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Wednesday 25th June 2014.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


Counting Cost of Food Waste

Meat, poultry and fish make up 12 per cent of the volume of US food waste, and accounts for 30 per cent of the value of those losses.

A report from the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) highlights that in 2010, 31 per cent, or 133 billion pounds (5.9 million tonnes), of food available for consumption at the retail and consumer levels in the United States went uneaten.

Two-thirds of this loss occurred in homes, restaurants and other away-from-home eating places, and one-third occurred in grocery stores and other food retailers.

The researchers broke down the losses by food group and between the retail and consumer levels.

Of the animal protein food groups, overall losses of dairy foods were highest in volume at 83 billion pounds. This total breaks down as 53.8 billion pounds of liquid milk and 29.1 billion pounds of other dairy products.

The 'meat, poultry and fish' figure was 58.4 billion pounds, comprising losses of meat, poultry meat and fish & shellfish at 31.6, 22.0 and 4.8 billion pounds, respectively.

In the same year, 8.4 billion pounds of eggs were lost in the US.

Compared to other food groups, the proportion of these losses at retails level is fairly low, ranging from four per cent for meat and poultry to liquid milk and other dairy products at 12 and 11 per cent, respectively.

However, while the ERS report highlights the problems in the US, at the World Meat Congress last week, the impact of food waste was shown to be a global problem, affecting developed and developing nations alike.

Berhe Tekola from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations told the congress that 1.6 billion tonnes or 30 per cent of global food production is either lost or wasted each year.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

New Zealand Beef Sector to Benefit from US Australian Drought
Recent droughts in the US and Australia and growing Asian demand are expected to lift prices for New Zealand beef, according to the latest Situation and Outlook for Primary Industries Report.

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS 2013: More Turkey Meat Eaten But Less Per Person
The human population has grown faster than turkey production in many countries where the birds are both reared and consumed, according to industry analyst, Terry Evans. The latest figures show the highest annual per-capita consumption in the US at 7.4kg.

How Irradiation Affects Shell Egg
Low-dose irradiation (2.5kGy) of shell egg would be beneficial for the egg processing sector and the safety of food products that use liquid egg white could be improved, according to Byungrok Min, Ki Chang Nam, Cheorun Jo and Dong U. Ahn of Iowa State University. Their report is included in the University's Animal Industry Report 2014.

Food Loss: Questions About the Amount and Causes Remain
Two-thirds of the 133 billion pounds (5.9 million tonnes) of food loss in the US in 2010 occurred in homes, restaurants and other place outside the home, and one-third occurred in grocery stores and other food retailers, according to a new report from the USDA Economic Research Service. The authors outline some strategies to reduce these losses.

Company News

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Global Meat Industry News

   United States

Three Truths about Public’s Perception of Genetic Modification
Labour Board Orders OK Foods to Set Union Election Aside
West Liberty Foods Buys Bankrupt Quantum Foods' Assets
Cargill Turkey Feed Mill Marks 30 years with no Lost Time Injury
Pork Demand on a Roll
Missouri Sues Tyson Foods over Waste Water Discharge
Meat Processor Fined for Hazardous Working Conditions
US Congress Examines Food Safety Issues with Chinese Products
Meat, Poultry and Fish Account for 30 Per Cent of US Food Waste
Strong Throughput and Quality in Australia, Friday
Hong Kong Market Reopens to US Beef
Transatlantic Trade Deal Must Be Backed by Agriculture

   European Union

EU Pig Prices Increasing
EU World's Largest Agri-food Exporter
Pig Prices Rise in Southern EU Member States


Australian Pork Labelling in Delis Allegedly Misleading
Pig Slaughter Levy Set to Increase 1 July 2014
Lower Agricultural Output Forecast for Australia
Australian Pork Industry Steps up School Ag Programme


Senate Recommendations to Help Competitive Position of Canadian Agriculture

   United Kingdom

Livestock Industry's Sustainability Role Highlighted
Red Meat Industry Contributes Over £2 billion to Scotland’s Economy
Poultry Specialist Wins Top Honour at UK Green Awards
UK Meat Production Higher in May
New School Food Standards to Bring More Sustainable Fish to the Menu
Too Much Beef And Not Enough
McConnell to Manage Events for Kelly Turkeys
School Lunch Changes Offer Boost for UK Sausages


Negotiations for £120m China Beef Lamb Export Deal
China Gets Tough on Food Safety

   Viet Nam

Vietnamese Seafood Exports to Hit $7 billion
Viet Nam Hog Market


Prices of Chicken, Eggs to Go Down During Ramadan


Godrej Tyson Aims for 24 Per Pent Share in Fresh Chicken Market
Indian State Hikes Agri Budget
Government Calls for Stop on Antibiotics in Indian Animal Feed


Canadian Pork Council Joins Agriculture Minister in China
Thorny Issues Revealed in US-EU Trade Talks


Brazil Calls for Tighter Pig Health Controls with Colombia
Oman Relaxes Health Certification on Brazilian Chicken


Denmark Reports Decline in Salmonella Infections


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