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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 7 September 2011

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Wednesday 7th September 2011
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: UK Meat Inspection Practices Under Review

The British Meat Processors Association has put forward plans for an alternative approach to the delivery of official meat inspections.

The BMPA wants to see an inspection servcie based on the use of approved private sector accredited bodies to carry out inspections in consistently competent meat processing plants.

The main features of the proposal include:

  • The Food Standards Agency (FSA) would remain the competent authority, retaining responsibility for approval of plants, audits and enforcement
  • Official Veterinarians would remain under the control of the FSA
  • The FSA would delegate inspection tasks to approved private sector accredited bodies in consistently competent plants

The BMPA proposals come out at the same time that the Food Standards Agency has published new research into ways of improving the UK's meat inspection service.

In the research, the FSA discovered that consumers expect themselves, retailers and food outlets to monitor safety in the first instance and have little awareness of the current system of controls.

The FSA also commissioned five projects to study the risks to public heath, animal health and welfare from changing the current meat hygiene inspection requirements.

The FSA has also published an updated assessment of the impact of its proposals to increase charges for official controls on meat.

The Agency is proposing to increase the charges paid by industry for the work carried out by vets and meat inspectors in slaughterhouses, meat cutting plants and game handling establishments.

In Australia, the government has announced a new system of export certification for Australian meatworks designed to cut red tape, support regional jobs and improve Australia’s export meat industry’s competitiveness.

The new co-regulatory arrangement, the Australian Export Meat Inspection System (AEMIS), will be implemented from 1 October 2011. To support the transition to the new system the government will provide A$25.8 million over three years in support as the industry returns to full cost recovery by 2013.

Chris Harris

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Green Light for French Turkey Industry's New Agreement
The French Competition Authority has approved a fresh cross-sector agreement drawn up by the national turkey committee (CIDEF) as part of the implementation of the Loi pour la Modernisation de l'Agriculture et la Pêche.
Currency Chaos Creates Uniform Market
By Chris Harris, Editor-in-Chief of TheMeatSite. Our snapshot of the ongoing global pig industry trends as reported in the August 2011 Whole Hog Brief. To read the full detailed analysis, including all the commentary and graphical data, subscribe to the publication.
Study Could Help Develop Anti-bacterial Surfaces
Jacinta Conrad, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Houston, likens her research into how bacteria move to "tracking bright spots on a dark background."
Hong Kong - Livestock and Products Annual
Hong Kong's imports of US pork and offals are expected be 32 per cent lower this year than in 2010 as the result of a continued decrease in US pork exports transshipping through Hong Kong, according to Caroline Yuen and Juliana Madrid in the latest GAIN report from USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
International Meat Review - 18 August 2011
US beef and veal exports are on the rise with Egypt becoming the leading market for variety meats according to the USDA's International Meat Review.
* Company News

Brazilian Fisheries Minister Visits Marel HQ
ICELAND - The headquarters of food processing equipment manufacturer Marel in Garðabær was recently the setting for a visit by Brazilian minister for fisheries and aquaculture, Luiz Sérigode Oliviera.
Saudi Dairy Group Expands in Poultry
SAUDI ARABIA - Saudi based integrated dairy foods company Almarai is taking rapidly expanding into the poultry production and processing business.
* Global Meat Industry News


 » Nadeau Poultry Launches Awareness Campaign
 » PIC to Organise Course for Welfare Auditors
 » Govt Efforts to Improve Trade Markets Supported
 » Government Supports Lobster Processing Research
 » Govt Strengthens Traceability in BC Beef Industry

   United Kingdom

 » Open Day on Lamb Meat Quality
 » Changes to Food Business Approval Process
 » BMPA Alternative Way for Meat Inspections
 » Minister Backs NI Beef Sector
 » Value Of FQAS Membership For Beef Finishers
 » EBLEX Conference to Showcase Market Opportunities
 » Update on Impact of Meat Charging Proposals
 » Consumers Oppose Animal Protein in Feed
 » New Board Members Appointed to BPEX
 » Minister Says Poultry Industry a Major Asset
 » Review of Meat Controls Research Published
 » Glamourous Finale to Dundee Food Festival


 » Parties Meet at Mexico/US Anti-Dumping Hearing
 » Global Liquid Dairy Market To Grow By 30 Per Cent
 » Fonterra & First Milk Whey Protein Joint Venture
 » Iran Top Buyer Of Brazilian Beef


 » Frozen Beef Imports Surge
 » Safety Concerns Impact Beef Consumption at Home
 » Iotham Sees Sales Rise


 » EBRD Loan to Ukraine Meat Group


 » Poultry Imports Halted as Self-Sufficiency Reached Online Book Shop

 » Shandong Issues New Pork Quality Rules
 » International Egg and Poultry Review: China

   United States

 » Pork Board Budget Continues Consumer Focus
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » Japan Trades Aussie Beef For US Products
 » CME: Producers Hedge Feed Costs and Hog Prices
 » Cargill to Soon Start Breeding Hogs in Texas
 » Cattle Outlook: Future Meat Demand Looking Negative
 » Heavier Weight, Increased Slaughter Pushing Prices
 » CME: Feeder Cattle Prices Keep People Guessing
 » New Communications Strategies Workshop
 » Dairy Exports Set Another Record In First Half
 » FTAs Mean Jobs for Struggling US Economy
 » Butterball Names Brenneman Chief Executive Officer

   New Zealand

 » Beef And Sheep Outlook For 2011-12
 » Regulatory Change To Support Domestic Market
 » NZ Pig Farmers Protest Against MAF Changes


 » Cattle Prices Rise In August
 » Brazilian Chicken Exports up Three Per Cent


 » 500 Kilos of Tainted Pork Seized in Manila
 » Govt Seizes Opportunity to Export Poultry Meat
 » Authorities Seize More Tainted Pork in Manila
 » More Tainted Pork Seized in Manila; One Arrested


 » Bangladesh to Move into Global Halal Market


 » Exporters Protest US 'Zeroing' In On Indian Shrimp

   Russian Federation

 » Russian Poultry Production up 16 Per Cent


 » Pork Producers Urged to Upgrade Packaging


 » First Half Of 2011 Characterised By Growth


 » Seafood Gains Importance As Protein Source


 » Value Down But Volume Up For Salmon Exports


 » New Meat Export Certification System for Australia


 » Ter Beke Faces Up To Hard Times


 » Beef Exports Rise in August

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices Continue Steady

   Viet Nam

 » Food Company Drops Retail Price of Pork

That's all for this week!

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