EU had agreed.

The discussion reportedly failed because of the European Parliament's inability to compromise on its request for mandatory labelling for food derived from offspring of cloned animals, irrespective of the technical feasibility and the practical implications of such mandatory labelling.

In the absence of an agreement, the EU stays with the status quo. The current EU legislation provides that food from cloned animals is subject to a pre-market authorisation. The cloning technique is not prohibited at EU level.

Commissioner Dalli commented: "After months of discussion on the Novel Food Regulation, many improvements had been agreed upon by the institutions. These included a legal definition of nano-materials and their mandatory labelling, a centralised and quicker authorisation procedure to facilitate innovation from the food industry and specific measures for traditional foods from third countries.

"If implemented this would have been beneficial for both consumers and the food industry. It is thus a great pity that we have lost the opportunity to codify these aspects already now," he said.

In China, the authorities have vowed to strengthen the regulation of food quality to eliminate concerns over food safety and to adopt a system to assess the efficiency of the quality supervision and inspections undertaken by local governments.

In company news, Cherkizovo has acquired another Russian poultry meat processor, Mosselprom, increasing its market share in this sector to an estimated nine per cent.

Strong growth has been reported by Brasil Foods and JBS of Brazil as well as Hong Kong-based Yurun Food Group in their latest financial statements.

Jackie Linden

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 6 new features this week:

Ultrasound Imaging for Fat Measurement
Developments in software technology are now allowing ultrasound imaging to be used automatically and repetitively to accurately measure carcase value at each stage of the supply chain, writes TheMeatSite editor in chief, Chris Harris.
UK Frozen Ready Meals Market Resilient
The frozen food market in the UK was worth just over £5 billion in the year to March 2010, a growth of 6 per cent over the previous year, according to Michael Hussey from Bord Bia's Consumer Foods Division.
Canada's Farm Income Forecast for 2010 and 2011
2011 preliminary forecasts indicate a decline in farm income as increased crop and livestock receipts get offset by higher expenses and reduced programme payments, according to the latest forecast from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
Australian and Canadian Pork Industries Compared
In the details, there are differences between the Australian and Canadian pig industries, writes Jaydee Smith, Production Systems Program leader for the Ontario agriculture ministry in the latest issue of Pork News and Views from OMAFRA, based on a paper at last years's Shakespeare Swine Seminar.
China Livestock and Products Semi-annual Report 2011
China’s beef production in 2011 will continue to decline to 5.5 million metric tons, down two per cent from the year before. Meanwhile, pork production in 2011 will continue modest gains, rising to 52.5 MMT, according to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service in Beijng.
New Zealand Cattle and Beef Semi-Annual Report 2011
Beef production in New Zealand is forecast to fall by nine per cent in 2011, reflecting an expected decline in slaughter rates during the first half of the year, according to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service. Online Book Shop
* Global Meat Industry News

   European Union

 » Human Illness from Salmonella Falls, Campy Rises
 » Country-of-Origin Debate Back on EU Agenda
 » EU Pig Prices: Optimistic Mood - Steady To Friendly
 » EC Fails to Agree on Cloning, Novel Foods


 » Ukrainian Checks on Poultry Meet EU Standards

   United States

 » CME: Higher Inventories of Total Meat, Poultry
 » US Beef Gains Greater Access To Chile
 » Commercial Red Meat Production Higher in February
 » Cattle Outlook: Large Supplies Of Frozen Beef
 » Poultry RTC Weight Up Four Per Cent from Last Year
 » First Zero-Waste Pork Processing in Sight
 » AMI Expo Partners With International Dairy Show


 » Danish Crown Invests In Danish Slaughterhouse


 » Zhongpin Closes Common Stock Offer
 » Vice Prime Minister Hui Visits Zhongpin
 » Chinese Crackdown on Contaminated Pig Feed
 » System to Assess Govt Food Safety Supervision

   United Kingdom

 » Study Reveals How Campylobacter Grows in the Gut
 » UK Slaughter Statistics - March 2011
 » Poultry Smells Ended in Court
 » Retail Beef Sales Stable
 » School Meat Voucher Scheme a Success
 » FSA Looks into Mixed Dioxins Threat
 » Moy Park is Northern Ireland's Top Company


 » AgFeed Industries Announces New President
 » JBS & Cremonini End Partnership
 » Saudi Arabia: Top Market for Brazilian Poultry
 » International Egg and Poultry Review: Brazil & EU

 » Swazi Pork Production Below Domestic Demand


 » Sales Growth Recorded for JBS in 2010
 » Profit at BRF Grows 125 Per Cent in 2010

   United Arab Emirates

 » Poultry Products Shortages Reported in Dubai

   Russian Federation

 » Cherkizovo's CEO Welcomes Recent Govt Support
 » Cherkizovo Acquires Mosselprom


 » Economic Action Plan Helps to Upgrade Manitoba Plant
 » FTA with Korea Remains Pork Industry Priority


 » FVO Cautiously Approves Polish Food Safety


 » Coles Cuts Chicken Prices; Industry Angered


 » Melaka is Hub for Poultry Exports


 » Chicken Prices Rise in the South

   Korea, South

 » Korea Permits Toxin Banned in China

   Hong Kong

 » Yurun Food Reports 56 Per Cent Profit Jump

That's all for this week!

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