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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 23 January 2013

Welcome to this week's newsletter

Repercussions of Horse DNA in Burgers Rumble On

The repercussions from the discovery by the Irish Food Safety Authority that horse meat and pig meat DNA was found in batches of beef burgers in supermarkets in the UK and Ireland have continued this week.

The ABP Food Group has suspended all operations at its Silvercrest Country Monaghan meat processing plant - one of the plants at the centre of the row.

A statement from ABP said: "To date, ABP Food Group investigations have centred around two third party EU suppliers.

"Following receipt of this evening’s Irish Department of Agriculture results, we believe that we have established the source of the contaminated material to one of these suppliers. However, because trace DNA has been found in finished products tested this week, we have decided that the responsible course of action is to suspend all production at the Silvercrest plant in County Monaghan with immediate effect."

Farming organisations have called for better labelling and they are urging consumers to pay closer attention to labelling on packs in the supermarket.

In France this week, The French farming union FNSEA has hit out at proposals by the European Commission to cut refunds for poultry exports in the reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy.

The FNSEA said that the Commission has decided to suddenly halve the refunds which is just adding to the burden on the sector that has seen the financial crisis of the Doux group and the decommissioning of some plants that has been decided by the courts.

The FNSEA said: "FNSEA and CFA denounce this blow to farmers who have already been traumatised through bad debts and business closures.

"The French Government must take determined action to convince the Commission of the need to maintain a level of refunds that is economically sustainable and socially just."

Over the next few days, TheMeatSite will be receiving a new look. The site will continue to provide the regular news, features market reports and analysis and will also provide more market information and more information on areas such as foodborne pathogens and zoonoses.

Next week, together with the change in look in the site, the weekly newsletter will also receive a makeover.

Look out for your new newsletter next week.

Chris Harris

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 8 new features this week:

Three Trade Shows Join for IPPE
This year the International Poultry Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia, will be celebrating its 65th edition - but it will be an exhibition that is taken on a new dimension.
Conferences to Cover Practical, Food Safety, Welfare and Marketing Issues
The International Poultry Exposition traditionally hosts a series of conferences and seminars running before and during the show to enhance the value of the exhibition to attendees.
Meat Industry Brings Education Sessions to IPPE
With the American Meat Institute joining forces with USPoultry and the American Feed Industry Association to stage its meat processing event alongside the poultry exposition, the AMI has also taken the opportunity to stage its traditional education programme alongside the show.
Irish Food and Drink Exports Pass €9 Billion
Irish food and drink exports have passed €9 billion for the first time and the country has seen its food exports to Asia rise by 75 per cent since 2010, according to a new report from Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board.
GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS: World Egg Production Sets a Record Despite Slower Growth
World egg production will likely reach a record 65.5 million tonnes in 2013 despite the rate of growth having slowed, writes Terry Evans, industry watcher. Twenty per cent of all eggs are produced in the Americas.
Organic Acids and Salts Against Listeria in Poultry
From their in-vitro investigations, researchers in South Africa raise concerns over the relatively high concentrations reported for compounds that are conventionally used as preservatives against Listeria spp. raise concern.
Sugar Beet Pulp for Food Packaging
More than 1 million tons of sugar beet pulp are generated annually by U.S. beet sugar industries. Finding profitable uses for the biodegradable pulp, which is the leftover residue from sugar extraction, is critical for the long-term economic viability of US agribusiness.
Effect of High Fibre Diet on Pig Fat and Carcase Weight
Withdrawing pigs from a high-fibre diet containing DDGS and midds during a 19-day withdrawal period increased carcase yield through and improved carcass fat quality, according to researchers at Kansas State University. The addition of the fat improved feed:gain ratio but worsened carcase fat quality. - Coming Soon
* Market Reports

 » BPEX / AHDB Country Reports - Italy January 2013
 » BPEX / AHDB Country Reports - Japan January 2013
 » USDA International Egg and Poultry Review - 16 January 2013
 » USDA National Dairy Products Sales Report - 17 January 2013
 » UK Slaughter Statistics - 17 January 2013
 » China Wholesale Prices - 18 January 2013
 » Irish CSO - Agricultural Price Indices November 2012
 » USDA Livestock, Dairy, Poultry Outlook - January 2013
 » UK Utilisation of Milk by Dairies in England & Wales - 17 January 2013
 » USDA International Meat Review - 17 January 2013
 » China Wholesale Prices - 21 January 2013
 » China Wholesale Prices - 22 January 2013
 » USDA Catfish Feed Deliveries - January 2013
 » USDA Catfish Processing - January 2013
 » USDA International Egg and Poultry Review - 23 January 2013
 » China Wholesale Prices - 23 January 2013

