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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 13 July 2011

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Wednesday 13th July 2011
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: New Food Safety Instructions for Inspectors

The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued instructions to its inspection programme personnel in an effort to protect vulnerable consumers after an increased number of products have been recalled in the first half of 2011 due to the presence of undeclared allergens or other ingredients.

The agency has overseen 27 recalls for undeclared ingredients in the first six months of 2011; 20 are the result of undeclared allergens. In the preceding two years combined, FSIS issued recalls for a total of 32 undeclared allergens.

Under the new instructions, FSIS personnel are charged with making establishments aware of the importance and prevalence of undeclared allergens in meat and poultry products and how best to ensure labels are kept accurate and current.

FSIS has also issued new performance standards for Salmonella and Campylobacter in chilled carcases at young chicken and turkey slaughter plants.

The new standards apply to verification sample sets that begin on or after 1 July 2011.

The number of samples collected for young chicken and turkey verification sets will remain the same, but each sample collected in a set will be analysed for both Salmonella and Campylobacter.

According to the FAO, food prices are on the rise.

The FAO's Food Price Index rose by one per cent to 234 points in June 2011 - 39 per cent higher than in June 2010 but four per cent below its all-time high of 238 points in February of this year.

In China, measures are being taken to support the pork market as Premier Wen Jiabao told government departments to take immediate action to increase production and supplies to prevent a surge in prices.

Mr Wen said that keeping consumer prices stable and taming inflation remain the government's top priorities.

Chris Harris

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Finding the Best Ageing Method for Export Beef
The demand for dry aged beef around the world is growing, writes TheMeatSite editor-in-chief, Chris Harris.
Dairy Industry Facing Up to Volatile Markets
The dairy industry around the world is learning to face up to volatility in the market, writes TheMeatSite editor-in-chief, Chris Harris.
Risks of Recycled Cardboard in Food Packaging
Harmful mineral oils from the printing inks used on cardboard can migrate into food if recycled cardboard is used for food packaging.
New Face of Enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli Infections
The unprecedented outbreak of Shiga toxin/verotoxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC/VTEC) O104:H4 in Germany in May and June 2011 displayed several novel epidemiological, microbiological and clinical features.
Positive Outlook for Frozen Foods in Benelux
According to Frozen Food Europe, frozen food sales in both the Netherlands and Belgium grew last year and are expected to continue to grow in both value and volumes over the coming 12 months. Online Book Shop
* Global Meat Industry News

   European Union

 » Food Labels to be Clearer for Consumers
 » EU Must Maintain Strict BSE Controls
 » Return to Feeding Animal Protein on its Way?
 » Pig Meat Exports Up
 » EU Pig Prices: Price Increase Finally Realised
 » Report on Antimicrobial Resistance in Zoonotic Bacteria


 » Detecting Drugs in Milk
 » FAO Food Price Index Up Slightly in June


 » French Market Embraces Angus

   United Kingdom

 » Processor Fined over Forklift Truck Accident
 » MEP's Decision on Animal Proteins Welcomed
 » NFUS Welcomes COOL Decision from MEPs
 » VION Receives CIWF Pig Welfare Award
 » Organic Farming Welfare Claims Judged Misleading
 » Jimmy Doherty Champions Scottish Pork Production


 » Brazilian Beef Exports Down In 2010-11

   Saudi Arabia

 » Distributors Blamed for High Chicken Prices

   United States

 » Dairy Processors Welcome Agreement With Mexico
 » AFB Comment on Memorandum on Mexican Trucks
 » FDA Stops Veal Traders over Illegal Residues
 » New Standards for Salmonella and Campylobacter
 » KFC Chooses Chief Chicken Officer
 » Cattle Outlook: Economy Affects Meat Demand
 » Mobile Meat Processing Unit Granted USDA Inspection
 » Sows Slaughter Up Compared to 12 Months Ago
 » Market Preview: Record-High Hog Prices
 » Moves to Cut Allergen and Ingredient-Related Recalls
 » Codex Fails To Adopt Science-Based Standards
 » Pork Cooking Temperature Could Boost Demand


 » Seafood Exports Up By NOK1.9 Billion


 » ACCC Go-ahead to Teys-Cargill Merger
 » Cattle Slaughter Wanes During June
 » Australian Market Throughput Drops Off


 » A Crystal Ball Peek into Salami
 » Arla Foods and Xergi Progress with Biogas Project

   New Zealand

 » Beef NZ Promotes Trade Opportunities With Japan
 » Imported Pork is 100 Per Cent Safe


 » Companies Sign Up for Anuga FoodTec


 » Pork Prices Predicted to Stabilise as Inventory Rises
 » China Yurun Food Sees Higher H1 Net Profit
 » Premier Pushes to Contain Pork Prices


 » Turkish Beef Import Tariffs Increase


 » New Zealand Beef Dishes Up Export Dollars


 » Chicken Price Reaches Record High


 » Sh6bn Meat Plant for Conservation Area


 » Positive Reaction to We Care Billboard Campaign


 » Dairy Beef Opportunities Revealed at Open Day


 » Chilean Beef Import Prices Rise

   Korea, South

 » South Korean Meat Imports Higher


 » International Egg and Poultry Review: Italy


 » Pilot Scheme Converts Feathers to Feed

That's all for this week!

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