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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 15 June 2011

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Editorial: Concerns Raised for Pig Meat Trade

Analysts at the recent World Pork Expo in Des Moines have forecast tough times ahead for the US pig industry.

A combination of floods and drought has hit feed supplies for producers and for those operating on the cash markets harder times are ahead with squeezed prices.

However, US pig meat exports are rising and there are hopes for a lift in exports to South Korea and the Asian Markets, with Viet Nam being a particular target. The pig producers put out a fresh call to the US government to swiftly implement the free trade agreements that have been drawn up with South Korea, Panama and Colombia to avoid losing their share of the market to other exporting nations such as the European bloc.

During the expo, the National Pork Producers' Council expressed concern that if the new Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) rules in the US farm bill come into force they could see the pig industry shrink by two per cent.

However, the NPPC also urged the US government to accept rulings within the World Trade Organisation to prevent damage to the US pig meat trade and exports.

New labelling rules that have been put in place by the Chinese authorities are causing concern for US exporters.

Thad Lively, US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) senior vice president for trade access, said the cost of the new labelling requirements will be a disincentive for US processors.

In Europe, proposals have been put forward to increase the age at which BSE tests are carried out.

The Food Standards Agency in the UK has advised Ministers that it would be acceptable to raise the age threshold for healthy cattle slaughtered for human consumption born in the UK and 24 other EU Member States from 48 to 72 months.

Chris Harris

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* Global Meat Industry News

   United States

 » WPX 2011: US Urged to Accept WTO COOL Decision
 » WPX 2011: Asia Offers Opportunities for US Pork
 » WPX 2011: Renewed Call for Rethink on GIPSA Rule
 » WPX 2011: Tough Times Ahead on Pig Markets
 » WPX 2011: Producers Can Track their Carbon Footprint
 » WPX 2011: Concerns Rising for Feed Shortages
 » Allen Family Foods Files for Bankruptcy Protection
 » Pfizer Voluntarily Suspends Sale of 3-Nitro
 » The Prince Consort Honours Danish Crown
 » Book on Sustainable Beef Wins Prestigious Award
 » April Beef, Pork Exports Lower, But Remain Strong
 » Little Change in Cash Hog Prices Last Week
 » CME - April's Meat Exports Down After Bumper March
 » USAPEEC Elects Board
 » Rapid Test Developed For E. Coli Bacteria
 » International Egg and Poultry Review: US

   China

 » Two Awards for Zhongpin in Beijing
 » Zhongpin to Build New Pork Plant in Hebei Province
 » Concern over New Meat Labelling Rules
 » Bad Intentions Threaten China's Food Safety

   Brazil

 » Poultry Company Mega-Merger Stalls

   Indonesia

 » Japfa Comfeed to Boost Capacity by 15 Per Cent

   Malaysia

 » Sellers Disgruntled Over Higher Pig Prices
 » Three Pork Products Recalled; Producer Charged

   New Zealand

 » Kiwis Concerned About Controls on Imported Pork
 » Strong Year Expected For NZ Meat & Dairy Exports
 » Pork Consumers Don't Want Biosecurity Relaxed

   Korea, South

 » Cherrybro Overcomes Challenges to Reach No. 3
 » Launch Of New Quarantine Agency

   United Kingdom

 » Join the Fun at the Children's Cookery Theatre
 » Local Cattle and Sheep Supply Tight in May
 » FSA Board Advises on Increase in BSE Testing Age
 » Ham Hits the Heights
 » Kim Matthews Appointed Head Of Eblex R&D
 » Increased Food Certifying Expected
 » Celebrity Cooks to Cause Stir at Royal Highland Show
 » West Country PGI Consultation Launched

   Australia

 » MLA and LiveCorp Criticised Over Animal Welfare
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary

   Sweden

 » Arla and Milko Discuss Merger

   Thailand

 » Cargill Invests in its Korat Complex
 » Chicken Unfit for Consumption Traced
 » Consumers Turn Away from Poultry

   Canada

 » Nadeau Fights Appeal Court Verdict

   General

 » Canada-US Pork Industry Challenges Similar

   Barbados

 » Consumers Must Expect Chicken Price Hike

   Italy

 » Mixed Picture for Future Production

   Uganda

 » Iran Investor to Export Ugandan Beef

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Markets Steady after Public Holidays

   Japan

 » Imported Beef Consumption Lifts In Japan

That's all for this week!

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