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Wednesday 24th July 2013.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


Processors Still Face Financial and Political Pressures

The removal of export refunds by the European Commission could have a crippling effect on the troubled French poultry processor Doux.

The company had banked on receiving around €20 million in refunds as part of its rescue package after the company had gone into receivership.

However, now that money will not be forthcoming and it could plunge the company into further difficulties.

“When our recovery plan was announced in October last year, we were working on the basis of a January 2015 deadline,” a Doux spokesman said.

With restitutions worth €108/tonne at the start of the year, the poultry group was already ahead of its target schedule for the subsidy phase-out.

“At the moment, they are worth € 20 million over a year, which leaves a big hole,” the spokesman added.

In the US, the latest casualty of financial problems facing the meat sector is Northern Beef Packers.

The company has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy at the South Dakota Bankruptcy Court.

The Shuanghui-Smithfield Foods takeover has also received further opposition, on this occasion from the National Farmers Union in the US.

NFU President Roger Johnson has called for the takeover to be blocked.

Mr Johnson sent a letter to US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, chairman of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), opposing the proposed acquisition.

"The proposed buyout of Smithfield by a Chinese interest is extremely alarming to NFU members across the country," said Mr Johnson.

"Uncompetitive markets in the pork and beef industries have had a dampening effect on the ability of family farmers and ranchers to stay in business."

In the EU, while the Polish parliament voted not to allow ritual slaughter of animals without stunning, the agriculture council of the European Commission was considering labelling all meat products that come from animals slaughtered without stunning.

Ministers were briefed by the Netherlands on the issue of labelling of meat from animals slaughtered without stunning.

Some member states supported the request from the Netherlands which pointed out the importance of the study into informing consumers about stunning of animals announced by the Commission.

On the basis of the results of this study, legal proposals could be presented by the Commission.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Short Term Outlook for EU Meat Markets
Prospects for an improved economic situation and lower grain prices could generate a slight increase in meat production which could reach around 43.5 million tonnes in 2014, after two consecutive years of reduced overall meat production driven mainly by lower supplies in beef and pig meat, according to the Short Term Outlook for EU Arable Crops, Meat and Dairy Markets produced by the European Commission.

Position of Australian Slaughter Lamb Producers Weakens
The average financial performance of Australian slaughter lamb producing farms is expected to weaken in 2012–13 but remain above the long-term industry average, according to a report from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences – ABARES.

Prevalence of Yersinia on Pig Farms
In a study of farms across three US states, around 11 per cent had pigs positive for the foodborne pathogen, Yersinia enterocolitica. The likelihood of positive pigs was higher on antibiotic-free farms than on those with a conventional antibiotic policy.

Gas Mixture for Smart Box Device for Piglet Euthanasia
Among the findings of research for Pork Checkoff reported by Dr Chad Hagen of Value-Added Science and Technologies, LLC was that piglets succumbed to the gas effects quicker with flow rates that produce a rapid build-up of carbon dioxide concentration. A 50:50 mix of argon and carbon dioxide did not reduce piglet distress, and is not recommended for gas euthanasia of pigs.

Importance of Business Commitments for Long-Term Viability
Consumer demand for local meat and poultry is increasing. To service this market, farmers need access to appropriate-scale processing facilities with the skills, inspection status and other attributes to handle these products safely, legally and to customer specifications, according to Lauren Gwin, Arion Thiboumery and Richard Stillman of the United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service in an examination of a number of case studies.

