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Wednesday 8th May 2013.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


Sustainability and Food Safety at IFFA Exhibition

One of the main themes of this year’s IFFA meat processing industry equipment exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany, is sustainability.

The show, which boasts 960 exhibitors from around the world, is focusing on solutions to save energy and how to use resources more efficiently in the meat processing and packaging sectors.

One of the main features of this new approach to the sector is the automation of production processes, where companies such as MPS from the Netherlands is demonstrating automatic slaughter equipment, which Annet Emaus says not only saves labour, which in certain countries is now becoming expensive and difficult to find, but robotics and automation can also help in the field of food safety.

Food safety is also being given equal prominence at the exhibition and is particularly relevant against the background of current discussions on the quality of meat products.

High on the list of priorities at the exhibition are also issues such as quality assurance and hygiene during the manufacturing process, as well as labelling and traceability, all of which are coming into more prominent focus for the meat-processing industry.

The need for information on the part of the consumer appears to be proving a positive benefit for the trade.

Product identification and labelling with regard to contents and origin also play an important role.

The exhibition has a high proportion of international exhibitors and visitors alike. More than half of the exhibiting companies come from outside Germany.

The major exhibitor nations include Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, the USA, France, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland and Poland. And it is safe to assume a similar degree of internationality amongst visitors.

High levels of visitor participation are expected from the states in the Russian Federation as well as from Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Austria, Poland, Switzerland, the USA and Australia.

The exhibition runs until Thursday 9 May.


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Characterisation of Canadian Grade Standards and Lean Yield Prediction for Cows
Simple measurements of carcase characteristics such as grade fat, rib-eye area, marbling and ossification can be used to predict the lean yield of cows, according to a study published in the Canadian Journal of Animal Science.

Influence of Ractopamine Hydrochloride on Pork Quality
The inclusion of ractopamine hydrochloride in the late-finishing diet of pigs has no detrimental effects on muscle pH, fresh pork colour, firmness/wetness, water-holding capacity or marbling/intramuscular fat content but some experiments have revealed changes in fatty acid composition of the carcase fat and adverse effects on pork tenderness according to research by Dr Jason K. Apple of the University of Arkansas.

Multi-stage Carbon Dioxide Gas Stunning of Broilers
New research from the Netherlands indicates that a method involving several stages of carbon dioxide can offer reliable and effective stunning.

Farmed Fish: A Major Provider or a Major Consumer of Omega-3 Oils?
Fish and other seafood products are getting more and more attention among consumers due to its health benefits. These benefits are in particular linked to the valuable long chain omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), almost exclusively found in foods from the aquatic environment.

Sticky Solution Against Beef Bacteria
If you can't kill them, trap them. Such is the fate that scientists are reserving to pathogenic bacteria, such as the infamous E. coli.

Market Reports

USDA Dairy Products Sales Report Highlights - 1 May 2013
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 2 May 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 2 May 2013
UK Egg Statistics – Quarter 1, 2013
Sri Lanka Fish Prices - 3 May 2013
BPEX Export Bulletin - Week 18
BPEX UK Pig Meat Market Update - May 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 7 May 2013
Sri Lanka Fish Prices - 7 May 2013

Global Meat Industry News

   China

H7N9: Live Bird Markets Are Key to Infection for People and Poultry
Police Arrest 900 over Illegal Meat Crimes
Suspects Accused of Selling Tainted Pork
Tianli Agritech Begins to Sell Branded Black Hog Products

   Mexico

Mexico Sees Potential for Pork, Poultry in Russian Market
Study Highlights Need for Caution over Beef Pathogens

   United Kingdom

New EU-approved Horse DNA Test Launched
DairyCo Report Shows Diversification From Milk Buyers
Waitrose Launches New Responsible Fishing Pledge
Moy Park Reports Strong Recovery in 2012
Public Recognition of Benefits of Animal Medicines Growing
Poultry the Best Value Food for Hard-working Families During Last Two Decades
Attitudes to CarcaseTreatments Surveyed
Pig Farmers Need Gentle, Gradual Growth to Reduce Britain's Import Bill
Cranswick Acquires Pig Rearing Business
LMC: Primer Throughput Up Eight Per Cent
Premiums Paid for Traditional Breeds

   United States

CME: Pork Prices Rebound in Recent Days
Electron-Beam Pasteurisation of Raw Oysters may Reduce Food Poisoning
CME: April Futures Close Higher, Tuesday
CME: Cattle Futures Post Gains Over a Dollar, Thursday
NFU Urges USDA to Stand Strong on COOL
Mentally Disabled Workers at Turkey Plant Awarded $240 Million over Abuse
Meat Groups Attack Renewable Fuels Standard Impact in Comments to House
Consumers Value Locally Sourced Food
Hillshire Brands on Track
Pilgrim's Pride Aims to be Best Managed, Most Respected in Industry
Tyson Foods Has Weathered Second Quarter Challenges
Pressley Appointed Chairman of Animal Ag Alliance
Ractopamine Restrictions Cause Pork Export Slump
March Beef Export Results Mixed; Pork Exports Trend Lower

   Canada

Supermarket Chains Take Stand against Sow Stalls
Maple Leaf CEO Reports Very Difficult Quarter
New Milk Class for Mozzarella
Report Suggests Enhanced Role of Meat in Infant Diets

   Global

Italian Pig Meat Exports to the US to Resume
Time for Change: Sustainability Events for Businesses
Higher Supplies Push South American Cattle Prices Down
Summit Outlines Importance of Communication and Relationships as Vital

   Norway

No New Restrictions by Russia on Norwegian Fish
Cermaq Rejects Marine Harvest Offer, Copeinca Go-ahead

   India

Indian Beef Exports Revised Lower

   European Union

EC to Recover €230M of CAP Expenditure from Member States
EU Pig Prices: Markets Under Pressure
Dutch Move Away from Castrating Boar Pigs
EU Pig Prices: Have Prices Hit Rock Bottom?
EC Adopts Smarter Rules for Safer Food

   Switzerland

Listeria Investigation Finds Fault in Packing

   Spain

Spain: Hog Markets

   Argentina

New Rules Introduced for Quality Beef Destined for Russia

   Russian Federation

Acquisition Cements Arla's Russian Ambitions

   New Zealand

Beef and Sheep Sector Increases Eco-efficiency

   Philippines

Association Says DA's New Meat Imports Rules Will Not Affect Prices

   France

Solution Sought for Brittany Pig Processor

   Australia

Influx of Cattle Drives Record Export Start to 2013

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