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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 26 October 2011

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Wednesday 26th October 2011
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: US FTAs Eventually Signed but Canada Sees Warning Signs

President Obama has signed into law the long-awaited free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia, as well as the latest trade adjustment assistance for workers.

The move has brought a long sigh of relief from most sections of the US meat industry.

US poultry and egg producers, processors and exporters said they were united in their strong support for the decisive passage and subsequent signing of legislation to implement free trade agreements (FTAs) with Korea, Colombia and Panama. The industries have supported and urged approval of these agreements since negotiations were concluded more than four years ago.

With KORUS FTA approval, US poultry meat exports to Korea could rise to more than $150 million or 125,000 tons annually, with annual egg exports tripling to $12 million. Over the first 10 years of the agreement, this is expected to generate $720 million in exports.

Now, the Canadian Pork Council, Canada Pork International, Canadian Cattlemen's Association and the Canadian Meat Council have joined forces to urge the Government of Canada to resume FTA talks with South Korea that have been stalled since 2008.

The Canadian pork and beef industries said they are very concerned that postponing the FTA talks any further will seriously affect the competitiveness of their and other Canadian sectors exporting to South Korea now that the US Congress ratified a FTA with South Korea.

In Europe, the European Commission is to put forward new proposals to improve the protection of consumers and industry against a possible dioxin contamination.

The scheme has been endorsed the EU Member States at the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCoFCAH).

In particular, four measures will be implemented throughout the EU by the middle of next year.

They aim to further reduce the risk of contamination in the food chain and the measures will avoid food recalls from the market and significant financial costs to the consumers and industries.

In Brazil, beef processing giant JBS SA has hit back at allegations that it has broken an accord over buying cattle from sustainable sources.

In a statement to shareholders, the company said it has "not violated any agreement or commitment to all public bodies and civil rights in Brazil".

Chris Harris

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 7 new features this week:

Demand Holding up in a Volatile Market
Against a back cloth of a volatile market, meat demand appears to be holding up although cheaper meat cuts have retained their popularity, writes TheMeatSite Editor in Chief, Chris Harris.
Biomarkers Predict Optimal Resting Time for Pigs before Slaughter
Proteomics biomarkers can be used to predict the optimal resting time for slaughter pigs in the abattoir to alleviate the unfavourable effect of stress on the quality of pork, according to a study carried out at Wageningen University in the Netherlands.
Good Genes Yield High-quality Meat Products
Gene technology can help farmers to selectively breed production animals for increasingly high-quality meat, eggs and dairy products. "This can be accomplished without compromising animal welfare," says a Norwegian animal geneticist.
GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS - Asia: The Major Chicken Meat Importer
More than one-third of the chicken meat traded globally is imported into Asian countries, according to seasoned industry watcher, Terry Evans. Only two countries in the region – Thailand and China – export significant amounts of broiler meat.
Argentina – Livestock and Products Annual 2011
Argentine cattle and beef production is expected to continue its slow recovery in 2012 after the sharp herd reduction in 2008-09.
India – Livestock and Products Annual 2011
Strong dairy demand continues to fuel herd growth and is expected to continue in 2012. CY2012 combined stocks forecast more than 4 percent growth over 2011 at 325 million heads.
US Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook – October 2011
The drought in the US is keeping cattle weights down and for the pig meat sector production is expected to be up on 2010, according to Rachel J. Johnson of the USDA ERS in the latest Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook.
* Global Meat Industry News

