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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 24 August 2011

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Wednesday 24th August 2011
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial – A New Approach for Tackling Food-Borne Disease

USDA is funding research that seeks to understand better the role cattle genetics may play in food contamination by the pathogen, E. coli O157:H7.

With partners including Neogen Corporation and its subsidiary, GeneSeek, researchers have shown that while some cows have no E. coli O157:H7 in their systems, others present a greater risk for beef contamination by shedding higher concentrations of the pathogen in their faeces.

James Herbert, Neogen's chairman and CEO, explained: "Researchers believe that if genetic markers for 'supershedders' of E. coli O157:H7, or animals that do not carry the microorganism, can be established, genetic and breeding programmes can be developed to help minimise the risk that the pathogen presents to consumers of beef products.

The research is being conducted by University of Nebraska-Lincoln scientists, in partnership with USDA's Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Nebraska, and Lincoln-based GeneSeek. GeneSeek will perform genotyping on the cattle genetic samples.

"While epidemiologically oriented approaches have provided extensive information about the transmission patterns of the organism, they have essentially failed to come up with meaningful and effective pre-harvest interventions that work in beef production," said University of Nebraska food microbiologist, Andy Benson, who is heading the research team.

"On the other hand, breeding strategies, which have heretofore never been considered as an approach, could be implemented as an intervention with potentially huge pay-offs, ultimately reducing numbers of 'supershedders' that are released into feeding operations."

"Many producers are already using sophisticated approaches to manage their breeding programmes," Mr Benson continued. "For them, it would be yet another gene and another trait on their list of things they want to breed for or breed against."

In Denmark, pork producers have noted improved results in 2010, according to a new report issued by the Danish Agriculture & Food Council. However, the future still holds significant challenges for the sector, the report warns.

Turning to trade, Russian beef imports for 2010-11 were five per cent higher than the previous year, assisted by a surge in imports from Europe, which were up 324 per cent year-on-year.

Jackie Linden

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 7 new features this week:

Denmark Taxes Saturated Fats
The Danish parliament earlier this year voted by a large majority to introduce a Fat Tax, writes TheMeatSite editor in chief, Chris Harris.
Assessing Eating Quality Using Consumers
More than 90 per cent of consumers would be prepared to pay for quality in the meat they buy if it could be guaranteed.
Environmental Impacts of Cultured Meat Production
Research is taking place to manufacture cultured meat - meat produced in vitro using tissue engineering techniques.
BPEX Export Bulletin - August 2011
The British Pig Executive's (BPEX) Export Bulletin for August 2011 reports pig industry trends from around the world.
United Kingdom Pig Meat Market Update - August 2011
The DAPP in the UK continued its recent upward trend in June but then fell back again during July, according to James Park, senior economic analyst with AHDB Meat Services Economic and Policy Analysis Group in his latest explanation of the trends in the UK and EU.
International Meat Review - 4 August 2011
The US cattle herd is continuing to decline according to the International Meat Review from the USDA.
Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook
High feed prices will curb production next year, according to the USDA Economic Research Service in its Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook for August 2011. Online Book Shop
* Global Meat Industry News

   United States

 » CME: Record-Large July Placements Expected
 » Quarterly Loss Leads Cagle's to Cut Back
 » Natural Food Preservative Kills Food-Borne Bacteria
 » Coming Dialogue on Antibiotic Use in Food Animals
 » CME: June Meat and Poultry Prices Steady
 » Market Preview: Domestic Pork Demand Holds Strong
 » Cattle Genetics May Help Combat E. coli
 » CME: More Meat in Storage than Last Year


 » Good First-Half for Anhui Taiyang
 » Zhongpin Buys Back Shares
 » Shuanghui's H1 Net Profit Goes Down
 » Continued Government Support for Pork Breeders
 » Zhongpin Increases Stock Repurchase Programme
 » Chinese Pig Farmers Hope to Breed Success


 » Pilot Plant Facilities for Food Processing at Campus ├ůs


 » Stolle and Friki Merge to Strengthen Market Position


 » Encouragement to Share Story of Food Production
 » Turkey Processor Expanding in Thamesford
 » Resumption of FTA Discussions with South Korea
 » Profitable Pork Prices in Manitoba and Saskatchewan


 » July Pig Meat Exports Drop in Volume and Value


 » Foreign Exchange Rates Hamper MHP's Results
 » Ukraine to Build up Pig Meat Exports


 » Canada-Colombia FTA Comes into Effect
 » Reduced Pork Production and Strong Demand

   United Kingdom

 » Govt Welfare Committee Seeks New Expertise
 » Scotch Lamb Backs Dundee Food Festival 2011
 » New Kits Highlight Nutritional Value of Red Meat
 » Half-Year Export Figures Rosy for Beef & Lamb
 » Specially Selected Pork Takes Centre Stage
 » NPA: Superiority of British Higher Welfare Pork


 » Support for New Poultry, Dairy, Fish & Meat Projects


 » Danish Pork Production Remains Strong


 » Swift's Slips from Profit to Loss for Half-Year


 » Govt Clearance for Cargill-Teys Joint Venture


 » Suguna Aims to Double Revenue by 2018
 » International Egg and Poultry Review: India

   New Zealand

 » New Zealand Pork Appoints New Chairman

   Russian Federation

 » Beef Imports Rise in 2010-11

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Steady Almost Throughout Europe

   South Africa

 » Profit up at Country Bird


 » Bachoco Acquires Further Processed Meat Plant
 » Exports of Beef Products Doubled

That's all for this week!

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