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Wednesday 27th February 2013.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


Editorial: Can Europe Contain Horse Meat Crisis?

The crisis over the mislabelling of beef ready meals that contain horse meat escalated this week as more major processing companies with drew products as DNA tests found they were contaminated.

Following on from the withdrawal of Findus frozen lasagne from the market in the UK; Nestlé withdrew similar products under the Buitoni brand in France, Spain and Italy; Birds Eye withdrew some of its frozen ready meals in the UK and the Scandinavian store IKEA has withdrawn its meatball products.

Across Europe, the European Commission has ordered the testing of more than 2,250 products to verify whether they might contain horse meat.

Tests are also being carried out to see whether the products are also contaminated with phenylbutazone known as "bute", which is used as an anti-inflammatory for horses and other animals, but which can be harmful to humans.

In Ireland one company has been closed by the food safety authorities because it was found that it has been exporting horsemeat to the Czech Republic under beef labels.

This week, agriculture ministers from across Europe were meeting in Brussels for the meeting of the Council of Ministers at which a programme of action is expected.

At the opening of the SIA agricultural exhibition in Paris this week, French president François Hollande called for European-wide labelling regulations for ready meals.

Away from the horse meat crisis, in Germany this week, total meat production was reported to have fallen for the first time in 15 years to just over 8 million tonnes.

The figure was 1.9 per cent (159,000 tonnes) lower than in 2011, according to figures from the German statistics agency, Destatis.

In 1997, the volume was 4.9 million tonnes and this increased by almost 67 per cent to 2011, when the output was 8.2 million tonnes.

Most of the reduction in 2012 was attributed to the decrease in pig meat output. Beef production continued its decline from the previous year, while the previous rapid increase in poultry meat volumes came to a standstill, only slightly higher than 2011.

In the US, during the 2013 Outlook Conference, USDA chief economist Joseph Glaube forecast that meat exports will rise by 1.3 per cent with increased beef and veal and poultry exports offsetting a small decline in pork exports.

Dairy product exports are forecast down 3.3 per, while exports of horticultural products are up almost 12 per cent over FY 2012 levels.

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This Weeks Articles and Analysis

Effects of Increasing Dietary Bakery By-Product on Pig Growth and Carcase Quality
Feeding bakery by-products had adverse effects on feed efficiency, caloric efficiency and belly fat quality reported C.B. Paulk and co-authors at Kansas State University and Iowa State University in their presentation at the 2012 Kansas Swine Industry Day.

Immunocastration and DDGS Effects on Pig Carcases
Although immunocastrating pigs led to lower carcase yields, the pigs had a better feed conversion, according to research by M. D. Asmus, M. D. Tokach, S. S. Dritz, J. L. Nelssen, R. D Goodband, and J. M. DeRouchey in a paper published for the K-State Swine Day.

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS - Shell Egg Trade Doubles in Asia
Trade in shell eggs and egg products by Asian countries is growing, according to Terry Evans in his latest analysis of Asia'a egg industries.

Different Uses of CO2 to Extend Shelf Life
The use of Soluble Gas Stabilisation (SGS) pre-treatment of chicken drumsticks has been shown to have advantages in extending shelf life compared to traditional Modified Atmosphere Packaging methods.

Activist Messages under the Microscope at Banff Meeting
How can the world of animal agriculture brace itself against a rising tide of activist attacks? One critical way is by better understanding the dynamics involved in the core messages these groups use time and again to drive a wedge between livestock industries and consumers, Dr Wes Jamison, a leading researcher and thinker on interest group activism, told the 2013 Banff Pork Seminar.

Local Food Distribution Can Match Globalised Systems for Energy Efficiency
Some scientists have suggested that, when all potential inefficiencies are accounted for, local food distribution systems may be less sustainable than globalised systems. However, new research examining the behaviour of participants in local food networks in France suggests that they can be as energy efficient as globalised systems.

