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Wednesday 12th February 2014.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief

Minister Talks of Open Markets as Russia Maintains Pig Meat Trade Ban

The Russian blockade on pig meat from Europe because of the outbreak of African swine fever in Lithuania is continuing.

While the market has reopened for some heat treated pork products, the majority of the exports from Europe that would go to Russia remain at home.

During the 2014 Outlook conference in London, today (Wednesday) the discussion was about what will happen next.

There is talk that the European Commission could open up stores and buy in pig meat to ease the market pressure.

But eh main concern is that with more pig meat trapped on domestic markets prices could tumble.

There is also great concern that while African swine fever has been found in Lithuania, which does not have a large export market to the rest of the EU or outside of the European market, if the disease spreads to Poland, the knock on effect to the rest of the European pig meat sector will be catastrophic.

In a key note address to the Outlook conference in London, junior agriculture minister, George Eustice, highlighted the importance of exports and exploiting the potential that export markets offer.

He said that sales of meat and meat products have grown rapidly over the last decade and highlighted the new markets that were opening up to beef and pork – including Russia and China.

He said that veterinary exports had been clearing the biosecurity and food safety hurdles and barriers that had been imposed because of diseases such as BSE and Foot and Mouth Disease in the past and now new opportunities were opening up.

He said that food security is not just about domestic production.

“It is about opening up world market access. It’s about free trade around the world,” Mr Eustice said.

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Global Meat Industry News

   Russian Federation

African Swine Fever Confirmed in Wild Boar in Rostov, Tula
Russian Hog Market Hit by ASF Outbreaks
Russia Allows Heat Treated Pig Meat Products from EU

   United States

New US Broiler Welfare Guidelines Go Further
NCBA's Roberts Says Cattle Industry Is On Fire
Cargill Acquires California Dog Treat Producer Pet Carousel
High Liner Foods Achieves 99 per cent of 2013 Sustainability Goal
Mixed Results for 2013 US Red Meat Exports
US Pork Exports Rising
Boar Taint Chemical Calms Naughty Dogs
Top Ten Tips for Listeria Reduction in RTE Foods
California Firm Recalls Millions of Pounds of Beef Products
Video Series Explains Commercial Poultry Production
MCOOL Has Scary 'Ripple Effect'
2014 World Pork Expo Set for June
Smithfield Shows Commitment to Renewable Energy
Cattle Prices Cause Jitters
High Cattle Beef Prices - Bullish for Pork Market
Virus Hits US Pork Exports
Consumer Perception: Why Be Afraid to Flaunt Straight A's?
US Total Cattle Down on Last Year
Sanitary Practices for Transport of Food and Feed Proposed


Danish Pig Research Centre Seeks New Head

   United Kingdom

Winter Olympics Pose Disease Risk for British Pigs
Pig Abattoir Lorry-wash Facilities: Weakest Biosecurity Link
Call for Full Country of Origin Labelling of Meat
Price Differences Between NI and ROI Widen
AgriFood ATP launches Meat Science Course
Welsh Lamb Goes to Russia
Warning about Over-fat Lambs
Meat Quality and Hygiene at Processor Conference


Europe's Pig Producers to Meet in Italy in May


Russia, Hong Kong Took Most Brazilian Pork in January

   European Union

EU Pig Markets Erratic after Russian Pork Ban
MEPs Call for Tighter Country of Origin Labelling for Pigs, Poultry
Call to Russia to Enter Talks on Ban on EU Pig Exports
Russian Pig Meat Import Ban Leads to Price Pressure


Japan Increases Wagyu Beef Exports


Australian Beef Exports to Japan Down
More Australian Lamb Shipped to North America
Agriculture Takes Centre Stage at Upcoming Australian Conference
Over-The-Hook Cattle Rates Remain Firm


Food Exports Boost French Economic Recovery


Taiwan Opens Up to Canadian Beef
Study Seeks Ways to Improve Ostrich Welfare on the Move
Producers Urged to Recapture the Dignity of Raising Animals


HKScan Adopts Harmonised Name Structure
Atria Given Go-ahead to Buy Saarioinen


Indian Agricultural Food Exports Rise Sharply


Congress to Highlight Sustainable Meat Sector
Opportunities in EU-US Free Trade Agreement
Global Food Prices Fell in January
Nutreco to Sell Spanish Meat and Feed Business
Poor Prospects for EU Pork Exports
Poultry Council Names Bradnock Policy Affairs Consultant


Plan Ahead to Attend International Poultry Council Annual Meeting


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Germany Records Small Increase in Meat Production in 2013


MHP's Poultry Meat Exports Double in 2013


Israel Audits Argentine Slaughterhouses

   Korea, South

South Korean Pig Meat Output Restored to Pre-FMD Level


Poultry Farmers Plea for End to Smuggling

   South Africa

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