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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 14 March 2012

Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Red Meat and Health Under the Spot Light Again

Concerns over the health effects of the consumption of red meat came to the fore again this week, hitting the headlines in newspapers in the US and in Europe.

The study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers reported that red meat consumption is associated with an increased risk of total cardiovascular and cancer mortality.

The results also showed that substituting other healthy protein sources, such as fish, poultry, nuts, and legumes, was associated with a lower risk of mortality.

However, the study brought a swift response from the American Meat Institute Foundation that says the research relies on "on notoriously unreliable self-reporting about what was eaten and obtuse methods to apply statistical analysis to the data".

And in the UK, Dr Carrie Ruxton from the Meat Advisory Panel (MAP) said: "This US study looked at associations between high intakes of red meat and risk of mortality, finding a positive association between the two. However, the study was observational, not controlled, and so cannot be used to determine cause and effect.

"The authors' conclusion that swapping a portion of red meat for poultry or fish each week may lower mortality risk was based only on a theoretical model. This conflicts with evidence from controlled trials."

In the US, nutritional labelling is now required on raw meat and poultry products.

The new rule means that consumers will have easy access to nutritional information for packages of ground or chopped meat and poultry. In all, 40 of the most popular whole, raw cuts of meat and poultry will have the labelling.

In Australia, Meat and Livestock Australia has called for the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to provide greater consideration to evidence supporting red meat's role as a good source of iron and zinc in the Australian diet, particularly for vulnerable groups, in its submission to the draft Australian dietary guidelines.

"The guidelines play a key role in influencing consumption habits. It's therefore necessary to ensure red meat is appropriately represented as part of a healthy diet which supports nutrient adequacy and prevention of chronic disease," said Veronique Droulez, MLA Marketing Manager Nutrition.

In the UK, President of the British Veterinary Association (BVA), Carl Padgett, has said that consumers need to be better informed in order to allow them to make higher welfare choices.

“We want to see UK ministers in Europe pushing for proper implementation of the legislation and supporting our call for better consumer information that will allow people to make an informed choice in favour of higher welfare.”

Studies in to the organic market around the world have found that it is growing and going against the trend of generally falling sales, cuts and reduced expenditure.

The latest figures issued by the Soil Association in the UK and Organic Monitor show that in 2010 sales of organic products rose by eight per cent and by 228 per cent since 2000.

Worldwide sales were valued at $59 billion or around €44.5 billion in 2010 and were showing strong growth in all the major European markets as well as the US.

The total amount of land around the world devoted to organic farming is 37 million hectares.

Chris Harris

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* This Week's Feature Articles

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Smart Packaging for Prime Products
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Machine Vision Technology to Find Defects
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Australia Commodity Reports
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* Global Meat Industry News

   United States

 » Class III and Cheese Futures Continue to Rebound
 » US Impacts Japan's Manufacturing Beef Intake
 » Pilgrim's Pride Raises $200m in Rights Offering
 » CAB Premiums at Seven Year High
 » CME: Varying Future for US Poultry and Meat Exports
 » Smithfield Sales Up but Income Down
 » Pork & DDG Added to Export Reporting Requirements
 » Cattle Outlook: Beef Production Forecast Lowered
 » Louisiana Blue Crab Fishery Earns MSC Certification
 » Compass Group Announces Animal Welfare Initiative
 » Salmonella Control Procedures Maintained
 » USDA to Propose Comprehensive BSE Rule
 » CME: WASDE Made Fewer Changes Than Expected
 » Study Claims Red Meat Increases Death Risk
 » CME: Beef Exports Down, Pork Stable, Broiler Up
 » CME: US NDM Exports to Mexico Increase
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » Nutritional Labelling for Meats and Poultry
 » Pork Exports Maintain Hot Pace; Beef Ahead Slightly

   Australia

 » A Larger Start to 2012 Lamb Slaughter
 » Queensland Carcases Reach Record High
 » Call to Highlight Role of Red Meat in Diet
 » Sydney Abattoir Re-opens Under Supervision

   United Kingdom

 » A Positive Success for Red Meat
 » Clear Labelling Needed for Non-Stunned Animals
 » Turkey Leads Increase in UK Poultry Meat Output
 » Chicken Liver Pate Source of Food Poisoning
 » Untested Cow Enters Food Supply
 » Raw Milk Review - Do the Rules Need Revised?
 » NBA Optimistic US will Open Doors to UK Beef
 » Tulip Workers in Plant Demo
 » NI Producers Confident in VIA Carcase Grading

   European Union

 » Salmonella Cases Down - Campylobacter Increasing
 » 2012 Broiler Meat Forecast to Drop Slightly
 » AI Poultry Sector Support Was Too Late
 » EU Pig Prices: Situation Well-balanced in EU Markets

   Japan

 » Rousselot in Joint Venture with Jellice

   Egypt

 » Gov't to Combat High Poultry Prices and FMD

   Bulgaria

 » Poland Moves to Rescue Bulgaria from Egg Price Crisis

   Korea, South

 » Radiation Findings in Japanese Fish Imports on Rise

   Thailand

 » Thailand Opens Fisheries Sector to Asean Investors

   Norway

 » NE Arctic Prawn Fishery Gains MSC Certification

   Belgium

 » Egg Processors Suffer as Prices Rise

   New Zealand

 » Beef + Lamb New Zealand Directors Re-elected
 » Meat Workers Step Up Action at Affco
 » New Processing Site in Canterbury

   Global

 » FAO Food Price Index Rises Again
 » Organic Sales Bucking the Trend
 » Dairy Policies to Protect Producers Under Criticism

   India

 » India to Explain Reasons for Import Ban on US Poultry

   Viet Nam

 » Pigs Made Heavier with Risky Chemical Use

   Philippines

 » Philippine Chefs Introduced to US Beef, Pork, Lamb

   Mexico

 » Mexico to Increase Beef Export to Japan

   Denmark

 » Retailers Join Forces to Promote MSC Seafood

   Canada

 » Stabilisation in Beef Sector & Modest Growth in Pork
 » Calls for Opposition Support of Bilateral FTAs
 » Canada Welcomes US BSE Rules
 » Government Helps Modernise Manitoba Hog Plant
 » Improvement of Maple Leaf Foods' Competitiveness

   Spain

 » Spanish Beef Exports Reached 13,320 Tons Last Year

   Brazil

 » Brazil's 2012 Pork Production Forecast to Rise
 » Brazil Chicken Exports Drop
 » Increase in Cattle Inventories Forecast for 2012
 » Brazil Looks to US to Increase Beef Exports

   France

 » Stunning the Rule, Ritual Slaughter the Exception

   China

 » Yurun Group Sees Profits Down
 » Rise in Rvenue and Income for Zhongpin

That's all for this week!

Ed.
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