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Wednesday 27th August 2014.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


Food Company Highlights Welfare Message

The importance of animal welfare in the production of food has been highlighted by new guidelines drawn up for its suppliers by global food processing giant Nestlé

The guidelines that were drafted with guidance from World Animal Protection, together with in-put from Mercy for Animals and the Humane Society of the United States, are based on the international five freedoms for animal welfare.

  1. Freedom from hunger, thirst and malnutrition
  2. Freedom from fear and distress
  3. Freedom from physical and thermal discomfort
  4. Freedom from pain, injury and disease
  5. Freedom to express normal patterns of behaviour

The Commitment on Farm Animal Welfare has been added to Nestlé’s supplier guide and it spells out the company’s commitment to improving animal welfare across its global supply chains.

In the guidelines on the supplier code Nestlé says: “We share consumer, civil society organisation, government and investor concerns about the care, health and welfare of farm animals used in food production”.

The company adds that it also recognises the link between animal welfare and the health of animals raised for food.

And it says it believes that “robust farm animal health and welfare standards can have both a direct and an indirect impact on food quality and safety”.

Meanwhile a report in the UK indicates that calories and the food being eaten might not be the cause of obesity – it could all be down to lifestyle.

The report The Fat Lie by Christopher Snowdon says that UK consumers have been eating fewer calories over the years but changes in jobs and lifestyles are more likely to be the reason the population is getting fatter.

The report shows that less sugar and aft is being consumed by the population is taking less exercise both in and outside of work and in consequence is not burning off the calories being consumed.


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Need for Foodservice to Understand Expiration Dates
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How Does A Free Trade Agreement Benefit Dairy?
With almost three quarters of South Korean milk used for drinking, there is plenty of scope for the sale of processed dairy goods, write two economists at the US Deparment of Agriculture.

How Rearing Cattle Affects Eating Quality
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Infectious Prion Protein Discovered in Urine of Patients with vCJD
The misfolded and infectious prion protein that is a marker for variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease – linked to the consumption of infected cattle meat – has been detected in the urine of patients with the disease by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School.

Company News

Sonoco Buys Weidenhammer Packaging
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Global Meat Industry News

   United Kingdom

Will Fat Make You Fat?
UK Sheep Meat Exports Hit 16-year High
Spot Price Well Below DAPP
Scottish Pig Price Influenced by Increased Supplies and Strong Pound
Farmers Set for Love Scotch Lamb Weekend


Jamaica Opens Borders to Canadian Beef


Vion Invests in Bavarian Meat Plants
Germany Forms Alliance to Increase Animal Welfare

   United States

Favourable Market Conditions Help Sanderson Farms
Guilty Plea in Californian Adulterated Meat Case
Further Extension of Tender Offer for Hillshire Brands Shares
Poultry Producer to Reopen Former Townsends Plant
Has US Lost over Country of Origin Labelling?
Little Optimism in Canadian Cattle, Hog Surveys
Awards for Poultry Plants' Safety Performance
Pork Turkey Demand Help Hormel Profits
New Beef Traceback Measures Aimed to Combat Foodborne Illness
Tyson Loses Donning Doffing Appeal
US Beef Prices Hit Record Highs
Offer Period for Tyson-Hillshire Deal Extended
Chicken Products Recalled over Listeria Fears


Anders Jeppesen Jensen General Manager HKScan Denmark
New Danish Cattle Slaughterhouse Opened by Prince Joachim
Eggs Recalled over Salmonella Risk
Danish Fresh Pork Exported to Nepal

   European Union

Farmers Call for Support After Russian Ban

   Russian Federation

African Swine Fever in Smolensk Region
Russia Adjusts List of Banned Agricultural Imports


Iran Lifts Brazil Beef Ban
Parmalat Buys Brazilian Milk Processor
Russian Demand Forces Brazil Meat Prices to Rocket
Brazilian Broiler Production to Rise in 2015


Indonesia Negotiates Resuption of Poultry Exports to Japan


Chinese Pork Products Exported to Russia
Nestlé Steps up Commitment to Animal Welfare
Call for Continued Support for Animal Disease Monitoring


$10 million Chicken Plant Opened in Zambia


Call to Irish Minister to Deliver for Farmers in Beef Crisis
Irish Beef Farmers Angry over Price and Specification Cuts


Domestic Prices Rises See Argentina Suspend Beef Exports


Inghams Closes Turkey Plant
Australian Cattle Slaughter Reaches Highest Level in 25 years
Sheep Farming Best Bet for Profit, Australian Report Finds


African Swine Fever Outbreak in Lithuania


China’s Sheep Supply Increases
Chinese Farm Produce Prices Rising
Chinese Sow Herd Lowest for Four Years
How Does the Industry Recover from China Meat Scandal?


Minor Disease Issues Affecting Mexican Poultry Industry


Court Fines Cargill for Tampered Wastewater Samples


Russian Ban Hits Hungarian Pork, Poultry Sectors


Japan Beef Faces Upward Pressure


ICoMST Opens in Uruguay

   Saudi Arabia

Saudi Poultry Sector Undertakes Major Expansion Projects


Agriculture Minister Holds Talks over Threatened Slaughterhouse


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