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Wednesday 23rd April 2014.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


Can Meat be Produced to Higher Welfare Standards?

A five year plan has been launched to encourage the production, sourcing and consumption of food and products from animals to be from higher welfare regimes across Europe.

The proposals put forward by the Farm Animal Welfare Forum call on the UK government to lead the way in forcing through new animal welfare measures in Europe.

The new measures follow on from the FAWF’s 2008 strategy that called for all egg-laying hens to be kept cage free, improvements in the welfare of chickens reared for meat, pigs to be kept in humane conditions without tail docking and improvements in welfare for dairy cows.

The strategy, outlined in the FAWF report Progressing Farming Tomorrow: Improving Animal Welfare in the UK, calls on the European Commission, led by the UK, to:

  • To support a ban on the use of all cages, including ‘enriched’ cages, for egg laying hens in the EU
  • To support clear, mandatory labelling of meat products according to the system of farming production, using defined terms that accurately communicate to the buying public
  • To take action to support rigorous enforcement of EU legislation prohibiting routine tail-docking in pigs and requiring implementation of environment and management measures that reduce tail biting
  • To take action to phase-out the use of the farrowing crate
  • To establish EU-wide legislation to protect the welfare of dairy cows

The forum that consists of Compassion in World Farming, The Cooperative Food group, the Food Animal Initiative, RSPCA, the Soil Association, Bristol University and the World Society for the Protection of Animals, also urges the UK Government to support multi-stakeholder efforts to end calf exports and increase the proportion of calves that are reared for meat in humane systems.


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

In-Transit Losses of Pigs: Investigation of Hog Heart Health
Most of the pigs that died during transportation had a pre-existing cardiac abnormality, according to Kathy Zurbrigg of the University of Guelph and co-workers, and the heart lesions appear to have a genetic link. Their study was presented at the Centralia Swine Research Update 2014.

Can Steam Cleaning Carcases Reduce Contamination?
Steam vacuum suction is a useful method to improve carcase hygiene on beef carcases, by removing hair, faecal material and soiled carcase spots.

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS 2013 - Population Is Key to Egg Uptake Growth in Africa and Oceania
Poultry industry analyst, Terry Evans, forecasts the likely trends in per-capita egg consumption in Africa and Oceania in the coming years.

Potential for Understanding Anti-bacterial Resistance
Biologists could gain a deeper understanding about how species have evolved – and even find ways to address antibiotic resistance – using tools that were developed recently at Stockholm's KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

Company News

Stage Set for World Pork Expo’s MusicFest
US - World Pork Expo takes a festive turn on Thursday, 5 June, as the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) presents MusicFest. This year’s lineup of performers features country music newcomer Jake McVey, followed by GRAMMY® nominee Restless Heart.
Mussel Ready Meals from Scottish Shellfish Marketing Group on Award Shortlist
UK - Two ready meals produced by the Scottish Shellfish Marketing Group (SSMG) have been shortlisted in The Grocer Own Label Food & Drink Awards 2014.
Seafood Expo in its 22nd Year
BELGIUM - Seafood Expo Global and Seafood Processing Global exposition marks the 22nd edition of the event, and the 16th edition of Seafood Processing Global.
Chilli Adds Bite to Devilish Meatballs
UK - Devilishly Spiced Pork Chilli Meatballs and Meat Bites are the perfect ingredients for caterers and ready meal and snack manufacturers seeking to add pzazz to snacks for the millions of football followers who will take advantage of relaxed licensing laws to watch this summer’s World Cup on TV.
Anuga FoodTec Underlines Significance of Functional Ingredients
GERMANY - Food ingredients are to hold a special place in the next Anuga FoodTec in Cologne.
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Global Meat Industry News


Online Chinese Pork Promotion Draws Rave Reviews
China to Maintain Self-sufficiency in Food Production
Chinese Food Companies Continue Global Acquisitions
China - Global Pork Powerhouse


Belpork Registers Antibiotic Use For Pig Producing Companies


Top BSE Status Granted to Argentina

   United States

US Farmers Call to Keep Ban on Brazilian Beef
House Lawmakers Want Japan to Eliminate Tariffs
What Does USDA's PEDV Monitoring, Reporting System Announcement Really Mean?
Additional Actions to Combat Spread of Diseases Among US Pork Producers
Hillshire Brands Acquires Natural Foods Company
Meat, Poultry Groups Support Administration’s Stance on TPP Negotiations
Residents Opposed Expansion of JBS Pork Plant
Pork Checkoff Updates Youth PQA Plus Programme
Application Made to Turn Poultry Processing Waste into Feed Ingredient
California Beef Processing Plant Faces Fine over Water Pollution

   United Kingdom

Support for Great British Beef Week
Increased Cattle Carcase Weights Contribute to Lift in Supply
It’s Chocs Away as Consumers Swoop for Real Eggs
Irish Victory in Champion Pluck Off in Essex
US Supply Chain Insight Helping British Red Meat Sector Profitability
Moy Park Leads Industry in Corporate Responsibility
UK Tests for Lamb Meat Substitution
Turkey Company Exhibit to Focus on Real Value
New Pig Price Reporting System Launched in UK


Swine Traceability Expected to Provide Various Advantages
Maple Leaf Close Hamilton Wiener Plant
Minister Promotes Canadian Pork, Beef in South Korea

   Hong Kong

Live Chickens Return to Hong Kong Markets
WH Group to Float on Hong Kong Stock Market


Australian Supermarkets Demand RSPCA Standards for Chickens

   South Africa

Poultry Producers Poised for Rebound
Row About Chicken Imports Rages on

   United Arab Emirates

UAE Ministry of Economy Fines Dairy Firm for Price Rise


Profit at Farm Level Must be at Core of Process, Says Farmers Association
Ireland to End Year Less Than One per cent Over Quota


Ecuador Opens Market Access for US Beef, Offal

   European Union

New Market Monitor Announced for European Milk
How Can EU Food be Produced to Higher Welfare Standards?
Project Promises Better Food Safety in Europe
European Beef Production Must Not Slip


Mexican Government Creates Pig Chain Executive Committee
PED Blamed for Rising Pork Prices in Mexico

   New Zealand

New Zealand to Establish Food Safety Science Research Centre


Colombia Battles to Control Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea


France Appoints Food Sector Coordinator

   Korea, South

Chicken Meat Quality Improved by Sugar-Vinegar Mix


Quarterly Sales of Poultry Meat, Sunflower Oil Rise for MHP


McDonald's Latin America Franchisee to Phase out Sow Stalls


Taiwan Toughens up Chicken Labelling Rules


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