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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 24 October 2012

Welcome to this week's newsletter

EDITORIAL: GM Debate Taken to Electorate in US

When the US goes to the polls to elect a new president on 6 November, the voters of California will also be voting on a piece of legislation that could have implications across the USA.

Among a series of new pieces of legislation, California will be voting on Proposition 37 - a statute that would require foods containing genetically modified organisms to be labelled.

The basis of Proposition 37 is that raw or processed food offered for sale to consumers if made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specified ways must be labelled.

The Proposition prohibits labelling or advertising such food, or other processed food, as "natural" and exempts foods that are: certified organic; unintentionally produced with genetically engineered material; made from animals fed or injected with genetically engineered material but not genetically engineered themselves; processed with or containing only small amounts of genetically engineered ingredients; administered for treatment of medical conditions; sold for immediate consumption such as in a restaurant; or alcoholic beverages.

The new piece of potential legislation has drawn vociferous, heartfelt and sometimes vicious lobbying by both those for and against.

The British Government has attacked the European Commission over its handling of the moratorium on the use of desinewed meat.

The British government said that the European Commission's decision to request a moratorium at extremely short notice has had devastating consequences for British producers.

And it added that it is extremely disappointing that the Commission was unable, or unwilling, to provide oral evidence to the Environment Food and Rural Affairs Committee that launched and inquiry into the issues surrounding the use of desinewed meat.

The European Commission's view was that DSM does not comply with European Union single market legislation.

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee launched the inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the moratorium and published its report on 24 July 2012.

The British government's response to that report, published last week, said that the Commission's failure to justify its actions and fulfil its duty to provide oral evidence to the National Parliament of a Member State demonstrated "a worrying disregard for democratic accountability".

Sweden's National Food Agency (NFA) has issued a warning to consumers after shipments of pork that have been dyed and labelled as beef have entered the market.

The dyed pork meat was discovered by a restaurant wholesaler after complaints over the meat texture.

The wholesaler sent the samples to the NFA which identified the meat as pork.

The meat is thought to have been sent from Hungary and Argentina but the amount that could be on the market is unknown.

In Australia, the Australian Agricultural Company's Board has approved the start of civil works and the appointment of a Project Manager, for the meat processing plant near Darwin in the Northern Territory.

The Processing Facility at Livingstone Valley, 50km south of Darwin will be developed at a total capital cost of around A$85 million.

Donald McGauchie, AACo Chairman, said the decision was a significant milestone for the company and a natural next step towards vertical integration, particularly given AACo's proximity to the growing Asian markets.

Chris Harris

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 6 new features this week:

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS 2012 - Chicken Consumption Steady in Oceania, Rising in Africa
The long-term trend of gradually increasing poultry meat consumption is expected to continue in Oceania, according to industry expert, Terry Evans, while in Africa, total uptake is booming but growth is more modest on a per-capita basis.
Broiler Trailer Thermal Conditions during Cold Climate Transport
During cold winter conditions, Saskatoon researchers found moisture removal and the re-distribution of heat were key to providing the most comfortable conditions for broilers during transportation.
Study Shows No Nutritional Benefit to Organic Produce
A new study by researchers at Stanford University shows that organic produce and meat are no more nutritious than conventionally raised products.
Australian Chicken Meat Production to Rise
Australian chicken meat production in 2012–13 is forecast to increase by one per cent to 1.04 million tonnes, according to a review of the state of the industry by Clay Mifsud, based on research by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) for the September Quarter 2012.
Feed and Currency to Hit Australian Pig Meat Sector
A number of recent developments are expected to affect the financial performance of Australia's pig meat industry in 2012–13, according to a review of the state of the industry by Clay Mifsud, based on research by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) for the September Quarter 2012.
Slight Drop in Salmonella in Cattle
There was a slight decrease in teh incidence of salmonella found in cattle last year according to a report from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency of the UK. Online Book Shop
* Market Reports

