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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 16 November 2011

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Wednesday 16th November 2011
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

EDITORIAL: More EU Cash to Help Control Animal Diseases and Pathogens

The EU has earmarked more than €203 million to support programmes to eradicate, control and monitor animal diseases and zoonoses, aiming to further strengthen the protection of human and animal health in 2012.

The decision was taken at the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCoFCAH).

The European states also unanimously endorsed the Commission proposals to contribute €11.5 million to emergency measures and vaccination plans taken to combat some animal diseases over the past four years.

John Dalli, EU Health and Consumer Policy Commissioner said: "It is rewarding to witness the tangible benefits of the EU's efforts, which have resulted in a significantly improved situation on TSE, Salmonella, Rabies, Bluetongue, Classical Swine fever, Avian Influenza, tuberculosis and brucellosis."

The EU moves have been made in the face of budgetary constraints, but go some way to strengthen the Commission's role in battling food-borne pathogens in assisting domestic regimes.

In Thailand, the effects of the recent flooding are starting to be felt in the price of pig meat on the markets.

Pig producers are rushing to sell animals at a short-term profit, but this could have a severe knock-on effect to supplies in the New Year.

The present oversupply has sent prices falling to as low as 40 baht a kilo in some areas for live pigs, while wholesale prices are 100 baht a kilo and retail prices are 120-130 baht. Last month, live swine went for 57 baht a kilo, while pork was sold for 110 baht wholesale and 130-140 baht retail.

This surplus now is going to lead to a shortage in January, analysts have forecast.

In the Netherlands, the moves to end castration of pigs to prevent boar taint in meat have taken a new turn as IKEA Netherlands decided to completely remove castration in their pig supply chain.

The decision will apply to products which are purchased in the Netherlands.

The news has been welcomed by animal welfare activists Eurogroup whose director, Sonja Van Tichelen, said: "This is great news, and we urge other food retailers across Europe to follow the example."

Chris Harris

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 9 new features this week:

EU Changing its Approach to Pig Welfare
The future EU strategy on animal welfare in the pig meat sector needs to be based on a global multi-stakeholder approach writes TheMeatSite Editor in Chief, Chris Harris.
GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS - Europe's Share Boosted by Russia's Growth
Chicken meat output for the whole of Europe has grown slightly ahead of the world average but the region's national industries continue to develop at different rates, according to experienced industry watcher, Terry Evans. Strong growth in production in Russia and the Ukraine, for example, contrasts with modest increases or even contraction in some EU member states.
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.
High Frequency of Multiresistant Coagulase-Positive Staphylococcus aureus Found in Slaughter Pigs in Uruguay
Although no methicillin-resistant S. aureus were detected, all the coagulase-positive S. aureus found in slaughter pigs in Uruguay were resistant to three or more classes of antimicrobials, say researchers based in Germany and Finland, which they linked to the over-use of antimicrobials in pig production.
Carbon Footprinting Requires Harmonisation
Internationally, more and more food companies are introducing carbon labels to their products.
EU Forecasts Lower Meat Supplies for 2012
The EU's Short Term Outlook, published this week, points to tightening in supplies of beef and sheepmeat in 2012, stable pig production and a slight increase of 0.6 per cent in poultry meat production, in response to higher demand for the cheapest meat, according to Gerard Brickley, Meat Division Manager at Bord Bia - Irish Food Board.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - November 2011
While beef and broiler production forecasts for 2011 are lowered, pork and turkey production are increased, according to the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) for November.
Brazil Annual Dairy Report 2011
The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service forecasts fluid milk production in Brazil to increase by two per cent in 2012, supported by a relatively strong Brazilian economy which will support higher domestic demand.
Iraq - Poultry and Products Report 2011
Iraq domestic poultry production in 2011 is expected to decline from 2010 levels, as reduced feed availability, poultry disease issues, and poor profitability have reduced domestic production prospects, according to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service. Online Book Shop
* Global Meat Industry News


