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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 19 May 2010

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Editorial: Technology Becoming an Industry Driving Force

This week the use of technology on the beef and meat industries has been greeted as both a positive and a negative by producers, processors and marketeers.

In Scotland, the early results of a research project looking at techniques to add value to the meat production system look promising.

Quality Meat Scotland’s Research and Development Report 2010 says that the project, being carried out by Cameron Craigie, the first PhD student solely funded by QMS, harnesses scientific expertise in both New Zealand and Scotland as part of a new research collaboration between QMS, SAC, AgResearch (New Zealand Crown Research Institute) and Massey University in New Zealand.

In the US, the American Meat Institute has released a new educational video outlining for consumers the proper portion sizes for meat and poultry products, as recommended by the US Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

The video, featuring Dr Betsy Booren, director of scientific affairs of the American Meat Institute Foundation, is the fifth installment of AMI’s new “Ask the Meat Scientist” series.

The Dietary Guidelines recommend people consume 5-7 ounces per day from the meat and beans category as part of a healthy, balanced diet.

However, the UK National Beef Association has called for deep discussions between meat processors and cattle finishers ahead of Video Image Analysis (VIA) machines being installed by meat plants to automatically classify beef carcases in all parts of the UK.

The move to install VIA is fuelled in part by abattoir owners trying to cut back on spiralling classification costs but if it is not done properly it could penalise finishers to the tune of many millions of pounds a year on a cross-UK basis.

The VIA machines currently being trialled in Northern Ireland has been pitted successfully against experienced human graders as part of the EU approved pre-examination that is required ahead of commercial installation.

Meanwhile the meat industry has received a fresh blow over safety from scientific research.

In a new study, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) have found that eating processed meat, such as bacon, sausage or processed deli meats, was associated with a 42 per cent higher risk of heart disease and a 19 per cent higher risk of type 2 diabetes.

In contrast, the researchers did not find any higher risk of heart disease or diabetes among individuals eating unprocessed red meat, such as from beef, pork, or lamb.

Chris Harris

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Processed Meats May Raise Heart Disease Risk
Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) have found a link between an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes and eating processed meats.
Re-Examining Agricultural Regulations in a Changing Climate
Reporting for TheMeatSite, Rachel Ralte provides an outline of agricultural necessities as presented by Dr Nina Fedoroff, Science & Technology Advisor to US Secretary of State and to the USAID Administrator, at the 86th annual USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum earlier this year.
Turkey Product Quality and Marketing at Conference
Three papers presented at this year's Turkey Science and Production Conference in Macclesfield tackled difficult issues in turkey meat marketing and product quality. Editor, Jackie Linden, selects the highlights for TheMeatSite.
Meat Quality Issues Discussed at Kansas Conference
Needle-free jet injection systems may increase the occurrence of injection site abscesses in pork carcasses that will need to be trimmed in pork processing plants, according to one paper presented at Kansas Swine Day 2009, and another revealed that glycerol and ractopamine (singly or combined) had no significant effects on the quality of pork loin chops.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - May 2010
Tighter cattle supplies, as a result of a declining cattle inventory over recent years, and pressure on imports will likely lead to a fall in beef production in 2011. This may however push prices up, says the USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates for May 2010.
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* Global Meat Processing Industry News

   United States

 » HQS Reports Sales up by One-Third
 » ARS Poultry Farm Now Certified Organic
 » Mixed Poultry Prospects in Mississippi
 » Company Tackled over Chicken Labelling
 » CME: Large Growth in Pork, Poultry Output Expected
 » US Beef, Pork Exports Show Strength In First Quarter
 » USDA Sets New Standards for Ground Beef
 » No Changes In US-Korea Beef Agreement
 » Empire Kosher Poultry Acquires Kosher Valley Brand
 » CME: What's Happening with Hog Demand?
 » China Begins Accepting US Pork Shipments
 » Pork Exports to Japan Down in Q1 of 2010
 » In The Cattle Markets
 » Weekly US Cattle Outlook: Big Boost to US Beef Prices
 » Upcoming Federal Investigation into Chicken Industry
 » Health Concerns over Processed Meats
 » Video Outlines Proper Portion Sizes for Meat, Poultry
 » CME: Livestock Futures Take a Tumble
 » Details for Poultry Antitrust Workshop Released
 » Call for Safeway to Use Less Cruel Slaughter Method

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Constant Trend Predominant
 » EU Pig Prices: Increase Seen Throughout Europe
 » EU Farmers Oppose Trade Talks With Mercosur

   Thailand

 » CP Foods Records Net Profit up Three-Fold

   China

 » AgFeed Reports Strong Growth in Pig, Feed Sectors

   New Zealand

 » FTA Negotiations - an Important Step

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   General

 » McDonald's Global Sales Rise

   Canada

 » Maple Leaf Completes C$250 Million Debt Financing
 » Food Traceability Could Provide Marketing Advantage

   Japan

 » Aeon Loves US Pork, So Do Japanese Consumers

   Netherlands

 » Nutreco's Profits up in all Sectors

   United Kingdom

 » Independent Buyers Focus On Markets
 » New Technology Adds Value To Meat Production
 » NBA Criticises Supermarkets Mince Sales
 » Concern over Video Carcase Classification

   Brazil

 » Marfrig Reports Net Income of BRR41.7 Million

   Germany

 » First GlobalGAP Certificate for Turkey Production
 » Danish Crown Sets Sights on Germany

   South Africa

 » Economic Conditions Hit Astral's Revenue

   Turkey

 » EU Project Closing on Effects of Halal Slaughter

   Denmark

 » Strong Results for DC Beef Division

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That's all for this week!

Ed.

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