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Wednesday 29th May 2013.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


Poor Storage Increases Food Losses

A study from the US demonstrates how poor storage conditions can be at retailers and on farms for animal health products.

If the results represent the industry generally, it is little wonder that vaccines, antibiotics and other products sometimes give disappointing results.

Animal health products including vaccines and antibiotics usually have defined storage conditions to maintain their efficacy.

These conditions, stated on the packaging, need to be kept to throughout the supply chain but a recently published case study involving beef producers in Idaho has revealed less-than-ideal refrigeration storage conditions for these products at retailers and on-farm.

Idaho beef producers and animal health product retailers participated in a study to gather data on the handling and management of animal health products.

In Germany, the Ministry of Agriculture has this week released a similar report on losses along the food chain, largely in the cereals and the fruit and vegetable sector.

But reflecting the analysis recently conducted by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, the joint report from the German BMELV conducted by the Thünen Institute, the Max Rubner Institute and Julius Kühn Institute shows that in industrialised countries the main losses are at the processor, retailer and consumer end of the production chain while in developing and emerging countries the losses are seen at the grower and producer end of the chain – largely because of the poverty of the infrastructure.

The German report shows that over a three year period Germany lost 820,000 tonnes of wheat because of poor storage, pest and diseases and bad weather conditions.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Making Ice-cream More Nutritious with Meat Left-overs
Most of the animal proteins found in the meat industry waste have, until now, been underutilised. The challenge is to transform such waste into food of higher functionality and added value.

Adulterated Beef Juat the Latest Challenge for Polish Livestock Producers
As the horsemeat scandal has advanced across Europe, many countries have been embroiled in regulatory upheaval with the Polish meat sector particularly feeling the pinch following the ritual slaughter review that took place this New Year.

Chickens Do Not Receive Growth Hormones: So Why All the Confusion?
The truth is that no hormones are used in poultry production. Even though the truth speaks for itself, the poultry industry must be vocal if we expect the message to be heard, according to Dr Tom Tabler (Extension Professor), Jessica Wells (Extension Instructor) and Dr Wei Zhai (Assistant Research Professor, Poultry Science) of Mississippi State University Extension Service.

Power Ultrasound for Curing Pork
Ciara McDonnell was awarded 'Best Presentation on Food' for her PhD on the use of power ultrasound for accelerating the curing of pork at the Teagasc Walsh Fellowships seminar. The meat curing industry would benefit from a novel processing technology such as this that could produce high-quality products under accelerated processing conditions.

Reducing Campylobacter Infection in Broiler Chickens
The percentage of Campylobacter-positive broiler flocks decreased from more than 40 per cent to a little over 10 per cent when fly-screens were fitted to the poultry houses, according to new research from Denmark.

Company News

Bettcher Foodservice Appoints Product Marketing Manager
US - Bettcher Foodservice has appointed John Oleksiak as Product Marketing Manager.
Market Reports

UK Slaughter Statistics - May 2013
USDA National Dairy Products Sales Report - 22 May 2013
Sri Lanka Fish Prices - 23 May 2013
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 23 May 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 23 May 2013
Economic Report NAB Post-farmgate Agribusiness Survey - March Quarter 2013
USDA Livestock Slaughter - May 2013
USDA Poultry Slaughter: Ready-to-Cook Weight Up 7 Percent from Last Year
USDA International Meat Review - 23 May 2013
Portland Fish Exchange Prices - 23 May 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 24 May 2013
USDA GAIN: Japan Dairy and Products Semi-annual 2013
Irish CSO: Livestock Slaughterings - April 2013
USDA GAIN: EU-27 Dairy and Products Semi-Annual 2013
BPEX Export Bulletin – Week 21
China Wholesale Prices - 27 May 2013
Sri Lanka Fish Prices - 28 May 2013
Portland Fish Exchange Prices - 27 May 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 28 May 2013
USDA GAIN: New Zealand Dairy and Products Semi-annual - May 2013
Sri Lanka Fish Prices - 29 May 2013
USDA International Egg and Poultry: Japan

Global Meat Industry News


Surinam Airways to Display MSC Ecolabel on Menu

   United Kingdom

Africa to Asia, Scottish Langoustine, Salmon Feature in Culinary Competitions
New Red Meat Forum for Halal Sector
Beneficial Levels of Iodine in Seafood Highlighted
LMC: Average R-3 Price Shows Quotes Up For Negotiation
International Safety Award for Moy Park
Emerging Export Markets For EU Beef
Arla Finalises Sale of Crediton Dairy
UK Poultry Processing Showing Success

   United States

Wholesale Beef Prices Reach Record High, Tuesday
AFBF Welcomes Senate Judiciary Passage of Immigration Reform Bill
Weekly Roberts Market Report
USDA Keeps COOL; Complies with WTO Ruling
Jenny-O Turkey Hits Hormel Profits
US Red Meat Production Up
Study Reveals Extent of Breaks in Animal Health Product Cold Chain
CME: Pork Exports Slumping; Beef, Poultry Exports on Softer Footing
Study Raises Concerns over Campylobacter in Beef Liver
CME: Futures Build on Summer Contracts, Tuesday
Saturated Fats do not Yield Better Bacon
Hog Outlook: More Pork in Cold Storage in April Than Previous Month
Weekly Cattle Summary
Little Wiggle Room in Mandatory COOL
CME: April Beef, Pork, Poultry Production Up Compared to a Year Ago

   South Africa

Poultry Group Denies Tariff Would Cause Inflation


China's Pork Price Rebounds After Government Boost


Bahrain MPs Vote to Ban Pork in Kingdom


FNRI Recommends Iodized Salt in Meat Products


Canada's Meat Processing Industry Backs E.coli Safeguards
BC Farmed Salmon to be Featured at Eat! Vancouver
Canada Set to Retaliate over US COOL Stance
Amended US COOL Regulations Go from Bad to Worse
International Rules Must be Followed for World Trade to Work Properly
Sunnymel Poultry Plant Officially Opened

   Russian Federation

Russia: Hog Markets

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Market at Equilibrium – Most Quotations Unchanged
Commission Reviews Pig Meat Inspection Rules
EFSA Guidance for Environmental Risk Assessment of GM Animals
Labour Costs in Pig Processing Plants Vary Across EU
EU Pig Prices: No Movement in European Slaughter Market


20,000th Sustainable MSC-labelled Product Comes from Migros
Call for Sustainable Solutions to Feed the World


Rise of Hybrid Consumer Polarises Food Sector
Russia-Denmark Agreement on Meat Product Imports
Casings Sector Boosted by Emerging Markets Protein Demand
Joint Swedish, Danish Nephrops Fishery Begins MSC Assessment


Milk Output Plummets 10 per cent in March


Two Arrested over Horse Meat Fraud

   Sri Lanka

President Urged to Ban Cattle Slaughter


Livestock Growth to be Slow but Steady


JBS Launches Annual Sustainability Report

   Korea, South

Korean Beef Imports Sluggish in April


Hard Winter Delays Holsted Slaughterhouse


Franco-Chinese Agreement on Avian Influenza Vaccine Research


Global Poultry Trends 2011




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