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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 17 February 2010
Wednesday 17th February 2010
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Editorial: "Flawed" Cancer Report Causes Anger

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 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.

IFFA 2010 the exhibition for the meat processing industry will open its doors in Frankfurt am Main from 8 to 13 May.

Messe Frankfurt the organisers of IFFA 2010 are taking an optimistic view of this event for the international meat-processing sector, as registrations have been received from all international market leaders.

In the US, meat, food and commodity processing giant Cargill has begun piloting a third party remote video auditing (RVA) programme as a food safety tool in its North American beef plants.

Cargill is already using RVA to monitor animal welfare practices and is finishing up the installation of the technology at its 10 beef-harvest plants in North America.

Based on the positive results in the animal welfare area, Cargill decided to extend the RVA technology to monitor food safety practices and is piloting the project at beef facilities in Fresno, California and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Chris Harris

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 3 new features this week:

New Automation Solutions for Greater Efficiency
Traceability along the entire meat-processing chain is of vital importance in terms of quality management.
International Meat Review - 4 February 2010
On 26January, USDA Agriculture Secretary Vilsack announced the allocation of $234.5 million to 70 US trade organisations to help promote American food and agricultural products overseas, according to the USDA INternational Meat Review.
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. Online Book Shop
* Company News

IFFA 2010 on Track for Success
GERMANY - IFFA 2010 the exhibition for the meat processing industry will open its doors in Frankfurt am Main from 8 to 13 May.
* Global Meat Processing Industry News


 » Burrangong Meat Closes Plant
 » Inghams Will Re-Build Fire-Damaged Plant
 » Poultry CRC Focuses on Campylobacter
 » Australian Grinding Beef Demand Rises Sharply
 » Recovery In Beef Export Prices Lifts Cattle Values
 » Increased Risk Of BSE Exposure

   United States

 » No H1N1 Flu Virus Found in Pork
 » New Poultry Industry Safety Recognition Programme
 » Gainco Represents Fortress Technology in US
 » Environment TV Programme to Feature Perdue
 » CME: Higher Commercial Beef Production Projected
 » Cagle's Reports Improving Results
 » Sausage and Pork Patty Mix Recalled
 » Quantity Of Beef Exported By US Declines
 » Cargill Piloting Food Safety Video System
 » Optimists Create the Future Says NCBA President
 » CME: Highlights of USDA's December Meat Trade Report
 » CME: Sharp Fall in US Sow Slaughter Levels

 » New Plant for Thai-German Meat Products

   United Kingdom

 » Meat Industry Challenge on Flawed “Cancer” Report
 » Free Pork Recipes to Rustle Up Romance
 » Newspaper Investigates Welfare of Imported Meat


 » Meat Exports Rise by 10 per cent
 » Brazilian Companies Well Represented at Dubai Show
 » Meat Sales To Arabs Increase

   Russian Federation

 » How Russia is Preparing for Poultry Self-Sufficiency
 » Russian Government To Support Meat Production


 » 'Diseased Pork' Being Sold in Some Regions


 » No Rise in Pork Prices During Chinese New Year
LIMA - Quality in Meat-bone Separation

 » Marel Sells Operations of Carnitech A/S
 » Tulip Food Company Acquires Nietfeld Feinkost


 » Boost to Exports to Japan Foreseen by San Miguel
 » Gov’t Bans Imports of Pork from South Korea

   New Zealand

 » New Zealand Hosts Beef Exporting Alliance
 » Global Standards Agreed for Traded Dairy Products

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Cheerful Sentiment in Markets


 » International Egg and Poultry Report: Turkey


 » Banned Beef Found in Pork Sausage Shipment
That's all for this week!


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