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Tuesday 23rd December 2014.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


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Taking Action to Improve Animal Welfare

Animal welfare in meat and dairy production has taken on a new importance as two protocols have been published aimed at improving welfare practices around the world.

A nation by nation index of animal welfare practices has been launched by World Animal Protection to help countries benchmark their welfare systems and legislation and improve measure to protect animals and people.

The Animal Protection Index (API) establishes a classification of 50 countries around the world according to their commitments to protect animals and improve animal welfare in policy and legislation.

The index was established by WAP after consultation with numerous groups including Compassion in World Farming, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, Humane Society International and the RSPCA as well as governments around the world.

In all 50 countries were assessed by World Animal Protection on their animal welfare policy and legislation, clearly identifying where improvements can be made to protect animals and people.

The index was established after a pilot phase with eight countries and following consultation with the World Animal Health Organisation (OIE) and the measurement of the standards in place are based around the five freedoms that is already well established in animal welfare guides.

The index was set up in consultation with governments on the welfare standards that were already in existence and also by using comparisons with other indices measuring countries’ performance around the world.

Meanwhile, three European countries have called on the European Union to improve further animal welfare for those species where there are already regulations.

In a joint declaration, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands have also called on the EU to extend the regulations to include other species.

The Agriculture and Fisheries Council of the EU was briefed by the Danish, German and the Netherlands delegations last week about the outcome of a trilateral ministerial meeting on animal welfare which took place on 14 December 2014 in Vught in the Netherlands.

This meeting led to the joint declaration by the three countries.

Several EU have supported the initiative.

However, some countries said that considering the high level of EU standards for animal welfare, those countries that are exporting to the EU should have similar standards.

Some of the EU states also pointed out that existing legislation needs to be correctly applied before imposing new welfare measures.

Because of the Christmas and New Year holiday season, the next edition of TheMeatSite newsletter will appear on Wednesday 7 January.

A happy Christmas and prosperous New Year to all our readers and supporters.

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Global Meat Industry News


HKScan Sells Estonian Egg Business

   United States

Chaotic Couple of Weeks in Cattle Markets
US Pig Breeding Herd Forecast Up
Bob Evans Farms CEO Steps Down
Thai Union Buys Bumble Bee Foods
US Port Disputes Disrupting Meat Imports
Industry Backs Video on US Meat Story
Meat Plant Fined after Death of Worker
Is Russia Affecting the US Markets?
New Pork Processing Plant to Create 800 Jobs in Michigan
New Animal Welfare Programme Leader at Tyson Foods
New Slaughterhouses to Open in Maine

   Russian Federation

Russian Meat Production Rises as Beef Falls


Sale of Atria Swedish Cheese Producer to Arla Moves On


BRF Forms Joint Venture in Indonesia
Growing Opportunities in Indonesia’s Dairy Market

   United Kingdom

Beef Association Forecasts Better Prices in 2015
UK Avian Flu Restrictions Lifted
On-farm Testing for Campylobacter to be Funded
Product Consistency Key to Putting Casseroles Back on Menu
Supermarkets Stand by British Pork
Moy Park Grower Commended for Progressive Farming


Australia-Japan Agreement to Boost Meat Exports
MSC Label for Iglo Group in Europe
Sustainable Aquaculture Commitment from 100 Fish Farms
Benchmarking Countries over Animal Welfare Practices
What is the Global Impact of Bird Flu?
Sanderson Farms Joins International Poultry Council


Can Scrapie be Transmitted to Humans?

   Korea, South

Korean Food Service Sector Subdued


Keeping Chicken Safe for Christmas Lunch
Strong Global Demand Keeps Australian Beef Market up in 2014
Goat Prices Go from Strength to Strength in 2014
Australian Red Meat Records Reset
Gradual Improvement Forecast for Australian Poultry Sector


US Urged to Heed Retaliation Warnings over M-COOL
Canadian Meat Processing Plants Lack Workers

   European Union

European Union Encourages Organic Production
Joint Declaration Aims to Push EU Further on Animal Welfare
Overproduction Part of EU Pig Market Problems
EU Pig Prices Unchanged


Irish Consumers Urged to Buy Irish Turkeys at Christmas
Farmers Call for Beef Quality Insurance Incentive to be Implemented
Irish Milk Production Over Quota at End November
Glanbia Ingredients Ireland Invests €7.8m in New Plant


Outdoor Access of Organic Turkeys Can Pose Risks


Campofrio Blaze Could Affect Spanish Hog Market


Guangdong Restricts Poultry Markets over Bird Flu Fears
Chinese Farm Produce Prices Rise Slightly


Brazilian Cattle Slaughter Down in Third Quarter

   New Zealand

Alliance Ends Speculation over Mergers
Silver Fern Forced to Pay Redundancy to Seasonal Workers
Beef + Lamb New Zealand Join with McDonald’s for Sustainable Beef Programme


Building Poultry Production in Uzbekistan


Belarus Suspends Export of Non-Heat-Treated Pork to Russia


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