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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 14 December 2011

Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Romanian Pig Meat on EU Markets for First Time

In the European Union, the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health in Brussels has given the go ahead for Romanian pig meat to be exported to other EU Member States.

This is the first time that Romania is authorised after its accession because of the classical swine fever situation that has largely improved in recent years.

Trade will be possible from a "channelled system" developed in Romania including selected pig farms, slaughterhouses and establishments that provide all necessary guarantees concerning bio security, hygiene and surveillance for classical swine fever.

In the US, the impact of exports on pork and beef markets has been considerable this year and the meat industry and market analysts, Steve Meyer and Len Steiner, were correct in forecasting that both could break last year’s levels before the October data were released, putting both sectors very near their all-time record highs with two months of 2011 yet to come.

The January-October total of 1.8 million metric tons of pork is 17 per cent more than last year and higher than the total for the same period of the previous record year, 2008.

On the beef side, this year’s January-October exports of almost 1.073 million metric tons is 24 per cent larger than last year and well ahead of the equivalent figure for the previous record year, 2003, before a BSE-infected cow was found in the US.

Texas AgriLife Extension Service economist, Dr David Anderson, believes that declining cow numbers in the US due to drought will lead to fewer calves, causing tighter supplies across the US next year.

“I think we will continue to maintain historically high prices,” Dr Anderson said recently at the Brock Faulkner-Brazos Valley Fall Cattleman’s Clinic in Bryan.

Dr Anderson said his 2012 target prices for 600-pound steers are $131-$138 per hundredweight during the first quarter, $136-$144 in the second quarter, $137-$147 in the third quarter and $133-$143 in the fourth quarter.

In Australia, Meat Standards Australia took another step forward with the launch of a new symbol to make it easier for consumers to make decisions around beef eating quality.

The new symbol, which features the green and gold ‘MSA graded’ look, will be positioned as a quality mark – not a brand in itself. It indicates that commercial brands have been graded to meet MSA standards.

MSA’s cuts-based grading system is based on predictive models that are the result of rigorous peer-reviewed science, underpinned by testing with almost 90,000 consumers who tasted more than 603,000 samples of different beef cuts prepared in different ways.

Chris Harris

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 9 new features this week:

Key Elements of the New EU Food Labelling Regulation
One of the most important innovative elements of the new food labelling rules in the European Union is the mandatory nutrition information on pre-packed foods.
US Food Safety Policy Enters a New Era
ERS research conducted over the past two decades provides a number of lessons that can help identify efficient and effective means of implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010.
Optimistic Outlook for UK Beef Sector
With beef prices at record highs, optimism in the UK beef industry is growing. However climate change and consumer perceptions are two challenges reports Charlotte Johnston, TheMeatSite editor.
Packaging - Intelligent and Interactive
The days are gone when packaging was used for nothing more than protecting the product and ensuring an attractive presentation at the point of sale.
Assessment Of EU/ Mercosur Free Trade Agreement
After speculation over the impacts of a free trade agreement between the EU and Mercosur, the official impact assessment by the European Commission is that any deal with Mercosur would leave EU producers out of pocket.
Quality through Carcase Grading
With the high-Australian dollar, producers need to see more benefits from their livestock, according to the Tasmanian-based grader and livestock consultant, Peter Chilcott.
Reducing Salt in Already Desalted Cod
A team of researchers belonging to the Universitat Politècnica de València’s CUINA group has achieved a 50 per cent reduction in the amount of salt in already desalted cod, thus obtaining a final product that preserves all its sensory properties and is particularly suitable for persons with hypertension.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates – December 2011
The forecast for total red meat and poultry production in 2012 has been reduced as lower expectations for broiler production more than offsets a higher pork production forecast, while estimates for beef and turkey output are unchanged, according to the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report.
India Poultry and Products Annual Report 2011
Indian broiler production growth is estimated at 10 percent per year, with 2012 production reaching a record 3.2 million tons, according to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
* Company News

