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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 22 December 2010

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Three Sacked over Animal Abuse Allegations

Smithfield Foods this week sacked two employees and their supervisor for violating Smithfield Animal Welfare policies.

The move follows the revelation by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) in secretly taken video footage of alleged instances of animal abuse at a Smithfield facility in Waverly, Virginia.

Following the HSUS revelations, Smithfield Foods reiterated its strict animal welfare policies and procedures.

Dennis Treacy, Chief Sustainability Officer for Smithfield Foods, said: "At Smithfield Foods our number one priority is food safety along with the care and safety–of our employees and our animals–at all of our facilities. We have a long history of leading the industry with innovative programmes to demonstrate that leadership in order to provide our customers with a safe and abundant food supply."

In Australia, National Union of Workers' employees at the JBS Swift plant in Brooklyn, Melbourne have now been locked out by the company for 20 days.

The 140 workers are protesting over a two per cent pay offer and the forced move to Saturday work on a reduced penalty.

Victorian Branch Secretary Tim Kennedy spoke to members at a lunchtime Christmas party, which was held at the picket site this week.

In Denmark, Danish Crown is to open negotiations with the employees in Hadsund on relocation of production to a closed Tulip sausage plant in Sdr. Borup.

However, the company was also experiencing problems with worker disputes when government officials, who monitor work at the Ringsted, Esbjerg and Herning plants, walked out in a dispute over charges.

•The next issue of TheMeatSite newsletter will appear on 5 January. We wish all our readers, sponsors and partners a happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

Chris Harris

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Selection For Efficiency Will Not Impair Carcase Traits
Selection for improved feed efficiency will not have any unfavourable repercussions for carcase traits but will result in larger, leaner carcases with better conformation, according to Teagasc.
Natural Extracts Cut Chemical Additives in Food Processing
Extracts from natural sources such as green tea, grape seed and bacteriocins such as nisin could be alternatives for food processors instead of chemicals as a means of protecting against pathogen contamination.
Dutch Herd and Farmers Decline
By Chris Harris, Senior Editor, TheMeatSite. Our snapshot of the ongoing global pig industry trends as reported in December 2010 Whole Hog Brief. To read the full detailed analysis including all the commentary and graphical data, subscribe to the publication.
US Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook - December 2010
While the US is forecast to be a net beef exporter in the last quartrer of this year, the USDA is predicting a rise in pig and poultry production, according to the latest report from the USDA's Economic Research Service.
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* Global Meat Processing Industry News

   China

 » New Facilities, Expansion of Zhongpin's Changge Site
 » Market State Pork Reserves to Ensure Supplies

   General

 » International Egg and Poultry Review: World
 » Ukraine Lifts Ban on Poultry Imports from Brazil
 » Middle East/North Africa Beef Imports Grow Strongly

   United States

 » Strong 4th Quarter Marks Good Year for Sanderson
 » Pilgrim's Completes Offering
 » CME: Beef Exports Up, Pork Exports Down in October
 » October Exceptionally Strong for Beef, Pork Exports
 » CDC: 1 in 6 Sick from Foodborne Illnesses Each Year
 » CME: USDA's Forecast for 2011 Meat Supplies
 » Safeguarding Catfish, Tilapia Fillets from Foodborne Pathogens
 » FDA Report Has Data on Antibiotics Sold, Not Used
 » American Humane Appoints Croney to Committee
 » Mississippi Poultry Remains a Success
 » Jackson Appointed President, CEO of JBS
 » Smithfield Foods Investigates HSUS Allegation
 » NCC Welcomes Call for GIPSA Rule Analysis
 » Plans for Beef Tallow Biodiesel Plant
 » Townsends Files for Bankruptcy
 » Three Sacked over Animal Abuse Allegations
 » ConAgra Hit by Difficult Market Conditions
 » Passage of the Food Safety Bill Welcomed
 » CME: Animal Welfare in the Media & Meat Demand
   Pakistan

 » Pakistan Lifts Ban on Chinese Poultry

   Australia

 » Higher Weights Boost Beef Production In October
 » NSW Pork Producers Give Generously to the Salvos
 » Aussie Pork Puts the Crackle into Christmas
 » Swift Continues Worker Lock Out

   United Kingdom

 » Cancer Patients Warned over Listeria Risk
 » UK Slaughter Statistics - December 2010
 » RSPCA Urges Cooks to 'Think Pig' This Christmas
 » FSA, Poultry Industry Target Campylobacter
 » Consumers Prefer Local Beef
 » Consumers Look for Red Tractor Logo
 » Export Markets Help Improve Price

   Brazil

 » Brazil's Beef Exports to ME Soar

   Viet Nam

 » Pangasius to Achieve Sustainability Certification TheMeatSite.com Online Book Shop
   New Zealand

 » Sector Strategy Consultation in New Year

   Russian Federation

 » Frozen Meat Ban to Give Boost to Domestic Industry

   Zimbabwe

 » Loss at CFI Poultry Blamed on Cheap Imports

   Denmark

 » Vaarst Appointed to Animal Ethics Council
 » Danish Crown to Move Hadsund Production

   Ireland

 » Pork and Bacon Cuts Give Pork Farmers More

   Germany

 » BfR Urges Restraint in Antibiotic Use

   Thailand

 » Soy Duty Cut Ahead to Reduce Food Prices
 » International Egg and Poultry Review: Thailand

   Costa Rica

 » Pork Consumption Increase Encourages Agri Sector

   South Africa

 » Processor Defends Chicken Reworking Procedures

   Netherlands

 » Expression Biomarkers to Improve Pork Quality

   Canada

 » Canada Works To Enhance Beef Exports To Asia

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Supply and Demand Well-Balanced



That's all for this week!

Ed.

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