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Wednesday 27th March 2013.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


Are Companies Really Seeking Sustainability?

A new report, Driving Sustainability, from LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), shows that while a vast majority of companies believe sustainability to be increasingly important - 82 per cent of companies surveyed - only 19 per cent monitored the sustainability of the products they sourced.

The report, surveyed nearly 1,000 representatives from across the food industry.

Nearly half, 47 per cent, agreed or strongly agreed that their company should take sustainability more seriously, with a further 66 per cent looking to improve the integrity of their supply chains through better traceability and provenance.

Key drivers for addressing sustainability are meeting customer demand - 48 per cent - and saving the company money - 40 per cent.

Caroline Drummond, chief executive of LEAF, said: "In order to continue to feed the growing population, it is vital that the food industry ensures it is sustainable. The findings in this report demonstrate that while companies understand they need to improve their environmental impact and source sustainably, many do not have the tools in which to implement and measure this."

In the US, organic food companies are also increasingly adopting a wide range of sustainability initiatives, according to the first Sustainable Food Trade Association (SFTA) Annual Member Sustainability Report.

The report shows that companies used less energy, created less waste, reduced their carbon footprints and donated to the community considerably more in 2011 (the reporting year) than the previous year.

There was also a 34 per cent increase in companies saying that they were taking action such as auditing and managing their waste streams.

Climate change abatement initiatives were at the forefront of the action being taken by companies with 85 per cent of the members investing in tracking and integrating carbon management into their business operations.

By the end of this year changes will start taking place in food labelling in Europe that will start to require country of origin labelling on fresh meat from pigs, sheep, goats and poultry, nutrition information on processed foods and information about potential allergens such as peanuts or milk.

The labelling will also have to be clear with specific font sizes for the text and the information about allergens will also have to cover non pre-packed foods, including those that are served in restaurants and cafes.

For meat and food manufacturers, this will mean some lengthy time getting familiar with the intricacies of the legislation and then carrying out a full due diligence on the products to ensure that the correct information is displayed.


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This Weeks Articles and Analysis

French Retailer with Hands-on Approach to Traceability
Just when traceability scares have retailers across the world running for cover, one French retailer can justifiably feel that more than 40 years of working alongside food producers has been vindicated, writes Peter Crosskey.

Quality of Frankfurter Sausages with Pig Skin and Wheat Fibre as Fat Replacers
A mixture of pig skin and wheat fibre can be used to replace fat in frankfurter style sausages to obtain lower calories and a higher moisture and protein content.

Sleator Lab Identifies Single Point Mutation in Listeria Monocytogenes
The bacterial foodborne pathogen, Listeria monocytogenes is the causative agent of listeriosis—a debilitating disease linked with about 2,500 illnesses and more than 500 deaths per annum in the US alone.

Effect of Salt Reduction on Growth of Listeria in Meat and Poultry
Reducing sodium in pre-blends and emulsified meat and poultry products would have no effect on Listeria monocytogenes populations but replacement of sodium chloride with magnesium chloride may affect growth of aerobic populations, according to new research from Kansas State University in the US.

Be Prepared for Food Recalls
Being prepared and planning are key elements in preventing food safety emergencies and in mitigating their public health and socio-economic impacts and should be developed as part of the response to emergencies.

Why Fish is So Good for You?
Scientists of Friedrich Schiller University Jena and Jena University Hospital have decoded the antihypertensive impact of omega-3 fatty acids.

Company News

MULTIVAC Presents New Traysealer at IFFA
GERMANY - MULTIVAC is presenting a new fully automatic traysealer model in the medium output range at the IFFA 2013.
Market Reports

National Dairy Products Sales Report Highlights - 20 March 2013
USDA GAIN: Australia Livestock and Products Semi-annual 2013
USDA Catfish Feed Deliveries - March 2013
USDA Catfish Processing - March 2013
USDA GAIN: Russian Federation Livestock and Products Semi-annual 2013
Sri Lanka Fish Prices - 21 March 2013
UK Slaughter Statistics - March 2013
Irish CSO: Agricultural Price Indices - January 2013
Sri Lanka Fish Prices - 22 March 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 22 March 2013
USDA Livestock Slaughter - 21 March 2013
AHDB UK Pig Market Weekly - 21 March 2013
USDA GAIN: China Poultry and Products Semi-Annual 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 25 March 2013
BPEX Export Bulletin – Week 12
USDA Poultry Slaughter: Ready-to-Cook Weight Down 2 Percent from Last Year
NAB Rural Commodities Wrap - March 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 26 March 2013
USDA International Egg and Poultry: Indonesia
China Wholesale Prices - 27 March 2013

