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Monday 2nd November 2015.
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EU Parliament Rejects National Bans on GM Feed

The European Parliament comprehensively rejected a European Commission plan last week which would allow individual member states to ban genetically modified food or feed on their territories.

The proposal was rejected by 577 votes to 75, with 38 abstentions, with the vote following a similar rejection by the Parliament's Environment committee.

European feed organisations COCERAL, FEDIOL and FEFAC said they were relieved at the outcome of the vote. The organisations recently released a report describing the negative impacts that such a ban would have on agriculture, through increased costs and decreased global competitiveness.

In other news, following the World Health Organization's report last week, which linked eating processed meats with cancer, CME analysts noted that the announcement has led to a decline in US lean hog futures by almost 600 points. Similarly, livestock futures also dropped.  

There was more bad news this week after a new food report identified human DNA in some US hot dogs and sausages made from various meats.

The study by Clear Food, part of Clear Labs - the standard for molecular food quality in the global food industry, analysed 345 individual hot dogs and sausages from seventy-five different brands sold at ten food retailers.

The findings showed that 14.4 per cent of hot dogs were problematic in some way. Problems included the presence of meat ingredients not on the label and hygienic issues, such as the presence of human DNA.

In market news this week, JBS completed its acquisition of Cargill in the US for $1.45 billion and Danish company Danish Crown had to call off its merger with Tican after it failed to get approval from the Danish competition authorities.  

In disease news, African Swine Fever (ASF) has continued to spread in Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine and Russia.

ASF was found in wild boar in Russia, Estonia and Latvia and in farmed pigs in Ukraine. On one Ukrainian farm 286 pigs were destroyed as a result of the disease.


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Laboratory Investigation of PRRS Virus Infection in Three Swine Herds
This report describes the clinical and pathological effects of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus infection in three pig herds, showing that PRRSv infection increased the incidence of other common diseases in each case.

Reduced Boar Taint in Lightweight and Clean Pigs
Pork from organic pigs that are not soiled in manure and that have a reduced live weight at slaughter has a reduced risk of boar taint.

Constitution of a European Network on the Detection of Pathogens in Oral Fluid
Studies on the use of swine oral fluid (OF) in veterinary diagnostics emphasize the interest of this type of sample for animal health monitoring. While several publications have validated the interest of a given analytical test (serology or PCR) performed on OF, few studies have compared the performances of such tests between laboratories, write L. Mieli et al, Merial.

Innovation to Buck the Trend in Danish Slaughter Pig Sector
While the Danish pig industry is seeing the slaughter herd diminish with more and more weaners being sent for export, one pig farmer is bucking the trend and looking for new and innovative ways of developing the finisher side of his business, writes Chris Harris for ThePigSite.

Company News

USA Hog Market Report
US - Consumers will always spend a certain amount of money for meat, but the market share of competing meats is often ignored, writes Alan Bentley, Sales & Service.
Meat Institute Announces Annual Awards Luncheon at 2016 IPPE
US - The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) will honor industry leaders at its Annual Awards Luncheon at the 2016 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta, Georgia.
PIC China's 2015 Symposium Highlights Value Components
CHINA - The 2015 PIC Symposium, with the theme "Value in the Hands of the Customer”, was held on the 11th of October in the city of Nanjing, China. The event was acclaimed a great success by the audience of more than 250 representatives from China's top pig producers and pork integrations.
Pork Commentary: China! China! China!
CHINA - The China pork market continues to be the wildcard for the hog price prospects for both the North American and EU markets.
Market Reports

AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 2 November 2015
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 29 October 2015

Global Pig Industry News

   United States

JBS Concludes Cargill Pork Acquisition
Hog Outlook: Down Week for US Hog Market
Study Finds Human DNA in Hot Dogs
CME: Cancer Report Leads to Lean Hog Future Decline
National Pork Board Defines Antibiotic Research Priorities
CME: Livestock Futures Trend Lower After Meat Cancer Report
Update on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease in US
US Domestic Pork Demand to Determine Hog Industry Profitability this Winter


Danish Crown, Tican Merger Called Off
Concern Over Pig Strain of MRSA Exaggerated


China Needs Cold Chain Improvement to Meet Food Demand


New Hog Barn Applications Expected this Fall
Manitoba PED Infected Farms Cleared of Virus
All Who Use Antimicrobials Have a Role to Play in Good Stewardship
Bacon Popularity Drives Continued Domestic Pork Demand
Sow Operations Needed to Participate in Group Sow Housing Conversion Project
Support For Repeal of COOL Strong Within US Business Community


Controversy Over Chinese Scientists Creating Micropigs

   European Union

EU Parliament Rejects National Bans on GM Feed
Low Prices Trigger Decline in EU Reproductive Pig Herd
Questions over Source of EU PEDv Outbreaks
EU Pig Prices: Steady for the Most Part


Three New ASF Outbreaks Reported on Ukrainian Pig Farms
Ukraine Reports New ASF Outbreaks on Pig Farms

   Russian Federation

More ASF Reported in Russia


Estonia Reports 17 New ASF Outbreaks


Latvia Reports 19 New ASF Outbreaks

   United Kingdom

UK Antibiotics Report Criticised for Ignoring Progress on Animal Use
Feed Grains Markets Grow in a Shrinking World
Researchers Invent Oral Vaccine Platform to Combat PCV2
Be Considerate of Livestock this Halloween Season
UK, China Team Up to Tackle Antimicrobial Resistance
AHDB Pork Encouraging Colourful Approach to Disease Prevention
Royal Summit Shows Help is at Hand for Crisis-Hit UK Farmers


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