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Wednesday 8th April 2015.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


MSD Animal Health

Are Concepts of Nutrition and Diet Changing?

The role of saturated fats in the diet has come under close scrutiny recently – and the outcome has been that they might not be the villains that they have been portrayed.

A series of conferences organised by the Dairy Council and Dairy Co on Dairy, Saturated Fats and Cardiovascular Disease over the last month heard that the image of all saturated fats being labelled as enemies has now been largely overturned.

Dr Anne Mullen, director of nutrition at the Dairy Council said: “Saturated fat has been seen as the bad cop. Recent research has shown that while it might not be the good cop, it is not as bad as it has been made out.”

Prof Philippe Legrande from INRA in France said that fatty acids are nutrients and as the body converts sugars, starch and alcohol into fatty acids it was wrong to define them as enemies.

He said that it is impossible to examine saturated fatty acids as a group as they needed to be examines according to their functions.

“They are not bad guys, they are not villains. It is just a question of amount,” he told the conference.

“They all have their functions.”

A study from Lund University in Sweden has also found that consumption of high-fat yoghurt and cheese are linked to a reduction in the risk of type 2 diabetes by as much as a fifth.

High meat consumption, on the other hand, is linked to a higher risk.

The findings, which have been published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, are in line with previous studies of eating habits that indicated a link between high consumption of dairy products and a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.

Another study from Finland found that egg consumption may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes

The research from the University of Eastern Finland, published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found that the consumption of eggs has led to improved glucose balance, among other things.

The new studies on fats have come at a time when representatives from Congress in the US have called on the government to base the national dietary guidelines on sound science.

In a letter to the agriculture and health secretaries they expressed concern that new guidelines had been drawn up on predetermined policy decisions rather than unbiased science.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Salmonella in Pigs Linked with Feed
At the 2014 Teagasc Pig Farmers Conference, a paper by first-named author, Anne Marie Burns, showed Salmonella detected in either feed or pig faecal samples on nine out of 10 high-seroprevalence pig farms in Ireland. It also confirmed the occurrence of monophasic Salmonella Typhimurium on Irish pig farms and the indication of its role in the transmission of Salmonella from contaminated feed to pigs.

How Recalls Hit Company Stock Prices
Food safety is top-of-mind among many consumers and producers of food.

Consumers Increasing Protein Intake
As consumers are faced with conflicting dietary advice, especially where fats and carbohydrates are concerned, protein has emerged as the "feel-good" macronutrient.

Why Entire Male Pigs Have More Skin Lesions at Slaughter
A new study from Ireland shows that entire males were more aggressive and performed more mounts than female pigs and that, as a result, the boars had more skin lesions. It was found that carcase lesion score is a sensitive indicator of aggressiveness and welfare of pigs.

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Global Meat Industry News


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National Pork Board Embraces Steps to Curb Antibiotic Resistance
US Meat Exports Start Recovery From Port Strikes
Tyson Reduces Poultry Processing Capacity in Georgia
Port Dispute Partly to Blame for Poor US Meat Exports
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February Pork Exports Improve
Hog Slaughter to Stay Above Last Year
Dunkin' Donuts Moves to Welfare Friendly Products
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Californian Seafood Company Ordered to Stop Work

   United Kingdom

Halal Sector Offers Potential for British Lamb
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Call for Backing for British Lamb
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Eating Eggs Reduces Risk of Type 2 Diabetes


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   European Union

EU Pork Prices to Remain Subdued in 2015
EU Pig Markets in Balance – Steady Prices Anticipated
New EU Meat Labelling Rules in Force


High-fat Dairy Products Reduce Type 2 Diabetes Risk


Swiss Must Reduce Trade Barriers


Chicken to Remain Good Value for Cost-conscious Zambians

   New Zealand

Boost for New Sustainable Farming Projects


Strong Shipments to US Boost Australian Beef Exports


Chinese Farm Produce Prices Continue to Fall

   Russian Federation

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