Global Meat Industry News

   China

Chinese Agrifood Prices Continue to Fall
DCE to Launch Egg Futures Contract
Yurun Food Group Reports HK$611m Loss
Working Together to Ensure Food for All
China's Farm Produce Prices Drop Again
Nissui Sets up Second Chicken Processing Plant in China

   Global

Latest DNA Results Confirm Integrity of MSC Chain
Importance of Sustainability Growing for Food Industry
US Beef Market Steady - Japanese Stocks Tighten
Looming Threat of Water Scarcity
New Project Will Assess Level of Contaminants in Seafood

   Panama

USMEF Market Expo Team Sees Opportunities in Panama

   Australia

Aussie Seafood the Best Bet for Sustainability
A$3.6 million for Clean Seas Tuna Kingfish Production Expansion
Red Meat Exports to South Asia Down in February
Inghams Sacks Workers for Cruelty to Turkeys

   New Zealand

Big Call on Imported Pig Meat
February Exports Rise Thanks to Chinese Dairy Shipments

   United States

Weekly Roberts Market Report
US Senators Commended for Working to Shine Light on Antibiotics Practices
NCC Lauds Senate Action to Prevent Furloughs of Federal Food Inspectors
Sustainability Projects Save Emissions and Money
Allendale, Inc. Releases US Cattle on Feed, Cold Storage Estimates
AquaBounty Fundraising of $6 Million Approved
CME: Meat Inspection Furloughs Averted
Hog Outlook: Breeding Herd Expected to Rise in March Hogs & Pigs Report
CME: Futures Close Lower, Friday with Week-on-Week Gains
Poultry Groups Refute Recent Claims on Poultry Worker Safety
Hormel Foods Receives Two AMI Environmental Awards
Feed Costs Continue to Plague Producers' Chances for Profits
CME: Futures Open Higher Followed by Limited Trading, Monday
CME: Large Frozen Meat, Poultry Stocks February End
CME: Cattle on Feed Report Indicated Bullish Outlook as Placements are Down
Beef Products Recalled over Specified Risk Materials
2012: Record Year for Land O'Lakes

   United Kingdom

Showcase for Local Food as Easter Fest Returns
Consumers Back British Meat Following Horse Meat Scandal
Processors Must be Vigilant to Safeguard Halal Authenticity
Hungarian Horse Meat Labelled as Beef
Value-Added Way to Go for Export Markets
LMC: Week's Slaughter Down 7.5 Per Year-on-Year
LMC: Good Demand for Quality Liveweight Cattle

   Canada

Blue Mussels Positioned to Become Leading Product on Global Seafood Market
Olymel Joins Move Away from Gestation Crates
Modifications to M-COOL Could Discriminate Against Imported Livestock
CPC Supports 2013 Federal Budget
Seafood for the Future Recommends Marine Harvest Canada Salmon

   Spain

Reminder on UFAW Symposium: Priorities Around the World
New Companies Join Consorcio del Jamón Serrano Español Project

   Viet Nam

Viet Nam: Hog Markets

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Markets Calming Down
Latest CAP Discussions Hailed as 'Step in the Right Direction'
Commission Further Streamlines List of Authorised Additives in Animal Feed
EU Pig Prices: Stability in Slaughter Pig Markets
Will Retailers be Responsible for New EU Meat and Food Labelling Laws?

   Denmark

Slaughter Pigs to be Improved by Genomic Selection
New Factory in Holsted Takes Shape

   Brazil

Brazilian Meat Exports up in February
JBS Credit Rating Upgraded by Moody's
Keystone Renews Credit Facility
Processing Zones Could Provide Solution for Disadvantaged Areas

   Russian Federation

Call for Unscheduled Inspections to Stop Mislabelling
Absence of ASF at Cherkizovo's Pork Facilities Confirmed

   Sweden

Arla Closes Swedish Cheese Plant

   Romania

Romanian Veterinarians Broaden Aflatoxin Testing

   Ireland

Opportunities For Irish Beef as Iran Drops Import Ban

   Belgium

Positive Image for Irish Lamb in Belgium

   Greece

Horse DNA in "KAVOURMA" Meat Product

   Chile

Hong Kong Eases Way for Chilean Meat Exports

   Ukraine

Ukraine Bans Brazilian Pork

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