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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 10 March 2010
Wednesday 10th March 2010
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Editorial: Global Alert System Announced for Food Safety

Countries producing food containing harmful bacteria and toxins could be named and shamed more quickly using a worldwide alert system devised by a team of scientists from Kingston University in South West London.

The team, led by Professor Declan Naughton, says the easy to use computer tool can be used to monitor contaminated products; helping to prevent them reaching shop shelves and ensuring that food is safe to eat.

Meanwhile, the US is in the grip of another food scare - this time with products being recalled becasue of Salmonella.

In one incident, 1.7 million pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) beef taquito and chicken quesadilla products have been recalled because they may be contaminated with Salmonella and 6,000 bacon based products have also been recalled because of Salmonella scares.

The problem appears to have arisen in an ingredient - Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP).

On 4 March, the Food and Drug Administration conducted an investigation after a customer of an FDA regulated firm reported finding Salmonella in the HVP ingredient. This resulted in the subsequent recall of the contaminated products.

The recall comes at a time when former US Food and Drug Administration economist Robert L. Scharff revealed the total economic impact of foodborne illness across the US is $152 billion a year.

In China, the general office of the State Council has issued a plan to improve national food safety.

As part of a two-year project that began last month, the plan details 11 points for reforming food safety in China, aiming to solve problems and restore public confidence in the products that are available on the market.

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Vaccines and Microbials to Control E.Coli
Since E.Coli 0157 was recognised as a serious food safety issue in the 1980's following a poisoning outbreak in the US in hamburgers, there have been numerous attempts to institute controls, writes TheMeatSite senior Editor, Chris Harris.
Traces of Success at Himmerlandskød
Danish meat processing company, Himmerlandskød (Himmerland Meat), is enjoying notable success, with positive media coverage and praise from the Danish Minister of Food. The employees are happy, and sales are high. All this results from a mix of visionary business management and advanced production technology focused on traceability.
Pig Meat Outlook in Australia to 2014-15
Pig production is expected to increase from the present 329,000 tonnes to 338,000 tonnes by 2014-15, according to James Fell in Australian Commodities report for March 2010 from ABARE.
Poultry Outlook in Australia to 2014-15
Output from the poultry meat industry is expected to continue to increase by around four per cent annually throughout the forecast period to 2014-15, according to James Fell in Australian Commodities report for March 2010 from ABARE.
EU-27 - Livestock and Products Semi-Annual 2010
According to the latest GAIN Report from USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), Bluetongue continues to remain widespread in the European Union, but most commercial herds have acquired immunity through past infections as well as from vaccinations. Meanwhile, Classical Swine Fever (CSF) has retreated to most Eastern Member States and is largely under control in wild boar populations.
* Company News

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* Global Meat Processing Industry News

   United States

 » Salmonella Scare Leads to RTE Bacon Product Recall
 » AMI Supports Goal To Double US Exports in Five Years
 » In The Cattle Markets
 » FSIS to Discuss E.Coli Product Tracing
 » AMI President Supports Policy to Increase Ag Exports
 » Russia Agrees to Reopen Pork Market to US
 » Tyson Donates $250,000 to Haiti Disaster Relief
 » Food Safety Conference
 » US Cattle Outlook: Steady Improvement In Prices
 » CME: Reopening of Russian Market Good News for US
 » Vilsack Outlines Strategy To Increase Exports
 » Tyson Indiana Pork Plant Slaughter Still Suspended
 » Texas Firm Recalls Beef and Chicken Products
 » Two-thirds of Broiler Chickens Contaminated

   United Kingdom

 » Union, Supermarket Cooperate on Working Conditions
 » NFU DG Joins Moy Park As Non-Exec Director
 » Worldwide Food Alert System Devised
 » Pork Retail Sales Stay Strong
 » New Research Finds Eggs are a ‘Superfood’
 » Salmon Exports Leap 24 Per Cent


 » Fruit Extracts Cut Campylobacter on Chicken

 » Opportunities And Challenges For The Australian Meat Industry
 » Outlook '10: Promising Future for Aussie Pig Meat
 » Burke Takes A Step Towards Revoking BSE Decision


 » Japan Urged to Revoke Ban on Fresh Thai Poultry


 » Canadian Government Invests In Organic Sector
 » Food Safety Culture Key to Building Safety into Food

   Czech Republic

 » EU Gives Home Slaughtering Green Light

   European Union

 » EU Beef Production
 » EU Pig Prices: Ranging from Steady to Falling


 » Food Safety Reforms Proposed
 » AgFeed Announces Record Revenues
LIMA - Quality in Meat-bone Separation

 » Brazil Beef Exports Grow
 » Acquisitions Boost JBS Revenue


 » Beef And Sausages On The Menu

That's all for this week!


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