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Monday 26th October 2015.
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WHO Finds Link Between Red, Processed Meat with Cancer

A new study from the World Health Organization (WHO) has found links between eating red and processed meats with cancer.

According to the study, eating 100g of red meat per day leads to a 17 per cent increased risk of developing colorectal (bowel) cancer.

Similarly, eating 50g of processed meat per day increases the risk by 18 per cent.

These findings are the result of a study by the WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Monograph Working Group.

The scientists looked at more than 800 epidemiological studies that investigated the association of cancer with the consumption of red or processed meat from many countries with diverse ethnicities and diets.

Overall, the Working Group classified the consumption of processed meat as “carcinogenic to humans” on the basis of sufficient evidence for colorectal cancer.

A positive association with the consumption of processed meat was found for stomach cancer.

However, the consumption of unprocessed red meat was classified as “probably carcinogenic to humans”.

In making this evaluation, the Working Group took into consideration all the relevant data, including the substantial epidemiological data showing a positive association between consumption of red meat and colorectal cancer and the strong mechanistic evidence.

Consumption of red meat was also positively associated with pancreatic and with prostate cancer.

Red Meat is Still Good for You

Despite the classification of red meat as being 'probably carcinogenic to humans', it is still good for you when eaten in moderation as it contains high biological-value proteins as well as iron, zinc and B vitamins.

The North American Meat Institute (NAMI), commenting on the IARC findings, said that classifying red and processed meat as cancer “hazards” defies both common sense and numerous studies showing no correlation between meat and cancer and many more studies showing the many health benefits of balanced diets that include meat.

Scientific evidence shows cancer is a complex disease not caused by single foods and that a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle choices are essential to good health.

Betsy Booren, Ph.D., NAMI Vice President of Scientific Affairs, noted: “Followers of the Mediterranean diet eat double the recommended amount of processed meats. People in countries where the Mediterranean diet is followed, like Spain, Italy and France, have some of the longest lifespans in the world and excellent health.”

Dr Booren went on to explain: “Red and processed meat are among 940 agents reviewed by IARC and found to pose some level of theoretical ‘hazard.’ Only one substance, a chemical in yoga pants, has been declared by IARC not to cause cancer,” said Dr Booren.

“IARC says you can enjoy your yoga class, but don’t breathe air (Class I carcinogen), sit near a sun-filled window (Class I), apply aloe vera (Class 2B) if you get a sunburn, drink wine or coffee (Class I and Class 2B), or eat grilled food (Class 2A).And if you are a hairdresser or do shiftwork (both Class 2A), you should seek a new career.” 



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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Modulation of Intestinal Microbiota in Piglets in Post-Natal Period
Traditionally the digestive tract of pigs has been considered in view of its primary function being the site where ingested nutrients are processed and enzymatically degraded or fermented and nutrients are absorbed from the lumen towards systemic organs and tissues, writes Alfons Jansman, Senior scientist at Wageningen UR Livestock Research.

Strategies to Reduce ZnO Use by Modulating the Gut Microbiota in Pigs
Zinc (Zn) plays an important role in the metabolism of swine and as such is an essential trace element for growing pigs. During the late 1980s, it was discovered that pharmacological concentrations (1.500-3.000 ppm) of Zn oxide (ZnO) resulted in reduced diarrhea and increased growth in weanling pigs, write Maja Marien and Tim Goossens, Business Development Managers Digestive Performance, Nutriad International.

Nutritional Challenges of Keeping Pigs on Straw
Straw bedding can have an impact on pig’s health and performance.

Swine Influenza Viruses in Circulation in European Pigs Exhibit an Increasing Genetic Diversity Since 2009
Swine influenza causes concern for veterinary and public health. Thus, ongoing knowledge of influenza A viruses circulating in pigs is necessary for the prevention and control of the disease in pigs, but also to detect reassortant viruses that may pose a threat to humans, as was the case for the H1N1 virus responsible for the last pandemic in 2009 (H1N1pdm), write Gaëlle Simon et al, Merial.

Company News

MSD Animal Health to Present Important New Data at 7th Asian Pig Veterinary Society Congress
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Back by Demand: AFIA Offers Feed Production Education Program at IPPE
US – The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) will host its free Feed Production Education Program on Jan. 28, 2016, as part of the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta, Georgia.
EU and Spanish Pork Markets
EU - As always happens when autumn arrives in Spain, we have a market imbalance, there is more supply than demand. This occurs as a result of the pigs that have been delayed by the high summer temperatures and pigs growing faster once temperatures go down, all of these have coincided now, writes Mercedes Vega, General Director for Spain, Italy & Portugal.
International Rendering Symposium Returning to 2016 IPPE
US – The US rendering industry collects and safely processes well over 50 billion pounds of animal byproducts each year, converting these materials into fats and proteins used in animal feed, pet food and fuels.
Merck Animal Health to Sponsor 2015 FFA National Convention & Expo
US - Merck Animal Health today announced its sponsorship of the 2015 National Future Farmers of America (FFA) Convention & Expo, which will be held Oct. 28-31 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky
Pork Commentary: USDA Red Meat & Poultry
US - The October USDA projection for US Red Meat & Poultry Production for 2016 indicates expectations for major protein availability, writes Jim Long President – CEO Genesus Inc.
Market Reports

AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 26 October 2015
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 23 October 2015
USDA Livestock Slaughter - 23 October 2015
USDA Cold Storage - 23 October 2015
Australian Rural Commodities Wrap - 21 October 2015

Global Pig Industry News


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Exchange Rates Increasingly Dominate the Pork Market
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   United States

Hog Outlook: China Makes Progress on Re-Instating US Pork Facilities
CME: Pork in Cold Storage Up
CME: Hog Slaughter Levels are Seasonally Ramping-Up
Update on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease in US
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US Pledges $87 million to Combating Global Animal Disease Threats
CME: US Meat Production Expected to Hit Record
CME: Surprising Strength for Pork in Retail Meat Price Data
Strength of Pork Demand Driven by Consumption


Lithuania Reports Five New ASF Outbreaks


EU Pork Sales to China Reaching New Heights


Sask Pork to Enhance Opportunities for Pork Producers with New Government
Success for Canadian Western Truck Wash Certification Programme
Canadian Pork Council to Focus on Industry Priorities During Government Transition
New Pig Calendar Uses Humor to Reinforce Biosecurity Messaging
Proper Ventilation Calibration Saves on Disease Treatment, Productivity Losses
M-COOL to be Discussed During Fall Producer Meetings


Could Spain Become Largest Pig Producer in EU?
Danish Pig Sector Hit by Decade of Unprofitability
Danish Pig Sector Bids to Increase Piglet Survival
High Demand for Danish Crown Antibiotic Free Pork

   European Union

European GM Opt-Out Would Put Rural Jobs at Risk
Moves to Reduce Zinc in Pig Feed
US Recognises EU Efforts Against ASF Spread
EU Pig Prices: Still Unchanged in Germany – Continuing to Weaken in the South


Estonia Reports 32 New ASF Outbreaks


Latvia Reports 16 New ASF Outbreaks


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