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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 18 January 2012

Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Cancer Claims over Processed Meat

New research published in the British Journal of Cancer says that eating too much processed meat may increase the risk of pancreatic cancer.

The study, funded by the Swedish Cancer Foundation and Karolinska Institutet, found that for each 50 grams of processed meat eaten every day, there was a 19 per cent rise in the risk of pancreatic cancer compared to those, who ate no meat.

However, the research has been countered by the British Pig Executive, who said: "There is no evidence that a moderate intake of lean red meat, when consumed as part of a healthy balanced diet, has any negative health effects.

"It is over-simplistic and misleading to link a single food or category of food to a specific disease such as cancer. Cancer like other chronic diseases is multi-factorial and a wide range of diet and lifestyle factors are thought to contribute."

In Germany, the company at the centre of the scandal over dioxin-contaminated animal feed has filed for bankruptcy. It is facing criminal investigations and could face civil claims from farms which have been forced to close.

Harles and Jentzsch, the company accused of supplying dioxin-contaminated fat to the animal-feed industry in Germany, filed in court for insolvency last week.

On the global markets, US pork exports set another monthly volume record in November, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF), which helped offset record-high production and provide a significant boost to pork cutout values.

November beef exports also performed well, reaching 105,268 metric tons valued at $456.25 million.

New Zealand (NZ) beef exports in 2011 were down by nine per cent year-on-year, at 330,999 tonnes, the lowest calendar year total since 2002 according to the NZ Meat Board.

The drop is believed to have been largely driven by an estimated six per cent dip in production and the strength and volatility of the New Zealand dollar throughout the year.

Chris Harris

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Antibiotic Use in Food Animals
Broad concern and confusion about antibiotic use on farms have been expressed by the general public and policymakers, according to a white paper published from the 2011 National Institute for Animal Agriculture Symposium Proceedings on Antibiotic Use in Food Animals: A Dialogue for a Common Purpose.
LED Lights Extend Meat Shelf Life
A switch to LED lights in refrigeration units could save the retail meat industry millions of dollars each year, according to research from Kansas State University.
Growth Returns to New Zealand Lamb Sector
The New Zealanders have earned an enviable reputation for being a powerhouse in terms of the global sheep meat trade, writes Declan Fennell from Bord Bia.
IPE Week Expands Education Programme
The entire week in which the International Poultry Expo will be held has been officially designated as "IPE Week," with an emphasis on educational programmes rounding off the week-long event.
Detecting Bone Fragments in Boneless Chicken
Researchers based at the USDA-ARS Russell Research Center succeeded in developing an imaging system to detect bone fragments and other contamination in breast fillets although the rate of false positives will limit its commercial application at this stage.
* Company News

MULTIVAC at Anuga Foodtec
GERMANY - MULTIVAC will be demonstrating its expertise in automation at Anuga FoodTec from 27-30 March in Cologne.
Cantrell's Vacuum Transport Systems Reduce Cost
US - Cantrell, a poultry and food processing equipment, parts sales and service company, has developed a new Vacuum Transport System that reduces costs to processing plants by reducing labour, maintenance, and water usage and improving overall sanitation.
Combi-RT Shortlisted for Innovation Award
UK - Combilift's Combi-RT forklift has been nominated as a finalist in the Innovation category of the Fork Lift Truck Association Awards for Excellence 2012.
* Global Meat Industry News

   Chile

 » Poultry Association Denies Collusion
 » No Collusion Says Chilean Poultry Industry

   Australia

 » Less Red Tape to Aid Agricultural Exports
 » Mixed Start To 2012 Livestock Markets
 » Australia has Lower Lamb Slaughter in November

   General

 » See-saw Ride for Global Meat Markets
 » PNA Skipjack Tuna Fishery Gains MSC Certification
 » New All-natural Brine System for Poultry
 » Welfare of Animals in Transport Still a Concern
 » FAO Food Price Index Ends Year with Sharp Decline
 » Coordination on Food Safety & Animal Health Aid
 » How Strong are Links between Meat and Cancer?
 » New ASF Outbreaks in Russia and Africa
 » Fisheries & Aquaculture to Reach 137.8M Tons by 2015

   United States

 » CME: Concern over Packers Ability to Push Prices
 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
 » CME: Manufacturers Rebuilding NDM Stocks
 » CME: The Future of US Beef Exports
 » CME: Corn Plunges on Inventory Report
 » Poultry Processor Faces Fines over Safety Violations
 » Nutrient Data in Time for the New Year
 » CME: Export Value Reaches Record High in November
 » Cattle Outlook: Mixed 2012 Meat Estimates
 » Pork Exports Record-Large; Beef Exports Also Strong
 » Diced Beef Recalled after Broken Conveyor
 » Ron Plain: Cattle on Feed Bucks Forecasts
 » International Egg and Poultry Review: US
 » CME: GDT Auction Prices Mixed
 » CME: Pork & Beef Value in November Hit Records
 » Electric Shock Treatment for E. coli
 » Antibiotics in Pig Feeds Increases Resistance
 » Alaska Salmon Industry Pulls out of MSC Programme

   Russian Federation

 » International Egg and Poultry Review: Russia
 » Arla Expands Cheese Production into Russia

   Venezuela

 » Venezuela Tightens Restrictions After Paraguay FMD
 » Roser Installs De-boning Line in Venzuela

   Canada

 » Call for Action to Ensure Adequate Hog Supplies

   China

 » China's Food Safety Suffers 'Feeble Foundation'
 » Food Safety Check Ahead of Spring Festival
 » Nestle Develops its Largest Milk District in China
 » Meat Safety Boosted for Spring Festival
 » Farm Produce Prices Rise for Eighth Week

   United Kingdom

 » NFUS Slams Stats on Laying Cage Ban Compliance
 » Wiseman In Talks With Müller Regarding Buy Out
 » LMC: Cost of Production Analysis
 » Valuable British Beef Finishing Progress
 » Eat Yourself Happy, Urges Vion
 » Premier Foods Continues Reorganisation
 » Helping British Pig Exports Succeed
 » Meat Industry Hits Back over Cancer and Meat Claims

   Bolivia

 » Bolivia Tightens Border Controls with Paraguay

   Germany

 » Poultry Farmers Respond to 'Superbug' Accusations
 » Dioxin Scandal Company Files for Bankruptcy

   Sweden

 » Atria to Streamline Swedish Production
 » Skånemejerier To Be Sold To Lactalis
 » Processed Meat May Increase Pancreatic Cancer Risk

   Denmark

 » Scientists Find Meat Quality Biomarkers

   Portugal

 » MSC Certificate for Sardine Fishery Suspended

   Norway

 » New ISO Standards for Fish Products
 » Marine Harvest Beats Forecasts with Q4 Results

   European Union

 » Procedures on Laying Cage Ban Compliance
 » EU Pig Prices: Pig Prices Reach Bottom
 » Control Options Assessed for Norovirus in Oysters

   New Zealand

 » NZ Beef Exports Lower In 2011

   Korea, South

 » S. Korea Begins Full Probe Into Beef Pricing

   India

 » Mayors’ Conference on Meat and Poultry Processing

   Japan

 » Japanese Domestic Beef Stocks Rise in November

That's all for this week!

Ed.
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