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Wednesday 7th August 2013.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


Sustainable Production and Product Provenance Come to the Fore

This week the world’s first cultured meat beef burger was unveiled in London.

The burger, grown from the stem cells of a cow was developed by Prof Mark Post from the University of Maastricht.

The research started off being funded by the Dutch government, but when the funds stopped the work was carried on with the support of private funding.

This week the burger was cooked and sampled by a US food writer Josh Schonwald and a food researcher Hanni Rützler.

The development of the artificial burger is designed to help ease what the research team believes will be a growing and unsustainable demand for meat as the population of the world grows.

They say that the cultured meat means that there is less need for a growing livestock population with all the inherent concerns that farming livestock has on climate change and the carbon footprint of meat production.

While the initial test and development has cost around £250,000, the researchers believe that the culture meat burger could be commercially available in 10 to 20 years’ time.

While the research team from Maastricht University were developing their sustainable cultured meat burger, further concerns over the sustainability of the food supply chain have been raised in a report from the Sustainable Consumption Project.

The major fears are that in allowing market forces to form a sustainable food production and consumption policy, commercial tensions will take over and the battle for product prominence will overshadow the need for sustainable production.

The authors of the report say that governments will have to step in to direct sustainable production and consumption and they call for a broader economic thinking on producing a healthy diet sustainably and cutting waste.

Some of the tensions referred to in the report from the Sustainable Consumption Project, emerged in a dispute between the British supermarket giants Tesco and Sainsbury.

Tesco had been taken to the Advertising Standards Authority over a price match campaign, with Sainsbury arguing that Tesco was not comparing like-for-like products because it did not take into account all the production methods and the provenance of the products – such as Fairtrade and good welfare standards for meat production.

The ASA ruled in favour of Tesco, believing that if a product had a certain classification or certification such as Fairtrade, it was not always a determining factor in the consumer’s decision making process, bringing into question the validity of any certification process.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Starter Cultures to Reduce Pathogens in Fermented Sausages
The use of indigenous starter cultures in fermented sausage production can help to reduce pathogens.

Assessing Protocols to Sanitise Hands of Poultry Catching Crew Members
Comparing different hand sanitisation methods, Canadian research reveals that reducing the level of bacterial contamination on hands before using an alcohol-based gel seems important to ensure effectiveness for highly and moderately contaminated hands. Catching crew members preferred warm water and soap to a degreasing cream.

Controlling Food-borne Hazards through Meat Inspection
Harmonised epidemiological indicators for food-borne biological hazards to public health that are related to beef animals and their meat that can be used in meat inspection should be drawn up across the EU.

Packing Plant Differences in Meat Quality for Grain-fed Veal
An investigation into whether using a polyliner during chilling of veal carcases had an effect on the quality of the carcase showed no change in drip loss.

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Market Reports

USDA International Egg and Poultry: China
Sri Lanka Fish Prices - 6 August 2013
Portland Fish Exchange Prices - 5 August 2013
BPEX Export Bulletin - Week 31
EBLEX Cattle Weekly - 2 August 2013
Portland Fish Exchange Prices - 4 August 2013
USDA International Meat Review - 1 August 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 2 August 2013
Portland Fish Exchange Prices - 1 August 2013
USDA Dairy Products - 1 August 2013
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 1 August 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 1 August 2013
Portland Fish Exchange Prices - 31 July 2013
Sri Lanka Fish Prices - 1 August 2013
UK Egg Statistics - 1 August 2013
USDA GAIN: Canada Poultry and Products Annual 2013

Global Meat Industry News

   United States

Red Meat Exports Hit 2013 Highs
New Antibiotics Guidelines for Livestock Producers Explained
CME: Restaurant Index Contracts in June
US Poultry Industry Commends Panel Decision on China's Anti-dumping Case
CME: Futures Close Mixed After Early Gains, Monday
Tyson Reports Record Sales
CME: Futures End Mostly Lower, Friday
WTO Rules Chinese High Tariffs on Chicken Unlawful
Smithfield Announces Closing of $900 Million Senior Notes Offering
Weekly Cattle Outlook: Growth Rates Not Good News for Beef Prospects
EU Extends Beef Import Pact with US
House of Raeford Closes Turkey Plant
Sales up Eight Per Cent at Land O'Lakes
Nutrition Agreement in Farm Bill Raises Concern
Pilgrim's Pride Reports Increase in Net Income
Chinese Ban of Arkansas Poultry Attacked
Smithfield Releases Video on Sows' Group Housing System
National Beef Recalls Ground Beef
Research Allays Fears of Antibiotic Residues in DDGS

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Limited Supplies on Offer, Prices Remain High
LMC: EU Beef Prices Drop Back on June Levels
EU Trade Barriers Lifted with Four Latin American Countries
EU Ends Last Remaining Export Subsidy for Poultry
EU Pig Prices: Unchanged and Increasing Prices

   New Zealand

Botulism Scare Prompts Fonterra Product Recall
Union Warning over In-house Meat Inspection


DC Supplies New Danish Beef Cattle Standard for EUROSPAR


Election Call for Workplace Reform to Stop Unions “Killing Manufacturing”
Teys Australia Beenleigh Workers Accept New Workplace Agreement
Beef Productivity Growing


Labelling Row Delays EU Free Trade Agreement
Is Cultured Meat Sustainable Answer?
WTO Finds in Favour of US over Poultry Exports to China
Labelling Row Delays EU Free Trade Agreement
University of Minnesota Joins Chinese Quarantine Center on Food Safety

   United Kingdom

Calls for Food Companies to Ban Imports from ‘Medieval’ Farms
Striving for Sustainable Consumption
LMC: Steer Prices Back Slightly, Late July
Artificially Grown Burger Unveiled
Dawn Meats Wins at 2degrees Awards 2013
No Significant Increase Forecast in Prime Cattle Supplies
Do Consumers Really Care about Provenance?
Research Call on Official Controls on Meat
Tight Sheep Meat Supplies Expected into 2014
Moy Park Appoints Executive Board Director
Pig Farm Responds to Animal Rights Allegations


'Hazardous' Animal Products Seized By State


Nicaraguan Livestock Sector Maintains Output


Russia to Allow Some Exports of Salmon from Norway
Norway Sets Ban on Live, Chilled Clams from Turkey

   Viet Nam

Vietnamese Tuna Exports to Portugal Surge
New Vietnamese Plant to Address Growing Milk Market

   Russian Federation

African Swine Fever in Yaroslavl and Smolensk
Alexander Zhukovsky Heads Cherkizovo Group Pork Division
ASF in Tambov, Smolensk, Volgograd, Moscow, Tula Regions


Russia to Reopen Market to Spanish Meat


Fonterra Whey Products Blocked by China Government
Chinese Agricultural Food Prices Keep Rising


[email protected] Co-op Announces Risk Management Program
Maple Leaf Foods Records Loss
Cattlemen Welcome Import Levy
Marketing and Promotion Levy on Imported Beef


Agricultural Agreement between China and Slovakia


Volume of Chicken Exports up in July


VION Food Netherlands Concentrates Production


CPF Reviewing Pork Markets in Viet Nam, China

   Hong Kong

Concern over Rise in Pork Prices


End of EU Broiler Export Refunds will Hurt France
France to Support Poultry Processing Investment


Chicken Abattoirs Given Warned over Halal Standards


Mexico: Hog Markets


Global Poultry Trends 2011






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