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Global Meat Industry News


Ukraine Poultry Meat Exports Rise
Ukraine Processors Cleared to Export to EU
Livestock, Poultry Production up During First Half of 2013


India-US Poultry Import Dispute at WTO Hearing
Indian Buffalo Meat Exports to Expand


Estonia-Hungary Clash over Horse Meat Scandal


Speeding Up Milk Quality Checks
Argentina-Azerbaijan Export Agreement


Australian Slaughter Lamb Market to Weaken
Teys Claims Workers Petitioning for Secret Ballot in Dispute
China EU Boost Grainfed Beef Exports


Positive Results for Bachoco
Mexican Beef Imports Increase

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Price Increase All Over Europe
EU Considers Meat Labelling Relating to Stunning Method

   United States

Focus on Margin Opportunity to Lock in Profits
Beef Industry About to Make a Slow Turn
Northern Beef Packers Files for Bankruptcy
FDA Salmonella Opinion Change Opposed
Wholesale Meat Prices Generally Lower Since June
Weekly Cattle Outlook: June Feedlot Placements Fall
Hog Outlook: 2014 Pork Production Forecast to Rise
Boyle to Step Down as AMI President
NFU Calls for Halt to Smithfield Takeover
E.Coli to Reduce Severity of Salmonella
Top Bidder Pays $5.36M for NC Assets of Chicken Processor
CME: Futures Show Little Change for the Week
CME: Livestock, Poultry Weights Show Upward Trend
NFU President Discusses International Food Aid Reform
US Cattle on Feed, Cold Storage Estimates Released
CME: Cattle Futures Close Lower
NFU: Farmers Need Fair, Functional Markets
CME: Near-record for Beef, Pork Prices; New Record for Composite Chicken Prices

   United Kingdom

BBSRC Welcomes UK Agricultural Technology Strategy
LMC: Quotes Steady Despite Availability Tightening
Scottish Pig Industry, SPCA Welcome Welfare Label Commitment
Decrease in Carcase Covers in 2nd Quarter
Horse DNA Detected in Meat Pie from Latvia
£160m Technology Boost for UK Agricultural Industries
FSA Seeks Data on Cost of Stricter Criteria for Listeria
Conditions Right for Milk Price Momentum to Build
#buybritish Banners Take over British Countryside
FUW Slams Tesco Beef Labelling Plans


Acuinova Salmon Processing Plant Earns BAP Certification
Nova Austral Gets BAP Certification


Bumble Bee Foods Launches ASC Certified Fish Range
Greater EU-China Cooperation in the Field of Agriculture
Russia-US in Talks over Trade Resumption
Demand for Dairy Proteins to Rise
New UN Food Safety, Nutrition Standards will Benefit Consumers

   Viet Nam

Vietnamese Shrimp Imports to EU Down
US Continues to be Largest Importer of Vietnamese Seafood


Maple Leaf Sells Turkey Business
Minister Ritz Updates US M-COOL Issue
Changes to M-COOL Could Add Significantly to Pork, Beef Costs


New Guides to Assess Water Content in Chicken
Brazilian Beef Exports Highest Since 2007
Brazil: Hog Markets
June Pork Exports Down Compared to a Year Ago


China to Build Beef Processing and Storage Plant
China Implements Measures for Imported, Exported Dairy Products
H7N9 in China: The Worries Continue


Chicken Price Causes Further Dissatisfaction among Consumers
Consumers Call for Control in Chicken Price
Ministry Approves Licenses for Chicken Imports
Ceiling Price for Chicken to be Fixed in Mid-Ramadan


Municipality Destroys Frozen Chicken from Brazil


New Standard Shows Carbon Footprint of Seafood


Caribbean Broilers Store Devoted to Pork
Jamaica's Agricultural Sector Must Produce More


Drive to Improve Nigerian Beef Sector


Eating Eggs not Linked to High Cholesterol in Adolescents


Four Million Syrians Unable to Produce, Buy Enough Food


French Poultry Exporters Face Early Restitutions Withdrawal


Fonterra Auction Recovery One More Indication of Firm Market
Unjustified Price Cuts Harming Farmers

   Hong Kong

HK 2014 Pork Market Forecast to be Comparable to 2013

   Korea, South

Korean Cattle Herd Remains High


DA to Upgrade Livestock Auction Markets


Atria Buys Saarioinen's Slaughter Operations


Singapore Slaughterhouses in Bird Flu Culling Exercise


Building EU-Mongolia Relations on Agriculture and Rural Development


Chicken Prices to Go Down


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