   United States

 » US Poultry Industry United in Support of FTAs
 » CME: Demand Up For Beef, Pork & Poultry
 » September Milk Production Up 1.9 Per Cent
 » CME: September Milk Production: +1.7 Per Cent
 » Fear Supply Controls Could Raise Dairy Product Prices
 » Beef Packer Fined in Discrimination Case
 » CME: Retail Milk Prices Up For 12 Straight Months
 » Turkey Breast Recalled over Undeclared Allergens
 » Cagle's Files for Chapter 11 Protection
 » Catfish Processing Down 23 Per Cent
 » CME: Retail Meat Prices Continue To Climb
 » Cattle Outlook: High Beef Prices & Cattle On Feed Up
 » JBS Workers in Michigan Vote to Join Union
 » CME: Cheese Stocks Still Hanging Over Market
 » President Signs Free Trade Agreements
 » Tariff on US Pork Lifted by Mexico
 » Commercial Red Meat Production Up One Per Cent
 » Record Pork Retail Prices in September
 » CME: Cattle Placements Up On Estimates
 » CME: Nearby Milk Futures Higher On Cheese Gains
 » Chinese Impressed by US Industry's Efficiency
 » USMEF Distinguished Service Award for Troutman
 » Sanderson Expects Chicken Output to Rise
 » CME: Cow/Heifer Slaughter Accelerated in September Online Book Shop

 » Brand-Building is New Focus for Betagro


 » EU Importers Want More Thai Chicken
 » Brazil Takes More Australian Beef
 » WTO Praises China over SPS Issues
 » CME: EU Milk Deliveries Up Through July

   United Kingdom

 » LMC Report: Third Country Market Potential- China
 » 'Pork Not Porkies' Plastered Across the UK
 » UK Slaughter Statistics - October 2011
 » Packington Free Range Farm Rebrands
 » Red Tractor Responds to CIWF Challenge
 » Riverford Organic Wins at RSPCA Awards
 » Award for QMS's Meat Cooking App
 » New Guidance for Meat Processors on Employment
 » Business Pointers To Help Producers Monitor Costs
 » £150 Million UK Dairy Project Given Go Ahead
 » Further Dairy Retail Price Cuts
 » Supermarkets Could Trigger Pork Shortage
 » New Cuts Improve Gross Margins by 20 Per Cent


 » Beef & Veal Export Values Higher In August
 » New Framework - Sustainable Future of Live Exports
 » Daily Dose Of Dairy Boosts Mental Performance
 » Nolan Meats - Queensland Exporter of the Year
 » Casino Abattoir Takes Up Ramsey Operations
 » Welfare Groups Attack Un-stunned Slaughter
 » Stocking Rate Discussions On-Going
 » Gillard Government Reforms Live Export Trade
 » Steering Seafood Industry in the Right Direction


 » International Egg and Poultry Review: Venezuela


 » Doux Increases Production at Plouray


 » Changes for Maple Leaf 's Prepared Meats Business
 » Pork Producers Applaud Maple Leaf's Investment
 » Maple Leaf Restructuring Generates Mixed Feelings
 » Call for South Korea FTA Talks to Resume


 » Nutreco Raises Quarterly Revenue


 » Paraguay Works To Recover Markets


 » Warning to Check Updated Meat Permits

   Korea, South

 » Fisheries Exports Surge To Record High


 » Vision Buys TDM's Poultry Business

   New Zealand

 » New Proposals for Raw Drinking Milk
 » Trade Study with Taiwan Welcomed


 » Genetic Traits Identified in Pigs for Tastiest Meat
 » Finished Cattle Disposals Decline by 70,000 Head
 » Shellfish Producers Want Faster Licence Turnaround


 » JBS Denies Breaking Sustainable Procurement Agreement

   European Union

 » EU Steps Up Dioxin Contamination Prevention
 » CAP Must Promote Sustainable Industry
 » Report Shows Importance of EU's Rapid Alert System


 » Wal-Mart Exec Replacement Normal, Says MOC
 » Anhui Poultry Launches New Web Site


 » Good Quarter of Domestic & Export Sales for MHP


 » Pakistan Sees Potential in Halal Food Exports


 » Goverment Supports Local Meat Producers

   South Africa

 » Competition Tribunal to Continue Cases


 » India Partially Removes Food Imports Barriers


 » Argentinian Beef Exports Feel Domestic Heat

That's all for this week!

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