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Wednesday 5th February 2014.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


European Pig Meat Sector Threatened by African Swine Fever

African swine fever has reached Continental Europe through the wild boar population and there are now great concerns that the disease could run rife.

The disease has also been reported both in wild boar and on farm in Ukraine.

Previously the disease had been contained within Russia and although there have been concerns and contingency measures put in place in countries bordering Russia, there has been great concern across Europe about the damage a potential outbreak would do to the European pig industry and pig meat exports.

Already Russia has blocked all pig and pig meat exports from Europe together with other partners in the Commercial Union - Kazakhstan and Belarus.

The ban has been because the export certificates state that the EU is free from African swine fever and do not include regionalisation clauses.

While the European Commission is this week endeavouring to negotiate regionalisation clauses - quarantining Lithuania and allowing exports from other EU countries.

However, the head of Rosselkhoznador, Sergey Dankvert, fired a warning shot that this might not be enough, when it was first suggested by the European Commission's DG SANCO Deputy Head Ladislav Miko.

Mr Dankvert said that the information that had been so far provided by the European Commission on monitoring morbidity in wild boars in the other Baltic States and Poland was not sufficient .

And Rosselkhoznador has warned of the potential threat to the entire European pig sector by emphasising the extent of the wild boar population in the neighbouring Baltic states and Poland.

There are an estimated 60,000-65,000 wild boars in Lithuania based on the Lithuanian Veterinary Service data.

There are about 250,000 wild boars in Poland.

According to the FAO data there are about 4,500,000 wild boars in the European Union.

The data show that the wild boar population density is 10 times higher in the Central European countries than in Russia so the risk of rapid virus spreading is higher too.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

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Challenges in Reducing Campylobacter Contamination of Poultry
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Market Reports

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USDA International Meat Review - 30 January 2014
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USDA Agricultural Prices - 31 January 2014
USDA Egg Products - 31 January 2014
UK Milk Prices and Composition of Milk - December 2013
Irish CSO Reports: Milk Statistics December 2013
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 30 January 2014
QMS (Quality Meat Scotland) - January 2014

Global Meat Industry News


Is Europe Heading for Crisis over African Swine Fever?
Yum! Brands Profits Fall

   United States

Nearly $1 Trillion 2014 Farm Bill Approved by Senate
McDonald's Sustainability VP Wants to Collaborate, Not Mandate
Call for Structural Changes to Keep Beef Industry Competitive
Cargill Introduces Ground Beef Information Initiatives for Consumers
Beef Cattle Industry Starting Transition to Expansion
Call for Maryland Delegates to Oppose Raw Milk Bill
Impacts of Farm Bill, Canadian PEDV Outbreak
A Kinder, Gentler EPA?
Tyson Foods Reports Higher Gross Profit in Latest Quarter
Poultry Company Purchases Marshall Durbin
Foundation Announces Ensuring the Future Campaign
Oakhurst Acquired by Farmer Owned Cooperative
National Beef Packing Company to Close Brawley Plant
IPPE Visitor Numbers Hit by Bad Weather
Colorado Company Recalls Meat and Poultry Products
CME: Weights Real 'Supply Story' for Hogs in 2014
PEDV Impact Affecting Summer Hog Futures Contracts
Sharp Increase in Proportion of Choice Graded Fed Cattle
Vaccinate Breeding Flock to Reduce Salmonella in Broilers
Meat Exporters Back Farm Bill
House Passes Farm Bill, Union Praises Efforts
Changing Face of Consumers Demands New Attitudes
Heavy Metals in Asian Carp not a Health Concern to Most

   United Kingdom

Online Course on UK Food Systems Launched
Places for Outlook Conference 2014 Going Fast
Strong Performance from Cranswick
Burger Competition Focuses on Farm Assured Beef and Lamb
New Public Affairs Officer at British Poultry Council


Replacing Aging Infrastructure Challenge for Pork Producers
New Programme to Support Animal Welfare at Slaughter

   European Union

How Competitive is EU Poultry Meat Sector
MEP Calls for Complete Country-of-Origin Labelling for Meat
Europe Failing Consumers over Animal Welfare


Fonterra Issues Renminbi Bond to Support Growth in China
Poultry Safe from H7N9 if Cooked Properly, Says Official
China Reports Red Meat Shortage

   Russian Federation

Cherkizovo Express Departs
New Meat Plant Opens in Omsk
US Turkey Exports to Russia to Start Shortly – Pork to Follow?
Cherkizovo Sales Rise
Russian Ban Could Hit Pig Prices


Lebanese Market Reopens to Irish Meats
Pig Meat, Poultry Sustainability Schemes Set for 2014


Denmark Exports Organic Pork to China
Major Investment Boosts Arla’s Profitability


Mobile App Detects Fat Content and Tenderness


Poultry Farm Quarantined as Meat Undergoes Inspection
Eurogroup Urges Greek Presidency to Prioritise Animal Welfare


African Swine Fever Confirmed in Lithuania

   New Zealand

Trade Agreement Must Eliminate Tariffs


Pork Association Estimates Stable Pork Production in 2014


State Funding Looks To Tighten Up More Slaughterhouses


Ukraine Cuts Poultry Imports in 2013


Spain Closed Year on Low Pig Prices

   South Africa

Food Retailer Acquires Chicken Fast Food Chain for R17M


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