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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 17 March 2010
Wednesday 17th March 2010
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Concerns over Meat Plant Safety and Work Practices

Concerns have been raised both sides of the Atlantic over the conditions and working practices in meat plants.

In Canada, a study by the USDA has reported inadequate inspection of meat processing plants.

The US Food and Drug Administration has demanded that Canada increase its inspection frequency in order to meet US safety standards and continue to have access to US markets, according to internal Canadian Food Inspection Agency documents.

The food inspectors union released the text of an internal staff memo, which discusses the Canadian Food and Inspection Agency’s approach to the additional USDA safety requirements.

In the UK, an Equality and Human Rights Commission inquiry has uncovered widespread evidence of the mistreatment and exploitation of migrant and agency workers in the meat and poultry processing sector.

Workers reported physical and verbal abuse and a lack of proper health and safety protection, with the treatment of pregnant workers a particular concern. Many workers had little knowledge of their rights and feared raising concerns would lead to dismissal. While migrant workers were most affected, British agency workers also faced similar mistreatment.

The inquiry uncovered frequent breaches of the law and licensing standards in meat processing factories - some of which supply the UK’s biggest supermarkets - and the agencies that supply workers to them. It also highlighted conditions which flout minimum ethical trading standards and basic human rights.

Chris Harris

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Innovative Packaging Solutions for Meat and Meat Products
One of the most important trends for the meat and meat products is the growth of the convenience product sector, writes TheMeatSite Senior Editor, Chris Harris.
Direct-Fed Microbials Take Another Step Against Salmonella
Research at the University of Arkansas poultry health lab has identified a combination of spore isolates from Bacillus species that are effective at reducing Salmonella enteritidis in chickens and turkeys, explains Dr Hargis in the latest newsletter from Food Safety Consortium.
Antibiotics Found to Aid Reduction of E. coli in Swine
A study conducted by Nancy Cornick, associate professor of veterinary microbiology at Iowa State University, examines the usage of three antibiotics - tylosin, chlorotetracycline and bacitracin methylene disalicylate.
International Meat Review - 4 March 2010
On February 18, the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) and the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS)published the quarterly Outlook for US Agricultural Trade, according to the USDA International Meat Review. Online Book Shop
* Global Meat Processing Industry News

   United Kingdom

 » Redundancies at Pork Pie Factory
 » Global Food Security Programme Launched
 » LMC Report: Improved Beef Demand in January
 » Businessman Jailed Over Egg Labelling Scandal
 » Butchery Site Even More Cutting Edge
 » When 'Halal' is Not Halal
 » Agency Workers Not Exploited, Says Recruitment Assoc
 » Mistreatment Of Migrant And Agency Workers

   United States

 » Direction Set to Lead World-class Food Industry
 » Farm and Food Campaign Comes to Chicago
 » Natural Byproducts Increase Beef Safety
 » In The Cattle Markets
 » Smithfield Sees Profits Return
 » CME: January Pork and Poultry Exports Down
 » NCBA Commends Senators On Beef Trade Resolution
 » Current E.coli Tracing Procedures Are Effective
 » January Meat Exports Show Mixed Results
 » E. Coli Tracing Procedures Followed, Says AMI
 » Recession Impacts Consumer Buying Habits
 » Market Preview: Federal Market Oversight Likely
 » International Egg and Poultry Review: US

 » Chicken Exports Grow More to Middle East
 » Brazil’s Beef Output To Grow


 » Tight Supply Constrains Korean Trade
 » Baiada Chief States Facts on Broiler Production

   Russian Federation

 » Russia's Meat Output to Rise by Six Per Cent
 » Good Progress on US/Russian Poultry Meat Trade


 » Zhongpin Reports Higher Results for 2009
   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Unchanged Quotations Throughout EU
 » All In Favour Of Clearer Food Labelling, Say Yes
 » EU Parliament Votes in Favour of COOL


 » Preventing E. coli O157 Contamination
 » Canadian Meat Inspection Inadequate - USDA


 » Romanian Pig Meat Market Assessed

   South Africa

 » Soccer World Cup: Good and Bad for Poultry Industry

   Korea, South

 » Pork Exports Fall to Zero


 » Association Sets Poultry Prices
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That's all for this week!


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