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Editorial – Agency Prepares for Possible End to Meat & Bone Meal Ban in EU

The European Commission is proposing to amend European Union (EU) rules to allow the feeding of processed animal protein (PAP) derived from non-ruminants (other than fish) to non-ruminants of a different species, i.e. feeding poultry by-product meal to pigs and porcine meat and bone meal to poultry. The Commission anticipates taking a vote on the proposal later this year.

In the UK, the Board of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) was asked for its advice on food safety and the other interests of consumers in relation to this proposal, in order to inform Ministerial decisions on the position the UK Government should take in the forthcoming negotiations. The implications were discussed at a FSA board meeting last week.

From the food safety point of view, the Board agreed to advise Ministers that the proposed relaxations of the feed ban would pose a negligible risk to consumers of exposure to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), provided that separate channelling of material derived from different species is strictly maintained throughout the feed chain and a suitable, validated DNA-based test to monitor compliance is available before the entry into force of any changes.

However, a major hurdle will be consumer attitudes. Consumer engagement work carried out by the FSA so far indicates that the majority of consumers are averse to the proposed changes because of the perception that the feeding practices proposed would be unnatural and because they consider that controls should not be changed if doing so would result in an increase in risk, however small. Further communication with consumers is recommended to help their understanding of the risks and potential benefits of the changes.

The latest trade figures from the US reveal that July pork exports totalled 169,547 metric tons valued at $480.06 million – an increase of 16 per cent in volume and 24 per cent in value. This pushed the 2011 totals to 1.25 million metric tons valued at $3.3 billion – increases of 14 per cent and 20 per cent, respectively, over last year. Trade with Japan and Korea was particularly critical to the steady growth in US pork exports.

In New Zealand, while the government is considering allowing pork imports, pig farmers gathered at Parliament to discuss the risks of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) to the local industry.

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Does it Pay to Take Pigs to Heavy Slaughter Weights?
It is well known that as a pig grows it becomes less efficient at converting feed to weight gain. Therefore, depending on pig price and feed costs there is an optimum slaughter weight which will maximise profitability, according to researchers at AFBI.
Danish Pig Research Centre: Annual Report 2010: AI Research & Development
Activities within AI research and development in Denmark in 2010 is outlined in the latest annual report from the Danish Pig Research Centre.
Orego-Stim Improves Performance and Profits in Finisher Pigs During the Withdrawal Period
Economic advantages and/or cost savings can be achieved using Orego-Stim in the withdrawal feed in terms of lower total medication cost, more efficient feed conversion and fewer days to market, according to Technical Bulletin 23 from Meriden Animal Health.
Hong Kong - Livestock and Products Annual
Hong Kong's imports of US pork and offals are expected be 32 per cent lower this year than in 2010 as the result of a continued decrease in US pork exports transshipping through Hong Kong, according to Caroline Yuen and Juliana Madrid in the latest GAIN report from USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
Producers Can Benefit from Essential Oils in Pig Finishing Diets
Essential oils have multiple desirable properties which can have beneficial effects on animal performance, such as finishing pigs, when added to their rations. The purpose of this paper is to describe essential oils, some of their properties and present evidence that they can positively affect weight gain and feed efficiency, writes Dr Tobias Steiner of Biomin Holding GmbH.
Pfizer Animal Health - Fostera PCV
* Company News

North & Latin America Boost Genus Results
GLOBAL - In its results for the financial year, Genus has reported an increase of seven per cent in operating profit to more than $45 million.
New Board Members Appointed at BPEX
UK - Two new members have recently been appointed to the BPEX board of directors: Richard Hooper and Steve Francis.
Charlotte West to Cover the South for BPEX
UK - A new Knowledge Transfer (KT) Manager has been appointed by BPEX to cover the South of England.
Biomin.net Now Available in Turkish
TURKEY - In cooperation with its Turkish joint venture Biokey, Biomin has now launched a Turkish version of the corporate web site, www.biomin.net.
Latest Science on App Applied to Field Control
HUNGARY - The latest in a series of Ceva University Symposia 'Actinobacillius pleuropneumoniae: from the Microscope to the Field' was held in Budapest on 4 to 6 September.
Evergreen Colony with No.1 Carcase Award
CANADA - At their annual producer banquet recently, Maple Leaf Foods recognised long time Genesus Customer, Evergreen Farms with No.1 (Signature) Award in the Canadian Pork Industry: Best Carcase for a Calendar year at Maple Leaf.
* Global Pig Industry News

   Nepal

 » International Expo in Kathmandu This Week

   United Kingdom

 » Consumers Oppose Animal Protein in Feed
 » Higher Welfare Spares Farmers' Blushes
 » Suspected Leptospira Pomona Infection
 » QMS: Look for the Label to Win Luxury Prize
 » FSA Discusses Relaxation of Meat & Bone Meal Ban
 » Modest Price Recovery on the Cards?
 » Real Welfare Shows Good Welfare

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   Malaysia

 » Controversial Pig Farming Zone to Open Next Year

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices Continue Steady

   Philippines

 » More Tainted Pork Seized in Manila; One Arrested

   China

 » Pork Prices Rise Ahead of Festival Season
 » Chinese Pork Prices Still Climbing
 » Wal-Mart Selling Ordinary Pork as 'Green' Pork

   United States

 » Pork Commentary: Hog Production in Tricky Position
 » CME: Pig Prices Still Down After Corn Price Rise
 » Novel H3N2 Flu Viruses Infected Two Children
 » FTAs Mean Jobs for Struggling US Economy
 » Economics of Corn and Soybean Storage
 » IPPA Provides $40,000 to Two ISU Pig Projects
 » CME: Corn Crop Continues to Deteriorate
 » CME: High Feed Costs Equal Lower Weight?
 » Hog Waste Producing Electricity and Carbon Offsets
 » NFU Supports Passage of Senate Appropriations Bill
 » July Pork Exports Continue to Surge
 » CME: Analysts Expect Small Changes For Yr-End Estimates
 » SDPP Influences Intestinal Barrier Function in Weaned Pigs
 » Hog Outlook: US Pork Exports Up
 » Smithfield Foods Rise in First Quarter Profits

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   Viet Nam

 » Food Company Drops Retail Price of Pork
 » Vietnamese Hog Market

   New Zealand

 » NZ Pig Farmers Protest Against MAF Changes
 » NZ Pork Producers Gather at Parliament

   Russian Federation

 » ABC Airlines Carries Canadian Pigs to Russia
 » New Outbreak of CSF in Russia

   General

 » Endorsement for Food Chain and Animal Health
 » FAO Food Price Index Almost Unchanged
 » DSM Introduces a New Era of Sustainable Feeding

   Uganda

 » 600 Pigs in Gulu Killed by African Swine Fever

Biomin - the natural way
   Mexico

 » USMEF Publishes Export Guidelines for Mexico

   Canada

 » Swine Herd Health Status Key to Economic Viability
 » Canadian Swine Traceability Update
 » CPC and CPI Back Call to Conclude Doha Talks
 » Cooler Weather Blamed for Lower Hog Prices

   Ireland

 » Relentless Rise in Input Costs Erodes Price Gains



That's all for this week!

Ed.
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