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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 8 June 2011

Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: World Food Prices to Remain High

World food prices are set to remain high as record crops will only just meet demand, according to a new report from FAO.

High and volatile agricultural commodity prices are likely to prevail for the rest of this year and into 2012 according to the latest analysis published by FAO in its biannual Food Outlook.

The report cites a sharp run-down on inventories and only modest overall production increases for the majority of crops as reasons for continuing strong prices.

Over the last week, the Russian food safety authorities blocked exports of vegetables from Europe because of concerns about E.coli contamination and the same authority, Rosselkhoznador, also put a temporary ban on exports of meat from processors in three states in Brazil.

However, the leading beef processor, JBS, said that it was still able to export to Russia from plants in other states.

Consolidation within the meat processing industry took a step back this week as Smithfield Foods pulled out of their plans to acquire the remaining controlling interest in the Spanish further processor, Campofrio.

Smithfield's CEO said it was a decision taken in the best interests of the shareholders.

Chris Harris

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 6 new features this week:

Beef with a Better Carbon Footprint
The agriculture sector in the UK has been set a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 18 per cent on the levels in 2008, writes Chris Harris for TheMeatSite.
A Supply Chain Approach To Beef Quality
Managing for beef quality is not an arbitrary end-product objective, panellists pointed out at a Cattlemen's College session.
Environmental Assessment of Danish Pork
The major environmental impact of pig meat production in Denmark is down to the farming portion of the production cycle and not the slaughterhouse section, according to a report by Thu Lan T. Nguyen, John E. Hermansen and Lisbeth Mogensen of the University of Aarhus, Denmark.
Japan Dairy and Products Semi-annual Report 2011
As of May, it appears that the segments of the dairy sector affected by the March earthquake and tsunami in eastern Japan have largely recovered, and supplies have been restored to Tokyo and surrounding prefectures, according to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
US Pork Exports to China on the Rise
US exports of pork and pork variety meats to China have grown rapidly since summer 2010 and are expected to continue rising through 2011, according to Michael Woolsey and Jianping Zhang in the latest GAIN Report from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
International Meat Review 26 May 2011
US beef and veal exports in March were more than 30 per cent up on February and 45 per cent higher than March 2010, according to the USDA's International Meat Review.
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* Global Meat Industry News

   Thailand

 » Vendors Convinced to Freeze Pork Prices

   Spain

 » Findus Launches Strategy for Growth in Spain

   United Kingdom

 » Research into Country of Origin Labelling
 » Communication Along Supply Chain Pays Off
 » New Sustainable Eel Ecolabel
 » Study Finds Copper Effective Against E. coli
 » Freedom Food Accreditation for Sainsbury's Supplier
 » VION Launches 'Put Pork on your Fork' Campaign
 » ANZCO's Waitrose Campaign Showcases NZ Lamb
 » Temperton Report Examines Future of Turkey Meat

   United States

 » Cooking Temperature Expected to Boost Pork Sales
 » NPB Comment on USDA's 'My Plate' Food Icon
 » Sara Lee Buys Aidells Sausage
 » Pilgrim's Pride Appoints Chief Financial Officer
 » Broiler Industry Must Lower Supply, Says Cagle's
 » Continued Poor Performance in US Economy
 » In The Cattle Markets
 » CME: Beef, Pork, Poultry Supplies Lower
 » Market Preview: Reasons for Decline in Hog Prices
 » OK Industries' Chairman Dies
 » National Pork Board to Meet Prior to World Pork Expo
 » Food Safety Annual Report Targets Salmonella
 » NPPC Declines Further Involvement in M-COOL Debate
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   Denmark

 » Denmark Declares Negligible BSE Risk

   Costa Rica

 » Market Leader, Pipasa, Acquired by Cargill

   Australia

 » Banning Live Exports Not The Answer
 » ABA Calls For MLA To Wind Up
 » Beef Exports To South Asia Bounce 28 Per Cent In May

   Ireland

 » Keep Pressure On To Raise Prices
 » Bord Bia Begins Pork DNA Tests

   Philippines

 » One Ton of Tainted Pork Seized in Bulacan

   Canada

 » New President for Canadian Meat Council
 » Maple Leaf Completes C$800 Million Debt Refinancing
 » Appeal Court Rules in Favour of New Sunnymel Plant
 » Federal Govt Commits to Continue Supply Management

   Russian Federation

 » Russia Bans Brazilian Meat from Three States
 » New Look for Cherkizovo's Poultry Brands
 » Inspections in Voronezh and Volgograd Oblasts

   China

 » Subsidiary Re-opens After Additive Scandal
 » Two New Lean Pork Drugs Detected in Checks
 » CPI for Pork, Aquaculture Products to Rise in May

   Japan

 » Iotham Sees Income Fall

   Viet Nam

 » CPP Acquires CP Viet Nam Livestock

   Brazil

 » JBS to Keep Exporting to Russia Despite Ban

   General

 » Smithfield Calls off Take-Over of Campofrio
 » Cooperation to Address Common Challenges
 » No End in Sight for High Food Prices
 » Japan and Peru Sign Free Trade Agreement
   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Summer Temperatures Raise Prices

   Czech Republic

 » Czechs to Test German Beef, Pork Imports for E.coli

   India

 » Government Develops Modern Slaughterhouses

   Colombia

 » International Egg and Poultry Review: Colombia

That's all for this week!

Ed.
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