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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

04 November 2014

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Defra has issued Customer Information Notes (2014/070 and 2014/074) to impress on the need of carcase separation in chillers. This follows comments resulting from the recent Korean veterinary inspection. For the time being, the Korean authorities (QIA) have told Defra that they are happy to accept consignments of UK pork without the need for it to comply with the carcase separation in chillers in the currently agreed checklist. This has avoided trade disruptions. In the meantime, QIA will consider Defra's suggestion that this be removed/revised in line with current practice.

SIAL (Meat) which closed its doors yesterday was a vintage edition with 30% more meat companies, attendance and exhibition space. Despite the current woes of the European pork sector, business was brisk with many traders present from Asia. Some African importers were not able to get visas due to the Ebola crisis.

Peter Kendall, AHDB Chairman, addressed the English Meat Dinner in Paris last Tuesday. The event is co-sponsored by BPEX and EBLEX. Some 300 guests from a large cross section of the British meat trade and importers attended the event which included a Carpaccio of marinated British pork.
A new certificate for the export of pork to the Comoros Islands is now available under 7738EHC.



The Lampaul Agro project launched by seven ex-executives of GAD has been dropped, the plan had been to open the abattoir in Lampaul Guimiliau. The deal with SVA for the take-over of the GAD abattoir in Josselin by SVA will result in Intermarché reorganising pig production in Brittany, the 530 employees retained by SVA went back to work this week.

Pork “paupiettes”

“Paupiettes” is a French speciality product (stuffing covered with a slice of meat, wrapped in back fat and stringed) traditionally made with veal. Due to the current difficult times, cheaper paupiettes are now available on the shelves: At the same time when Socopa is launching their new pork “paupiettes” retail pack with seasoning ingredients, Jean Floc’h, the leader of frozen pig meat sector in France, is also launching a new paupiette with 100% pork stuffing wrapped in thinly sliced smoked back fat.

New MD's

Armand Baudry is the new Managing Director of William Saurin (part of Turenne Lafayette group owned by Monique Piffaut). Régis Dabert is the new Managing Director of the Herta factory in Saint Pol (north). His predecessor, Emmanuel Sénéchal, left the company to run a Nestlé chocolate factory in England.


Pigs: According to “Marché du porc Breton”, the majority of European producers have requested the management of the pig market by the European Commission. However, German opposition incited the European authorities not to show support for the pig market. The 56 TMP prices lost €c0.4 at Plérin; a slight decrease but a sign of the imbalance in supply and current demand.
Piglets: The market is stable but remained cautious at the start of this week. It was no surprise that last week the FNP-FNCBV prices lost €c6 for 25kg weaners and €1.07 for 8kg piglets.
Cuts: Demand is easing due to school holidays. Only offal cuts such as cheek or kidneys are selling well.



On the European market, sales are reported as stable with prices mainly unchanged on the week. The UK bacon market is reported as stable with prices at similar levels. Sales further afield to both Japan and China were reported as good.


Unchanged pig price

After several weeks with large volumes of slaughter pigs on the market, numbers have started to decrease and the surplus is now mostly depleted. In some regions of Germany, producers have already demanded a small price increase as demand from slaughter facilities also increased. Although meat market prices remained relatively stable, most marketers are far from satisfied as margins remain tight and they advised against an early price increase. Most producers agreed with this interpretation of the market and the recommended pig price remained unchanged at €1.40 per kg.



Wet hams

Some 30,000 dry-cured hams were destroyed by flooding in Corniglio near Parma. The flood also affected local pig farms. (Source, Alimentando)


More meat products are affected by the Russian restrictions

On Monday the Russian food safety authority Rosselkhoznador announced another ban on EU products to include beef and pork offal, flour made from meat and meat offal and beef fat, pork fat including lard and chicken fat. This new ban came into effect on 21 October. Rosselkhoznador say this is due to multiple detections of banned and harmful substances in some meat products imported from the EU. (Source: EU Commission, Eurocarne)

Two WH Group plants export to Russia

Heilongjiang Wankui Shuanghui and Baoquanling Shuanghui have commenced exports of fresh pork to the Russian market. On 20 October, Rosselkhoznadzor commenced inspection of three more Chinese pork-producing companies for approval to export to Russia. (Source: Eurocarne,

Moldova ban

Rosselkhoznadzor is going to ban meat imports from Moldova from 27 October. The decision was made after Rosselkhoznadzor and Belarus veterinary officers inspected meat-producing enterprises. At a number of enterprises, inspectors noticed discrepancies in production facilities and cases of inadequate certification of meat products delivered to Russia from Moldova. (Source,

Minsk Meat banned

Rosselkhoznadzor introduced a temporary ban on products from the Minsk Meat-Processing Plant after inspection officers detected the ASF genome in four of five product samples from the company. Earlier, the genome of the virus was found in the products produced by another Belarus meat-processing plant, Orshankiy. (Source,


ASF registered in Chernihivska

According to the State Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service of Ukraine, the fifth case of ASF has been registered in the country. A wild boar corpse was found on 18 October in the Kulykivsky region of Chernihivska oblast. The lab analysis showed the animal died due to ASF. The authorities introduced 3km safety zone around the site and, currently, a group of experts are searching hunting grounds in the region. (Source,


Pork exports decrease

According to the official statistics, the depleted pig population in Belarus (due to the ASF) has resulted in a sharp decrease in pork exports from the country. In the January to August period, Belarus exported 8,000 tonnes of pork compared with 38,500 tonnes in the corresponding period a year earlier. As for production in the period, Belarus produced 113,100 tonnes of pork, 21.6% less than a year ago. (Source:


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