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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 4 May 2011

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Wednesday 4th May 2011
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: New Zealand Launches Strategy for Profitability

The Meat Industry Association (MIA) and Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) have released their Red Meat Sector Strategy, which reflects broad recognition of the underlying challenges to the sector’s sustainable profitability, and also clearly identifies the opportunities for the sector to realise its full potential and continue to be a principal driver of New Zealand’s economy.

MIA and B+LNZ initiated the development of the sector strategy – with input from the sector and underpinned by extensive data and in-depth analysis by Deloitte – to identify ways of achieving sustainable profitability and promote re-investment in the industry.

“While the sector currently generates nearly $8b annually in export earnings and forms the basis of the visual and social landscape of New Zealand, over time its profitability has been inconsistent and often unsatisfactory, as is reflected by conversion of sheep and beef farm land to other uses such as dairy farming and forestry,” said Mike Petersen, B+LNZ Chairman.

When Denmark takes over the EU Presidency on 1 January 2012, antimicrobial resistance will be a priority, especially for pig farmers.

The Danish Minister for the Interior and Health and the Danish Minister for Food aim at a common European surveillance programme for antibiotic consumption and a reduced consumption of antibiotics.

The battle against antimicrobial resistance is to be one of the Danish priorities during the Danish EU-Presidency 2012, state the Danish Minister for the Interior and Health, Bertel Haarder, and the Danish Minister for Food, Henrik Høegh, in a common announcement.

In Russia, the Russian food safety authority Rosselkhoznador has banned beef imports from 27 Brazilian meat plant.

The authority has also hit back at claims that pork tainted with African Swiner Fever has appeared on the market.

The rebuttal follows claims in the media that ASF infected pork was detected in the Krasnoyarsk Krai.

However, Rosselkhoznador said the claims are untrue.

In Japan, livestock and agricultural production has restarted following the devastation caused by the earthquake.

However, the Japanese govern,government has plans to check for radioactive contamination in grass for livestock in the eastern half of the country to prevent contaminated beef or milk from entering the market amid the continuing crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry has set allowable radioactive contamination levels for grass and asked 16 prefectures to check grass in areas where higher-than-normal levels of atmospheric radiation have been detected.

Chris Harris

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Retail Meat Sales Surviving the Recession
As economies around the world are emerging from the recession consumers are reacting by remaining conservative in their shopping habits, writes TheMeatSite Editor in Chief, Chris Harris.
High Protein Intake Makes You Cleverer
Researchers from LIFE - Faculty of Life Sciences have just published a study showing that a high protein intake markedly strengthens certain signal substances in the brain.
Rotten Meat Does not Stand a Chance
When it comes to packaged fish or meat, it is nearly impossible to distinguish between fresh goods and their inedible counterparts.
2011 Trade Forecast Update
While global beef production is unchanged pig meat production is being driven by efficiencies in China and higher slaughter weights in the EU according to the latest Livestock and Poultry World Markets and Trade report from USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
International Meat Review - 14 April 2011
The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) recently released US red meat export data for February 2011.
* Company News

VIV Sets World Standard in Animal Protein Production
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* Global Meat Industry News

   European Union

 » Committee Sets Out Clearer Labelling Rules
 » Europe In Love With NZ's Most Sustainable Oyster
 » EU Pig Prices: Good Demand Pushes Prices
 » EU to Target Antimicrobial Resistance in 2012
 » Biological Sciences Reinforced to Tackle Big Issues
 » Progress on EU Red Meat Access Conditions
 » EU Pig Prices: Price Rally Continues

   United Kingdom

 » CIWF Urges a Cut in Meat Intake to Save the Earth
 » Corn-Fed Chicken Sales Boost Reported
 » Mandatory COOL Closer in EU
 » Positive EP Vote on Country of Origin Labelling
 » Queens Award for Scottish Meat Processor
 » UK Slaughter Statistics - April 2011
 » Scottish Meat Inspection System Next Steps
 » Markets Surveys Now Available via Website
 » Price Reporting Shows Ongoing Incentives
 » In-Depth Look at Livestock & Dairy Markets
 » Royal Wedding Guests Celebrate With Scotch Beef
 » New Record for Scottish Salmon Exports
 » New Director For Scottish Salmon Company Online Book Shop Handtmann
   United States

 » CME: Significant Appreciation of Commodity Prices
 » US Poultry Exports Climb in February
 » Statements Regarding Developments on Panama FTA
 » Salmonella Less Prevalent in Organic Chicken
 » CME: Consumers Spend More on Meat and Poultry
 » OSHA cites Tyson Nebraska Plant over Safety
 » Welcome for New Interstate Meat Rule
 » FSIS Publishes New Guide on RTE Product Hygiene
 » Red Meat Production Reaches Record High
 » Total Red Meat Production Down in 2010
 » Market Preview: Pork's Profit Prospects Stymied
 » Cattle Outlook
 » Call for More Competitive Rail Environment
 » Staphylococcus on Chicken a 'Scare Tactic' Says NCC
 » Gold'n Plump Poultry Becomes GNP Company
 » RTC Weight Up Four Per Cent from Last Year
 » RFID Systems Installed at Firstlight Foods
 » Riskiest Foods and Pathogens Identified
 » Wegmans Partners with Global Aquaculture Alliance
 » Smithfield Sells Texas Hog Farm to Cargill
 » Feed Costs up $500M Hits Pilgrim's Results
 » Shoemaker Resigns as Butterball CEO
 » Hogs Bring Money to North-Central Missouri
 » Blue Ridge is No. 1 Indoor Tilapia Producer
 » Activists Celebrate Respect for Chickens Day
 » Regulation will Standardise Nutritional Information
 » Supreme Court Rejects Poultry Company's Appeal
 » AMI Launches Campaign to Combat Top Meat Myths


 » Ministry Moves to Hold Down Egg, Pork Prices
 » Thai Foods Group Invests in Future Growth


 » Meat Processor's Shares Plummet After Suspension
 » NDRC Expects Food Prices to Stabilise


 » Dutch Input to Boost Meat Processing & Quality

   South Africa

 » South Africa Suspends Poultry Meat Exports

   New Zealand

 » Silver Fern Plans New Beef Plant
 » Local Technology Picks Most Tender Steaks
 » Red Meat Sector Strategy Released


 » International Egg and Poultry Review: Philippines
 » Malaysia Keen on Philippine Pork Products

   Korea, South

 » Korea May Allow Canadian Beef Imports By June
 » Korea Beef Demand Levels Out
 » Call for Opening of Beef Market
 » South Korea Boosts Fish Exports to EU


 » JBS Refutes Accusations of Illegal Cattle Buying
 » JBS Signs Sustainability Agreement with Acre
 » Brazil's Pork Exports Lower in March
 » Questions Raised by Russian Ban on Brazilian Beef


 » Recapturing Lost Domestic Market Opportunities
 » Maple Leaf's Fresh & Prepared Meats More Profitable
 » Olymel Announces Closure of Iberville Plant

   Russian Federation

 » New Poultry Processing Cluster for Lipetsk
 » ASF Infected Meat Claims Rebuffed
 » Cherkizovo Reports Higher Sales in All Divisions


 » Anuga FoodTec 2012 Preparations Gearing up
 » Colour Coding Warns about Spoiled Meat & Fish


 » International Egg and Poultry Review: World
 » Global Seafood Standards Equivalence Committee


 » Bachoco Closes 'Difficult' Quarter


 » Australian Beef Exports Slow in April

That's all for this week!

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