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Editorial: Talks to Stabilise Beef Market in Europe

Talks in Europe over the last week looked at how market instruments can be adapted to stabilise the sector as it suffers extreme price instability caused by input cost hikes that have been made worse by drought conditions in many European countries.

The special meeting of the European Commission’s Advisory Group on the Beef Sector was convened by Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos.

The news comes as EU beef imports during the nine months to March were reported to be down by 13 per cent year-on-year to 139,654 tonnes.

In the UK, the National Beef Association is continuing to raise concerns over the introduction of video image analysis for carcase classification.

There are concerns that carcases going through the system, which has been introduced in Northern Ireland and is expected to be used across the UK shortly, have not been properly dressed.

In the US, a number of senators have called for action to raise the blocks on exports of pork to Russia.

Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, with Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska and 26 other senators, is urging the top US trade official to work to lift Russian trade barriers to US pork products.

Senator Grassley said: "Russia's unjustified position against US pork has blocked products from plants that account for 60 per cent of US pork production capacity. Russia wants to join the World Trade Organization. One of the issues Russia needs to address before joining is its unwarranted barriers to US pork."

Chris Harris



* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Study Shows Policy Effective in Reducing Packaging
Policies to reduce packaging are effective as long as they remain in place for at least five years and aim for an absolute reduction in packaging volume, experiences from the Netherlands suggest.
Cereal Prices Sow Seeds of Supermarket Supplier Crisis
French food manufacturers face an unequal struggle to defend margins under current conditions, writes Peter Crosskey.
Strategies to Increase Food Safety in Sliced Cured Ham
A study conducted by researchers from the IRTA Food Safety Programme evaluated the effect of biopreservation and high hydrostatic pressure of sliced and vacuum packed cured ham against Listeria monocytogenes. Research showed that the combination of both antimicrobial obstacles may substantially contribute to the control of micro-organisms in the RTE product.
Meat, Dairy and Fish Market Summary
High feed prices, disease outbreaks and depleted animal inventories are forecast to limit the expansion of global meat production to only one per cent in 2011, to 294 million tonnes., according to a report from the FAO.
Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook – June 2011
Red meat exports are booming, according to the latest Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook from the USDA's Economic Research Service.
* Global Meat Industry News

   New Zealand

 » Fifth Quarter Exports Boost NZ Agriculture

   United Kingdom

 » West Country PGI Consultation Launched
 » Retailers Claims over Adjudicator Attacked
 » Scots Back BPEX ‘Pigs Are Still Worth It’ Campaign
 » Alliance Group's Campaign Supports NZ Lamb
 » NFU Calls for Abattoirs Post Mortem Clipping
 » 2 Sisters Invests in Low–Energy Farms
 » NBA Fears Accuracy Of VIA
 » Export Revenues Up but Margins Still Tight
 
   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Markets Steady after Public Holidays
 » Antibiotic Resistance in E.coli Bacteria
 » Report Predicts Changes Ahead for EU Pork Industry
 » European Talks to Safeguard Beef Sector
 » EU Pig Prices: Prices at a Standstill
 » EU Beef Imports Down TheMeatSite.com Online Book Shop
   Thailand

 » Consumers Turn Away from Poultry
 » Saha Invests to Meet Strong Demand for Thai Chicken

   Malaysia

 » Three Pork Products Recalled; Producer Charged

   Japan

 » Imported Beef Consumption Lifts In Japan

   United States

 » Rapid Test Developed For E. Coli Bacteria
 » International Egg and Poultry Review: US
 » Sara Lee Outlines Restructuring Progress
 » ConAgra Foods Acquires Marie Callender's Brands
 » USDA Urged To Finalise Comprehensive BSE Rule
 » Companies Recall Pet Treats on Salmonella Risk
 » GIPSA Rule on Hold
 » Halal Plant Proposed in Princess Anne
 » CME: Low Economic Growth Will Affect Markets
 » In The Cattle Markets
 » Smithfield Reports Record Results
 » State Help for Those Affected by Allen's Bankruptcy
 » Swift Beef Company Pays $1.3mn over Pollution
 » Senators Urge Lifting of Russian Trade Block
 » Senate Vote Brings Some Relief
 » Cattle Outlook
 » Mississippi Poultry Company Faces Fine over Fatality
 » Jobs to go at Cagle's Plant
 » Processor Accused of Selling Hearts in Ground Beef
 » Catfish Processing Down 35 Per Cent
 » Illinois Firm Recalls Sausage Products
 » International Egg and Poultry Review: US
 » USDA Chicken and Eggs Report - June 2011

   Taiwan

 » NZ Beef - a Star Performer in Taiwan

   China

 » Higher Pork Prices Fuel Inflation
 » Arrests Made over Tainted Pork Scandal
 » Zhongpin Elects Prof Xiaosong Hu as Independent Director
 » China's Pork, Pig Prices Soar Past 2008 Record

   Australia

 » No More Pig Processing at Burrangong
 » Global Beef Supply Getting More Scarce
 » Australian Pork Favoured in Singapore

   Denmark

 » Royal Honour for Danish Crown in US

   Mexico

 » Mexico Considers Changes to Residue Limits

   Brazil

 » Brasil Foods Ready to Negotiate

   Ireland

 » Farmers Attack Lamb Prices

   Netherlands

 » Conference to Prepare for End to Pig Castration

   Sweden

 » Arla in Merger Talks with Milko

   Spain

 » Export Demand Driving Spanish Halal Food Sector

   Philippines

 » Larger, Modern Farms Contribute to Output Growth

   General

 » Higher Commodity Prices Here to Stay
 » Farm Groups Appeal To G-20 Ministers

   Korea, South

 » Imports of US Pork Jump

   Bulgaria

 » Dangerous Eggs Enter Bulgarian Food Market



That's all for this week!

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