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Wednesday 27th November 2013.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


EC Rules Stretched to Pay Aid to Farmers

A European Court of Auditors Report has found that the criteria to make support payments to farmers are being ignored or stretched to allow potentially illicit payments to farmers.

The report, published this week shows that there is insufficient evidence in the member states that the measures introduced under Article 68 of Regulation 73/2009 are “necessary or relevant”.

According to the European Commission, a total of 24 countries have made use of Article 68 to grant extra funds to farmers through a patchwork of 113 extremely varied measures.

The total budget for 2010-2013 is € 6.4 billion.

The European Court of Auditors review was conducted in four countries – Greece, Spain, Italy and France - representing approximately 70 per cent of the budgetary allocation for these measures.

These measures had been allocated €2.686 billion for 2010-2013, representing just over 40 per cent of the total budget for Article 68.

The European Commission said: “The audit found that the framework put in place to ensure that this support would only be provided in clearly defined cases is insufficient.

“The Commission has little control over the justification for such cases and Member States had a large degree of discretion in making these payments.”

The Commission added: “For the most part, the Commission can take no legally binding action, and the Member States’ only obligation is to notify the Commission of the decisions they take.

“As a result, the implementation of Article 68 was not always fully aligned with the CAP and there was insufficient evidence that the measures introduced under Article 68 are always necessary or relevant in terms of needs, effectiveness and levels of available aid.”

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Boar Taint Traits Can Be Reduced Through Breeding
Researchers based in Denmark have found that the levels of the two chemicals responsible for boar taint in pork from entire male pigs of the Danish Landrace breed can be reduced through selection at breeding, without detrimental effects on economically important traits.

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS 2013: Continued Upward Trend in Chicken Consumption in Africa and Oceania
Per-capita chicken meat consumption has generally increased in Africa and Oceania, as in other regions of the world, according to poultry industry analyst, Terry Evans.

Research for More Sustainable Food Production
Safer food, less waste, more efficient food production and better use of natural resources are just some of the goals inspiring the work of a new research group at the University of Lincoln in the UK.

Rising French Oyster Prices Compensate Mortalities
China has nearly 80 per cent of the global production of oysters, according to figures produced by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.

Market Reports

China Wholesale Prices - 27 November 2013
Portland Fish Exchange Prices - 25 November 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 26 November 2013
Portland Fish Exchange Prices - 24 November 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 25 November 2013
EBLEX Cattle Weekly - 22 November 2013
BPEX Export Bulletin - Week 47
USDA Poultry Slaughter - 25 November 2013
USDA Cold Storage - 22 November 2013
Portland Fish Exchange Prices - 21 November 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 22 November 2013
USDA GAIN: Japan Dairy and Products Annual 2013
USDA International Meat Review - 21 November 2013
USDA Livestock Slaughter - 21 November 2013
BPEX / AHDB 2012 Pig Cost of Production in Selected Countries
UK Slaughter Statistics - October 2013
Portland Fish Exchange Prices - 20 November 2013
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 21 November 2013

Global Meat Industry News

   European Union

Auditors Find Criteria for EU Farm Aid Abused
EU Pig Market Steady
Commission Proposes Tripling Spending to Support Ag Exports
Europeans Needs More Information on Antibiotics
Modest Recovery in EU Beef Production Forecast
Copa-Cogeca Welcomes Commission Reform of Promotion Policy

   Russian Federation

Miratorg Looks to Belarus for Cattle Supplies in Bryansk
More Cases of ASF in Rostov


HK Scan Settles Fire Insurance Claim
Danish Crown Reports Satisfactory Results in Difficult Market

   United States

Hormel Sees Earnings Rise
Cattle Outlook: Cattle On Feed Numbers Keep Falling
Promoting Pork during Hispanic Holiday Season
Heavier Weights Make up Losses for Pig Producers
Cattle Futures: Contracts Close Lower
CME: US Meat Inventories Unchanged
Tyson Faces Fines over Hazards at Meat Plant
The Maschhoffs to Acquire GNP Company
Oregon Processor Fined over Meat Tenderiser Accident
Pathogen Reduction Discussed at IPPE
Canadian Pork Council in COOL Talks in US
CME: Meat, Poultry Prices Stay Strong
Multi-state Salmonella Outbreak Growing
Pork Task Force to Develop 2020 Plan
Pig Producers Could be Answer to Corn Prices
Cracker Barrel Shareholders Vote to Eliminate Pig Crates
Pork Council Calls for Investigation into Animal Abuse
Is Income Set to Become Dominant Driver of Global Food System?
Meat Association Urges Take Corn Out of the RFS Equation
US Poultry Exports Reach Record Highs
Pork Exports Down
December, February Cattle Futures Down
International Rendering Symposium for IPPE


Canada Backs Growth of Organic Sector
Saskatchewan Ag Minister Applauds Tentative Canada-EU Deal
CFIA Suspends Operations at Salaison Levesque
Pork Council Appears Before Parliamentary Committees


Technical Workshop Studies Campylobacter
Spain Approves New Rules on Animal By-products

   United Kingdom

Resistant Bacteria Found for First Time on UK Poultry Farm
Arla Fresh Milk Dairy Starts Production
Profits Rise for Cranswick
Call to Supermarkets to Source More Chicken from Scotland
Green Accolade for Moy Park
2 Sisters to Shake Up Poultry Processing in Scotland
Group Explores Growth Opportunities for Scottish Beef Industry
Call for Clearer Labelling on Welfare
Moy Park Wins Co-Op Own Label Award
Gressingham Launches Major Marketing Campaign


Japan Opens to Colombian Chicken

   South Africa

Pioneer Foods to Shed Poultry Unit


Chinese Holiday Season Brims with Visions of Pork
China Pig Inventory Rising
China's Farm Produce Prices Rebound


Peru Turkey Supply Rising


Hong Kong Approves Meat, Poultry Imports from Mexico


Brazil Reports Growth in Poultry Export Revenue
Rondonia Exports the Most Beef in Brazil


Polish Cod Fishery in MSC Sustainability Assessment


Estonian Prawn Fishery Certified Sustainable

   New Zealand

New Zealand Red Meat Sector Welcomes Economic Agreement with Taiwan
Taiwan to Lift Tariffs on Red Meat


Support Builds in US Legislators for Changes to COOL
Sino-US Poultry Industry Forum a Success
Global Poultry Production Expected to Rise in 2014


JBS Charcuterie Producer Cuts Jobs

   Hong Kong

Hong Kong Bans German Poultry Products


IFA Claims DNA Results Confirm Half of Pig Meat Tested Not Irish, Says IFA


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