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Wednesday 26th March 2014.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


Horse Meat Scandal Could Happen Again

The horse meat scandal that rocked the British, Irish and European meat sector last year could easily happen again.

Because it was a criminal act, people in the meat and food sector willing to break the law to cut corners and try to make easy money could adopt similar tactics again in adulterating food products.

This was the message from a panel of food industry experts at the Foodex exhibition in the UK this week.

Despite increased testing of products, shorter supply chains and more checks on food production methods, the pressure to produce food more and more cheaply could foster further criminal acts the panel agreed.

In Russia this week the meat industry has revealed that the ban on imports of European pig meat is putting pressure on the pig meat processing sector.

Since February imports have gone down by around 15 per cent and prices of raw materials have risen by 10 per cent.

Now the Russian meat sector is trying to source pork from other exporters including Brazil, the USA and Canada.

However, there is concern in Russia over the effect that the outbreak of porcine epidemic diarrhoea is having on pig meat and its production in the US and Canada.

The outbreak is hitting production and reducing numbers going to slaughter according to analyst reports from North America.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS 2013: Population Growth Will Boost Asia’s Egg Uptake
The rate of human population growth in Asia is forecast to be slower than the global average, according to industry analyst, Terry Evans. Over the period 2000 to 2009, average egg intake per person in Asia overtook the world figure but there is great variation between Asian countries, offering considerable potential for increased egg consumption in the region as a whole.

Could Chinese Beef Imports Double over Next Five Years?
Over the last decade, income per capita in China has risen rapidly, creating a burgeoning middle class, writes Alan O’Brien from the Shanghai Office of Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board.

Ways of Reducing Salmonella in Broiler Chickens
Research from Brazil shows that bacteriophage therapy of broilers can reduce Salmonella contamination of their carcases by lowering the number of bacteria in the live birds.

Identifying and Improving Carcase Traits in Limousin Cattle
A call has gone out to owners of commercial Limousin sires to partake in a ground breaking four year study looking at how genetics influence carcase traits and can be turned into more of an exact science.

Optimising Broiler Muscle Development
A young poultry researcher from Australia has been studying the effects of chicken muscle cells under limited nutrition in the US in order better to understand the long-term effects of feed restriction in newly hatched broiler chicks on subsequent growth.

Company News

Zoetis to Participate in Jefferies Animal Health Summit
US - Zoetis will participate in the Jefferies Animal Health Summit on Thursday 27 March at the Jefferies Conference Center in New York, NY.
Market Reports

NAB Australian Rural Commodities Wrap - March 2014
Portland Fish Exchange Prices - 25 March 2014
China Wholesale Prices - 26 March 2014
USDA International Egg and Poultry: United States Turkey Imports & Exports
USDA GAIN: New Zealand Livestock and Beef Semi-annual 2014
Irish CSO Reports: Livestock Slaughterings February 2014
USDA Poultry Slaughter - 25 March 2014
Dairy Australia - Hay and Grain Prices - Week Ending 21 March 2014
Dairy Australia - Fortnightly Update 21 March 2014
Portland Fish Exchange Prices - 23 March 2014
China Wholesale Prices - 24 March 2014
EBLEX Cattle Weekly - 21 March 2014
Irish CSO Reports: Agricultural Price Indices - January 2014
BPEX Export Bulletin - Week 12
USDA Cold Storage - 21 March 2014
USDA National Dairy Products Sales Report - 19 March 2014
USDA Milk Production - 19 March 2014

Global Meat Industry News

   United Kingdom

Could Horse Meat Scandal Happen Again?
Census Shows Beef Sheep Supplies Tight
National Butchers’ Week Targets Young Audience
European Parliament Candidates Urged to Back UK Poultry Industry Growth
Poultry Welfare and Value Fit Together, Say UK Market Analysts
Quarter of Welsh Children Struggle to Name a Fish They can Eat
2 Sisters Contract Win Brings Jobs Boost
Positive Outlook for UK Pig Industry
How Can Science and Farming Live Together?
Sunderland AFC Trusts Red Tractor for Meat
BPEX Enhances Historical UK Pig Price Reporting
First Two Firms Approved to Use West Country Beef Lamb PGI
Fewer Breeding Pigs, More Finishers in UK
Rural Energy Secures Biomass Deal for Bernard Matthews


Maple Leaf Foods Fined C$110,000 After Worker Loses Fingers
Canada to Fine Meat Plants over Food Safety Issues
C$5 Million Investment for Maple Leaf Foods
McDonald’s Wins Canadian Beef Industry Sustainability Award
Salt Replacements Give Processors Healthy Response to Consumer Demand
New Plant for Siwin Foods
Canada-S Korea Trade Agreement Welcomed by Manitoba Pork Producers

   United States

Ohio Packing Closes after 107 Years
PEDV Will Cause Significant Shortfall in US Pig Meat
Cold Storage Report Analysis; Anticipating Hogs and Pigs Report
Beef Cow Slaughter Below Last Year
Net Loss Increased for AquaBounty in 2013
America's Love of Pork Continues to Burn Strong
Mississippi Factory Workers Rally For Basic Rights
Consumer and Commercial Food Sectors Hit ConAgra Results
Organic Sector Continues to Grow
FDA Allows More Time to Comment on Food Safety Modernisation Act
US Meat Export Federation Makes Use of Social Media
Quantum Foods Agrees Asset Sale
Worskhop Aims to Boost Poultry Plant Efficiency
Permission Granted for JBS Pork Plant Expansion in Kentucky

   European Union

EU Pig Price Quotations Inconsistent
EU Council Addresses Organic Production, Meat Labelling
High-tech Answer to Fat Analysis in Meat Industry
How Will Changes in EU Meat Inspection Work?
Agricultural Marketing to be Discussed at Next Council Meeting
EU Updates African Swine Fever Control Measures
EU Pig Prices Rally
Doubts over Safety of Brazilian Poultry Products
New Board Announced for Vion Food Group
Report Finds African Swine Fever Spread Hard to Control in Wild Boar

   Russian Federation

Russia Looks for New Supplies of Pig Meat as Ban on EU Imports Hits Home
Border Closure Forces Russian Pig Prices Up
Agricultural Bank Backs Russian Poultry Plant


Poll Backs Centralised Chicken Slaughter in Guangdong
Brazilian Chicken Exports to China Growing


JBS Sees Growth in Sales and Earnings
Brazilian Cattle Prices Recovering
Mixed Prospects for Brazilian Agri-food Sectors in 2014
Brazilian Pork Exports Dropped in Volume, Value in February


More Irish Pig Meat Exported to Russia in 2013

   Viet Nam

Viet Nam Holds Livestock, Dairy and Aquaculture Expo


US Market Opens Up to Uruguayan Lamb
Minerva Acquires Uruguay’s Frigorífico Carrasco


Global Poultry Meat Sales Growing Rapidly
New Opportunities in East Africa for NGOs
World Water Day: Agriculture and Water Inextricably Interlinked
World Meat Congress Endorses Child Hunger Challenge


Friend of the Sea Sustainable Certification for SeaSam Prawns


Sustainable MSC Approval Sought by Tuna Fisheries
New South Wales Chicken Farm Development Halted


Agreement for Improved Welfare for Pigs for Growth in Pig Production


Egyptian Slaughterhouse Fails Australian Welfare Check


HKScan to Merge Estonian Subsidiaries


Malta's Plans to Export Pork Put on Back Burner


Fewer Dutch Pigs Castrated


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