Market Reports

Sri Lanka Fish Prices - 20 February 2013
USDA Milk Production - 20 February 2013
USDA Catfish Feed Deliveries - February 2013
USDA Catfish Processing - February 2013
China: Selected Non-staple Food Prices – 5th Week of 2013
USDA Outlook for US Agricultural Trade - February 2012
UK Slaughter Statistics - February 2013
USDA Livestock Slaughter - February 2013
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 21 February 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 22 February 2013
Irish CSO: Livestock Slaughterings January 2013 - February 2013
BPEX Export Bulletin – Week 08
China Wholesale Prices - 25 February 2013
QMS (Quality Meat Scotland) 25 February 2013
USDA Poultry Slaughter: Ready-to-Cook Weight Up 6 Percent from Last Year
USDA Trout Production - 25 February 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 26 February 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 27 February 2013

Global Meat Industry News


Cheese Production Up on 2011
Study Examines Campylobacter Colonisation of Commercial Turkeys

   United Kingdom

Waitrose Canned Tuna to Carry MSC label
£2million Energy Savings at Moy Park
Magical Experience to Boost Farmgate Turkey Sales
Moy Park Invests £6 Million in Training
Markets Remain Profitable
Firm Demand for Beef and Lamb in UK

   New Zealand

New Zealand Cloudy Bay Clams Friend of the Sea
Massey Study Examines Success in Campylobacter Reduction


Agribusiness Boom Confirmed into 2013
Brazil: Hog Markets
JBS Appoints Tomazoni President of Global Poultry Business
China Opens Doors to Brazilian Processing Plants
EU and Brazil Seal Chicken Deal

   United States

CME: Meat Protein on the Move
Year-End Recap Shows Pork Holding its Own
Senators Call for Action on Russian Beef and Poultry Ban
Americans Losing Appetite For Beef
Risk Status to be Eased by BSE Announcement
Alliance to Host 12th Annual Stakeholders Summit in May
First Quarter Net Loss for Sanderson
Hormel Reports Solid Top-line Momentum
Tricks to Defining Beef Demand
Hog Outlook: China to Stop Importing US Pork
CME: Weak Packer Margins Continue to Limit Rallies, Friday
Cattle Outlook: Choice Beef Values at Record Highs
USDA's Chief Economist Expects Exports, Yields Up; Feed Prices Down
Oregon Pink Shrimp Achieves MSC Re-Certification
CME: January Beef Output Up on a Year Ago
JBS USA Eases Loan Terms
Smithfield Positioned to Meet Demand for Ractopamine-Free Pork
Analyst: Tightening Supplies Mean Bullish US Cattle Market
CME:Feed Report Gives Near Contracts Boost, Futures End Mixed, Monday
Rising Middle Classes Demand Meat and Dairy
Hog Slaughter Numbers Down in US and Canada


Strong Sales Growth Continues for Mopol
MSC, NASF Combine Forces in Sustainability Seminar


Arla Meets Marketplace Challenges
South American Cattle Prices Higher
Dairy Australia: Prices Strong as EU Production Dips


MSC Assessment for Icelandic Gillnet Lumpfish Fishery

   Viet Nam

GLOBALG.A.P. Certification for Australis Aquaculture Viet Nam

   European Union

EC Getting Tough over Sow Stalls and Battery Cages
Ministers Meet over Horse Meat Mislabelling
European Action Against Horse Meat Mislabelling Stepped Up
EU Pig Prices: Inconsistency Within the EU


Meat Production in Germany Fell in 2012


Dietary Guidelines Opt for Dairy
Tough Year Likely for Australian Pork


China's Farm Produce Prices Down
KFC China Announces Measures to Regain Trust


Irish Lamb Exports Focus on High Value Returns


Poultry Prices Shoot Up Due to Shortages


Promoting Sustainable Traceable Shellfish
Investigation into E. coli in Burgers


France Demands European Level Labelling of Ready Meal Meat


Sustainability Labeling Will Benefit Chilean Fish Exports


Atria Shows Substantial Profit Rise

   Russian Federation

Cherkizovo Starts Upgrade at Flagship Plant


Pilgrim's Pride Takes Affirmative Steps to Protect Breeder Supply


First Greenland Fishery Gains MSC Certification


Muslims Shocked by Pork in Swiss Kebabs


Jamaican Pork Profit Margins Continue to Dip


Global Poultry Trends 2011




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