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Exporting 90% of its pork production to countries in and out of the EU, Denmark tends to be ahead of the game when it comes to food safety, environmental protection and animal welfare. But with the requirement to replace sow stalls with group pens due to be implemented by the European Commission in January 2013, the Danish pig industry is facing unprecedented challenges.
Co-operative the Tican Group has adopted several methods to improve production and ensure steady growth in the past 15 years, but the size and location of its abattoir are set to prove a challenge for the future.
What sets the Danish pig industry apart is its co-operative structure, within which abattoirs are entirely owned by farmers. The first co-operative was created in 1887 and, by 1963, there were 77.
With animal antibiotics in media headlines of late, Denmark finds itself at the forefront of research and investment in food safety.
As the EU sow stall ban draws nearer, Denmark’s pig industry faces a fresh set of challenges, but believes its policies on welfare, the environment and the quality of its products will carry it through.
Equipment supplier Provisur Technologies has launched its AM2C separating and deboning machine, featuring low-rotation speed, low-rise temperature and low-maintenance cost.
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) commended the Obama administration for withdrawing a proposed rule that would have prevented young people from working on farms.
China has approved three Costa Rican plants for exports to its market, according to Costa Rican Agriculture Minister Gloria Abraham Peralta.
Russia is considering banning all meat imports from Brazil and Argentina, due to their poor monitoring of quality compliance, the country’s Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) has said.
Honk Kong has suspended poultry imports from the eastern Chinese province of Liaoning, after a case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) was confirmed in the region.
The US pork industry has warned that phasing out sow stalls would increase the price of meat and devastate the industry, with minimum animal welfare benefits.
The United States government has told GlobalMeatNews that there should be no reason why countries should ban its beef imports following the discovery of its first bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) case in six years, in California.
Member of Parliament (MP) Laura Sandys has asked the UK government to rethink the food sector’s business model in order to combat inflation and food insecurity.
Russian meat processor Cherkizovo has announced an increase of 42% in poultry sales volumes in Q1 2012, which the firm said reflects the launch of its new Bryansk site, and the May 2011 purchase of poultry company Mosselprom.
The Indonesian agriculture ministry has announced the suspension of US beef imports from today, after a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was discovered in a Californian dairy cow.
Fast-food giant Burger King has announced its pledge to phase out sow stalls, as well as battery cages for hens, from its suppliers by 2017.
Canadian factory farming has had a tremendous impact on human health, the environment, animal welfare and rural communities, according to a report commissioned by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPCA).
An atypical case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) has been detected in a dairy cow in California, but the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) said it presented no food safety risk, as the animal was not presented for slaughter for human consumption.
CLITRAVI, the liaison centre for the meat processing industry in the EU, has criticised the “sudden and drastic” elimination of export refunds for pig meat products implemented by the European Commission last week.
The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced new measures to prevent illegal residues in meat products, including the creation of a compliance guide, and increased testing for violators.
A New Mexico rancher’s application to open the country’s first horse abattoir since lifting a ban on such slaughter has been met with controversy, with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) saying the practice “runs counter to American values”.
Demand from Asia could boost the Canadian food industry after years of uncertainty, but officials must ensure the country is not left our of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreements because of protective measures, a report has said.
China’s meat imports exceeded its exports in 2011, according to figures collected by the country’s China Meat Association (CMA).
With recent anti-meat hysteria across global media, Carina Perkins talks to some experts who challenge the view that meat and saturated fat is bad for our health.
Denmark-based ingredients firm Chr. Hansen has posted organic growth of 11% in the first half of the financial year 2011/12, with a revenue of €333m, up 9% year-on-year.
Russian authorities have decided to reverse the negative trend seen in the beef market since 2005 and achieve self-sufficiency in the next seven years.
The European Commission has announced it would reduce EU beef export refunds by 33% and slashed pork export refunds to zero.
The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has dismissed the Commission’s proposals for a reform of the common agricultural policy (CAP) as “too complex”.
Brazil will be capable of supplying almost half of the world’s beef within 10 years, according to the Brazilian minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, Jorge Mendes Ribeiro Filho.
Eating meat played a major role in human evolution by prompting early weaning, according to new research.
Exports of Brazilian beef are expected to reach US$6bn in 2012, up 20% from 2011 with a 10% increase in volume, according to the Brazilian Association of Meat Exporters (Abiec).
Fernando Sampaio, director of the Brazilian beef exporters' association (Abiec) talks to GlobalMeatNews about the sector's outlook, obstacles to overcome, and the country's trade relationship with Argentina.
Francisco Turra, president of the Brazilian Poultry Association (UBABEF), talks to GlobalMeatNews about the state of the industry, exports, and the anti-dumping levy imposed in South Africa.
Meat ingredients specialist BHJ UK Protein Foods has secured halal certification for its SCANPRO Beef 95 functional protein ingredient.
Meat is accountable for one-third of the average French shopper’s carbon footprint, despite only representing 8% of the basket’s weight, and 23% of its cost, according to a study by French environment ministry CGDD.
US pork export valued reached US$58.17 per hog slaughtered in February, up 14% year-on-year, leading to a 21% increase in export value (US$526.2m), according to data released by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Christian Herten has been appointed director of quality management, health & safety and environment at GEA Refrigeration Technologies.
Representatives of the American meat industry have expressed mixed reactions to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) publication of a draft guidance on the use of antibiotics in livestock and poultry production.
Cherkizovo Group, one of the largest Russian producers of meat and meat products in Russia, plans to increase its share in the national pork and poultry sectors from 5% and 10% to 20% and 30% respectively, research by investment company BCS has revealed.