 » Adult Cattle Weights Set New Record
 » Live Cattle Exports Up 20 Per Cent In September
 » Australians Spend A$5.6 Billion on Chicken Each Year


 » BC Raw Mussels May Contain Paralytic Shellfish Toxin
 » Ontario Pork: Quarterly Ontario Pig Inventory
 » Govt Helps Raise Ontario's Agricultural Profile Abroad


 » Meeting The Growing Demand For Fish
 » Premier Clark Promoting Canadian Seafood In China
 » Market Preview: Pork Producers Welcome Stability
 » US Beef Promotions In Taiwan Bring Results

   United States

 » CME: Wal-Mart's Beef Brand Change To Affect Industry
 » Hog Processor Buys Land for N Indiana Expansion
 » CME: USDA Projects $18+ Milk Next Year
 » FSIS Revises Definitions of US Poultry Classes
 » Various Chefs Show Love for American Pork Butt
 » Perdue & Helgeson to Speak at Sustainability Summit
 » US Corn Yield Projections Lowest Since 2003
 » China, Mexico Help Drive Torrid Red Meat Export Pace
 » Smithfield Consolidates Packaged Meats Production
 » CME: US Moving NDM/SMP Offshore
 » Government Urged to Rethink Ethanol Support
 » USDA To Delay Mandatory Nutrition Labelling Rule
 » CME: What Drives Seasonal Price Variations?
 » Cattle Outlook: USDA Corn Crop Estimates Down
 » NPPC Wants Japan In TPP Trade Talks
 » CME: Cheese Markets Move In Different Directions
 » Crisis Response Linked by Process & Policy
 » CME: Beef, Pork & Broiler Production Down
 » Pork Gaining New Ground In Leading US Restaurants
 » Acquisition Helps Umami Secure Revenue Increase
 » CME: Cheese Tops $2, All Futures Higher
 » Dynamic Fuels in Initial Commercial Flights
 » CME: Meat Exports On Track For A Record Year
 » Myths Surrounding Processed Meats Addressed
 » CME: GDT Auction Prices Higher

   European Union

 » Agricultural Diversity in the EU Through Figures
 » Imposing Animal Transport Enforcements
 » €214M Earmarked to Protect Human & Animal Health
 » Lower EU Beef Production in 2012
 » EU Pig Prices: High Price Level Stabilises across EU

   United Kingdom

 » LMC: Sharp Decline In Slaughtering During October
 » Dairy Crest: Milk Profits Fall As Competition Tightens
 » Consumers Urged to Check for Illegal Eggs
 » Wiseman Dairies Reports Strong Performance
 » Sectors Awarded for Contribution to Animal Welfare
 » Don't Be Afraid to Cook a Goose for the First Time
 » Beltex and Dunbia Lamb Export Scheme Launched
 » Make An Extra £1 Per Pig

   Russian Federation

 » Russia to Ban German Pig Imports
 » Cherkizovo Starts Pork Production At New Sites

   Korea, South

 » Pork and Chicken Lead Spike in Meat Prices


 » Morpol: Strong Improvement In Processing Margins


 » Imported Beef Stocks Still Higher Than A Year Ago
 » Iotham Revises Forecasts Down

   South Africa

 » Meat Supplier Denies Halaal Pork Claims


 » October Pork Exports Drop in Volume, Rise in Value
 » Marfrig Posts 45 Per Cent Increase in Net Revenue
 » International Egg and Poultry Review: Brazil


 » France Launches Cattle Export Group


 » Drop In Pork Prices Since Mid-September
 » 'Lean Meat Powder' Found In China's Imported Pork
 » Tianli Agritech Reports Third Quarter 2011 Results


 » IKEA Netherlands Stops Meat from Castrated Pigs


 » Pork Surplus Likely to Soon Turn to Shortage


 » Cattle Supply Improves But Meat Price Soars

That's all for this week!

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