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Wednesday 16th October 2013.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


Understanding Food Production to Help with Malnutrition

Understanding more about food production can help to address the current challenges that see 2 billion people in the world go malnourished and 1.4 billion are classed as overweight.

A new report from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations shows that a knowledge different food s and food production methods can help in understanding under nutrition and deficiencies in nutrients in the diet.

The FAO report shows that the cost of malnutrition, through lost productivity and healthcare, could be as high as five per cent of global income.

Other revealing figures are laid out in the group's World Food Day paper which communicates a simple ethos: Healthy People Depend on Healthy Food Systems.

The report explains the importance of eating a ‘variety of foods’ and that this involves a balance of quality and quantity to provide a full range of

Agriculture’s role in providing such a balance is emphasised as part of a three way combination also consisting of health care and sanitation.

Without the right people, processes and environment in place, food systems are not ‘healthy’ and, in the absence of a properly functioning food system, the paper said that medical technologies are often forced to intervene.

At the same time the Save Food campaign has shown that a quarter of the world’s current food loss would be sufficient to feed 870 million starving people while 842 million people are currently still suffering from hunger – about an eighth of the world’s population.

Just 25 per cent of food that is thrown away or spoiled due to faulty storage or transport damage could therefore easily cover the worst food shortages.

Year after year, around 1.3 billion metric tonnes of food are thrown away because they have become spoiled on account of faulty storage or inadequate transport facilities or because they do not satisfy the aesthetic requirements of retailers or consumers.

This is about one third of the total food production. This food accounts for 28 per cent of all the available arable land and 250 cubic kilometres of water per year.


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Is Rapid Taint Testing Realistic?
Boar taint remains a key quality issue for the global pork industry. Although both economic and welfare considerations are making the production of entire boars an apparently attractive option in many markets, the lack of an effective quality control (QC) system means that this potential cannot be fully realised.

The Poultry Plant of the Future
A hallmark of the Agricultural Technology Research Program (ATRP) in the US is its quest to drive transformational innovation in the poultry industry. Working with the University of Georgia’s Department of Poultry Science, ATRP has embarked on a research journey to define the next generation of poultry processing methods and technologies. ATRP Program Manager Doug Britton discusses the strategic initiative: “The Poultry Plant of the Future.”

Australia: Agricultural Commodities: Chicken Meat
A review of the state of the industry by Clay Mifsud, based on research by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) for the September Quarter 2013.

Australia: Agricultural Commodities: Pig Meat
A review of the state of the industry by Clay Mifsud, based on research by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) for the September Quarter 2013.

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS 2013: Europe's Trade Closely Linked to Business between EU Countries
Trade in chicken meat is an active and slowly growing business in Europe but the majority of the trade is between European Union member states, writes industry analyst, Terry Evans.

Company News

Avure Launches Support Programme
US - High pressure processing (HPP) systems manufacturer Avure Technologies has launched a new HPP Equipment Services and Support (ESS) programme to maximise customer return on investment by sustaining Avure HPP systems throughout an extended equipment lifecycle.
Festo Meyn Supplier of 2013
NETHERLANDS - Meyn Food Processing Technology B.V. has recognised Festo B.V. as one of its best global suppliers of the year.
Merck Millipore Launches Direct Campylobacter Poultry Kit
GERMANY - Merck Millipore, the Life Science division of Merck, has launched the Singlepath Direct Campy Poultry Kit for more rapid immunological screening of Campylobacter in poultry. It delivers results on-site in less than two hours.
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Global Meat Industry News

   Korea, South

Korean Beef Imports from Australia Improve
South Korea Blocks Some US Beef Exports


Sustained Demand for Australian Red Meat from China
September Inflation Forecast in China to Grow
Smithfield to Boost Exports to China


Rescue Plan for GAD


Brazilian Cattle and Beef Prices Move Up
Beef Carcase Price Close to Reaching Three Year High


Importance of Food Diversity on World Food Day
Confidence Remains in North American Pig Pricing


Ukrainian Meat Production Up
Ukraine Exports to Bangladesh Rocket Nine Fold

   United States

NFU Issues Priorities for Farm Bill Conference Committee
Hog Slaughter Status Poses Questions
Government Shut Down Leaves Markets in Vacuum
Poultry Plants Stay Open as Salmonella Cases Rise
Limited Trading Activity Sees Cheddar Gains
Snow Storm Impact on Cattle Markets Uncertain
Falling Feed Prices Making Hogs Profitable
Hog Carcase Prices Fall
Cattle Prices Steady to 50 Cents Higher
Farm Bill Conference Committee Appointed
Sanitary Principles Design Workshop for Atlanta Expo
Ag Department Answers Questions Following Salmonella Outbreak
Return of Mechanically Tenderised Beef?
Pet Food Conference for Atlanta Trade Show
$277,914 Approved in New Research Grants
Cargill Posts 'Solid Start to New Fiscal Year'
Two New Exhibits at International Production & Processing Expo

   Russian Federation

Food Safety Cooperation to Expand Trade With Russia and Ukraine
Atria Sells Share in Dan-Invest Piggery Company
Cherkizovo Products Win Gold in Moscow

   European Union

Brisk Demand from EU Slaughter Companies
COOL Will Not Include 'Country of Origin'
VION Sells Ingredients Division
EU Commissioner Visits Moldova
EU Parliament Authorises Reform of Public Health Checks on Pork
Europeans Eating Less Pork

   United Kingdom

Beef Plant Quotes Show Steady Prices
China Key to UK Red Meat Future
Strong Support for Lamb from Scottish Supermarkets
Moy Park Reduces Carbon Emissions
UK Government Commits to Bolstering Export Support
Norwich, Oxford Collaborate over New Meat Test
Boost for Innovation in Agricultural Technology
French Visit Focuses on Quality Standard Lamb
UK Poultry Industry Hits Back over Claims of Growth Promoter Use
Shake Up for British Veterinary System
UK Food Safety Agency Approves New EU Rules for Pork
New Partnership in Meat and Fish Sector
Award for Macrae Seafoods
Date Set for 2014 Outlook Conference


Consumers Urged to Think Food Safety
New Initiatives Aim to Ensure Safety of Food from Farm to Fork
Advanced Diagnostics Allow More Precise Use of Antibiotics


€10.5 Million Investment Programme for Boni Holding


Plans for Primary Production Processing Standard for Meat
Hides Push Up Co-produce Value of Heavy Steers

   New Zealand

NZ Increases Live Fish Exports to Australia


Salmon Could Contain Listeria Monocytogenes


Nigeria Issues Warning over Imported Poultry Products


Large Companies Hold Majority of Thai Chicken Output


Spanish Hog Market Getting Second Wind


Successful Anuga for VION Food
Confidence Returning to Global Meat Trade


Global Poultry Trends 2011






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