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Monday 26th March 2018.
Emily Houghton - ThePigSite Editor

Emily Houghton

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Editor’s weekly picks:

Listeriosis – the biggest outbreak in history
A listeriosis outbreak that, by mid-March, had sickened around 1,000 and killed 183 people in South Africa since January, has caused alarm in consumers and resulted in the recall of thousands of processed meat products from supermarket shelves. Zimbabwe, which imports some processed meats from its richer neighbour, is also facing widespread recalls and worried consumers.
The outbreak, described by the World Health Organisation as the biggest in world history, forced South African retailers to recall at least 3,500 tonnes of a ready-to-eat sausage, also known as polony, viennas, ham, meat spreads, corned meat, salami and pepperoni.
Ian Nkala describes how the outbreak has affected thousands of people in South Africa and Zimbabwe, and how the origins of the outbreak are emerging.

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China's pork import market 2017 & forecast for 2018
China’s expanding pork import volume in 2016 made overseas pork exporters more ambitious for this huge market in the beginning of 2017. We indeed witnessed such a positive trend from January to March 2017. China’s pork import volume reached 346,151 tons in Q1 2017, increasing by 21 percent than the same period last year.
However, the market turned down sharply from April 2017 on. Especially during a specific five-month period (June ~ October 2017), China’s pork import volume remained at a low level, fluctuating between 83,000 tons and 90,000 tons each month.
Angela Zhang, IQC Insights, provides an in-depth analysis of China's pork industry over the last 12 months and adds her predictions for the industry in 2018.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

An overview of China's pork import market 2017 & forecast for 2018
Angela Zhang, IQC Insights, provides an in-depth analysis of China's pork industry over the last 12 months and adds her predictions for the industry in 2018.

Company News

The cost of being wrong: Why cost-benefit analyses are replacing guesswork on swine farms
Cost-benefit analyses may be conducted prospectively to decide whether to implement an intervention or retrospectively to determine if an animal-health intervention was successful. Either way, they’re invaluable.
Influence Feed: Bracing for trade retaliation
Stay current on the latest food and agriculture issues impacting your business with Influence Feed by Zoetis. Influence Feed tracks the top 1,500 most influential voices across all segments of food and agriculture to bring you insights in a convenient bi-weekly report.
Jim Long Pork Commentary: Some market observations
Are US hog weights starting to go down?
Genesus Global Market Report: South Asia
Market analysis for Vietnam, Thailand and Philippines.
More planning required for feed medications in new VFD era
Planning, paperwork and prevention are the priorities on hog farms in response to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) expanded veterinary feed directive (VFD), which came onto the scene in January 2017.
The impacts of marbling on production traits and carcass composition
Swine breeding programs have traditionally been focused on production efficiencies (i.e. growth rate and feed conversion) and leanness of the carcass. This focus has led to dramatic improvement in production efficiency and feed conversion. More recently, the market is starting to shift in that marbling and meat quality are growing in importance for consumers, packers and processors.
The eve of disruption: How changes in retail and consumer trends might affect pork consumption - and production
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Global Pig Industry News


Listeriosis – the biggest outbreak in history

   United States

Farm Bureau concerned about possible Chinese trade retaliation
Trump administration unveils trade actions against China
2018 World Pork Expo — bigger and better than ever
Exclusive PRRS and PED insurance coverage protects US pork producers


Your mycotoxin mitigation strategy

   United Kingdom

One step closer to CCTV in all Welsh slaughterhouses
World Water Day 2018
Businesses commit to Courtauld Commitment 2025 Water Ambition to cut environmental cost of food and drink
UK and EU agree terms for Brexit transition period

   European Union

EU pig prices: more and more signs for bottoming out


€24m partnership for animal health innovation
Lallemand Animal Nutrition joins Neovia’s “Farm of the Future” network


New pen concepts could address animal welfare concerns in an environmentally friendly way


Swine and poultry farms of Charoen Pokphand Foods PCL (CPF) certified under Thai Labour Standard

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