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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 16 July 2014

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

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


European Commission Calls for Fair Play along Food Chain

The European Commission is to introduce measures that will help to protect small producer, processors and retailers in the food chain.

Concern is rising that some members of the food supply chain are being disadvantaged by pressure being imposed by the larger producers, processors and retailers.

Now new measures from the Commission will help to ease the pressure.

The Commission is backing a voluntary supply chain initiative that will include voluntary codes of conduct and better communication along the food cahin.

It will also assist in establishing EU-wide standards of principles for good practice and it will promote better enforcement at a national level.

It is ironic that on the day the European Commission announced this new initiative the German anti-trust office Bundeskartellamt has fined 21 sausage manufacturers and 33 individuals for illegal price-fixing.

The companies were fined a total of €338 million.

The anti-trust authority said that over several decades well-known sausage manufacturers had regularly met within the so-called "Atlantic Group", named after their first meeting place, the Hotel Atlantic in Hamburg, to discuss market developments and prices.

There had been agreements between several sausage manufacturers, in particular since 2003, to jointly implement price increases for the sale of sausage products to the retail trade.

In the UK this week, the National Farmers Union has also launched a fierce attack on the supermarket chain Tesco for promoting New Zealand lamb at the height of the British lamb season.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Beef Bruising in Slaughterhouses Has Welfare and Profit Affects
Profitability and animal welfare can be improved by reducing carcass bruising, is the conclusion of a report into meat quality by the Beef Cattle Institute.

Meat Quality in Conventional and Free-range Chickens
Free-range systems were found by researchers at the University of Bologna to modify the quality of chicken meat. They also demonstrate the effects of the bird's genetics and nutrition on meat quality characteristics.

New Food Waste Framework Calls for Fundamental Rethink of Food Practices
To solve the problem of food waste how food is produced and consumed needs to be radically rethought, researchers argue in a recent study.

Halving EU Meat Dairy Consumption to Lower Pollution
Halving EU Meat Dairy Consumption to Lower Pollution Halving meat and dairy consumption in Europe could reduce agricultural greenhouse-gas emissions by up to 42 per cent and nitrogen pollution by 40 per cent, new research suggests.

Market Reports

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Global Meat Industry News

   European Union

European Commission Tackles Unfair Practices in Food Chain
EU Council Addresses Organic Farming
Vion Food Restructures
EU Ag, Fisheries Committee to Discuss Organic Farming
EU Pig Meat Production Picking Up
Commission PAI Partners Acquisition of Labeyrie Fine Foods

   United Kingdom

British Farmers Hit Out at New Zealand Lamb Promotion
Dawn Meats Wins Gold at Supermeats Awards

   New Zealand

New Zealand Exports Rise in Value


Lamb Exports Return Record Values
US Pips Japan to Number One Grassfed Australian Beef Buyer
Poultry Complex in New South Wales Given Go-ahead
Beef Production Surges as Slaughter Increases
Australian Lamb Prices Dip as Demand Eases
Australian Lamb Slaughter Peaks in May
JBS Australia Acquires Andrews Meats

   United States

Cargill Turkeys Free of Growth-promoting Antibiotics by 2016
Pork Producer Profits Never Better
Cal-Maine Sales Reach One Billion Eggs
Record High Base Prices for Barrows and Gilts
Public Meeting to be Held on Antibiotic Resistance Monitoring
US Chicken Council Welcomes Modernisation of Poultry Inspection
Eating Lean Beef Daily Can Help Lower Blood Pressure
Weather and Sow Prices Hit Bob Evans Farms
New Poultry Meat Inspection Rules Go to Office of Management and Budget
Processed Meat Products Can Play Healthy Role in Balanced Diet
Safety Trends at US Poultry Conference


German Sausage Companies Fined over Price Fixing
German Farming 'Sector Hit by Falling Prices


JBS Foods Acquires Céu Azul


Record Earnings for Marine Harvest

   Viet Nam

Seanamico Black Tiger Shrimps Certified Sustainable

   South Africa

Frozen Chicken Prices Unaffected by New Tariffs


Argentina Denies Animal Health Protocol Breaches


Charolais Beef Receives Protected European Status


Maple Leaf Brandon Continues to Operate Below Capacity
Amendments to Canadian Meat Inspection Regulations


OECD and FAO See Lower Farm Prices


Belgium Cuts Antibiotic Use


Jharkand, Assam to get Agri Research Institute
India’s Agri Exports Up 5.1 Per Cent in 2013-14


Integrated Approach Vital to Reduce Food Waste and Loss


China Imposes Import Duties on US Chicken Meat
Chinese Pig Numbers Show Slight Fall

   Korea, South

Korean Meat Demand Spikes Ahead of Harvest Festival


Irish Agri-food Sector Aiding Economic Recovery


Ukrainian Meat Processor Appoints New CEO


Moldova Accepts EU Veterinary Certificates

   Russian Federation

Four-month Meat Production Rises in Russia
Work Starts on Tambov Turkey Plant


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