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Wednesday 28th August 2013.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


Reducing Waste and Redistributing Surplus Food

A European initiative is seeking to reduce food waste and redistribute surplus food.

The declaration is in line with the European Commission’s goal of halving edible food waste by 2020.

Initiated by FoodDrink Europe, the trade association, which represents the food and drink industries in Europe, and co-signed by several other European trade associations and by the European Federation of Food Banks, FEBA, the EU-wide declaration aims at preventing edible food from being wasted but also promotes the redirection of surplus to feed people through the support to food redistribution organisations, before it goes to feed animal or to industrial uses.

The Every Crumb Counts campaign maintains: “When food is unable to stay within the human food chain and be redirected to feed people, the optimal solution will depend on a case by case evaluation.

“A first consideration should be whether it can be redirected to feed livestock subject to safety, quality and legislative requirements being met.

“Otherwise, consideration should be given to using it as a raw material for other industries (e.g. detergents, inks, cosmetics, plastics and pharmaceuticals) or recovery (e.g. transformed into fertilizer or compost or used for renewable energy production). Only as a last resort should it be incinerated without energy recovery or sent to landfill.”

A new report by the Spoil Association in the UK shows that the global market for organic food grew by more than 25 per cent since the start of the global economic crisis between 2008 and 2011.

According to the Organic Market Report 2013, worldwide sales of organic food and drink reached $63 billion – more than €45 billion – by the end of 2011.

The latest figures from the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) organic farming is practised in 162 countries.

In 2011 37.2 million hectares of farmland were managed organically and organic farming had a 0.86 per cent share of agricultural land surveyed.

The report says that it is estimated that there are another 32.5 million hectares of organic wild areas and non-agricultural land bringing the total organic farm land to 69.7 million hectares.

In the US, first Tyson Foods and now Cargill have suspended the use of cattle for beef that have been fed with the growth promoter, Zilmax.

Concerns have been raised over the welfare of the animals that have been fed the betagonist, and the processors have stopped buying cattle while the pharmaceutical company, Merck that manufactures the product carries out tests.

The product has been declared not to be a food safety issue, but concerns have been raised over a possibility that it is associated with lameness in some cattle.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

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USDA Cold Storage - August 2013
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Global Meat Industry News

   United States

Call for Chapter 7 Liquidation of Northern Beef Packers
Cargill Invests $48 million in Automation at Beef Plant
Sanderson Farms Sees Rise in Sales in Improved Market
US Red Meat Production Up During July
Outlook Turns Less Optimistic for Hogs
Farm Progress Show: Economist Explains China's Strategy to Feed Population
Cargill Suspends Use of Cattle Fed Zilmax
Pork Fastest-Growing Protein in Foodservice
Record Beef Retail Highs
Canadian Hog Inventory up at Start of July
CME: Cattle on Feed Report Spurs Deferred Buying
Hormel Increases Earnings
Bob Evans in New Partnership
CME: Futures Close 25 to 80 Cents Lower, Thursday
CME: Are Producers Trying to Pull Marketings Forward?
Bob Evans Farms Sales Up Income Down
Pilgrim’s Pride to Close Arkansas Plant
Poultry Companies Recognised for Safety Performance
CME: Stock Market Weakness Drives Cattle Buying, Wednesday


Global Organic Food Market Growing
Benefits of School Feeding Programmes Linked to Family Farms
Global Meat Prices Steady in July

   Russian Federation

Russia Could Soon Reopen to British Beef Exports
Altai Region Increases Poultry Meat Production
Draft COOL Law Detailed for Meat Products
Russia Steps up Inspections of Polish Pork
ASF Found in Smolensk and Moscow Regions
Russian Broiler Production to Grow in 2014

   United Kingdom

Cut Grass Smell Key to Healthier Dairy Products
UK Poultry Welfare Assessment Systems Approved
Origin Labelling of British Pork
Steady Trade Across Deadweight and Liveweight Markets
Pig Prices Stay Firm
Yawning Gap Between Tulip and DAPP
Soil Association Launches Organic September


Argentina Seeks to Increase Chilled Beef Exports to Russia
Argentina Challenges to Regain Place Among Major Beef Exporters


Chicken Prices Go Up


Call for Minister to Deliver Investment in Agriculture
Minister Launches Organic Farming Action Plan
Kerry Sees Profits Rise


Shrimp Based Supplement to Relieve High Blood Pressure


JBS Considers Legal Action Against Oppenheimer For Defamation and Slander
Brazil Hit by Loss of Competitiveness in Chicken Meat Exports
Brazilian Broiler Production to Bounce Back

   European Union

MRSA Not Foodborne Pathogen
EU Pig Prices: Price Rally Goes on
How Can Food Waste be Used in Better Ways?
Europe: Hog Markets


Maple Leaf to Sell Rendering Biodiesel Company
Pork Producers Hopeful over WTO COOL Decisions
Investment for Agri-Food Initiatives in Quebec
Canadian Ag Minister Pledges to Continue Fight Against US M-COOL
Canada Invests in Innovation to Boost Beef Sector Competitiveness
Minister Challenges Youth to Help Feed Hungry Planet
Canada Takes US M-COOL Dispute Back to WTO


Macao Opens Doors to Bone-in Beef


Building Resilient Food Systems, Adaptation to Climate Change


Chinese Food Prices Rise Slightly
Severe Drought Impacts Chinese Local Industry
Duck, Pork Found in Beijing Mutton
Chinese Bird Flu Outbreak Came from Ducks


Marel Shows Way at DanFish International


Jamaica Broilers Buys Hamilton’s Smoke House


Survey Looks at Muscular Parasites in Ducks

   Korea, South

Australia Ships Half of Korea’s Imported Beef in July


Chicken Meat‚ Egg Demand Drops


Paraguayan Beef Shipments Break Record in July


Higher Chilled Demand Sees Airfreight Exports Rocket


VION Food Appoints New CFO

   New Zealand

Red Meat Profit Partnership Appoints Chairman


Ukraine Tightens Poultry Meat Inspections


Global Poultry Trends 2011






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