 » USDA Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook - October 2012
 » USDA GAIN: Algeria Dairy and Products Annual 2012
 » UK Slaughter Statistics - October 2012
 » Irish CSO Reports - Agricultural Price Indices August 2012
 » USDA International Egg and Poultry: Thailand
 » USDA GAIN: Brazil Dairy and Products Annual 2012
 » USDA GAIN: EU-27 Dairy and Products Annual 2012
 » USDA GAIN: India Dairy and Products Annual 2012
 » USDA Milk Production - October 2012
 » USDA GAIN: Indonesia Dairy and Products Annual 2012
 » USDA Catfish Feed Deliveries - October 2012
 » USDA Catfish Processing - October 2012
 » USDA GAIN: Canada Dairy and Products Annual 2012
 » USDA GAIN: Ukraine Dairy and Products Annual 2012

* Global Meat Industry News


 » HERNING CONGRESS - Danish Declaration to Increase Slaughter Pig Production

   European Union

 » Conference on New Animal Slaughter Rules
 » EC Reviews Measures on Imports from Japan
 » EU Pig Prices: Prices Fall Noticeably


 » Manitoba Pork Producers Applaud Participation in TPP
 » New Aquatic Animal Import Regulations to Start
 » JBS Takes over XL Foods' Canadian Operations
 » CSHB Initiatives Add Export Value to Hogs
 » Test Results Awaited on E.Coli Plant
 » Discussions Underway on Pig Health Initiatives


 » Charoen Pokphand Food Net Profits to Fall

   United States

 » USGC, USMEF Partner for US-China Hog Summit
 » Allendale Predicts Increase in Pork Stocks
 » CME: Odom's Sausage Plant to Close
 » NCC Elects New Officers; Bill Lovette Elected Chairman
 » FDA Reminds Professionals Not All Drugs Approved
 » IPPE to Host Conference on Poultry Care, Handling
 » CME: World Beef, Pork Output to Increase
 » What Repercussions Will Follow Proposition 37?
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » Hog Outlook: Pork Demand Picture is Mixed
 » CME: Meat in Cold Storage Has Risen Sharply
 » Sixth Record Sales Year for Certified Angus Beef
 » USPOULTRY Accepts Research Pre-Proposals
 » Forum to Preview Poultry Markets at IPPE

   New Zealand

 » Infectious Disease Research Centre to be Launched
 » New Salmon Breed for Fine Dining
 » NZ Beef Exports Decline

   Korea, South

 » S.Korean Prices of Imported Farm Goods Fall


 » European Poultry Quality Symposium 2013 Announced


 » Project for New Welfare Standard for Fish Slaughter

   United Kingdom

 » Princess Royal at Conference on Benefits of Seafood
 » UK Attacks Commission over Desinewed Meat
 » Red Tractor Pork Wins in Holland
 » Signs of a Plateau Ahead
 » Lossie Seafoods Wins Top Honours at Food Awards
 » Supermarket Takes Control of Pig Meat Suppliers


 » Innovative Packaging Can Boost Profits
 » Irish to Grow UK Cheese Output


 » Kenyan Aquaculture not Sustained by Consumption


 » Warning as Dyed Pork Sold as Beef in Sweden


 » AACo Go-ahead for Northern Territory Meat Plant
 » T&R Pastoral and Holco Meat Join Forces
 » Ham Week Leads Fight for Australian Grown Pork
 » US Imported Beef Prices On the Up


 » Senasa Sets Up Mobile Slaughterhouses
 » Argentina to Export Frozen Cooked Meat to US

   Russian Federation

 » Cherkizovo at Golden Autumn Exhibition


 » Minerva Profits Grow
 » Tax Break on Sardine Imports Extended
 » Brazil Contests S African Poultry Dumping Charges


 » First Estonia Prawn Fishery Enters MSC Assessment


 » Pork Production Cuts to Support Strong Prices
 » US-Panama Free Trade Agreement to Go Ahead
 » Sysco Announces Acquisitions in Canada, Ireland


 » KFC Makes Sustainable Fishing Commitment


 » Chicken Prices to Go Up in Nepal


 » Low Demand See Chicken Prices Fall


 » Bulgaria Concerned over Foie Gras Ban


 » Japan Looks to Increase Age Limit on US Beef

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