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ThePigSite Newsletter - 31 January 2011

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Editorial - Some Relief for EU's Hard-Pressed Pig Producers

Last week, EU Agriculture Ministers backed moves for private storage of pig meat following representation from a Belgian delegation about the difficult situation of the pig meat market in the EU.

Since the reflection day on ‘The pig meat sector towards 2020’ held last month in Brussels, ministers at the Agricultural Council meeting last week heard that the situation has further deteriorated, with a strong increase in the price of feed as a consequence of the increase in cereals prices and the dioxin crisis in Germany.

The Commission has announced its decision to open support measures for private storage for pig meat.

In addition, an enlarged advisory committee – comprising stakeholders from the sector and national experts – will be convened to evaluate medium-term measures for the pig meat sector. Three items in particular were identified for further reflection: intervention measures in crisis situation, insurance systems and mutual fund, and food promotion programmes for this sector.

A delegation from Germany also told the Council about the present situation in Germany following the dioxin contamination of animal feed affecting the egg, poultry and pig sectors.

Precautionary measures have been implemented for suspected farms (eggs, poultry and pig production), which were kept blocked until analytical results proved that there was no contamination by dioxin, the Council heard. The possibility of criminal action at the source of the crisis has not been ruled out and the German authorities announced a 10-point action plan to prevent the repetition of such contamination in the food chain.

The Commission stressed that this case had not presented any health threat for consumers and underlined that the existing EU food safety framework had allowed for rapid information and reaction.

In other news, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has been considering the foot and mouth disease (FMD) crisis in South Korea, and has warned other Asian nations to be especially vigilant, whilst not neglecting animal welfare issues.

Since late November 2010, South Korean authorities have imposed quarantines, initiated a vaccination campaign that targets nine million pigs and three million cattle, and culled 2.2 million livestock. The overall cost of this effort is estimated at around $1.6 billion.

"The current FMD dynamics in eastern Asia, as well as the magnitude of the outbreak in South Korea, are unlike anything that we've seen for at least a half century," said Juan Lubroth, FAO's Chief Veterinary Officer. "This makes preparedness and monitoring extremely important right now."

"Authorities in Asia should make sure they are in a position to detect any instances of the disease and respond rapidly in an appropriate way. FAO is advocating proactive vaccination campaigns designed to stop the spread of the disease," he said.

Mr Lubroth also noted that when responding to outbreaks, countries should adhere to accepted practices that adequately take animal welfare and environmental impacts into account.

Jackie Linden

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