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Wednesday 16th April 2014.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


New Calls to Redistribute Excess Food

The UK parliament's House of Lords has called for the redistribution of wasted food to different sections of society or into the animal feed chain, where appropriate, across the EU.

The investigation and the report from the Lords’ European Union Committee said that food waste has become a major public policy issue.

The report said that consumers in industrialised countries waste almost as much food as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa.

And the global carbon footprint of wasted food has been estimated as more than twice the total greenhouse gas emissions of all road transportation in the
United States.

However, the Lords have concluded that despite a compelling need for immediate action, “the development of a policy framework is bedevilled by the complexity of defining and monitoring food waste”.

The report says that in the early part of the supply chain on farms there is a challenge in specifying what precisely food waste is and because of this there has been little progress in forming an EU-wide food waste policy.

But the Lords said that the complexity of defining and monitoring food waste must not continue to prevent action.

The demands from the House of Lords reflects, a movement started last year by campaigner Tristan Stuart and backed by celebrity chefs to have more food waste used as animal feed.

However the movement, The Pig Idea found a lot of opposition from the pig sector, concerned that the use of waste food for animal feed could be the source of disease outbreaks if not properly controlled.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Measuring True Water Use in Poultry Processing
Water use in poultry processing facilities is best calculated in terms of gallons used per 1,000 pounds of poultry meat handled., according to Brian Kiepper (Poultry Science and Biological & Agricultural Engineering Departments, and Engineering Outreach Service, University of Georgia).

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS 2013 - Africa, Oceania Are Not Key Egg Traders
Africa and Oceania are not important players in the export market for shell eggs, according to poultry industry analyst, Terry Evans, but there is more trade in egg products.

Energy Balance Analysis of a Poultry Processing Plant
A detailed study of the power use at a poultry processing plant by researchers at the University of Arkansas identified a number of areas where cost-savings could be made.

Dressing Procedures In Slaughterhouses Limit Pig Carcase Contamination
There was a consistently lower prevalence of bacteria (Salmonella and Yersinia) found on the pig carcase than carriage of the same microorganisms in the animal.

Company News

Irish President Visits Benchmark Holdings Farm
UK - The President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins and Sabina Higgins have today (Thursday 10 April) visited a leading sustainable farming research and innovation centre, the Food Animal Initiative (FAI), in Oxford, as part of a landmark state visit to the UK.
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Global Meat Industry News


Brazilian Poultry Exports up in First Quarter of 2014
Ministry Takes New Measures to Keep PED out of Brazil

   European Union

EU Pig Prices See Large Rises in France and Spain
New Round of European Horse Meat Tests
Disease Risk Predicted by New Climate Change Adaptation Tool
Drought Measures, Milk Quotas on EU Committee Agenda
Lords Call for EU Action on Food Waste
Agriculture MEPs Back Move for Promotion of EU Farm Produce
EU Pig Prices Going Up


Australian Beef Export Values Rise
Australian Red Meat Exports to South Asia Up
Tasmanian Salmon Achieves Gold Standard in Sustainable Salmon
Sheep Meat Export Values Surge

   United States

What Is Happening or Will Happen to Packing Capacity?
Lean Hogs Futures Keep Pace with Cash Hog Market
2015 IPPE Expo Expected to Grow
Foster Farms Salmonella Cases Reach 524
Proposed Food Labelling Law Changes Under Fire
US Cities Praised for Resolutions to Stop Overuse of Antibiotics in Livestock
High Number of Work Related Injuries Found in Poultry Plant Workers
Dramatic Rise in Beef Pork Product Prices
Antimicrobials Voluntarily Withdrawn for Use in Food-Producing Animals
Fast-food Chain Offers New Chicken Menu
Call to Japan to Eliminate Tariffs
US Red Meat Exports Strong
US Food Prices on Downward Trend
Meat, Poultry Rising Faster than Inflation
Salmonella in Eggs Unaffected by Hen Housing Type


Positive Year Ahead for Mexico
Mexico Stands Up for Eco-Safe Tuna Labelling

   New Zealand

Board Appointment at Alliance


China's Tame Inflation Provides Ample Policy Room
Chinese Agrifood Prices Fall
WH Group to Float in Hong Kong


Canada Promotes Judicious Use of Antimicrobial Drugs
Canadian Hog Markets Remain Highly Profitable
Canadian Pig Prices Near Double
Newfoundland Mussel Processing Plant Earns BAP Certification


Marine Harvest First Quarter Volumes Above Expectations


HK Rypsiporsas Rapeseed Pork to be GMO-free


Weight Limits Snub Continental Breeds
Round Table on Development of Beef Sector


Balancing Carcase Yield, Quality in Japanese Quail


Trade Minister PromisesNo Chicken Price Rise During Ramadan

   United Kingdom

Four in Court over Meat Traceability
Freedom Food Launches New Online Suppliers Directory
Green Party Opposes 'Factory Farming', Live Animal Exports
Moy Park Farmers Recognised at Awards Ceremony
Spot Base Firm at 168p


Agriculture's Greenhouse Gas Emissions on the Rise

   Russian Federation

Russian Pig Prices Break Records


Zimbabwe Faces Poultry Price Hike

   Hong Kong

Sales of Live Local Chickens Suspended


Poland Looks to Asia to Export Pork

   United Arab Emirates

BRF Increases Share in Federal Foods


Australian Beef Exports to Japan Ease in March
More PED Outbreaks in Japan; Pork Market Not Affected


US Challenges Australian Trade to Taiwan


Kazakhstan Bans Russian, Belarusian Poultry over Salmonella


Plants Host Pathogenic Bacteria from Livestock Farming
Knowledge of Vulnerability in Supply Chain to Detect Food Fraud


Spanish Hake Fishery Awarded MSC Certification


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