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Wednesday 21st January 2015.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief

MSD Animal Health


Chink of Light in Russian Meat Import Ban

The prospects for meat exports to Russia resuming, in particular pig meat exports, took a step closer last week with a series of bilateral talks between the Russian veterinary authorities, Rosselkhoznador and several EU states.

While Russia is still critical of the control measures taken by the European Commission over the spread of African swine fever in the Baltic states, the foundations have been laid for reopening of the markets.

Agreements have been made over inspections of processing plants and also on controls and certification of products at the borders with Russia.

And some progress has been made in the acceptance of the controls that are now being used to contain African swine fever.

However, while progress has been made on the sanitary and phytosanitary arrangements for exports to recommence, the embargo put in place because of disagreements over the handling of the Ukraine and Crimea situations remain and at present there is no sign that these sanctions will change.

The closure of the Russian border to EU meat exports, has opened up the market to others.

Brazil, for instance is estimating that its beef exports could reach $8 billion this year with 1.7 million tonnes exported and it is looking to fill the gap in the Russian market left by the sanctions.

However, while Russia is closed to the EU, several European countries have been seeking out new markets.

Finland this week announced that it will start exporting pig meat to China and a delegation from the UK has laid down the ground work to build exports of meat and agricultural products further, including the installation of a special British counsellor in China.

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Market Reports

USDA International Egg and Poultry - 15 January 2015
AHDB BPEX Pig Market Weekly - 15 January 2015
UK Slaughter Statistics – December 2014
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Global Meat Industry News


Could EU Pig Meat Exports to Russia Resume?
Call for More Efficient Food Production Systems
US Counts Cost of Chinese Ban on Poultry Exports
Why is McDonald's Passionate about Sustainable Beef?
BRF Announces New Global Structure
Research Finds Key Resources Passed Their Peak


Minister Visits New Danish Beef Slaughterhouse

   United States

Meat Industry Calls for Action at West Coast Ports
Farm Leader Urges President to Reconsider Trade Agreements
Don Dalton, US Poultry Industry Leader, Passes Away
Pork Products Imported Without Inspection Recalled
Docks Dispute Disrupting Imports Goes to Mediation
Pork Prices to Struggle in Competition for Consumer
Retail Pork Prices Fall
Cargill Sells Texas Cattle Feed Yard to Californian Company
How Do 2015 US Meat Expectations Fit With Longer Term History?
Rethink Urged on Lean Meat Ruling
Will Good Pork, Beef Demand Remain in 2015?


China-UK Strengthen Agricultural Cooperation
China Lifts Agricultural Financial Support
Chinese Farm Produce Prices Rise Slightly


Finland to Export Pork to China


New Chief Executive for Marfrig
Brazilian Beef Sector Expected to Remain Firm in 2015
Brazilian Pork Export Volumes Fall


Marine Harvest Volumes In-Line with Expectations


Thailand to Gain Another Customer for Frozen Poultry


Poultry, Cattle and Sheep Can End Bangladesh Hunger

   United Kingdom

UK Appoints Agri Counsellor in China to Help Boost Trade
Faccenda Sees Sales Soar
Multi-species Test for Meat Adulteration Launched
Hilltown Student Wins Dunbia Bursary
Welsh Lamb Trade Mission to Norway

   Korea, South

South Korea Lifts Ban on Australian Chicken
South Korea Urged to Lift Ban on Japan Seafood Imports


Exports Key to Adding Value to North American Pork Production
Canadian Pork Council Chair to Step Down
Pork Council Hopes for Resolution of M-COOL Before Retaliatory Tariffs
Five-point Food Strategy to Support Manitoba Producers
Pork Council Continues Efforts to Solve COOL Dispute
Demand Key to Influencing Pork Profitability in 2015


Cargill Expands Dutch Animal Nutrition Centre

   Viet Nam

Viet Nam Misses Target to Increase Pig Production


Irish Food and Drink Exports Rise For Fifth Year


Buffalo Grill Looks to Burger Market in France
French Abattoirs in Crisis as AIM Goes into Receivership


Marine Harvest Chile to Merge with AquaChile


Pig Meat Imports Increase Again in Italy


Japan Hong Kong Eliminate 30 Month Age Limit on Beef


Bird Flu Hits Poultry Sales in Taiwan

   European Union

Call for EU to Ban Foie Gras Production
Raw Drinking Milk: What are the Risks?

   New Zealand

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