* Global Meat Industry News

   United Kingdom

 » Pig & Poultry LIVE: Tackling Issues That Matter
 » LMC: Weekly Beef and Lamb Markets
 » Sales of Veterinary Antibiotics Fell in 2011
 » PM Launches Investigation into Horse Meat in Burgers
 » Horse Meat in Burgers - Inevitable
 » How Will Genetics Feed the World?
 » Increase in Underfinished Prime Cattle Continues
 » Farm Groups Call For Improvements in Supply Chain
 » Christine Tacon New Groceries Code Adjudicator
 » Report Shows Growth Potential for Food Co-ops
 » Cuts Limiting Meat Inspection and Standards
 » Wintry Blast Blows Through Shouts and Spot
 » Scottish Producers Alerted to Brazilian Trade Restrictions
 » Farmers Urged to Present Clean Animals to Markets
 » Poultry Council Applauds PM's New Focus


 » Marine Harvest Operating Profit NOK 60 Million
 » BAP Salmon-Processing Certification for Norway Plant

   United States

 » CME: MPR for Wholesale Pork Off and Running
 » Striking a Balance in Animal Production
 » E.Coli Outbreak Prompts Ground Beef Recall
 » Tuna Fishery Receives MSC Re-Certification
 » Workshops Help Farmers, Market Vendors
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » Forum Focuses on Managing in Tough Times
 » CME: Meat Retail Prices Mixed Through 2012
 » Cargill Closes Beef Plant over Low Supply
 » FDA Permits Test for Multiple Food Poisoning Causes
 » Cooked Meat and Poultry Recalled over Listeria
 » Efficient Transportation Remains Critical for Farmers
 » Cattle Outlook: Packers Struggle After Cargill Closure
 » Anti-Meat Message Reaching New Levels
 » Hog Outlook: Pork Exports Were Up in November
 » Profits Looming for Struggling Pork Industry
 » Cal-Maine Foods New Vice Presidents of Operations
 » Outlook for 2013 – Part 1: Top 5 Opportunities
 » Turkey Business Rescued by Family Trust

   European Union

 » Pressure on Market Forces EU Pig Prices Down
 » MEPs Set for Marathon CAP Vote
 » EU Pig Prices: Market Balanced - Prices Steady
 » EBLEX Highlights EU Welfare Regulations


 » Milk Production Forecast to Slow


 » Poultry Sector Seeks Market in Africa


 » Report Says Sick Chickens Sold
 » China Hog Markets
 » Investigation Finds No Sick Chickens Processed Into Food


 » M-COOL Costing Canadian Swine Producers Billions
 » Hope for M-COOL Resolution Without Retaliation
 » Government Supports Manitoba Food Processors
 » NPPCUrged to Press US for M-COOL Resolution


 » Hot Weather Increases Throughput in Australia
 » Poultry Exports to Indonesia Remain in Limbo
 » Improving Meat Standard Performance


 » Consumers Expected to be Hit By Price Intervention


 »  Carcase Valuations Could See Permanent Shift
 » Canada-US Agree on Animal Disease Zoning
 » South American Beef Exports Increase in 2012
 » New Look for TheMeatSite
 » Call for Responsible Investments to Eradicate Poverty


 » Labelling Trials Prompted by Regional Renaissance


 » Will Latest HPAI Outbreak Effect Egg, Poultry Prices?


 » Silvercrest Suspends Operations over Horse Meat Discovery
 » Continental Markets for Irish Beef Positive
 » Irish Farmhouse Cheese Exports Growing


 » Broiler Experiments to Assess Anti-Campylobacter Activity


 » Egyptians Inspect French Beef Plants
 » French Poultry Farmers Attack Export Refund Cuts


 » Russia Largest Buyer of Paraguayan Beef and Pork


 » Agriculture Sector Grew by 2.9 per cent in 2012


 » Mandatory GM Labelling on Packaged Food


 » Ukraine to Limit Water Content of Poultry


 » South Korea Accept Araucania Beef

   Antigua and Barbuda

 » Negotiations Ongoing for Poultry Farm Project

   Russian Federation

 » Toennies Delays Start of Russian Plant

That's all for this week!

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