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Wednesday 7th May 2014.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
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Global Pork Supply Expected to be Tight

The problems of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea look likely to affect the global pig markets for some time to come.

Last week the French authorities banned imports of live pigs and other pig products from the US, Canada, Mexico and Japan.

The disease has already killed around seven million pigs in the United States and pork prices are at a record high in an already fragile sector.

According to the French newspaper Le Monde, Jean-Luc Angot, Deputy Director General of Directorate General of Food (EB) and chief veterinarian said that the high losses of pigs is cause for concern.

The fears in France are that if PEDv hits an area with a high density of pigs, such as Brittany, the effects on the industry would be dramatic.

According to the Rabobank Food & Agribusiness (FAR) Research and Advisory group Pork Quarterly report, the ongoing spread of the disease in the Americas and Asia will have a material impact on pork supply both this summer and in the years to come.

It will make the tight global supply which is being caused by Russia’s ban on EU pork imports after recent African swine fever (ASF) outbreaks even worse.

However, oversupply in China is expected to continue, driven by high sow liquidation.

"PEDv has been the driving force pushing up pork prices, especially in the US, to record highs," said Rabobank analyst Albert Vernooij.

"US futures climbed 30 per cent in Q1 and are up 45 per cent over last year, impacting pork users and consumer’s ability to source enough pork for their needs."

Rabobank believes the outbreak of PEDv in the US, Mexico, Japan and South Korea will lead to a likely decline in global pork production in 2014 (against an earlier expected 1.3 per cent increase). In the US, where the PEDv outbreak has been most severe, Rabobank estimates that pork production could decline to mid-single digits (six to seven per cent) in 2014 due to hog losses from the virus.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Campylobacter in Chicken Grow-out Environmental Samples and Processed Carcases
Researchers at Virginia Tech have found a good indication of Campylobacter contamination and transmission in the number of the bacteria in the broiler house, together with carcase rinse data.

Risk-based Surveillance of Antimicrobial Residues in Pigs
Chronic pleuritis on the farm might be considered a risk indicator for use in surveillance of antibiotic residues in pig meat, according to the authors of this Danish study.

Effects of Zinc in Diets with Ractopamine on Pig Growth and Carcase Characteristics
As in previous studies, the addition of ractopamine hydrochloride (RAC) improved the growth and carcass performance of finishing pigs, according to C.B. Paulk and co-authors at the 2013 Kansas Swine Day. Adding zinc to the finisher diets containing RAC did not improve overall performance.

Use of Antibiotics Declining in the European Union
Total antibiotic use in the EU is shown to be falling but much work still needed to inform the general public on their use, according to the Eurosurveillance editorial team in a 'Special Eurobarometer' report of a survey of consumers across the region.

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Global Meat Industry News

   United States

Hog Outlook: 288,000 Jobs Added to the US Economy in April
Pork Market Looks Promising in Spite of Harsh Winter, PEDV Battles
Pork, Beef Industries Concerned about Demand for Products
China Lifts Ban on Imports of Chicken from Virginia
Changes to World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Report
Survey Reveals Consumers Underestimate Meat and Poultry Nutrition Benefits
Pilgrim's Pride CEO Reports Strong Quarterly Results
Hog Farmers Face PEDv Challenges
US West Coast Albacore Tuna Fisheries Merge MSC Certificates
Delaware Chicken Production Rises But Margins Hit
Most US Consumers Want COOL
Packer Fined for GIPSA Failings


Improved Lung Lesion Scoring System for Pigs


Disease Continues to be Focus of Global Pork Markets
International Grains Council Offers Five-year Global Supply, Demand Projections
Can We Feed the World Using Foley's Five Steps?
Latin America and Caribbean Act to Eradicate Hunger


Call for Speedy Implementation of Canada-S Korea Trade Agreement
Poultry Company Fined over Welfare Offences
Maple Leaf Hit by Effects of PEDv
Pork Producers Call for Help to Expand Truck Washing

   European Union

EU Pig Prices Unchanged
MANE to Acquire Cargill’s Compounds Business
Commission to Evaluate EU Beef Labelling Rules

   United Kingdom

Europe’s First Tilapia Farm Earns Sustainable BAP Certification
Moy Park CEO Highlights Strong Sales Growth in 2013
Slaughterhouse Fined Over BSE Breaches
Petition Launched to End Non-stun Slaughter
Strong Sales Growth for Moy Park


Survey of Foodborne Pathogens in Malaysian Market Poultry


Elevated Lamb Slaughter Supports Robust Export Demand
Australian Authorities Clamp Down on Welfare Breaches in Live Exports


US Beef Imports to Japan Up


Irish Dairy Companies Go-ahead to Export to China
€8 Million Investment by Seafood Processors


France Bans Imports of Pigs, Semen from US, Canada, Mexico, Japan Citing PED Risk


India Pegs $9.20 billion Investment on Agri-Infra Schemes
Chicken Prices Go up in Manipur

   Czech Republic

Czech Livestock Output Falls in First Quarter


Swine Fever Scare Closes Danish Crown Plant
New Head for Danish Crown Beef

   Russian Federation

Russia Hit By High Pork Prices

   Hong Kong

BRF Ends Joint Venture in Hong Kong


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