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Editorial - China Welcomes WTO Ruling, US Urges Action

Earlier this week, China welcomed the World Trade Organization's (WTO) final ruling that US restrictions on Chinese poultry imports are inconsistent with WTO regulations.

The US ban on Chinese poultry product imports has damaged China's poultry industry, undermining the interests and rights of Chinese enterprises, according to an official at Chinese Ministry of Commerce. The WTO ruling makes it clear the US's restrictive measures lack legal basis, said the official, adding that China hopes the US will scrap the ban.

In 2004, China and the US stopped importing poultry products from each other because of bird flu fears. While China called off its ban on US poultry imports when the bird flu alert was cancelled, the US did not end its ban on Chinese poultry product imports.

At the request of China, a WTO panel was established to investigate the case in September 2009.

One US Senator, Barbara A. Mikulski (Democrat-Maryland), has sent a letter to the US Trade Representative and the Secretary of Commerce, asking them to respond to China's decision to impose steep tariffs on US poultry products. She stated her concerns about the impacts of the decision on US poultry producers and jobs.

Beef from the US continues to increase its focus on the European market with exports for the first eight months of 2010 reaching 14,000 tonnes – a rise of more than 80 per cent on the same period in 2009.

Jackie Linden



* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Branding is the Key to Marketing
Branding will be the secret to the successful marketing of British beef and lamb onto the French Market, writes TheMeatSite senior editor Chris Harris.
US Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook - October 2010
SNIPPET, according to the latest Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook from the USDA's Economic Research Service.
Brazil - Poultry and Products Annual 2010
A three per cent increase in broiler production is predicted in 2011, according to Joao Faustino Silva in the latest GAIN Report from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
Argentina Livestock and Products Annual Report 2010
Argentine beef exports for 2011 are projected at 300,000 tons (carcass weight equivalent), unchanged from the reduced level of 2010, according to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
EU-27 Dairy and Products Annual Report 2010
In 2010, EU-27 raw milk production is stimulated by stronger domestic and international markets for dairy products, according to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
LIMA - Quality in Meat-bone Separation
* Global Meat Processing Industry News

   United States

 » $300,000 for Meat Processing Plants' Modernisation
 » GIPSA Proposal has Animal Welfare Consequences
 » CME: Hog Carcase Weights Increase at Faster Pace
 » Pork Barbecue Products Recalls for Salmonella
 » McDonald’s Names Tyson Supplier of the Year
 » Instrument Helps Determine Pork Loin Marbling Level
 » Employment Eligibility Training Programme Released
 » Cargill Recognised for Welfare, Environmental Efforts
 » US Red Meat Production Down in September
 » CME: Increase in Overall Beef, Pork, Poultry Stocks
 » RTC Weight up Five Per Cent from Last Year
 » $2 Million Grant To Help Improve Food Safety
 » Market Preview: Hog Slaughter Weights and Rates
 » Calls for Action over Chinese Tariffs on US Poultry
 » Keeping Salmon Safe To Eat
 » CME: Rapid Rise in Hog Weights a Hot Topic
 » Injury and Illness Rates Lowest Recorded

   Russian Federation

 » Call for Poultry Meat Import Ban
 » New Rules on Transit of Russian Poultry Meat in EU
 » Strong Performance by Cherkizovo in 2010

   Philippines

 » Upgrade for Philippine Slaughterhouses

   Chile

 » US Meat Exports to Chile Soar

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   Mexico

 » Sales, Margin Improve for Bachoco in Third Quarter
 » Figap/VIV America Latina in Full Swing

   United Kingdom

 » Strong Incentives for Farm Quality Assurance
 » Chain Must Reward Its Producers, Says NFU
 » Beef Industry Requires Global View
 » British Christmas Turkeys Online

   Japan

 » Japan Considers Relaxing US Beef Curb

   Malta

 » Malta Urged to Improve Salmonella Control

   Italy

 » Italy's Improved Transport Controls Recognised

   Bulgaria

 » EU Body Calls on Bulgaria to Improve Welfare

   Ireland

 » Positive Prospects for Irish Food & Drink Exports
 » IFA Calls on Pig Processors to Reverse Price Cuts

   India

 » Venky's Plans to Expand in 25 Countries
 » Indian Poultry Company Buys English Football Club

   Malaysia

 » Health Minister Denies Low Quality Pork Claims

   Australia

 » A$ And Tight Supplies Hit Beef Export Values

   European Union

 » American Beef Shipments to Europe Continue to Rise
 » EU Pig Prices: Balanced Situation in EU Markets

   Viet Nam

 » Small Pig Producers Bring Home the Bacon

   China

 » China Welcomes WTO's Final Ruling on US Trade

   Slovakia

 » Poultry Retailers Told to Clean up Their Act



That's all for this week!

Ed.

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