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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 16 March 2011

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Wednesday 16th March 2011
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Editorial: Trade Bans over Dioxin Scare Lifted

Repercussions of the dioxin contamination of feed in Germany at the beginning of the year have been felt around the world as trade blocks have been imposed on pig meat products from Germany.

However, over the last week Hong Kong, the Philippines and Serbia announced they are to lift all import restrictions they introduced after the incident.

The countries have received the necessary information and reassurance that the situation is under control and that products can be safely imported from the EU, according to European Commission Trade officials.

A fact-finding mission by the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO), the European Commission inspection service of the Health and Consumers Directorate General, took place in Germany from 26 to 28 January 2011.

Trading of shares in China's largest meat processor was suspended this week after an illegal additive was allegedly found in meat products in an affiliate of the company.

Shares of Shenzhen-listed Henan Shuanghui Investment & Development Co Ltd were suspended from being traded at 9:30am on Wednesday after China Central Television reported one of its affiliate, Jiyuan Shuanghui Food Co Ltd, purchased pigs fed with Clenbuterol, according to the suspension notice.

Last week, the European Parliament warned the European Commission that any trade agreements reached must not affect Euroepan farmers.

The MEPs issued a specific warning about the effects of the trade talks with the Mercosur countries in South America and criticised the recent agreement with Morocco.

Chris Harris

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 7 new features this week:

Raporal Makes Meat Tastier
Every day four trucks leave from the Raporal factory, on the outskirts of Montijo in Portugal to the warehouses of Jerónimo Martins (JM).
Label Rouge: Pasture-Based Poultry Production in France - 1
Pasture-raised poultry is increasingly popular in the United States. American farmers and small companies can benefit from studying the French Label Rouge programme, write Anne Fanatico and Holly Born, NCAT Agriculture Specialists. Started as a grassroots movement, the programme now commands 33 per cent of the French poultry market and it has helped boost incomes for small farmers.
Brazil - Poultry and Products - Semi-Annual Report 2011
Broiler production estimates for 2011 have been revised to a record of 12.9 million metric tons, up five per cent from the record and surpassing production in 2010, according to the latest GAIN report from USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - March 2011
The forecasts for red meat and poultry production and prices in 2011 have been raised from a month ago, according to the latest USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.
UK Poultry and Poultry Meat Statistics - February 2011
By Defra. This monthly publication combines the UK Hatcheries Survey and Poultry Slaughterhouse Survey results together with other Defra statistics. It includes data to January 2011.
Mexico Poultry and Products Semi-annual Report 2011
Mexico’s 2011 broiler meat production forecast is unchanged as high and volatile feed prices continue to limit growth, according to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service. Consumption forecast is revised slightly higher as consumer purchasing power continues to recover.
EU27 Poultry and Products Semi-annual Report 2011
After a significant surge in 2010 fueled by extremely strong export demand in Russia and Hong Kong, EU-27 broiler production is expected to grow moderately in 2011 as new import regulations in Russia are likely to hit exports, according to teh USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
* Company News

High Technology Brings Home the Bacon
GLOBAL - Food processing equipment manufacturer, Marel, has won an order worth approximately $6 million from a large American bacon processor for a number of its revolutionary, new IBS 4600 4 blade bacon slicers manufactured in Norwich.
VIV and ILDEX Tie Up in India
INDIA - VNU Exhibitions Europe and NCC Exhibition Organizer (NEO) have decided to bring their respective brands of VIV and ILDEX together together in India next year for VIV/ILDEX India 2012.
* Global Meat Processing Industry News

   United States

 » Smithfield Foods Video Series on Pork Production
 » Slow Progress In Market Access For Beef In Japan
 » Smithfield Reports Record Results
 » US Poultry and Livestock Fuel Rural Economies
 » Record Meat Exports Benefit Soybean Farmers
 » Trio of Factors Pushing Food Prices Higher
 » US Meat Exports Off To Solid Start In 2011
 » CME: Things to Expect in Days to Come
 » New Programme Will Help Poultry Industry, Says PSA
 » Grant to MSU to Study E. Coli in Food-Borne Illness
 » CME: Hog Prices Establish Downward Trend

   European Union

 » Trade Agreements Must Not Jeopardise Agriculture

   United Kingdom

 » Outlook Conference Turns to CAP Reform
 » New Welsh Red Meat Levy Rates
 » Cheap Imports Drive Pig Meat Sales
 » Research Needed On Fish And Shellfish Safety
   Canada

 » Maple Leaf Encourages Needle-Free Technology
 » New EU Beef Access Pays off for Canadian Producers
 » Call for Resumption of Free Trade Talks with S Korea
 » Pork Industry's Access to South Korea Under Threat

   Australia

 » Sale of Chicken Processor Causes Anxiety
 » Better Beef from Calm Cattle

   Philippines

 » Tainted Chicken Meat Seized in Pasay City

   General

 » Import Restrictions Following Dioxin Scare Removed
 » McDonald's Commits to Sustainable Beef, Chicken

   Germany

 » Germany Organises World Pork Conference

   Brazil

 » Brazilian Beef Exports Continue to Fall

   Namibia

 » Namibia Sets Up First Broiler Integration

   Pakistan

 » Poultry & Food Expo Scheduled for September

   Russian Federation

 » Cherkizovo's New Poultry Farm Opens

   United Arab Emirates

 » Chicken Demand Exceeds Supply in UAE

   Spain

 » 40 Per Cent Of Hake Mislabelled In Spain

   Thailand

 » Net Profit Growth of 33 Per Cent for CPF

   China

 » Trading of Largest Meat Processor Shares Halted

   Norway

 » Supermarket Chain Acquires Poultry Supplier

That's all for this week!

Ed.

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