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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 11 August 2010

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Wednesday 11th August 2010
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Editorial - Labelling and Traceability Become Top Priorities

Following the revelation last week that meat from the offspring of cloned cattle had entered the food supply in the UK, the country's National Beef Association has called on all UK beef industry stakeholders, including dairy farmers who cull out cows and bulls, to do all they can to make sure they do not sell animals with cloned origins into the beef processing and retail distribution system.

NBA has asked Defra and dairy breed societies to make urgent arrangements for cattle with cloning backgrounds to be identified easily so disposal mistakes are not unwittingly made if the original purchaser of cloned embryos, or embryos taken from the offspring of cloned cattle, sells stock to new owners who are unaware of its breeding. "This could be done by putting the initial 'CL' after the name of female and male calves when they are registered and entered in the pedigree herd book," explained the NBA director.

In Australia, The Food Amendment (Beef Labelling) Act 2009 will commence on 31 August 2010, and give consumers a more reliable and consistent description of beef quality.

A senior official of the New South Wales Farmers' Association Cattle Committee explained: "The development of the Domestic Retail Beef Register for the retail sector and underpinning of the AUS-MEAT language in State legislation means consumers are now able to have confidence in the way beef is labelled."

From January 2011, if retailers use age as a description, beef needs to be described as 'yearling' (less than 18 months), 'young' (18 months to 2½ years), 'intermediate' (2½ to three years), 'mature' (three to 3½ years) or 'economy' (older than 3½ years).

And finally, although agreement was reached between the two countries involved for the resumption of US poultry exports to Russia, so-called 'technical issues' have still to be finalised.

Russia has raised 'further issues' with a trade agreement that was supposed to have restarted US poultry exports to the country after a six-month ban. Industry and government sources have not specified the issues raised, although more than 100 US plants are now on Russia's approved list.

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 7 new features this week:

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS - Americas Supply the Lion's Share of Poultry Meat Exports
The Americas not only account for the bulk of global production of chicken meat but it can also boast of having the world's largest exporters - Brazil and the USA, writes Terry Evans.
EU Pig Meat Production 2009
According to Eurostat, pig meat production in the EU-27 was just under 21.3 million tonnes last year – a reduction of almost six per cent compared to 2008. This rather modest average masks massive declines in output in some countries, especially some of the New Member States, writes TheMeatSite editor, Jackie Linden.
International Meat Review - 5 August 2010
The number of cattle and calves in the US on 1 July totalled 100.8 million head, 1.2 per cent less than a year ago, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the International Meat Review reports.
Environmental Sustainability of Beef Production Improves
Advances in productivity over the past 30 years have reduced the carbon footprint and overall environmental impact of US beef production, according to a new study presented by a Washington State University researcher.
Monitoring Oven Loading in Cooked Meat Operations
Fully cooked, ready-to-eat products continue to increase in popularity among consumers because of their convenience, writes Abby Vogel from Georgia Tech Research Institue.
Report Shows Processed Meat and Bladder Cancer Link
A new report from researchers at the US National Cancer Institute, Imperial College in London and AARP in Washington suggests that there is a "modest support" for an increased risk of bladder cancer from eating processed meat products.
Philippines - Hog Industry Updates
Pig production increased by more than 1.1 per cent in value terms in 2009 while per-capita pork consumption declined, according to Pia A. Ang in the latest GAIN report from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
LIMA - Quality in Meat-bone Separation
* Global Meat Processing Industry News

   Russian Federation

 » US Poultry Exports to Russia Not Flowing Freely
 » Russia Approves More than 100 US Plants

   United Kingdom

 » LMC Report: Beef Prices In NI Lower Than Scotland
 » VION Invests in its Scottish Plants
 » Tracing Calves Born From Cloned Cow Embryos
 » Keep Cloned Cattle Information On Certificates
 » Forecast for Pork is Looking Good!
 » Copas Turkeys Attract Christmas Shoppers

   Brazil

 » Brazil's Pork Exports Down in Volume, up in Value
 » Paraná Leads Chicken Exports to Middle East

   Norway

 » New Techniques Could Make Cod Processing Faster
 » Marine Harvest Appoints Global Sales Director
Grasselli
   United States

 » AMI Reaffirms Safety Of Nitrite, Processed Meats
 » Tyson Foods Reports Sustainability Progress
 » High Approval Of Beef Checkoff Program
 » E.Coli Fear Sparks Ground Beef Recall
 » Senate Approves Price Reporting Reauthorisation
 » Beef, Pork Drive Tyson Foods' Sales Growth
 » FSIS Proposes Changes on Donning and Doffing
 » Sales Volume up and Costs Down for Cagle's in Q1
 » International Egg and Poultry Review: US

   Japan

 » Japan Beef Imports Fall Eight Per Cent
 » Japan's Beef Consumption Down Five Per Cent

   General

 » IPC Chooses Santiago for Next Meeting
 » USDA, Israel Sign Agreement on Research

   Australia

 » Germans Help With Food Zapping Process
 » Better Beef Labelling
 » Beef Exports Jump in July
 » Steak-Shaped Satisfaction, Perfectly Portioned

   European Union

 » EFSA Evaluates Campylobacter in Poultry
 » EU Pig Prices: Steady Throughout Europe

   Korea, South

 » Australian Retail Beef Sales Rise in Korea
   China

 » Prices of Pork Stoking Inflation Fears
 » Q2 Continues Good Trend, Says Zhongpin CEO
 » Ag Ministry: Pork Prices Continue Eight-Week Rally
 » Revenue Rises for AgFeed Despite Bad Weather

   Canada

 » The Biggest Challenge When Preparing Pork
 » Opportunities For Halal And Kosher Beef Markets
 » Govt Secures New Market Access to the Philippines

   Zambia

 » Prospects Improve for Zambia's Broiler Meat Industry

   India

 » Thai Poultry, Pork Processor Looks to India

That's all for this week!

Ed.

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