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Wednesday 13th March 2013.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


Processed Meats Raise Further Health Concerns

A new report from the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Zurich says the risk of mortality increases by 18 per cent for every 50 grams of processed meat eaten every day.

The resarch team estimates that three per cent of all premature deaths can be attributed to the high consumption of processed meat.

Sabine Rohrmann from the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Zurich studied the link between the consumption of processed meat and the risk of mortality as part of a Europe-wide study with around 450,000 participants.

People, who eat a lot of processed meat such as sausage products, salami or ham run a higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease or cancer the report concludes.

The problem is that carcinogenic substances such as nitrosamines form through salting, pickling or smoking, and these might be the cause of the increase in cancer mortality.

However, processed meats are also rich in cholesterol and saturated fats, which are linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

Consumption of processed meat is one factor among many, but an important one, the study says.

Other lifestyle and dietary factors influence the link between the consumption of processed meat and the risk of illness or mortality: for instance, vegetarians often live more healthily than non-vegetarians, do more sport and are less likely to smoke.

On the global market, world agrifood prices are expected to be 11.5 per cent higher in 2050 compared to 2007 and this increase is driven by stronger global demand stemming from increasing incomes and population and resource constraints that are likely to affect productivity increases.

According to a report from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences at the Australian Agriculture Department, with food security at the forefront of government policy agendas worldwide, much of the focus is on how the world will respond to a rise in food demand over the next 40 years.

The report, Global food production and prices to 2050 - Scenario analysis under policy assumptions by Verity Linehan, Sally Thorpe, Caroline Gunning-Trant, Edwina Heyhoe, Kate Harle, Mary Hormis and Keely Harris-Adams highlights three scenarios to investigate the possible response of world food prices, food production and trade to the projected increase in demand.

The uncertainties and dynamics surrounding factors such as climate change, international trade policy and biofuels policies add to the complexity of modelling global agrifood markets out to 2050.

With greatest exposure to high grain prices, Brazilian pork and chicken sectors are expected to feel a greater squeeze this year as opposed to the more grass oriented beef sector, according to a report by market analysts at Fitch Ratings.

The report, 2013 Outlook: Brazil Protein looks at large processor liquidity, supply and demand factors and consumption metrics concluding that protein producers will be heavily challenged throughout 2013.

Viktoria Krane, a director and analyst at Fitch Ratings and co-author of the report said the meat industry is in for a rough 12 months.

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This Weeks Articles and Analysis

Encoding Expert Knowledge for Food Processing Technologies
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Future of Egg Products Linked to Health Issues
Global output of egg products in 2012 is estimated to be around five million tonnes by industry watcher, Terry Evans.

How Prolonged Slow Heat Tenderises Beef
Relationship between meat toughness and properties of connective tissue from cows and young bulls heat treated at low temperatures for prolonged times.

Pig Meat in Australia: Outlook to 2017–18
Australian pig meat production is forecast to fall by two per cent in 2013–14 to around 340,000 tonnes and then to increase gradually over the medium term to around 360,000 tonnes by 2017–18, according to Clay Mifsud and Caitlin Murray in the latest quarterly 'Agricultural Commodities' report from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES).

Hog Farming in Transition: The Case of China
Pork is a food of great economic, cultural and political significance in China, according to Kevin Chen (Senior Research Fellow, China Program Leader, International Food Policy Research Institute, Beijing, China) and Jimin Wang (Deputy Director General, Institute of Agricultural Economics and Development of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing, China).

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Market Reports

USDA International Egg and Poultry - 7 March 2013
USDA GAIN: India Livestock and Products Semi-annual 2013
USDA National Dairy Products Sales Report - 6 March 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 7 March 2013
USDA GAIN: Ukraine Livestock and Products Update - March 2013
USDA GAIN: Canada Livestock and Products Semi-annual 2013
Sri Lanka Fish Prices - 8 March 2013
USDA GAIN: Japan Livestock and Products Semi-annual 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 8 March 2013
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 7 March 2013
USDA GAIN: China Livestock and Products Semi-Annual 2013
USDA GAIN: Mexico Livestock and Products Semi-annual 2013
USDA GAIN: Russia Poultry and Products Semi-annual 2013
USDA WASDE - March 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 11 March 2013
BPEX Export Bulletin – Week 10
China Wholesale Prices - 12 March 2013
USDA International Egg and Poultry: Africa
China Wholesale Prices - 13 March 2013

