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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 3 August 2011

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Wednesday 3rd August 2011
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

EDITORIAL: EFSA Panel Shows Risks of Antimicrobial Use in Animals

The use of antimicrobials in food producing animals is a risk to public health and it can help to spread the bacterial strains. A study by the Panel on Biological Hazards (BIOHAZ Panel) for the European Food Safety Authority has called for a lowering of the overall use of antimicrobials in food producing animals in the European Union.

The panel says it is a priority to limit the risk to public health that can arise from resistance in the food chain.

And it adds that that an effective option would be to restrict or stop the use of cephalosporins in the treatment of food-producing animals.

In Denmark, the Board of Danish Crown has announced its intention to investigate whether to seek funding from outside sources for its future growth.

Pork and beef exporter Danish Crown could break from tradition and go public or court international investors in order to finance its future growth plan, says its board.

A spokesman for Danish Crown told TheMeatSite that the move is being considered, but no decision has been made yet.

"The representatives haven't decided, but it is not going to take that long. Maybe later this year," he said.

In Scotland, a research project to determine the eating quality of meat has reached significant milestone with the installation of a working robot at the meat processing premises involved in the project.

Quality Meat Scotland and the Scottish Government are co–funding the Integrated Measurement of Eating Quality (IMEQ) project, which is being delivered by a consortium of partners, led by the Scottish Agricultural College.

The project leaders say that it is on schedule and making good progress.

Chris Harris

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Packaging and the Prevention of Waste
The key strategy to manage waste is to prevent it in the first place, writes Chris Wright, TheMeatSite senior editor.
Emergence of Multidrug-Resistant Strain of Salmonella Identified
A new study has identified the recent emergence of a multidrug-resistant strain of Salmonella that has a high level resistance to ciprofloxacin, a common treatment for severe Salmonella infections.
EU Health Claims Regulation - an Issue for Research
Following a growing consumer demand for healthy food, the nutritionists' focus now lies in functional food innovations with natural compounds such as lactobacillus acting probiotic in guts as well as on cholestrol-reducing fibres or cell-protecting antioxidantia.
Beef Boning Hall System Fulfils Criteria at Marcher
Four main criteria were set when Austrian beef producer Norbert Marcher GesmbH looked at investing in a new beef deboning and trimming system.
UK Poultry and Poultry Meat Statistics - July 2011
UK poultry meat production was up in June compared to the same month a year ago, according to DEFRA's UK Hatcheries Survey and Poultry Slaughterhouse Survey results. Online Book Shop
* Company News

Almarai Invests in Integrated Poultry Processing and Packing with Meyn-Ishida
SAUDI ARABIA - Almarai, the largest dairy producer in the Gulf region has recently decided to invest a substantial amount of 4 billion SAR (€800 million) in their poultry activities.
Marel Shows Strong Sales
ICELAND - Meat and food processing equipment supplier, Marel, saw revenues for the second quarter of 2011 reach €161.9 million, an increase of 19 per cent compared to the same period last year when revenues were €136.1 million.
* Global Meat Industry News


 » International Egg and Poultry Review: World
 » China-Costa Rica FTA Comes into Force

   United Kingdom

 » Call for Changes to Powers of Groceries' Code Adjudicator
 » Recipe Phone App to Promote Meat and Farming
 » Get Involved in the Olympics
 » New Chairman for Food Research Organisation
 » Sensational Sausages Set Scene for Stardom
 » Secret Film Claims Cruelty to Pigs in Abattoir
 » High-Welfare Pork Sales up Again
 » Slaughterman's Licence in Abuse Case Revoked
 » Meat Eating Quality Project Work Moves to Abattoir
 » Restructuring at Vion Coupar Angus

   New Zealand

 » EU Quota for New Zealand Grain-fed Beef
 » Pork Import Battle Goes to Court

   European Union

 » Five Agricultural Products Registered
 » Safety Fears Lifted on Smoke Flavouring
 » EU Market is Well Balanced
 » Go-ahead for Acquisition of Diversey by Sealed Air
 » EFSA Panel Shows Risks of Antimicrobial Use


 » Plans for $10m Meat Plant in Anambra


 » Increase in Pork Levy Up for Discussion
 » A$ Brings Pain for Red Meat Exporters
 » Tough Export Conditions Hit Beef Shipments

   United States

 » Siler City Processing Plant to Close
 » Beef Value Is More Than Pounds
 » E.Coli Discovery Prompts Beef Product Recall
 » Consumers Say Animal Welfare Labelling Important
 » NEAC in Mobile Meat Processing Project
 » Townsends to Close by October
 » Second Quarter Loss Reported by Pilgrim's Pride
 » Groups Call for Immediate Action on FTAs
 » Industry Changes Blamed for Minot Plant Closure
 » Health Alert over Ground Turkey Products
 » Tyson Goes Ahead with Renovation at Cooked Meats Plant
 » New Sessions for Animal Care & Handling Conference
 » NCC Appoints VP of Science & Technology

   Korea, South

 » S Korean Firm Buys US Poultry Producer
 » Consumers Seek Alternatives as Pork Prices Soar

   Russian Federation

 » Authorities Uncover Underground Meat Plant
 » Cherkizovo's CEO is Confident of Strategy
 » Consignment of Imported Pig Offal Returned


 » Minimal Impact on Western Canadian Live Hog Prices
 » Maple Leaf Sees Earnings Soar
 » Waste-to-Energy System for Cargill Beef Plant


 » Quarterly Sales up but Margin Down for Bachoco
 » Mexico Extends Temporary Food Safety Import Rules


 » Pork Prices Cooling as China Boosts Pig Farming
 » Food-Tracking Project Extended
 » Pork Prices Fall Again


 » Shortages Of Cattle Keep Beef Prices High


 » Beef Exports Halved


 » Radiation Checks Introduced for Beef Cattle


 » Better Second-Half Ahead, Says Bounty Fresh


 » Abiec Launches Promotional Programme
 » Brazilian Beef Presented in Brussels


 » Atria Emerging from a Lean Time


 » Danish Crown Considers Going Public

   Dominican Republic

 » Chicken Prices Likely to Rise Higher

That's all for this week!

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