Canada’s Agriculture Union, PSAC, has warned that the government’s plan to cut 100 food safety inspectors may put human health at risk.
The Brazil Poultry Association (UBABEF) has reasserted its determination to ask for World Trade Organization (WTO) consultations on an anti-dumping levy recently imposed by South Africa.
Ukrainian meat and poultry producer MHP has reported fairly stable performance in the first quarter of 2012.
Russia is nearing self-sufficiency in poultry meat, although ministers have said the country will not abandon imports.
The voluntary phasing out of sow stalls in Australia could cost the industry around AUS$50m and result in a decrease in productivity, industry leaders have admitted.
An eminent group of UK halal scholars have created a new Shariah-compliant halal certification scheme for the food industry, which they hope will be adopted as a worldwide standard.
Irish meat industry representatives have joined other food industry and government representatives on a large-scale trade mission to China.
Ukraine experienced a sudden drop in meat production in the first part of 2012, with analysts warning that the resulting prices are leaving residents unable to afford domestically produced meat.
The developed world would have to cut its red meat consumption in half to meet the nitrous oxide (N2O) reduction targets set out by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a new report has claimed.
Australia’s pig industry representatives have claimed the industry is well ahead of its target to phase out the use of sow stalls by 2017.
Canadian meat producer Sofina Foods Inc has finalised a deal to buy a former Maple Leaf Foods pork processing plant from investment firm Sun Capital Partners.
The European Commission has demanded that Mexico and Brazil provide a scientific explanation for a new ban on reproductive livestock material imports from the EU.
US processor Cargill has bounced back after poor profits in the first six months of the year, reporting a strong performance in the third quarter.
A US meat producer has recalled over 2,000lb of ground and tenderised beef products over fears that they are contaminated with E.coli O157:H7.
UK animal welfare organisation Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) has called for better standards on EU rabbit farms after an investigation into the industry allegedly revealed “appalling suffering”.
Latvian pig farmers have warned they are facing a potential crisis as a result of Russia’s ban on the import of live pigs from the EU.
Russian officials have accused Georgia of bringing African swine fever (ASF) into Russia as a form of economic sabotage.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has published proposed amendments to its meat inspection regime, which would give meat processors greater freedom to trade inter-provincially and internationally.
The US poultry industry has hit back over a New York Times article, which claimed that intensively reared chickens are being fed arsenic.
Global burger chain Wendy’s has announced it will be expanding further into Eastern Europe.
Russian pork giant Miratorg has reported a 70% growth in production volumes for the first 3 months of 2012, reaching 57,909 tonnes (t) in live weight from 34,058t in Q1 2011.
The UK's Department for International Development (DFID) has donated £16m ($25m) to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), supporting a global initiative to improve agricultural statistics.
China has given export approval to five Mexican pig processors, after an authorisation process that lasted five years.
French meat industry union Sniv-SNCP has started an “offensive strategy”, including potential court action, to combat misinformation spread by the media.
The International Meat Trade Association (IMTA), the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Brazilian Association of Beef Exporters (ABIEC) discuss the environmental progress made in Brazilian livestock production, and the challenges ahead.
French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has declared that the rise in Campylobacter and E.coli cases in Europe was “directly related” to an alleged increase in ritual slaughterings, which she called a “sanitary bomb”.
The British Meat Processors’ Association (BMPA) has criticised the European Commission’s ban on ‘desinewed meat’ (DSM), a product obtained using low pressure to separate meat from bones, calling it “a criminal waste of a valuable product”.
China is driving global prices for sheepmeat (as well as beef and pork), offering unlimited potential for exporters gaining access to the lucrative market, delegates at last week’s Livestock and Meat Commission for Northern Ireland’s (LMC) conference heard.
China has overtaken the US as the world's biggest food market, according to the latest research.
Argentina has rejected a joint statement issued by 14 World Trade Organisation (WTO) members, asking it to remove the import restrictions it recently implemented, as “unjustified”.
The Irish department of agriculture, food and the marine has confirmed a low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) outbreak in pheasants in the West Cork area.
Ishida is making strong inroads against the competition with the success of its new split dual-lane tray sealer, the company claimed.
Meat suppliers looking to step up to the global stage were being offered the latest in inspection technology by Eagle Product Inspection at Anuga FoodTec.
Organisers behind Anuga FoodTec 2012 have declared the show the most successful to date, with visitor numbers rocketing by 25%.
Meat packaging needs to step up a gear and shift away from simple functionality and start adding value to the category, a leading packaging expert told visitors to Anuga FoodTec.
Exports of Italian cold cuts reached 138,000 tonnes in 2011, surpassing €1bn in value for the first time in the country’s history.
UK exports of livestock products rose 22% in 2011, reaching £2.3bn, according to industry levy bodies Eblex and Bpex.
UK processor Hilton Food Group has reported a 13.6% revenue growth in 2011, driven by the opening of a new meat-packing facility in Denmark and the recovery of raw material meat prices.
US ground beef processor AFA Foods has filed a bankruptcy petition, citing the ‘pink slime’ scandal that has been shaking the American meat industry for months.
Russian pig farmers estimate that accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) will cost the pork industry US$68.9m a year, as the country starts cutting Customs duties for pig and pork imports.
Meeting growing world demand for meat while preserving the environment is achievable with improved management practices and efficiency, according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
Brazilian meat industry and government representatives have defended the country’s efforts to reduce deforestation, regretting the “misinformation” spread by the European media.
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