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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 17 February 2010

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Editorial: Link Between Meat And Cancer Flawed

A high profile report which suggests possible links between meat and cancer has been found to be significantly flawed by leading academics.

The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) 2007 report has been consistently cited as proof of a perceived link between red and processed meat consumption and risk of colorectal cancer (CRC). However, despite now privately acknowledging a number of errors and noting that these will be taken into consideration as part of an ongoing review, the charity has said it is not planning to inform the public and policymakers directly of the flaws.

In the UK, EBLEX Chairman John Cross and counterpart at BPEX Stewart Houston, wrote to Professor Martin Wiseman, medical and scientific adviser at WCRF, asking WCRF to acknowledge publically the flaws in the report.

In the EU, farm leaders have exchanged views with the new EU Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos on the future CAP, agreeing on the need to maintain CAP direct aid payments to farmers in a bid to safeguard a viable and competitive EU agriculture sector.

Five of world's major beef exporting nations, Canada, US, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand are meeting this week in hope of progressing trade policy and techincal issues within the industry.

It is hoped that the countries will work together to face the many challenges facing them, however it is also an opportunity to understand different countries' approaches to climate change.

Charlotte Johnston

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Studies Step up Battle Against Illegal Growth Promoters
Due to the economic benefits that can be gained from the use of illegal growth promoters in beef cattle, their illegal administration continues, writes TheCattleSite senior editor Chris Harris.
2009 Irish Livestock Supplies Reviewed
Total cattle disposals in 2009 were four per cent higher than previous year levels at just 1.9 million head, writes Peter Duggan, Strategic Information Services, Bord Bia.
US Feed Outlook - February 2010
An increase in domestic demand for feed grains has been fuelled by higher demand for ethanol, according to this month's Feed Outlook Report from USDA Economic Research Service.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - February 2010
Cattle price forecasts for 2010 are lowered as larger numbers of fed cattle are expected to pressure prices, according to the USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates for February 2010.
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* Company News

Bright Skies Over VIV India 2010
INDIA - The organisers of VIV India 2010 report a highly successful event in Bangalore earlier this month.
* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   United Kingdom

 » AFBI Study on Methane Emissions in Ruminants
 » Union Welcomes Clarity on Slurry Store Grant Rates
 » Meat Industry Challenge on Flawed “Cancer” Report
 » Imports Of Cattle To Farms Outnumber Exports
 » Scottish Union Meets New Agricultural Commissioner
 » Groceries Supply Code of Practice Comes Into Force
 » Newspaper Investigates Welfare of Imported Meat

   Australia

 » ABA Claims Vindication over RFID Stance
 » Australian Livestock Exports Near A$1 Billion
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » Recovery In Beef Export Prices Lifts Cattle Values
 » Australian Grinding Beef Demand Rises Sharply
 » Increased Risk Of BSE Exposure Allflex
   United States

 » 2010: A Good Year For Soybean Inoculants?
 » CME: Higher Commercial Beef Production Projected
 » Manure Management Training
 » Quantity Of Beef Exported By US Declines
 » Access To Pasture For Organic Livestock
 » Questions About Latest US Corn Crop
 » AVMA Seeks Input To Strategic Plan
 » Plant Buffers Limit Spread of Antibiotics in Manure
 » Corn and Soybean Growers Share On-Farm Research
 » Weekly Outlook: Corn and Soybean Export Progress
 » Cargill Piloting Food Safety Video System
 » Optimists Create the Future Says NCBA President
 » CME: December Beef Exports Still Advance Higher
 » Master Grazer Programme Offers Hands-on Learning

   Brazil

 » Meat Exports Up 10 Per Cent Last Month
 » Brazil Live Cattle Exports Up 27 Per Cent In 2009
 » Brazilian Companies Well Represented at Dubai Show
 » Sales To Arabs Increase DuPont Animal Health Solutions
   Denmark

 » New Funding For Research Into Antibiotic Resistance

   Belgium

 » De Beucker Joins Kemin Agrifoods

   Netherlands

 » Nutreco Reports Strong Second Half-Year 2009
 » DLG Opens Office in the Netherlands

   European Union

 » Farm Leaders Speak With Ciolos On Future CAP
 » Threat Of Bovine Besnoitiosis
   New Zealand

 » New Zealand Hosts Beef Exporting Alliance
 » New Zealand Need More Water Storage

   Taiwan

 » New FMD Outbreak in Chinese Taipei

   General

 » Methionine Market to be Worth US$3 Billion by 2015

   Russian Federation

 » Russian Government To Support Meat Production Animax Veterinary Health

That's all for this week!

Ed.
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