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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 21 September 2011

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Wednesday 21st September 2011
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Editorial: Objections Raised to Meat Inspection Charges Plan

Meat, food and agriculture organisations in the US have hit out at proposals to introduce “user fees” for federal inspection of meat, poultry and egg products as the committee works to craft a deficit reduction plan.

In a letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction the organisations say: "The industry stands ready to work with both the Administration and the Committee to find ways to reduce overhead costs at the Food Safety Inspection Service, especially in this time of extreme economic hardship, but those reductions should not jeopardize either the Agency’s public health mission or its Congressional mandate for continuous inspection in the meat and poultry industries.”

In the UK, the Food Standards Agency has called on the Government not to support European Commission proposals to relax a ban on using pig and poultry processed animal proteins (PAP) in feed.

The advice follows the FSA Board's discussion at its meeting in Cardiff on 7 September. Although the Board accepted that the available risk assessments showed that the proposed changes would give rise to a negligible risk, they were concerned that this relied on effective enforcement of controls.

However, the National Farmers' Union in the UK has expressed disappointment at the food authority's stance.

The UK authorities have also put forward proposals to allow the use of a biphasic carbon dioxide gas mixture to kill poultry in slaughterhouses.

The proposals are part of amendments to the Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Regulations 1995 (WASK), which have been sent out for consultation in the industry by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Chris Harris

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The Cattle Commission of the European Association of Animal Production (EAAP) organised a specific session on the topic of defining quality and how to increase the quality of animal products at its Annual Meeting which was held in Bled (Slovenia) in September 2004.
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 6 new features this week:

Cattle Breed and Fatty Acids in Muscle and Fat
The amount and type of fat in the diet has a major impact on human health.
Crowd-sourcing the E. coli O104:H4 Outbreak
Ten variants of the deadly Escherichia coli strain that hit Germany in May 2011 have been sequenced across the world.
Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook
Amidst drought and domestically high feed prices, exports are flourishing, according to Rachel J. Johnson in the latest report from US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service.
Improving Ecological Footprinting of Food Products
International trade of food products is increasing. This means that food produced in one country may use ingredients sourced from other countries, which can make it difficult to assess the product?s real environmental impact.
The European Cheese Market
The EU cheese market is changing, forcing cheese suppliers to rethink their business models and explore new opportunities for growth. The main drivers behind these changes are falling growth rates in the EU, more pressure on margins because of higher revenues in powder and butter products, and volatility in commodity cheese markets.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates ? September 2011
The 2011 forecast of total red meat and poultry production is raised reflecting higher beef production but lower pork production, according to the latest USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates. Online Book Shop
* Global Meat Industry News

   United States

 » CME: US Protein Imports Still Weak
 » Korea-US Discussions On Producing High-Quality Beef
 » User Fees for Meat and Poultry Federal Inspection Opposed
 » Congress Told about Feed Availability Challenges
 » Butterball to Close Longmont Plant
 » CME: Hog Futures Rise as Autumn Approaches
 » OpenGate Capital Aquires Dean's Waukesha Plant
 » CME: Region Six Slaughter Up 47 Per Cent
 » Cattle Outlook: Beef & Pork Prices Up
 » Sealed Air Gets All Clear for Diversey Acquisition
 » Investment in Market Development Programmes
 » Training Programme to Focus on Effluent Treatment
 » Light Activated PDCs to Destroy E.coli
 » Drop in 2012 Red Meat, Poultry Production Predicted
 » CME: Domestic Slaughter up 18 Per Cent Since July
 » Market Preview: Retail Meat Prices Edge Upwards
 » Lawsuit Settled with Meat Company
 » CME:The Challenge Of High Feed Costs
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » Supermarkets Change How They Buy Pork

   United Kingdom

 » PM Raises Beef Exports Issue During Russia Visit
 » Guidance to End Confusing Date Labels
 » Pork Roast Sales up 40 Per Cent
 » Amendments to Poultry Gas Stunning Practices Proposed
 » BSI New Programmes for Better Food Safety
 » LMC Report: Increased Slaughterings In August
 » Dairy Crest To Pay More For Milk
 » New Resources Help Teach Children about Red Meat
 » FSA Advises Rejection of Proposal on PAP in EU Feed
 » Record UK Beef Prices Result Of Global Phenomenon
 » Poor Beef Cattle Handling Can Cost ?160 Per Animal
 » QMS Involved With Russia Export Restriction Efforts


 » Grass-fed Beef Hit at Major Tokyo Festival


 » Bill 46 Threatens Ability of Abattoirs to Access Hogs
 » Sunnymel Makes New Proposal over Poultry Plant
 » Canadian and US Traceability Can be Aligned


 » Master Kobe Wins Again
 » APL Roadshow Sells the Pork Levy


 » Duc Reports Increased Loss for Half-Year


 » Provisur Technologies Acquires TS Techniek

   European Union

 » EU Pig Meat Markets Well Balanced
 » Tracing Food by Mobile Phone
 » WTO Public Forum 2011 & the Welfare Challenges
 » EU Pig Prices: Comprehensive Quantities on Offer
 » Draft CAP Proposal Does Not Improve Welfare


 » Beef Exports To South Asia Down
 » Consumer Contest in Japan Highlights US Pork
 » Meat Purchasing to be Researched at CARD
 » US Statement on China?s Anti-Dumping Case at WTO
 » International Egg and Poultry Review: Caribbean


 » Pork Prices Rose 46 Per Cent Last Month
 » China Pork Imports Set to Hit Record


 » Brasil Foods Buys Pig Plant
 » Demand from Saudi Arabia Pushes Sheep Production


 » Live Chicken Shops to be Shut
 » No Orders to Close Poultry Shops


 » Top Chinese Pork Producers on First Trade Visit
 » Singapore Market Re-opens To Irish Beef Exports


 » Spanish Consumers Appetite for Grass-fed Lamb

   Viet Nam

 » Viet Nam Ag Ministry Seeks Help for Meat Producers


 » Argentinean Beef Supplies Fall


 » No Organic Chicken Production in Finland


 » Philippine Diet Not Hitting Energy Neeeds
 » US Beef, Pork Showcased at Manila World Food Expo

That's all for this week!

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