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Wednesday 10th September 2014.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief

MSD Animal Health


Welfare Politics Prices Rise in Global Importance for Processors

Animal welfare in a sustainable production system is gaining momentum as more and more meat and food companies are adopting codes of conduct for their supply chain stipulating welfare policies.

In recent weeks, food giants Nestlé and Unilever have spelt out guidelines for their suppliers to improve welfare conditions in production.

This week Heinz has joined the growing band of welfare conscious companies that have introduced measures to reduce the use of battery cages for their suppliers of eggs.

The company has also a policy on the abolition of gestation crates for sows.

These commitments to improving animal welfare are an indicator that big multinational companies are starting to appreciate the connection between animal welfare and health and at the same time welfare and food quality.

They are also an indication that these companies are starting to listen to what some of their customers have been saying for a considerable time.

Most of these welfare policies and guidelines are formed by working closely with animal welfare NGOs – previously seen as the bane of the industrial processor’s life, but now a working partner and mentor in producing workable and realistic policies and measures.

Lesley Lambert, the chief policy advisor for humane and sustainable agriculture at World Animal Protection said that their work with companies is “about catalysing change – enabling a company to realise for itself the benefits of animal welfare.”

In Denmark, the crisis over the decline in the number of slaughter pigs available for the processors and the exodus of pigs for finishing to Germany and Poland has been met by the leading company Danish Crown with a policy of guaranteed margins and support.

The processor is to assist the producers of finishing pigs with guaranteed prices and also support to build new finishing units.

The company hopes the backing will help farmers get more financial backing from the banks, who have shied away from investing in new and expanding pig units because of the falling profitability.

Across Europe, the Russian ban on exports of pork, poultry, beef, fish and dairy products is beginning to bite.

The European Commission is to monitor carefully the market prices for products affected by the Russian import ban in each member state each week, in a bid to help agriculture and fishing businesses.

Although it is too early to assess the full economic effects of the ban on the EU, the EC is remaining positive that the EU can bounce back and find new markets to sell to in the medium term.

However, it is clear that some producers will face serious difficulties in the short term, most notably the fruit, vegetable and dairy sectors.

Overall the Russian ban affects €5.1 billion worth of EU exports. The most affected areas of which are €1,233 million worth of meat exports (pork and beef) from
Denmark, Poland, Lithuania and Germany, and €1,349 worth of dairy products from Finland, the Netherlands, Poland, Germany and Lithuania.

In response to the ban, the EC created a Task Force to analyse the situation, considering the economic impacts. Following initial findings, the EC now monitors market prices for every product in every member state every week.


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Global Meat Industry News

   United Kingdom

When is a Trend Not a Trend?
Will Scotland's Independence Vote Impact Agriculture?
OSI Pickstock Form Joint Venture
Retailers to be Named in Campylobacter Survey
Action of Food Fraud Welcomed
Government to Set up Food Crime Unit after Horse Meat Report
Poultry Industry Hits Back at Newspaper Criticisms
Scottish Free Range Chicken Production under Threat


Danish Crown Aids Pig Producers to Boost Slaughter Numbers
Tican Setting New Standards in Cooling
More Sows But Fewer Slaughter Pigs in Denmark


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Lamb Down, Mutton up to Middle East in August
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Unilever to End Culling of Day Old Chicks in Egg Supply Chain
Food Prices Soar in Face of West African Ebola Outbreak


Australian Beef Offal Exports in Line with Slaughter
Australian Grain-fed Beef Exports Remain High
Five Year Plan for Australian Pork Industry
Meat Plant Workers to Receive Thousands in Bonuses


Argentine Broiler Production to Rise in 2015


Brazilian Meat Prices Continue to Rise

   United States

US Consumer-level Meat, Poultry Demand Strong
Video Launched on Antibiotic Use in Poultry Industry
Value of US Pork Exports Continue to Grow
Oyster Aquaculture Disease Management Plan for Rhode Island
Farmers Warn on Trojan Horse of COOL Reform
US Meat Exports Remain Strong
Autumn Winter Profits for North American Pork Producers
Optimism Rising over Cash Hog Prices
Perdue Recalls Chicken Products over Processing Flaw
Farmers Group Pulls Out of Beef Checkoff Working Group
Sustainability in Corporate Philosophy
Tyson Foods Hillshire Brands Integration Progressing
Consumers Want Humanely Raised Chicken
Changes for Lean Hog Futures
Perdue Foods Removes Antibiotics from Hatcheries
National Pork Board CEO Steps Down


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   European Union

EU Pig Prices Unchanged
Second Salmonella Outbreak Linked Across Europe
New Campaign: Where is My Meat From?
Europe to Monitor Prices Hit by Russian Import Ban


Irish Farmers Protest at Processor over Prices
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Ukrainian Poultry Production to Rise


Thai Integrated Poultry Producers Expanding Facilities
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   New Zealand

New Zealand Cattle Numbers to Rise


Animal Welfare Improvements Needed in Icelandic Slaughterhouses


Chinese Food Prices Rise


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   Korea, South

Beef Becoming Dearer in Korea


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   Hong Kong

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