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Thursday 1st August 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor


French Poultry Industry Faces up to Challenges

The European meat sector has been hitting back against recent bad publicity and campaigns from groups promoting meat-free consumption and farming.

Following a successful campaign in the UK, where one campaigning group was forced to change an advertisement owing to a misleading message, French meat industry organisation, SNIV-SNCP, has gone on the offensive.

It is saying that, for health reasons, consumers should be eating meat at least once a day.

The organisation representing meat companies in France says that it is well known that consumers should eat three dairy products and five vegetable or fruit products a day. Now it says there should be a similar benchmark for meat.

SNIV-SNCP says it advocates “meat every day” because the NFHP (the French National Plan for Health and Nutrition) recommends eating animal protein, meat, eggs or fish “once or twice a day” and to have meat once a day is within this recommendation.

It adds that the proposal to eat meat once a day would help to alleviate the deficiencies highlighted by the latest INCA 2 study that shows that meat consumption has fallen by 20 per cent in children, 17 per cent in adolescents and 16 per cent among women.

It also says that if people are eating five fruit or vegetables a day, they need the protein to develop a balanced diet.

And the organisation finally says that it is the best way to fight against the “meatless day” campaign promoted by anti-meat activists.

The SNIV-SNCP campaign addresses the health and nutrition issues for which meat consumption has so long been under fire.

Also in France, the end of EU support for exported poultry meat is hitting the national industry hard, according to a new USDA report. These refunds had been going almost exclusively to two French exporters of frozen broilers.

Unsurprisingly, the decision has been strongly criticised in France. While eliminating the export refunds will not stop all French poultry exports to the Middle East, is likely to further weaken the industry, which has already been experiencing financial difficulties.

According to the report, France was almost the only EU exporter of frozen whole chicken to affected destinations, and these exports represent about 30 per cent of the national chicken production.

Possibly in a move to compensate for the end to the refunds, the French government is offering funding worth up to €250,000 to poultry plants to invest in processing lines.

The level of subsidy is dependent on factors that include the size of the business and its location. Only combined killing and cutting plants qualify: farm-based slaughtering is specifically excluded, as are processing facilities without slaughtering lines.

The programme is being overseen by FranceAgriMer, which is currently home to a national ad-hoc subsidy commission. This particular scheme had been under discussion with the poultry industry for some time. Eligible projects include automation and robotics.

However, paying off the investment loans could be challenging in the current general economic climate and a following a period of high poultry feed costs.

And finally, looking to the global industry, more than 85 tonnes of chicken has been recalled by the Ministry of Health in Chile due to concerns over dioxin contamination, leading some countries to ban Chilean poultry product imports.


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Global Poultry Industry News

   European Union

EU Lifts Trade Barriers with Latin American Countries
EU Ends Last Remaining Export Subsidy for Poultry
Authorities Confirm Safety of Rooster Combs
Meat Sector Goes on the Offensive
EFSA's Executive Director Resigns

   France

End of EU Broiler Export Refunds Will Hurt France
France to Support Poultry Processing Investment

   United States

Politicians, Officials Attack Chinese Ban of Arkansas Poultry
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PSA Announces New Fellows, Other Award Winners at Annual Meeting
Research Allays Fears of Antibiotic Residues in DDGS
Study Measures Dust Levels Downwind of Poultry Houses
CME: Corn, Soybean Maintained Condition
Study Links Pathogen with Dermatitis in Broilers
NFU Joins Suit to Support COOL
Advocacy Group Warns of Food Safety Threat from Imported Chicken
Demand Prospects for Old Crop and New Crop Soybeans
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Senators Introduce Legislation Protecting Livestock Producers
Pilgrim's Pride Pays Fine for Safety Violations

   United Kingdom

Lavery Appointed Moy Park's New Executive Board Director
UK Food Economy Task Force Launched

   Malaysia

Chicken Abattoirs Warned for Not Adhering to Halal Standards
Local Suppliers Meet Chicken Demand

   India

Poultry Feed Seen Flat on Steady Input Costs
Poultry Feed Product Prices Drop
India's Poultry Market is Booming

   Canada

Canada's Poultry Sector to Grow in 2014
CFIA Food Safety Reforms Expected to Keep Food Safe
BC Agri-food Industry Gets Government Support

   Nepal

BIRD FLU: Kavre Sounds Bird Flu Alert; Kathmandu Records 12 Cases in 13 Days

   Brazil

JBS to be Sued over Doux Debt
Brasil Foods Sees Revenue Rise
Brazilian Meat Production to Expand

   Denmark

Travelling Danes Expose Themselves to Salmonella Risk

   South Africa

Progress in Farming Sector Assessed by Committee
Six Outbreaks of LPAI Reported in South African Ostriches

   Switzerland

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   Russian Federation

Russian Egg Producer Sees Output Lift by One Quarter

   Tanzania

Isles' Govt Urged to Ban Chicken Import

   Kenya

Kenchic Installs Ultra-modern Athi River Hatchery

   Chile

Authorities Recall Chilean Chicken Due to Dioxin

   Uganda

Pollution Leads to Closure of Poultry Businesses

   China

Yum Brands Sticks to Expansion Plans
MOA, FAO Workshop to Enhance Biosecurity at Live Poultry Markets
Effect of Weather on China Agri-food Prices

   Global

US Energy Prices to Fall by 2016, Says Expert
EU-Colombia Trade Barrier Lifted

   Italy

Heatwave Becomes a Threat to Profit for Housed Systems

   Mexico

Brazilian Health Standards for Chicken Imports Acceptable

   Australia

Rare Chickens Euthanased Because of Exotic Disease

   Ukraine

Ukrainian Egg Production Follows Upward Trend

   Argentina

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