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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 25 May 2011

Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Conflict over Renewed Red Meat and Cancer Claims

The World Cancer Research Fund has renewed its campaign to get consumers to eat less meat.

The WCRF says the latest evidence is in "the most authoritative ever report" on bowel cancer risk, which confirms that red and processed meat increase risk of the disease and concludes that the evidence that foods containing fibre protect against bowel cancer has become stronger.

The report, released as part of World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute for Cancer Research’s (WCRF/AICR) groundbreaking Continuous Update Project (CUP), has examined the links between bowel cancer risk and diet, physical activity and weight, and updated the bowel cancer findings of the WCRF/AICR’s 2007 Expert Report, Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective.

However, the American Meat Institute says that the report should be met with scepticism.

The AMI says that the claims are not supported by the full evidence and they conflict with the US Dietary Guidelines, which say that red and processed meat can be a healthy part of balanced diet.

“While WCRF is claiming these studies strengthen their recommendations, in reality, they simply increase the report’s shortcomings,” said AMI Foundation President James H. Hodges.

“Adding more weak studies to a weak report does not make a ‘strong, comprehensive and authoritative report’ as they claim.”

In the UK, the government has put forward a parliamentary bill to create a watchdog for the meat, food and grocery trade.

The bill that follows protests from producers alleging price fixing and excessive pressure from the supermarkets will set up an adjudicator to enforce and monitor the Groceries Supply Code of Practice.

Producers have welcomed the move that they see will end unfair practices, but the supermarkets say the bill will only add costs to the consumer.

In New Zealand, the Royal NZ Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has launched its 'Blue Tick' high-welfare labelling system for free-range chickens.

Consumers will soon be able to buy chicken meat that carries the SPCA Blue Tick of accreditation – signifying that the farming methods are in line with the specific welfare standards prescribed by the society.

Chris Harris

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

UK Beef Production Forecast to Fall
More male dairy calves are being reared to be finished as young bulls for slaughter, writes TheMeatSite editor in cheif Chris Harris.
Reforms Will Bring a Greening of the CAP
Towards the end of June new proposals for the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy are expected to come out of Brussels, writes TheMeatSite editor in chief Chris Harris.
High French Auction Prices Fail to Cover Increased Inputs
Breton pig farmers have seen a 10 year high in auction prices at around €1.43/kg, according to April figures released by the Marché du Porc Breton (MPB), writes Peter Crosskey.
Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook - May 2011
US beef exports are expected to be above 2010 levels and future pig meat exports are forecast to rise in 2012, according to the latest Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook from the USDA's Economic Research Service.
International Meat Review 12 May 2011
While Canada's breeding herd has stabilised, the hog slaughter figures are down by 3.7 per cent on a year ago, according to the USDA's International Meat Review.
* Company News

UK Team Gears up for International Young Butcher
UK - The UK team is now hard in training for the International Young Butchers Competition which takes place at the MEATUP show.
* Global Meat Industry News

   United States

 » K-State, Cargill to Host Reciprocal Meat Conference
 » PORK 505 Short Course
 » Fears over Economic Impact of GIPSA Rule
 » Bid to Repeal Ethanol Subsidies Welcomed
 » Feed Ingredient's Effects On Levels Of E. Coli O157:H7
 » CME: Daily Livestock Report
 » UGA Meat Judging Team Wins Big
 » Iowa Awards Grants for Meat Plants
 » Commercial Red Meat Production Down in April
 » CME: March Pork, Chicken and Beef Demand Strong
 » Call for Continued Export Programme Funding
 » Market Preview: Meat, Poultry Stocks Still Piling Up
 » NFU To Congress: GIPSA Rule Should Go Forward
 » WCRF Recommendations Labelled Extreme and Unfounded
 » Sanderson Farms Reflecting Market Conditions
 » JBS USA Extends Term Loan B to $475million
 » Catfish Processing Down 36 Per Cent

   United Kingdom

 » Switch in Promtoional Focus for NZ Lamb
 » NFUS Board Meets Vion in Netherlands
 » Cooperative Network Launched to Tackle Zoonoses
 » Significant Drop In The Prime Cattle Kill In April
 » Sainsbury's Increase Payments to Pig Suppliers
 » QMS Beef London Campaign Lifts Marketing Awards
 » UK Abattoirs Pledge to Clean Up
 » Positive News for Pork
 » Public Encouraged To Eat Hake
 » Insight into New Markets at Export Conference
 » Draft Bill For Supermarket Watchdog Announced

   Russian Federation

 » Cherkizovo Completes Acquisition of Mosselprom
 » Cherkizovo Reports Increased Quarterly Revenue

   Argentina

 » Argentinean Beef Consumption To Remain Low

   Brazil

 » JBS in R$3 Billion Share Offer
 » Conference to View Cattle-raising Technology
 » Value of Brazil's Pork Exports Rose in April
 » JBS Raises $650 Million

   Germany

 » EPP CONGRESS - Germany: Turntable for European Pork

   China

 » China's Farm Produce Prices Up
 » Food Safety Drive Targeting Supervision
 » Workshop on China's Meat Industry Strategy

   Pakistan

 » Pakistan Resumes Poultry Exports to UAE

   European Union

 » Vet Week Highlights Responses to Food Crises
 » EU Pig Prices: Slaughter Markets Under Pressure

   General

 » Strong Beef Demand from Leading Importers
 » International Egg and Poultry Review: Global

   New Zealand

 » NZ Lamb Supplies 15 per cent Lower
 » High-Welfare Label for Free-Range Chicken

   Viet Nam

 » High Prices Encourage Meat Imports

   Thailand

 » Betagro Pig Farms Win Certification

   Malaysia

 » New Rules to Check Pork and Illegal Abattoirs

   Sweden

 » Sweden Close to Pig Ear Export Deal with China

   Australia

 » Aussie Senators Anxious About 'Pig AIDS'
 » Victoria Seafood Companies Praised
 » Steggles Ad Campaign Aims to Dispel Broiler Myth
 » ABA Call For Beef Industry Review
 » No Raw Meat to Enter Australia Without Quarantine

   Netherlands

 » VION Annual Report Highlights Partnership Approach

   South Africa

 » Earnings Boosted at Rainbow Chicken

   Japan

 » Barbecues Beef Up Spirits of Japanese Evacuees
 » Thousands Served Through USMEF's Japan Effort

   United Arab Emirates

 » Fresh Poultry Meat Supplies Tight in UAE

   Canada

 » Identifying Foods and Pathogens in Foodborne Illness

   Spain

 » Distinguising Between Sardines & Horse Mackerel

That's all for this week!

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