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Virus To Cut Chile Salmon Output

Salmon output in Chile, the world’s No. 2 producer, will fall around 30 per cent in 2009 from a year earlier to around 320,000 tonnes as the industry grapples with a lethal virus, leading industry association SalmonChile said March 6.

Rodrigo Infante, CEO of SalmonChile – which groups Chile’s main salmon producers – said he expected output to remain at a similar level in 2010, and then to see a gradual recovery as measures implemented to combat infectious salmon anemia (ISA), which is deadly to Atlantic salmon but does not harm humans.

Chile exported a record 445,000 tonnes of salmon and trout in 2008, worth just under $2.4 billion, with exports surging from 2007 levels of 397,000 tonnes as salmon farmers harvested fish early to avoid ISA, which is like a deadly flu or cold.

Infante expects to see exports worth between $1.7 billion and $1.8 billion in 2009, with higher prices compensating in part for lower output – losing further ground to top world producer Norway.

U. S. Pork Producers Brace For HBO Special On Cruelty

U. S. pork producers, already worried that high prices for their product may chase pinched shoppers to the chicken section, are now bracing for another possible hit – an HBO special on animal cruelty in factory farming.

Producers at the annual Pork Industry Forum were discussing the documentary, “Death on a Factory Farm,” which the network plans to premier on March 16 and show 20 times by April 1.

The documentary, based on a video taken by the Humane Farming Association, an animal rights group, “takes a harrowing look at animal cruelty in an Ohio factory farm as chronicled through undercover footage,” the HBO website said.

Owners of the Ohio farm were charged with animal cruelty following six weeks of secret filming of events there.

Cindy Cunningham of the National Pork Board said “there are 75,000 hog farms across the country and what happened on this farm is not common practice.”

Animal rights groups have forced changes to how animals are treated or handled in some states.

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