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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 24 September 2014

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Wednesday 24th September 2014.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


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Meat Industry Focuses on Sustainability

Sustainability is on the mind of fast-food giant, McDonald's, whose efforts currently focus on verifiable sustainable beef.

Sustainable beef production is, indeed, its priority numbers 1, 2 and 3, according to Bob Langert, McDonald's Global Sustainability VP.

Seafood market sustainability was discussed at the Humber Seafood Summit 2014 in Grimsby last week.

We do not have great consumer confidence in the the UK, and with earnings down and debt rising, it is important we listen to want the consumer wants, according to Jonathan Banks of JB Associates.

He identified four key things that consumers want from their food: convenience, health/well-being, good taste/range and ethically produced.

On global trade talks, the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the European Union and the United States has been met with criticism and is viewed with suspicion.

For Germany, when it came to discussions over the TTIP, key concerns centred around the use of chlorine in chicken production, despite the fact that agricultural products account for less than 1.2 per cent of Germany's trade with the US and chlorine use on chicken carcasses from a scientific perspective is harmless.

Also on trade issues, the US trade representative and ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO) has called on Taiwan to set a Maximum Residue Level for ractopamine in pork and other beef products as its has already done for beef cuts.

And finally, in the United States, the government has launched a new strategy to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria with increased surveillance and faster tests.

In related news, the American Meat Institute and the American Meat Science Association have released a series of five new videos addressing common myths surrounding antibiotic use in livestock and poultry production and antibiotic resistance.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

UK Horse Meat in Beef Tests Sound and Reliable
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Ultimate pH Level of Beef Plays Critical Role in Tenderness
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Study Shows Dairy Good for Metabolic Health
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Market Reports

USDA Cold Storage - 22 September 2014
USDA Milk Production - 19 September 2014
China Wholesale Prices - 18 September 2014
Irish CSO Reports: Livestock Slaughterings August 2014
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 18 September 2014
Portland Fish Exchange Prices - 17 September 2014

Global Meat Industry News

   United States

CME: Cold Storage Supply of Pork, Poultry and Beef Down
Meat Competition Should Not Damage Pork Demand
McDonald's: Sustainability is Job #1, #2 and #3
Hog Outlook: Retail Pork Prices Set New Records
Videos Address Misperceptions about Antibiotic Use and Resistance
Pork Production Costs, Farrow to Finish
US Launches National Strategy for Combating Antibiotic-Resistance


Chinese Firm at Centre of Food Safety Scandal Halts Production


Brazil Boosts Egg Exports to Arab Countries, Poultry Meat to Russia


Indian Agriculture Minister Calls for Canadian Investment
Carrier Transicold Starts City Refrigerated Transport Solution in India


Norway Sees Potential in Fish Exports to India
Mitsubishi Makes Offer on Salmon Farmer Cermaq

   United Kingdom

Humber Seafood Summit: Fish - What Do Consumers Want?
BPEX Pig Health Scheme to Stay until 2015
How Effective Are Live Vaccines against Salmonella?
British Vets Prefer British Meat and Fish
Young’s Announced as Platinum Sponsor of World Seafood Congress 2015


Protein Market Growth in Africa, China, India
International Poultry Council Develops Strategic Plan
South America Targets Russian Market
China Invests in Australian Agribusiness


Zagreb to Host 2015 Animal Welfare Conference


Business Community Involvement Encouraged in Hog Moratorium Debate


US Calls on Taiwan to Set Ractopamine Residue Rules for Pork, Beef


Irish Pig Meat Exports for First Half of 2014 Jump 15 Per Cent
Prepared Consumer Foods Key to Value and Jobs
Irish Farmers Hit Out at Processors over Prices and Procurement Policy


Stable Performance of French Seafood Market
Halal Market in France Continues to Expand


Trans-Atlantic Trade Talks Overshadowed by Chlorine Use for Chicken
Rooting out Horse Meat Fraud
More Land, Fewer Harvests


Red Meat Sector Welcomes Drop in Australian Dollar


Iraqi Health Ministry Warns Salmonella in Chickens


Russia Blocks on Poultry Meat on Way to Kyrgyzstan

   European Union

High Pressure on EU Pig Supply


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