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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 28 January 2010

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Editorial - Dutch Supermarket Goes for High-Welfare Pigs

Dutch supermarket group, Albert Heijn, is to source all its pig meat from sustainable and welfare-friendly sources from 2011.

The company already has welfare-friendly products through its organic and free-range pig meat but from 2011, all the pig meat sold through the stores will have to adhere to strict welfare standards that have been certified by the national Animal Protection organisation.

The supermarket chain has been working with its suppliers and the welfare organisations to produce a code of practice that includes giving the pigs more space in the pens, giving them distractions and also not using pigs that have been castrated.

Leading Dutch and European meat processor, VION, has been working closely with the supermarket and the farmers to introduce the code of practice.

In the US, John Morrell & Co, part of the giant Smithfield group, is to permanently close its hog processing and fresh meat manufacturing plant in Sioux City, Iowa, from 20 April.

The Sioux City plant processes hogs and produces boneless loins and other fresh pork products.

The Sioux City plant closure will affect approximately 1,450 hourly and salaried employees.

On 20 January 2010, the European Union granted Australia access to its new 20,000 tonne grainfed beef quota, giving Australia a foothold in the EU market.

The duty-free quota, which first became available in August last year, is available to eligible countries on a non-discriminatory basis, says Meat and Livestock Australia. The quota will operate annually (1 July to 30 June) via licences awarded to EU importers.

In Ireland, the report into the contamination of Irish pork with dioxin has finally been published. The report of the Inter-Agency Review Group was established to examine the incident, which occurred at the end of 2008. It sets out some 39 conclusions and recommendations.

Chris Harris



* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Long-Term Health Outcomes of Foodborne Pathogens
Scientific investigations must be carried out to draw a true picture of foodborne illnesses and to improve knowledge of them according to a report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, writes TheMeatSite senior editor, Chris Harris.
US Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook - January 2010
US beef exports have benefited from improved demand in Asian markets in late 2009,according to the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) January 2010 Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook. Meanwhile in the pig meat sector productivity increases and a smaller than expected decline in fall farrowings are likely to offset most effects of lower 1 December breeding inventories.The export estimate in the poultry sector for fourth-quarter 2009 was increased by 75 million pounds to 1.68 billion pounds.
Japan - Poultry and Products Annual 2009
Broiler meat consumption is expected to be lower this year than in 2009 and imports from Brazil are likely to be impacted particularly, according to Kakuyu Obara in the latest GAIN report from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
Australian Poultry Meat Production Plateaus in 2008
The latest ABARE statistics show a general level of stagnation in the Australian poultry industry following a number of years of growth. The report has been summarised by Jackie Linden for TheMeatSite.
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* Global Meat Processing Industry News

   Canada

 » NB Minister Orders All Poultry to One Plant
 » Westco-Olymel Says Slaughter Order is Illegal
 » Canadian Swine Industry Adjusts to US COOL
 » Link between Chicken E. coli, Human Infection
 » Council Blames M-COOL for Processing Plant Closure
 » Producers Call for Equivalent Food Labelling Rules

   Russian Federation

 » Thailand Offers to Supply Russia's Poultry Meat

   Malaysia

 » Pork Supply and Prices Assured for CNY
 » Govt Asked to Control Ex-Farm Price as Well

LIMA - Quality in Meat-bone Separation
   European Union

 » EU Council Hears of Problems from New CIS Pig Tariff
 » EU Pig Prices: Steadiness Throughout Europe

   United States

 » Perfect Storm Forming for Global Food, Agriculture
 » New Appointment Underscores Bettcher's Expansion
 » Keeping Pressure On Taiwan To Fix Beef
 » Improving Flavour and Texture In Low Fat Cheese
 » Potential of Dairy-Based Package Wraps Outlined
 » John Morrell to Close Sioux City, Iowa Plant
 » CME: US/Russian Poultry Trade Talks; Pork Prices
 » In The Cattle Markets
 » Catfish Processing Increases
 » US Livestock Slaughter Statistics
 » Weekly US Cattle Outlook
 » Instructions On Humane Handling And 28-Hour Law
 » Nolan Ryan’s Beef Names VP of Operations
 » CME: Exports Key in Meat, Poultry Markets
 » Market Preview: Year-End Meat Inventories Down
 » RTC Weight Down One Per Cent from Last Year
 » Controlling Bacteria In Beef Products
 » Nomination For Under Secretary For Food Safety

   Taiwan

 » Taiwan Accepts Delivery Of US Bone-in Beef
 » Future Talks Concerning Canadian Beef Imports?

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   Australia

 » Australia Gains Access To EU Grainfed Beef Quota
 » Pork Industry Launches New 'Funny and Cheeky' Ad
 » Limited Supply Lifts Export Prices To Japan

   Netherlands

 » Albert Heijn to Take Only Welfare Friendly Pigs

   Viet Nam

 » Viet Nam Reviews Livestock Sector to Meet Demand

   United Kingdom

 » Scottish Cattle Clipping Abattoir Trial
 » LMC Report: Beef Slaughterings Rise In 2009
 » Halal Study Opens Potential For New Markets

   Ireland

 » Factories Must Move On Price And Price Grid Issues

   Denmark

 » Dismissal of Danish Crown Mangement Team Urged

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