Global Meat Industry News

   United States

Chicken Linked to Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak
CME: Value of US Currency and Impact on Meat Products
Agricultural Groups Welcome US-EU Trade Talks
Fed Cattle Up $5 Last Week as Wholesale Beef Lifts
Reduced Exports, Sequestration Threaten Spring Pork Price Recovery
Smithfield Reports Strong Results
CME: Mixed Picture for January Meat Product Exports
USDA Proposes Rule to Amend Labeling Under COOL, Industry Repsonds
Weekly Cattle Summary
CME: Futures Close Higher, Monday
Meat Producers Need Big Grain Crop to Lower Feed Costs, Boost Profits
Challenges Frame 2013's Opening Red Meat Export Report
Nebraska Beef Fined over Safety Violations
COOL Controversy Far From Over


Study Finds Antibiotic-Resistance Genes on Turkey Farms

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Optimism with the Coming of Spring
Report Shows Too Much Processed Meat Increases Death Risk
2013 Broiler Exports Impacted by Lower Restitutions
COPA Presses For Strong CAP in Run Up to Vote
EU Pig Prices: Slaughter Pig Market Proves Steady

   Russian Federation

Agricultural Bank Develops Cooperation with Poultry Akashevskaya
Eurodon Increases Production Capacity


New Meat Inspection System Announced
Water Sprinklers in Trucks Reduce Heat Stress and Improve Meat Quality
Cool Reaction to USDA's Proposed Regulatory Changes to COOL
Clearwater Seafoods Simplifies Seafood Preparation with Scallops & Sauce
Canadian Disappointment over COOL Changes

   United Kingdom

Food Authority Notified of BSE Control Breaches
Agency Invites Tenders for E.coli Shedding Study
NOAH Calls for Unified Communications in Food Chain
Students Help Judge England's Best Pork Products
Ladies in Pigs Promote Healthy Pork to Schoolkids
McDonalds Launches Carbon Assessment Tool
National Exposure for Pork Adverts
Meat Retail Sales Steady After Horse Meat Scandal
Rotisserie Chicken Sales Fall Following Introduction of VAT
Beef Products Contaminated with Pig Meat Withdrawn
LMC Announces Line-up for Red Meat Prospects Conference
DairyCrest Announces New 'Non-Aligned' Contract
Slaughterhouse Suspension Lifted
Market Prices for Livestock Continue to Stengthen
Base Quotes Reach Record High


Russia/China Actions Renew Debate on Science-based Trade
Brazil's Poultry Exports to China on the Up
Will Trade Liberalisation Meet Growing Food Demand?
Global Seriola, Cobia Aquaculture Standards Available for Public Consultation
FAO February Meat Price Index Unchanged from January


Ireland Finds Seven Products Contaminated with Horse Meat
Herd Numbers Increase Confirmed by Exporters


Octal Unveils New Packaging Solution for Poultry Industry

   Korea, South

US and Chile Exploit Korean Beef Export Opportunities

   South Africa

Rainbow Chicken Raises R3.9bn Through Rights Issue

   New Zealand

Farm Profitability to Drop This Season


China: Hog Markets
Milk Formula Company Invests in Irish Processor
Shake Up on the Cards for Food and Drug Safety
Rabobank: Can China's Poultry Move Out of Pork's Shadow?
Yurun Food Group Issues Profits Warning
Yum China Sales Up in February Amid Turnaround


Government to Discuss Entry of Oysters to European Market
Argentinean Beef Exports Rising


Brazilian Chicken Exports Up in February
2012 Brazilian Pork Exports Rose Compared to 2011
February Protein Exports up Year-on-year
Brasil Foods Accelerates Growth
Analysts Project Negative Brazilian Protein Outlook


Canadian Ag Minister Promotes Trade in Japan


Ukraine's 2012 Profits Arise from Chickens, Eggs


McDonald's Halal Chicken GCC Imports Increase


Ingham Poultry Bought by Private Equity


FAO Supports Transformation of Uganda's Agri Sector


France Sets New Course for Agriculture


Global Poultry Trends 2011




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