SI Launches New Cheese Grading Application
UK - Systems Integration (SI) has launched a new cheese grading application. It is the latest offering from the Staffordshire-based business, which specialises in providing simple solutions to complex food processing problems.
* Global Meat Industry News

   Denmark

 » Meat Company Takes Steps in Case of Euro Problems

   General

 » Global Companies Ring the Changes
 » US Asks WTO to Settle Poultry Spat with China
 » China-US Poultry Spat Making Feathers Fly
 » Japan Moves Towards Easing Beef Restrictions
 » UN Promises Sustainable Agriculture
 » Gains in Efficiency of Livestock Systems Needed

   United Kingdom

 » NFU Takes Supermarket Battle to Brussels
 » LMC: Sharp Reduction in Local Beef Production
 » Call for Strong Milk Price Message in New Year

   Brazil

 » JBS Appoints President of Mercosul Operations

   United States

 » Poultry Processor's JV Supplies Fuel to Navy
 » FDA Analysing Pet Foods for Salmonella
 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
 » CME: Barrel Price Retraces to Spring Level
 » Grants to Universities for Food Safety Research
 » Poultry Industry Injury Rates Remain Low
 » Fewer Cows & Calves: Strong 2012 Cattle Market
 » Smithfield Reports Robust Pork Earnings in Q2
 » Pilot Programme Stands to Boost US-Canada Trade
 » Smithfield to End Use of Gestation Stalls by 2017
 » Coalition Urges Japan’s Inclusion in TPP Talks
 » CME: Beef and Pork Exports at Record High
 » CME: 2011 is a Record High Year for Dairy Exports
 » Pork, Beef Exports Set New Annual Value Records
 » Cattle Outlook: Foreign Corn Production Estimates Up
 » CME: Fluid Milk Sales Down This Year
 » CME: Pork and Beef Exports Excellent
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » CME: Meat Export Dependent on Overseas Market
 » New Beef Exports Record Set
 » Surface Freezing Did Not Kill Bacteria on Chicken
 » CME: EU Milk Deliveries Up 2.2 Per Cent This Year

   Romania

 » Romania Pig Meat Now Authorised for Trade in EU
 » CarmOlimp Expects Boost from Pork Exports

   New Zealand

 » Oyster Virus Closes Kaeo Plant
 » Consumers Urged to Buy NZ Pork for Holidays
 » Fonterra Raises 2012 Payout Forecast Range

   Mexico

 » New Certfication Labels Needed for Mexico

   Canada

 » Stability of Manitoba Hog Supply Concerns Maple Leaf
 » RCC's Action Plan will Improve Trade for Hog Sector
 » Act Threatens Supply of Hogs for Processing

   Russian Federation

 » Govt Can Continue Ag Support after WTO Accession
 » Russia Struggling to Get to Grips with ASF
 » Russia's Pig Farmers Brace for Changes in Trade

   Germany

 » German Farmers Support Antibiotic Reduction

   Belgium

 » Russia Inspects Belgian Meat Plants

   Ghana

 » Importers Seek Tax Reduction on Frozen Poultry

   Viet Nam

 » Safe Poultry Sections Open in Central Market

   China

 » Call for Tougher Measures on Food Safety
 » China's Economic Trends Drive Change to Modern, Efficient Agriculture

   Japan

 » Premium Positioning Created for Chilled US Pork

   Australia

 » Meat Standards Symbol to Connect with Public
 » Lamb Production to Grow in 2011-12
 » Live Cattle Exports Steady to Indonesia in October
 » Farm Export Earnings Set to Rise

   Ireland

 » Rescue of Clonmel Pork Rib Processor Saves Jobs

   India

 » Indian Beef Exports to Expand in 2012

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Slaughter Pig Demand Still Brisk

   Argentina

 » International Egg and Poultry Review: Argentina

That's all for this week!

Ed.
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