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Wednesday 1st October 2014.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief

MSD Animal Health


Growth in Organic Foods Market

Growth in the organic grocery market in the UK was 3.2 per cent for the four weeks to 16 August 2014 compared with a fall in the non-organic grocery market of 0.9 per cent in the same period.

This continues a trend where organic sales in the UK have been growing at 1.2 per cent compared with a stagnant non-organic market for the year to 16 August 2014.

Organic sales in the UK now make up a 1.3 per cent share of the £96 billion food and drink market.

Despite household budgets still being under pressure, 83 per cent of UK households now buy organic in some form and 29 per cent of shoppers are willing to pay more for products that are ethically produced or kinder to the environment

In the US, agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the award of more than $52 million in support of the growing US organic industry and local and regional food systems through five US Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant programmes.

"Local and regional food systems are one of the pillars of our efforts to revitalise rural economies," said Secretary Vilsack.

Consumers are increasingly demanding more local and organic options. Investing in local and regional food systems supports the livelihoods of farmers and ranchers, especially smaller operations, while strengthening economies in communities across the country.

“Today's announcements also improve access to fresh, healthy food for millions of Americans."

In the global food market FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has called on policy makers to support a broad array of approaches to overhauling global food systems, making them healthier and more sustainable.

He said: "We cannot rely on an input intensive model to increase production and the solutions of the past have shown their limits."

Speaking at the 24th session of the Committee on Agriculture (COAG) he called for a "paradigm shift," to lower the use of agricultural inputs, especially water and chemicals, in order to put agriculture, forestry and fisheries on a more sustainable and productive long-term path.

Options such as Agro-ecology and climate-smart agriculture should be explored, and so should biotechnology and the use of genetically modified organisms, FAO's director-general said.


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Common Sources of Foodborne Disease in UK
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Serving of Dairy Foods Can Prevent Heart Disease
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Effect of Nitrite on Sausage Flavour
Nitrite promotes protein carbonylation and Strecker aldehyde formation in experimental fermented sausages.

Detecting Salmonella in Poultry
Conventional methods as well as PCR were suitable for detection of Salmonella, according to a new study from the Free University of Berlin in Germany. Researchers also found differences between the sampling methods.

Company News

IPPE Visitor Registration is Open
US - Pre-registration is now open for the 2015 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE).
Expansion for Food Machinery Supplier
IRELAND - Boyd Food Machinery has established new office and warehousing facilities in Ireland.
Market Reports

Sri Lanka Fish Prices 1 October 2014
Portland Fish Exchange Prices 1 October 2014
USDA Egg Products - 30 September 2014
USDA Agricultural Prices - 29 September 2014
Sri Lanka Fish Prices 29 September 2014
Portland Fish Exchange Prices 29 September 2014
USDA International Egg and Poultry 23 September
Irish CSO Reports Pig Survey June 2014
Irish CSO Reports Crops and Livestock Survey June Provisional Estimates
China Wholesale Prices 26 September
Sri Lanka Fish Prices 26 September 2014
EBLEX Cattle and Sheep Weekly 26 September 2014
AHDB Pig Market Weekly 25 September 2014
BPEX Weekly Export Bulletin 26 September 2014
Portland Fish Exchange Prices 26 September 2014
USDA Livestock Slaughter - 25 September 2014
USDA Poultry Slaughter - 25 September 2014

Global Meat Industry News

   United States

USDA Hogs and Pigs Estimates
New Poultry Deboning Plant Set to Open in Arkansas
Financial Boost for US Organic
Higher Egg Volume, Prices Boost Cal-Maine's Quarterly Sales
E.coli Alerts over Beef Trimmings
Beef Stocks at Nine Year Low
Seaboard Sells Half of Daily's Premium Meats
Positive USDA Hog Report, But PED is the Elephant in the Room
CME: Hatchability Ratios
US Poultry Processors Recognised for Cutting Environmental Impact
Food Safety Summit Delegates Hit by Illness
CME: Impact of Disease on Pig Crop
Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture Launched by President Obama
Butterball Expands Corporate Citizenship Program


Global CEO Appointed for BRF

   United Kingdom

Call for Fair Dairy Contracts
UK Organic Sales Growing
New Project to Measure Boar Taint on Slaughterhouse Line
Gold Awards for Golden Turkeys
Northern Irish Lamb Price Back Last Week
Minimum Wage Increase for Agricultural Workers


Responsible Use of Antibiotics Focus of Animal Health Week
Maple Leaf Completes Closure of Moncton Plan
Pork Producers Expected to Remain Profitable for Next Four to Six Months


Bacteria - Sustainable Alternative to Soy for Pigs


$10m Chicken Processor to Open in Uganda


FAO Calls for Shift to Sustainable Agriculture
New Approaches to Agriculture Needed to Cope with Climate Change


Australian Food Exports Expected to Ease
Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
Australian Sheep Market Roundup


Increased Processed Chicken Exports in India
Indian Poultry Companies Look to Boost Processed Chicken Exports

   Russian Federation

Russian Government Maintains Agriculture, Food Support


Positive Outlook for Irish Sheep Meat Industry

   Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabian Poultry Integrator Invests in New Software


Chilean Chicken Companies Guilty of Collusion


Global Poultry Trends 2011
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VIV Europe Digital 2014


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