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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 20 February 2013

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Wednesday 20th February 2013.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief

Editorial: Will Horse Meat Crisis Hit Global Beef Markets?

Countries across the European Union have started testing further processed beef products for the presence of horse meat as the scandal took on a global perspective this week.

In Brazil, the Association of Beef Exports has warned that the implications of the mislabelling and the contamination of products with horse meat could be far reaching.

Fernando Sampaio the executive director of Abiec, warned that although the fraud in the sale of frozen horse meat might appear to be an internal problem for Europe, the consequences could be much broader.

"A scandal like this, regardless of the type of meat, affects consumption in general. People get suspicious with meat consumption and low enough," he said.

"It affects the image of the sector and a reduction in consumption happens naturally."

While, food safety authorities in Europe started testing products, in France, one of the processors involved in the scandal, Spanghero, had been allowed by the French government to restart limited production, while further investigation is being carried out.

European countries are sampling 2250 products across the EU ranging from 10 to 150 per Member State.

In the UK, where the crisis first started, the Food Standards Agency expanded the testing programme to include a wider range of products.

The survey will include a total of 514 peoducts in the UK alone.

The sampling is being carried out in three phases.

A total of 224 samples of raw comminuted (minced) beef products including burgers, minced beef, beef sausage or meat balls are being checked for horse and pork DNA.

The a further 140 samples of beef-based ready meals including frozen, chilled or canned lasagne, chilli con carne, cottage pie, ravioli, cannelloni and spaghetti bolognese checked for horse and pork DNA.

Finally, 150 samples will be taken as part of the European Commission survey (official control programme) and checked for horse DNA. These include products marketed or labelled as containing beef as a major ingredient such as minced meat, meat products and meat preparations (such as kebabs with seasoning). Products such as gelatine, beef dripping, stock cubes, steak, stewing steak and ready meals, which contain beef that is not minced, are included.

This final phase will start on 25 February.

Meanwhile, higher cattle prices are expected to continue in the UK and around the world through 2013.

Although they will be easing a little, the trend is to continue to rise but not as steeply as they had in 2011 senior analysts at AHDB/EBLEX Market Intelligence Debbie Butcher told the Outlook 2013 conference in London.

The rise in prices in the UK came on the back of lower slaughterings and a tight supply in cattle that continued throughout 2012.

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Market Reports

USDA International Meat Review - 14 February 2013
USDA National Dairy Products Sales Report - 13 February 2013
USDA Agricultural Projections to 2022 - February 2013
Utilisation of Milk by Dairies in England & Wales – December 2012
Dairy Australia: Dairy 2013 Situation and Outlook - February Update
USDA Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook - February 2013
USDA GAIN:South Africa Poultry Update February 2013
BPEX Export Bulletin – Week 07
USDA Dairy Products Sales Report - 16 February 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 18 February 2013
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 14 February 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 19 February 2013
USDA GAIN: Mexico Poultry and Products Semi-annual
USDA International Egg and Poultry: Nigeria
Irish CSO: Agricultural Price Indices - December & Year 2012
China Wholesale Prices - 20 February 2013

Global Fish Industry News

   United States

NFU Releases Analysis on COOL Compliance
CME: Sharp Pullback in US Beef, Pork Exports in December
QMS Welcomes Scottish Govt's Funding Announcement
Semi-Annual Cattle Inventory Summary: 2007 Reduction Continues
CME: Live and Feeder Contracts Pressured by Wholesale Beef and Grain Price
US Poultry and Egg Exports Break Records in 2012
Softening Fed Cattle Price Expectations
USDA Sets Organic Livestock Standards
USDA Reports Synthesize Literature on Climate Change Effects and Adaptation Strategies
Smithfield in Joint Venture With Kansas City Sausage Company
CME: Decline in Prices Creates Opportunities for World Buyers
Pilgrim's Pride Reports Solid Conclusion to 2012
Tyson Foods Acquires Don Julio Foods
CME: Futures Follow Through to Post Gains on the Week, Friday
GM Salmon Comment Period Extended
Growing Membership of Congressional Chicken Caucus
Sanderson Farms to Build Poultry Complex in Texas
Weekly Roberts Market Report
Cattle Outlook: 2012 Exports 11.9 per cent Down But Fourth Highest
US Pork Exports Expected to Set New Record in 2013


Maple Leaf Upgrades to Meet International Pork Demand
High Liner Wild Caught Products Certified Sustainable

   United Kingdom

Coping with a Volatile Feed Grain Market
Jimmy Doherty Backs Red Tractor
FSA Finds Eight Horse Carcasses Positive for Bute
QMS Welcomes Scottish Govt's Funding Announcement
Waitrose Sets up Own Frozen Meat Product Capability
Minister Says Horse Meat Situation is Unacceptable
Arrests at Meat Plants over Horse Meat
Tests Show Limited Horsemeat in Beef Products
UK Sheep Production to Rise in 2013
Morrisons Commits to Seafish's Responsible Fishing Scheme
Waitrose to Build UK Frozen Meat Products Plant
Small Increase in 2013 Prime Cattle Supplies
Jam Tomorrow? Outlook for the UK Pig Industry
Arla Launches New Direct Milk Supply Contract
BPEX Pig Meat Quality Workshop Next Month
LMC: Exchange Rate Influences Trade
LMC: Plants Now Insisting on Farm Assured Meat
Welfare Assurance Scheme to be Reviewed


DA Readying Livestock, Poultry Subsectors for Export

   New Zealand

Food Prices Rise 1.9 per cent in January
More NZ Beef Exported in January


Australian Beef Export Values Reach $4.77 Billion
Australian Red Meat Trade to South Asia over A$1 billion


Strong Year, Fourth Quarter Results for Dean Foods
Transatlantic Dairy Negotiations Well Received
Transforming Food and Agri Supply Chain
2012 Record Year for French Pig Prices
Shrimp Anti-dumping Measures before WTO
Horse Meat Scandal Has Global Repercussions


Singaporean Broiler Meat Imports Forecast to Rise in 2013

   European Union

Member States Discuss Mislabelling of Meat Products
NFU President Secures Role as EU Food Chain Chairman
Agriculture Committee Votes on Farm Policy Reform Plans
Nestlé Drawn into Horse Meat Crisis
EU Pig Prices: Quotations Going Up

   Russian Federation

Russia: Hog Markets
Agricultural Bank Backs Mordovian Poultry Complex


Steps Made to Flesh Out Beef Import System


Companies Urged to Help Boost Agriculture


Bachoco Suspicious of Avian Flu in Five Breeder Farms


Irish Consumers Spending More on Fish
EU Action on Mislabelling Must Include Retailers


JBS Hits Back at Anti-trust Criticisms
JBS Leases Poultry Plant of Tramonto's Alimentos


Marine Harvest Mandatory Offer Morpol

   Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Imposes Temporary Ban on Pork Imports


Ukraine Meat Exports Hit $316 million


Global Poultry Trends 2011




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