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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 23 June 2010

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Wednesday 23rd June 2010
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Editorial: Concern over Rising Costs for Small Processors

Concern has been raised by meat and agricultural industry organisations in the US that small and independent meat processors are at significant economic risk due to increased regulatory costs included in a preliminary draft guidance document issued by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service.

The FSIS document spells out new and costly requirements for local meat processors under the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Systems Validation proposal.

Food labels should feature mandatory nutritional information and guideline daily amounts, according to draft EU legislation as adopted by MEPs last week.

However, the MEPs rejected a proposal for 'traffic light' values to highlight the salt, sugar and fat content of processed foods.

Another EU initiative is aiming to harmonise worldwide food quality and safety monitoring and control strategies.

MoniQA (Monitoring and Quality Assurance in the total food supply chain), funded by the European Union, involves experts from around the globe.

The project has developed a database of food quality and safety issues and corresponding analytical tools for food production and the supply chain.

In New Zealand, the Royal New Zealand SPCA is concerned that the proposed new pork industry labelling system runs the risk of misleading consumers. Proposed 'Welfare Approved' wording is confusing and will not mean the meat inside the packaging is SPCA approved.

The proposed new labelling, developed for the New Zealand Pork Industry Board (NZPIB), is expected to carry the designation "100% NZPork Welfare Approved". However, the SPCA says that the label is not expected to clarify whether the meat described is derived from free-range sows or from those confined in sow crates or farrowing stalls.

Food labels should feature mandatory nutritional information and guideline daily amounts, according to draft EU legislation as adopted by MEPs last week.

However, the MEPs rejected a proposal for 'traffic light' values to highlight the salt, sugar and fat content of processed foods.

Another EU initiative is aiming to harmonise worldwide food quality and safety monitoring and control strategies.

MoniQA (Monitoring and Quality Assurance in the total food supply chain), funded by the European Union, involves experts from around the globe.

The project has developed a database of food quality and safety issues and corresponding analytical tools for food production and the supply chain.

Chris Harris



* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 3 new features this week:

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS - Asia Leads the World in Chicken Demand
With a growing human population and rising incomes, Asia is the region leading the growth in world chicken meat consumption, writes Terry Evans. This, the first of a series of special features entitled Global Poultry Trends for TheMeatSite, covers the production of chicken meat in Asia.
Economic Aspect of Agriculture in 2010 and Beyond
The economic aspect of agriculture for 2010 shows more stability compared to the economic outlook for 2009, according to an annual joint report by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Develeopment (OECD) entitled Agricultural Outlook 2010-19. Rachel Ralte, Junior Editor of TheMeatSite, provides a brief outline of the Outlook.
US Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook - June 2010
Beef exports through the first four months of 2010 were 26 per cent above year-earlier levels, while US beef imports were down by 20 per cent from 2009, according to the USDA's Economic Research Service. April pork imports rose almost 36 per cent, likely due to higher US pork prices and a stronger dollar.
* Company News

European Food Processing Auction
UK - Pro Auction is to hold the largest auction sale of meat and food processing machinery to be held in Europe.
* Global Meat Processing Industry News

   United Kingdom

 » UK Slaughter Statistics - June 2010
 » New Export Market for UK Pig Meat
 » NFU Sets Out Research Priorities for Farming
 » LMC Report: Higher Global Beef Prices In 2010
 » NFU Lobbying Success on Food Labelling
 » Targeting Innovations for the Food Chain
 » Gloucestershire Old Spots Pork Under Protection

   Argentina

 » Argentina To Fall Short On Hilton Quota
 » Meat for a Sustainable World
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   European Union

 » EU Sets Out New Food Labelling Rules
 » Tracing Food Safety
 » New Database of Food Quality and Safety Issues
 » EU Pig Prices: Stability All Over Europe

   China

 » WTO Against US Ban on Chinese Poultry Products

   Ireland

 » The Dangers of a Mercosur Deal

   Denmark

 » Royal Accolade for Second Time for DAT-Schaub
LIMA - Quality in Meat-bone Separation
   United States

 » Ramping Up Efforts To Ensure Food Safety
 » Smithfield Foods Cuts its Losses
 » Smithfield Bids for Full Control of Butterball
 » Marfrig Acquires Keystone Foods
 » Weekly US Cattle Outlook: Retail Beef Prices Higher
 » AMI Concern over New USDA Rule
 » US Pork Demand Index Down Again in May
 » NCC Grateful for Chicken Purchase Programme
 » GIPSA Rule May Limit Pork Producer Market Options
 » Regulatory Costs Endanger Small Meat Processors
 » US Swine Economics Report
 » Sustainable Refrigeration Technology

   Brazil

 » Marfrig Becomes McDonald's Main Chicken Supplier

   France

 » Pork Sausage Cause of Salmonella Outbreak

   New Zealand

 » Prime Minister Opens New Mussel Plant
 » Proposed Pork Labelling Scheme is Misleading

   Thailand

 » GFPT JV Gearing Up to Process Chickens

   Australia

 » ABA Questions Differences In Beef Import Data

   General

 » Regulation Of Food Markets Desirable
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That's all for this week!

Ed.

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