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Wednesday 22nd October 2014.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


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World Trade Organization Takes Centre Stage

Events at the World Trade Organization have taken centre stage this week with the disputes committee ruling in favour of Canada and Mexico in their fight with the US over Country of Origin Labelling regulations.

The WTO has said that the COOL amendments that were made by the US to the rules, intended to make them comply with the international trade rule had in fact made them more draconian.

The WTO said that the amendments were more detrimental to competitive opportunities for livestock imports.

The ruling by the WTO has been backed by the meat industry in the US, who said that “USDA’s mandatory COOL rule is not only onerous and burdensome on livestock producers and meat packers and processors, it does not bring the US into compliance with its WTO obligations".

However, the US farmers said that there was strong consumer support for the USDA's COOL regulations.

Also in the WTO, Russia has marked its entrance into the organisation by becoming one of the most active members in dealing with food safety and animal health issues.

Since Russia joined in August 2012 it has given 52 regular or emergency updates on the animal disease situation in the country.

It has also laid out all the technical assistance it has been giving to developing countries on SPS issues.

Russia had been the subject of five specific trade concerns up to last week, when three new ones were introduced in at the latest meeting.

Russia has also raised two issues of concern itself.

Russia has acknowledged that there has been political motives behind their activity but it has now called for more cooperation rather than confrontation.


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

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Short Term Outlook for EU Pig Meat Market 2014-2015
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Company News

New Hotels Added to Meet 2015 IPPE Record Demand
US - Because of high interest in the 2015 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta in January, additional hotel rooms have been added.
Market Reports

EBLEX Cattle and Sheep Weekly - 22 October 2014
Irish CSO Reports - Agricultural Price Indices - August 2014
USDA International Egg and Poultry - Thailand - 14 October 2014
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 16 October 2014
QMS (Quality Meat Scotland) October 2014
BPEX Weekly Export Bulletin 17 October
USDA Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook - 17 October 2014
USDA National Dairy Products Sales Report - 16 October 2014

Global Meat Industry News

  European Union

Beef Recalled over Anthrax Scare
Lamb Promotion Gets €7.7 million Boost
EU Research Turning Food Waste into Feed
Measures to Meet Russian Trade Ban Appropriate
Copa-Cogeca Urges EU to Reject Plans to Slash Agriculture Spending

   Norway

Strong Earnings in Third Quarter for Marine Harvest

   Belarus

Belarus Calms Fears over African Swine Fever

   Russian Federation

Thai Pork Plants Approved to Export to Russia
Russia to Increase Agricultural Output by 2020
Russia to Import Pork From China After a Decade

   United Kingdom

Chairman's Annual Goose Walk Well Attended
Farmers Plea over Cut Price Milk
Pig Industry Tackles Antibiotic Use
Food Labels Can Reduce Environmental Impacts of Livestock
Animal Welfare Research Training Scholarship Available
EBLEX Launches Quality Standard Mark Excellence Awards
Drop in Standard Pig Price in UK
How Important are Senses in Marketing?
Poor Beef Cattle Handling Can Cost £160 per Beast

   Global

Russia Most Active in WTO over Animal Health and Food Safety
Call for US to Comply with WTO Ruling
WTO Finds Against US over COOL Meat Trade Restrictions
ADB, Japan Support South Asia Push to End Spread of Livestock Disease
Global Pork Markets Cooling
Call For Innovation on Family Farms
WTO Rules in Favour of US over Indian Ban on US Poultry Imports

   United States

US Hog Prices Falling
Cattle Slaughter Figures Behind Last Year
Lack of Growth in Broiler Sector
Breaded Chicken Catching Burgers in Sandwich Stakes
US Chicken Product Line Certified 'No Antibiotics Ever'
USDA’s Estimated Cutout Value

   France

LDC Sofiprotéol Join Forces
Scottish Red Meat Exporters Set Sights on Opportunities

   Netherlands

Nutreco Sees Revenues Fall

   New Zealand

Meat Plant Worker Maimed by Hoof Machine

   China

WH Group Starts Pig Meat Exports to Russia
Chinese Food Prices Show Slight Fall

   Canada

Food Safety Programme to Help British Columbia Companies Expand Markets

   Australia

Australian Egg Company Fined for Misleading Claims

   Brazil

Brazil to Intensify Beef Production
Brazilian Pork Export Volumes Continue to Fall
BRF at Top of Sustainability Rankings

   Ireland

Irish Lamb Prices Rising

   Paraguay

Paraguayan Beef Exports High

   Japan

Japan Beef Consumption Recovers

   Sweden

Arla Acquires Falbygdens Ost

   Myanmar

KFC Plans First Restaurant in Myanmar

   Ukraine

Ukraine Bans on Animal Produce from Crimea

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