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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 2 November 2011

Welcome to this week's newsletter

EDITORIAL: Antibiotic Use in Animals - a Concern or a Risk?

“Antibiotic Use in Food Animals: A Dialogue for a Common Purpose”, a symposium organised by the National Institute for Animal Agriculture in Chicago last week, took a close look at how antibiotics are used in animal husbandry and its effects on human health.

TheMeatSite's Senior Editor Chris Wright, reporting from the seminar said that Dr Scott Hurd from Iowa State University set the stage by saying that the presence of a hazard creates concern, but concern is not risk. Human health risk requires sufficient exposure that will result in actual harm.

The National Meat Association in the US is challenging a law in California that requires slaughterhouses to remove and euthanise animals unable to walk.

The Supreme Court in Washington has decided plenty of cases concerning cruelty, inhumane treatment and executions but until now, none was about pigs.

The case of the 'nonambulatory pigs' involves a dispute between California and the pork industry over how to handle pigs unwilling or unable to walk when they arrive at a slaughterhouse.

The majority of EU countries are likely to miss the deadline to meet new pig welfare legislation, raising the spectre of illegally produced pork entering the UK, according to a report published by the British Pig Executive.

Legislation imposing a partial ban on the use of sow stalls in the rest of the EU comes into force in January 2013 – more than 10 years after the UK completely banned their use to raise animal welfare standards.

Few, if any, EU Member States will be fully-compliant with the legislation and it is acknowledged that a considerable proportion of pig producers in those countries have not yet moved to a welfare-friendly pig production system.

BPEX believes non-compliant, illegally produced pork will inevitably enter the UK if strong measures are not taken. It is calling for retailers and major foodservice companies to ensure all imports come from suppliers who produce to high welfare schemes such as Red Tractor or equivalent.

Chris Harris

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 6 new features this week:

Achieving More Sustainable Nutrition
Achieving a more sustainable nutrition for a world with a growing population will need a holistic approach including sustainability, eco-efficiency and traceability, writes TheMeatSite editor in Chief, Chris Harris.
Health and Welfare the Image of New Products
Two of the major themes for new products that were launched at this year's Anuga food exhibition in Cologne, Germany, were animal welfare and healthy eating, writes TheMeatSite Editor in Chief Chris Harris.
GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS – Chicken Continues to Gain Popularity in Asia
Relatively high meat prices will act as a brake on meat consumption in 2011, particularly in the developed economies where the recession has bitten deeply, writes Terry Evans in his overview of broiler meat consumption trends in Asia. However, on the bright side, economic growth in some developing countries may well give consumption a boost, particularly for competitively priced chicken meat.
Livestock and Poultry World Markets and Trade October 2011
Competition is expected to tighten among the key beef exporters in 2012, according to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service in the Livestock and Poultry World Markets and Trade Report
United Kingdom Pig Meat Market Update – October 2011
By the week ended 24 September, the DAPP had fallen to 144.80p per kg dw, over three pence down on the price four weeks earlier, according to James Park, senior economic analyst with AHDB Meat Services Economic and Policy Analysis Group in his latest explanation of the trends in the UK and EU.
International Meat Review - 13 October 2011
Latest US beef import figures show a drop of nearly 13 per cent under the tariff rate quota according to the USDA.
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* Global Meat Industry News

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Most Countries Report Price Increases
 » A Step In The Right Direction For GMO Legislation
 » EU Pig Prices: Prices Unchanged to Slightly Increasing

   United Kingdom

 » Consumers Confused by Welfare Labelling
 » Scotch Beef at BBC Good Food Show
 » LMC: Beef Sales Under Pressure During September
 » Dunbia Takes Over Heathfield Foods
 » £230,000 Fine for Worker's Hand Injury
 » Academics Funded to Fish for New Flavours
 » Guaranteed Minimum Price Agreed for Organic Lamb
 » Exporters Must Not Break Animal Welfare Laws
 » EBLEX ‘Farm-To-Fork’ Day Promotes Co-operation
 » Illegally Produced Pork Likely to Hit UK
 » Rock On! Most Legendary British Bangers Honoured
   United States

 » RTC Weight Down One Per Cent from Last Year
 » CME: 2011 Beef, Pork & Poultry Trade Surplus High
 » Seafood Processing Grows but Fish Populations Low
 » CME: Powder Market Pressured Lower
 » New Meat Myth Crusher Series Launched
 » Poultry Byproducts Important for Pet Food
 » Farmland Workers Say Yes to Union
 » CME: International Prices Gain Support
 » IUF Global Meat Conference
 » Conference Tackles Antibiotic Use
 » CME: China WMP Imports Lower
 » Supreme Court to Consider Pig Welfare at Slaughter
 » Euro-Crisis is Good News for US Exporters
 » Health Warning: Discard Milk from Beaver County Dairy
 » Pilgrim's Records Quarterly Loss
 » CME: Japan Close to Lifting Beef Trade Restrictions
 » Scientists Work To Enhance Marbling In Beef Cattle
 » CME: Farm Profitability Slips In October
 » Market Preview: Pork Profits Could Get Derailed
 » Dorada Foods Celebrates Grand Opening
 » CME: Little Change For 2012 World Beef Production
 » Ag Appropriations Bill a Step in the Right Direction
 » CME: Butter Production Up 17 Per Cent This Year

   China

 » International Egg and Poultry Review: China
 » Farm Produce Prices Fall for Third Week

   Chile

 » Agriculture, Livestock & Fish Exports Double

   Viet Nam

 » Floods Force Catfish Plants To Close Down

   Ukraine

 » Ukraine Lifts Pig Import Ban from Lithuania

   Canada

 » Meat Council Calls for Resumption of FTA Talks
 » Maple Leaf Profits Rise
 » Kitchener and Maple Leaf Discuss Jobs Task Force
 » Concern over Botulism from Fish Products
 » Seasonal Flu Vaccinations Protect People and Pigs

   General

 » Scarcity and Price Fluctuations Threaten Food Supply
 » Bachoco Makes its First International Acquisition

   Ireland

 » Lamb Price Hits €5.00/kg
 » Creameries Deal A Positive Step For Dairy Industry

   Argentina

 » Award for Beef Product Innovation

   Australia

 » Beef Campaign Fires up for Summer
 » Meat Prices Ease in September Quarter
 » Australian Cattle Numbers Easing
 » October Lamb Exports Slightly Lower

   Mexico

 » Bachoco Focuses on Cost Controls

   Russian Federation

 » Russian Milk Prices Rise Strongly
 » Increased Sales Reported by Cherkizovo
 » Authorities Block Import of Pigs and Pig Meat

   Norway

 » Marine Oils Have Low Content of Toxins

   New Zealand

 » Alliance Confirms Closure of Sockburn Plant

   Brazil

 » New Director for JBS Further Processed Meats
 » Brasil Foods Income Soars in Third Quarter

   Germany

 » EDEKA Launches MSC Promotion Campaign

   Hong Kong

 » Wholesale Pork Prices Slashed by 23 Per Cent

   India

 » Venky's Chicken Joints Planning to Go Global

   Japan

 » Japan Raises Meat Import Restrictions
 » Beef Imports Into Japan Down 15 Per Cent

   Philippines

 » Philippines Beef Imports Increase In September

   Thailand

 » Ministry and CP Provide Public with Cheap Eggs

That's all for this week!

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