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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 22 August 2012

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Wednesday 22nd August 2012
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

EDITORIAL: ICoMST Hears Call for End to Subsidies

Last week Dennis Avery, the director of the Center for Global Food Issues gave a thought provoking keynote speach to the 58th International Congress of Meat Science and Technology, which took place in Montreal, Canada.

He told the congress that the world is facing the greatest farming challenge of all time with a booming global population and a potential quadrupling of the number of people who will be able to afford to eat high quality diets.

In his keynote speech, The Future for Healthful Meat, Mr Avery said that food demand and probably meat demand as well will double by 2050.

And he questioned how such a massive growth in demand for food and meat will be met without "displacing huge tracts of wildlife habitat and its dependent species for more low yield farming and pastures".

Mr Avery said to meet the goals and needs of a growing population there should be an end to subsidies and mandates for corn ethanol and biofuels, more high yield farming research aimed at rapidly tripling the food productivity of the land now in farming and opening direct conversation between farmers and consumers on the merits of intensified farming to protect wildlife.

In Australia, a report by the senate committee on the food processing sector has called on the government to take close rein on predatory pricing practices in the sector.

The committee recommends that the government initiate an independent review of the competition provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. The committee recommends that the review should consider the misuse of market power, creeping acquisitions, predatory pricing and unconscionable conduct.

The committee also calls on the government to monitor the way the new carbon tax is enforced to check how the big emitters pass on the costs into the food supply chain and the profitability of businesses in that supply chain, including to farm gate.

The committee has called for the review of the Competition and Consumer Act to include the roles of the food supply chain ombudsman and it has called for clearer and more transparent country of origin labelling requirements.

Two reports published this week on potential health risks in certain meats and foods have brought swift rebuffs from the food industry.

In Canada, a study from Western University has linked egg yolk consumption to atherosclerosis.

Newly published research led by Dr David Spence of Western University shows that eating egg yolks accelerates atherosclerosis in a manner similar to smoking cigarettes.

In the US, research from the University of Southern California (USC) and Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC) found that cooking red meats at high temperatures, especially pan-fried red meats, may increase the risk of advanced prostate cancer by as much as 40 per cent.

Chris Harris

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS - Four Key Factors Impact Chicken Uptake in the Americas
Per-capita chicken meat consumption is forecast to remain more-or-less flat in Mexico and Canada and to fall in the US. National increases are expected in Brazil and Argentina, resulting mainly from population growth in the first case and in the latter, consumers switching from more expensive beef to cheaper poultry meat.
Major Fall in Irish Live Exports
During the first six months of 2012, live cattle exports from Ireland reached just 78,000 head, according to Joe Burke of the Meat Division of Bord Bia – Irish Food Board.
Major Discovery in Fight Against Streptococcal Infections
Group B streptococcus, or Streptococcus agalactiae, is responsible for infections of the bovine mammary gland (mastitis), and can also cause serious diseases in humans (e.g. pneumonia, meningitis, septicemia), particularly in neonates.
Early Weaning, DDGS Feed Could Cut Costs for Cattle Producers
If the drought forces producers to feed a larger portion of distillers dried grains with solubles, cattle can maintain gains and improve meat quality if the animals are weaned early, a Purdue University scientist has shown.
Role of Fifth Quarter in Emerging Export Markets
Beef expenditure by UK consumers increased by six per cent between 2011 and 2012 but with the UK domestic consumption per capita remaining fairly constant at 17kg, this increase in expenditure is driven primarily by the rise in the average price of beef.
* Market Reports

 » USDA International Meat Review - 16 August 2012
 » USDA Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook - August 2012
 » Utilisation of Milk by Dairies in England and Wales - June 2012
 » USDA National Dairy Products Sales Report - 15 August 2012
 » USDA Milk Production - August 2012
 » USDA Catfish Processing - August 2012
 » USDA Catfish Feed Deliveries - August 2012
 » Irish CSO: Agricultural Price Indices - June 2012
 » USDA International Egg and Poultry: Russia Joins World Trade Organization (WTO)

* Global Meat Industry News


 » Cappoquin Poultry Enters Administration
 » Target Retailer Margins to Pay Fair Milk Price
 » Advice to Avoid Collecting Shellfish


 » CP Sees Investment Potential in India

   United Kingdom

 » Minister Visits Dunbia Site
 » Pig Salmonella Control Programme Changes
 » UK Smoked Fish Industry Receives Funding Boost
 » Hastings Fishery Re-Certified by MSC
 » Dairy Crest to Sell St Hubert
 » NPA Urges Consumers to Buy British
 » Take Illegal Seafood Off the Menu, Caterers Warned
 » Processors Stand-On as Feed, Pig Price Gap Widens Online Book Shop

 » Australian Beef Values Increase
 » Inquiry Calls for Reform of Processing Sector

   United States

 » Federal Ruling on Milk Price Regulations
 » CME: Domestic Meat Demand a Mixed Bag
 » USDA Seeks Grants to Help Producers Increase Value
 » CME: Would RFS Waiver Affect Corn Prices?
 » Outlook: Hope Holds Out for Pasture Improvement
 » Lean Finely Textured Beef: Demand Drops
 » Hog Outlook: Retail Pork Prices Increase Slightly
 » A Realistic Look at Hog Markets Through Year’s End
 » US Beef and Pork Exports Down
 » Pan-fried Meat Risk of Prostate Cancer - Study
 » ConAgra Completes Bertolli and PF Chang Acquisition
 » CME: Beef Prices Have Rallied Sharply
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » Aramark to Refuse Meat from Pigs from Sow Stalls
 » Sources of Campylobacter Infections Identified
 » California Slaughterhouse Suspended for Abuse
 » Should Products Made with GM Ingredients be Labelled?
 » Egg Agencies Raise Doubts over Latest Health Study

   European Union

 » Mercosur Turmoil Means Further Delays Inevitable
 » Chinese Wild Shellfish Protected Status in the EU
 » EU Pig Prices: Prices Increasing, Heading for New High


 » IPC Warns of Poultry Prices, Global Feed Shortages
 » JBS Reports Strong Performance by Mercosul Group
 » First Fish Farms ASC Certified


 » Export Growth Boosted BRF's Quarterly Results
 » BRF Issues Statement on Marfrig Brand Acquisitions
 » Brazil Lowers Import Tax on Sardines
 » Frigorífico Minerva Becomes Minerva Foods

   New Zealand

 » Fonterra's New Site Ready to Export
 » Record End-of-Season Export Quarter for Fonterra


 » Argentina Beef Exports at 10-year Low


 » Trichinellosis Rumbles on in Pigs, People in Romania


 » Supermarkets Choosing Frozen Fish Over Fresh
 » Demand for Salmon Driving Morpol's Growth

   Faroe Islands

 » MSC Certification for Faroe Island Cod, Haddock


 » Germany Approves Friend of the Sea Certification
 » German Meat Production Down Slightly


 » First ASC Certified Farmed Tilapia Now Available


 » Taiwan to Allow Ractopamine Beef Imports


 » First Report of Toxoplasma Prevalence in Tibetan Pigs


 » HKScan to Increase Efficiency in Sweden


 » Meeting the Greatest Global Farming Challenge
 » Research to Replace Antibiotics in Livestock Feed
 » Study Links Egg Yolk Consumption to Heart Disease

That's all for this week!

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