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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 23 February 2011

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Wednesday 23rd February 2011
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Editorial: EU Go-ahead for New Nutritional Labelling

The European Council has given the go-ahead to a proposed regulation on nutritional labelling of foods.

The regulations will also include country of origin labelling (COOL) if 'the failure to do so would mislead consumers'.

The legislation aims to ensure that food labels carry essential information in a clear and legible way, to help consumers to make balanced and healthier dietary choices.

One of the key elements is the mandatory nature of the nutrition declaration: the labelling of the energy value and of the quantities of fat, saturates, carbohydrates, protein, sugars and salt that will be made compulsory.

The European Commission has also raised the age for testing for BSE to 72 months from 48 months.

The move has been welcomes by the industry as it will strip out many of the costs associated with BSE testing.

The US saw record export of beef and pork last year.

Record-high export values for beef ($4.08 billion) and the second-highest total on record for pork ($4.78 billion) fuelled the trade surplus according to the US Meat Export Federation.

“The United States agriculture sector not only is feeding much of the world, but it’s an important source of jobs and revenue for our country,” said Philip Seng, president and CEO of USMEF.

However, blocks are still being made on some US red meat exports and over the last week as group of top senators has led a petition to the Taiwanese authorities to lift the ban on beef exports.

The senators say the ban by Taiwan over food safety issues is based on totally unscientific grounds.

The Brazilian beef exporters are expecting trade to grow by between eight and 10 per cent this year, with increased sales to Morocco, Cuba and Iraq.

Chris Harris

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Robots and Automation on the Line
In the meat industry there is a place for using industrial robots rather than bespoke products, writes TheMeatSite editor in chief, Chris Harris.
Breeding Herd and Market Pigs Slump in Denmark
By Chris Harris, Editor-in-Chief, TheMeatSite. Our snapshot of the ongoing global pig industry trends as reported in February 2011 Whole Hog Brief. To read the full detailed analysis including all the commentary and graphical data, subscribe to the publication.
Heated Battle Against E.coli
The E. coli outbreak in 2006, where the morrpølse (a type of cured sausage) proved to be the source of contamination, put research on food safety firmly on the agenda. Since then Norwegian researchers have striven to make cured sausages safer.
Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook - February 2011
While hog prices are higher in the first quarter of the year, beef pricdes are expected to rise in 2011, according to the latest Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook from the USDA's Economic Research Service.
* Global Meat Processing Industry News

   Russian Federation

 » Cargill in Beef Trade with Russia

   United States

 » CME: Mixed Results for US Consumer Meat Demand
 » FSIS Notice on Inspection and Slaughter Line Speed
 » Imported Cow Over 30 Months Not Tested For BSE
 » CME: Daily Livestock Report
 » Ag Secretary Pressed on Timeline for GIPSA Analysis
 » 2010 US Pork Exports up Compared to Previous Year
 » CME: Markets Bullish Again; New Meat Price Records
 » Senators Call on Taiwan President to Lift Beef Ban
 » Beef Exports Exceed Beef Imports
 » MSU Projects Receive Agriculture Initiative Awards
 » New NTF Chairman Tells Industry to Face Challenges
 » Turkey Industry Pioneer Receives NTF Award
 » Peco Foods to Acquire Townsends Poultry Complex
 » Proposed Rule For The Inspection Of Catfish
 » Animal Health, Traceability on Top of APHIS Agenda
 » Red Meat Exports Boost Trade Balance by $4.24B
 » $49,000 Fine for Processor's Pollution Violations
 » CME: Increase in US Meat and Poultry Stocks
 » Catfish Processing Down 12 Per Cent From Last Year

   United Kingdom

 » Guidance to Prevent E.coli Contamination
 » LMC: Weekly Beef Markets
 » Time Right to Raise BSE Testing Age Rules
 » Rugby Star Heads Beef Campaign
 » Clearwater Seafoods Announces BRC Certification
 » Firm Fined after Meat Mincer Injury
 » Quality Standard Scheme Offers Benefits To All
 » New Manual Showcases 320 Beef and Sheep Cuts

   General

 » Anti-Dumping Investigation Initiated in Mexico
 » International Egg and Poultry Review: South America

   Brazil

 » Brazil's Pork Export Value Steady in January
 » Beef Exports Expected To Grow
 » Brazilian Meat, Dairy Companies Head to Gulfood
 » Marfrig Announces Plant Move

   Japan

 » Itoham Sees Stable Sales

   New Zealand

 » Silver Fern Farms Fined over Injured Worker
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   Germany

 » VION to Acquire Remainder of Moksel Shares
 » Wiesenhof Strengthens Commitment to Sustainability

   Cuba

 » Meat Processing Center Opened in Camagüey

   Ireland

 » Pressure to Remove Korean Tariffs for Pork and Dairy
 » Bord Bia Launches Bring Home the Bacon Campaign
 » Irish Chilled Prepared Foods Return to Growth
 » Mercosur Demands Deemed Not Acceptable

   Czech Republic

 » Czechs Consume Less Meat but More Poultry

   European Union

 » Food Security Under Threat: Global Response Needed
 » European Decision To Drive Cost Out Of Beef Chain
 » Meat & Bone Meal Ban in Feeds Remains in Place
 » EU Pig Prices: Slaughter Pig Market Balanced
 » Council Takes Next Step on Food Labelling Rules

   Australia

 » Beef Has Less Hormones In Than Other Foods

   Korea, South

 » Increase in Tariff-free Pork Imports, Powdered Milk

That's all for this week!

Ed.

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