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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 14 September 2011

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Wednesday 14th September 2011
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: US Declares War on E.Coli serogroups

The US Department of Agriculture has declared six additional serogroups of pathogenic E. coli as adulterants in non-intact raw beef.

Raw ground beef, its components, and tenderised steaks found to contain these bacteria will be prohibited from sale to consumers.

USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) will launch a testing programme to detect these dangerous pathogens and prevent them from reaching consumers.

As a result of the action, if the E. coli serogroups O26, O103, O45, O111, O121 and O145 are found in raw ground beef or its precursors, those products will be prohibited from entering commerce.

US meat processor Cargill has launched a recall of more turkey products because of concerns of Salmonella contamination.

The company said that as a precautionary measure, Cargill Value Added Meats Retail, part of Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation, has announced an immediate Class I voluntary recall of approximately 185,000 pounds of 85-per cent-lean fresh ground turkey products produced at the company’s Springdale, Arkansas plant on 23, 24, 30 and 31 August this year.

The company said that the recall was due to possible contamination from Salmonella Heidelberg.

The Tunisian authorities have amended their BSE testing requirements for Irish beef so that they are consistent with those that apply within the EU.

For cattle whose beef is destined for Tunisia, this means an increase in the minimum age of testing from 48 months to 72 months.

Meanwhile in the UK, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has discussed a proposal to relax certain provisions in the current ban on the use of meat and bone meal (now called processed animal protein, PAP) in feeds for poultry and pigs. The ban was introduced as part of the measures to counter the spread of BSE.

Chris Harris

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Spoilt Food Soon a Thing of the Past?
Unwanted bacteria, yeasts and moulds can cause major problems for the food industry as well as consumers. Norwegian researchers have developed new methods to identify potential sources of contamination.
GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS - Americas Holds Share of Global Chicken Meat Production
More rapid growth in production among the leading South American countries will enable the Americas to maintain its share of global chicken meat output at 47 per cent in 2011, writes industry watcher, Terry Evans in this, the first part of the 2011 series of Global Poultry Trends, exclusively on ThePoultrySite.
The European Response to BSE: A Success Story
Food safety authorities across Europe and the meat industry will need to stay vigilant to the threat of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) even while the number of incidents has dramatically decreased.
International Meat Review - 1 September 2011
Changes in population and income and moves in imports of feed cattle to Mexico are likely to affect the US beef trade with the country according to the USDA.
July Beef, Pork Exports Continue To Surge
July was another very strong month for US beef and pork exports, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Both are on pace to set new export value records in 2011 and to eclipse the $5 billion mark for the first time ever.
* Company News

Traceability in Focus at DanFish 2011
DENMARK - Traceability and marine scales will be the focus for Marel at this year's DanFish international fisheries exhibition, to be staged in Aalborg, Denmark, from 12 - 14 October.
Systems Integration Talks Traceability in Canada
UK - SI's CEO, Rob Stephens, has just returned to the UK following his participation at a food traceability and value chain management workshop held in Toronto, Canada.
* Global Meat Industry News

   United Kingdom

 » New Guide To Beef Up Financial Returns For Farmers
 » Beef Demand High Despite Higher Retail Prices
 » QMS: Look for the Label to Win Luxury Prize
 » FSA Discusses Relaxation of Meat & Bone Meal Ban
 » Prince of Wales Visits Moy Park Farm
 » Costs Of Production Rise For Beef & Sheep Farmers
 » Rugby Legends Throw Weight Behind Scotch Label
 » Tackling Most Common Food Poisoning Bacteria
 » VION to Stage Farm Visits for Schoolchildren
 » Supermarket Forced to Withdraw Sausage Ad

   United States

 » CME: High Feed Costs Equal Lower Weight?
 » Norovirus Most Common Foodborne Illness in US
 » NFU Supports Passage of Senate Appropriations Bill
 » CME: Analysts Expect Small Changes For Yr-End Estimates
 » Cattle Outlook: July Beef Export Record
 » Sustainable Chicken for Health Care Members
 » Cargill Expands Turkey Product Recall
 » Hog Outlook: US Pork Exports Up
 » CME: July An Excellent Month For Meat Exports
 » Smithfield Foods Rise in First Quarter Profits
 » Food & Water Watch Welcomes New Policy On E. Coli
 » Sara Lee North American CEO Quits
 » CME: Grain & Protein Supplies Down
 » USDA Takes New Steps to Fight E. Coli
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report


 » Nolan Meats Awarded for Export System Work
 » Teys Australia Open for Business
 » Aussie Chicken Farms Fall Foul of the ACCC
 » 'Free to Roam' Poultry Producers Go to Court

   New Zealand

 » Beef And Veal Exports Lift In August
 » Kiwis Reassured Six Eggs a Week is Okay
 » NZ Pork Producers Gather at Parliament
 » New Tool for Foot and Mouth Preparedness


 » Significant Growth for DaChan's Food Business
 » Chinese Pork Prices Still Climbing
 » Wal-Mart Selling Ordinary Pork as 'Green' Pork
 » Meat and Food Prices Soar in China


 » USMEF Publishes Export Guidelines For Mexico Online Book Shop

 » FAO Food Price Index Almost Unchanged
 » International Egg and Poultry Review: US & Peru


 » Live Exports Hit Processing Industry


 » Phase One of Byproducts Facility Nears Completion
 » Evergreen Colony with No.1 Carcase Award


 » Relentless Rise in Input Costs Erodes Price Gains
 » BSE Testing Age for Beef to Tunisia Increases


 » Poultry Products in TN to Rule Flat Till Navaratri


 » German Egg Demand Rising


 » Imported Beef Stocks High During July


 » Swedish Pig Production Down


 » Prison Poultry Farm Supplying Processor


 » Govt Urged not to Regulate Poultry Prices


 » Brazil Has Fastest Food Export Growth Rate
 » Marfrig Creates Keystone Foods Latin America

   European Union

 » JBT FoodTech Restructures European Team


 » High Maize Price Hits Jamaica Broilers


 » Chicken Production on the Rise in Turkey

   Russian Federation

 » Strong Results at Cherkizovo Despite Challenges

That's all for this week!

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