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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 02 February 2011

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Editorial - Concerns over Meat Inspection Charges

In the UK, a potential row is looming between the farming community and the meat inspection agency, the Food Standards Agency, over the payment of full meat inspection charges by the industry.

The government intends to withdraw all subsidies in meat inspection at the abattoir, but the farmers are concerned that the charges are going to be passed back down the chain and they will have to shoulder the burden.

The farmers estimate the cost of meat inspection could be £32 million a year.

Over recent weeks speculations had grown in the US that the Brazilian based beef processing giant, JBS, was poised to buy out the US food giant Sara Lee.

Speculation had been rife on financial pages and newswires.

However, now things seem to have cooled and, this week, JBS announced that its chairman and CEO, Joesley Batista, is handing over the reins as CEO to Wesley Batista, while Joesley remains Chairman.

In Ukraine, the Ukrainian Economic Development and Trade Ministry has proposed to introduce the licensing of pork, poultry, by-product poultry and lard imports.

A draft cabinet resolution on this has been posted on the official web site of the ministry.

Chris Harris

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Dioxin Caused a Rocky Road for Pig Prices
When dioxin was found in poultry feed in Germany at the beginning of the year, the repercussions were felt across the whole of Europe and not just in the poultry sector, writes TheMeatSite editor in chief Chris Harris.
Meeting Consumers' Package of Demands
The change in consumer habits and the growing wealth of populations is seeing a change in eating habits and demands, writes TheMeatSite Editor in Chief, Chris Harris.
Antimicrobial Bans Could Hit US Exports
Exports of US livestock and poultry products are important both to farmers and to the US economy, however the US market share could be threatened by imposition of controls on the use of antimicrobials in feed.
African Beef on the Dinner Table
There are plenty of cattle in Africa, but not enough quality beef on the market. A project financed by Danida, in which scientists from the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences at Aarhus University are participating, aims to help solve this problem to the benefit of African farmers.
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* Global Meat Processing Industry News

   General

 » Meyn and Ishida Join Forces
 » Speculation Grows over Meat Processor Buy-outs

   United Kingdom

 » Cold Weather Increases Beef Consumption
 » Supermarkets Shun Scottish Pork and Chicken
 » Livestock and Meat Commission to be Reformed
 » UFU Welcomes Private Storage Aid for Pig Meat
 » ASDA Demonstrates Support for Pig Producers
 » Agency Issues Advice on Oysters
 » Scottish Salmon on Shelves in China
 » £27 Million Christmas Loss for Pig Producers
 » Call for Intervention on Inspection Charges

   European Union

 » Agriculture Ministers Back Pig Meat Private Storage
 » EU Pig Prices: Slaughter Pig Markets Note Optimism

   Australia

 » Danish Bacon Imports Overwhelm Local Pig Farmers

   United States

 » CME: FMD in S Korea; Consequences in US
 » IPE 2011 - Expo Opens with Packed Programme of Events
 » Cattle Outlook
 » Organic Chicken Plant Closes
 » IPE 2011 - Participation Well up on Last Year
 » Meat Review Lacks Proper Perspective, Says Expert
 » Smithfield Sells Texhoma Hog Production Operations
 » K-State to Lead Way in Feed, Food Safety Research
 » USDA Process Verified Seal for Perdue Products
 » Concerns over Opening US Market to Chinese Poultry
 » Market Preview: Time a Factor in Pork Puzzle
 » Arkansas Deboning Plant Set to Close
 » International Egg and Poultry Review: US
 » CME: Consumption of Meat, Poultry and Fish Down
 » Super Bowl Weekend Will Boost Wing Consumption

   New Zealand

 » NZ Beef Looks To Export Oppotunities
 » Beef + Lamb New Zealand Directors Unopposed
   Ireland

 » Factories Accused Of Scaremongering
 » Derrynaflan in Fresh Meat Offer with Dunbia

   Oman

 » Oman's Private Sector Aims to Improve Food Security

   China

 » High-Level Call for Improved Food Safety

   Brazil

 » 2010 Brazilian Pork Exports Up in Volume, Value
 » Brazilian Cattle Prices to Remain High
 » Change at Top for JBS

   Ukraine

 » Ministry Proposes Introduction of Import Licensing
 » Poultry Meat Output up in 2010
 » Expansion Pushes MHP Poultry Output by 20 Per Cent

   Denmark

 » Danish Frozen Burger Market Limited

   Russian Federation

 » Cherkizovo Forges Ahead in Poultry Meat and Pork

   Canada

 » Reduction in Trade Disruptions Expected

That's all for this week!

Ed.

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