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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 7 February 2012

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Wednesday 8th February 2012
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EDITORIAL: Irradiation Back on the Agenda for Food Safety

A new report published by the European Commission (EC) reveals that more than 9,000 tonnes of food were irradiated in the European Union in 2010.

According to the report, entitled Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council of Food and Food Ingredients treated with ionising radiation for the year 2010, the process was used in 11 member states for a whole range of foods, which included poultry, fish and shellfish, egg products and meat.

The quantities treated are small compared to the total volume of food produced in the EU and there are strict controls on its use.

The 11 counties that are using irradiation for foods are Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Estonia, Spain, France, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland and Romania.

Meanwhile, a new ISO standard is providing state-of-the art requirements for food irradiation.

The standard is designed to benefit manufacturers, irradiation operators, regulators, customers and, ultimately, consumers.

ISO 14470:2011, Food irradiation – Requirements for the development, validation and routine control of the process of irradiation using ionising radiation for the treatment of food, not only provides requirements, but also guidance for meeting them.

Mariana Funes and Noelia Antonuccio, the two project leaders of the committee that developed the standard, said: "ISO 14470 will contribute to confidence and transparency among the different stakeholders operating in the food sector and will help provide regulators and consumer representatives with improved information on products, enabling better choices.”

In New Zealand, a recent large decrease in campylobacter infection from fresh poultry has also resulted in a significant drop in a neurological condition, which can result in paralysis or death.

Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), an auto-immune condition, which affects the nervous system, is known to sometimes follow campylobacter infection. GBS causes paralysis that often requires patients to be ventilated in the intensive care units of hospitals. Although patients with GBS usually recover over weeks or months, it can leave permanent disability and is sometimes fatal (three per cent in New Zealand).

New Zealand used to have the highest reported rate of campylobacter infection in the world, until stricter regulations on the processing of fresh chicken were applied from 2006 by the Food Safety Authority (now part of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry). These stricter regulations were followed by a 50 per cent fall in campylobacteriosis notifications and hospital admissions in 2007.

A new study in the US by food safety researchers at Drexel University demonstrates that plasma can be an effective method for killing pathogens on uncooked poultry. The proof-of-concept study was published in the January issue of the Journal of Food Protection.

The value of using plasma "is that it is non-thermal, so there is no heat to cook or alter the way the food looks," said lead author Brian Dirks, a graduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Chris Harris

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 6 new features this week:

Loyalty Cards Help to Trace Salmonella Outbreak
An outbreak of salmonella poisoning in France towards the end of last year was traced to dried pork sausage from one producer thanks to the use of supermarket loyalty cards, writes TheMeatSite Editor in Chief, Chris Harris.
Scientists Find Meat Quality Biomarkers
Scientists use modern technology to develop tools that slaughterhouses and pig producers can use to predict meat quality.
Australian Outlook: Global Beef Demand
One of the major negatives to loom over the Australian beef industry in 2012, if not the largest, is the continued economic malaise which has plagued advanced economies in recent years.
Nutrient Data for the New Year
Federal rules published in 2010 require specific meat and poultry products to carry new nutrition information starting from the beginning of this year according to the USDA ARS.
Outlook for Irish Pig Sector 2012
Over the last two years the Irish pig industry has experienced the lowest profitability in more than a generation, according to Michael McKeon from Teagasc's Pig Development Department in his outlook for pigs in 2011/12.
Positive Outlook for Irish Cattle in 2012
Cattle prices in 2011 for all animal age categories have been substantially higher than in 2010, and this has led to an increase in the value of cattle production on Irish farms, write James Breen and Kevin Hanrahan in their cattle outlook for 2011/12. Online Book Shop
* Company News

Marel Shows Strong Organic Growth
ICELAND - Meat and food processing equipment company, Marel has shown a 15 per cent increase in revenue over the last eyar rising to €668 million compared to €582 millin in 2010.
Gold Medal for MULTIVAC's HPP Technology
GERMANY - The high pressure processing of packaged food is gaining in importance. In recent years MULTIVAC has further developed this groundbreaking technology in some crucial areas, and for this it is being awarded the International FoodTec Award 2012 at Anuga FoodTec in Cologne.
* Meat Industry Market Reports

 » USDA International Egg and Poultry Review: Japan Broiler Meat Production
 » BPEX Export Bulletin - Week 5
 » International Meat Review - 2nd February 2012
 » USDA Dairy Products February 2012
* Global Meat Industry News


 » Tönnies Focus: Better Welfare & China Expansion
 » 2011 Good Year for Milk Plants in South Bavaria


 » Japan's Beef Imports up Four per cent in 2011
 » Broiler Meat Production Expected to Recover in 2012

   Russian Federation

 » Russia Remains World's Largest Beef Importer
 » Russian Fish Market could Double in Next 5 Years
 » Cheese Market Continues to Grow in Russia
 » Russia Detects Harmful Bacteria in Norwegian Exports

   United Kingdom

 » Flatfish Brings First MSC Certified Plaice to UK
 » Loch Duart Expands Production into Canada
 » British Pork Production Highest Since 2002
 » Morrisons Buys VION Meat Processing Plant
 » Dairy Crest's Trading is In Line with Expectations
 » Outlook Conference Date Set
 » RSPCA Celebrates Non-cage Eggs for First Time
 » Experts Investigate 'Green' Eggs
 » Quality Finishing Vital with Euro Uncertainties
 » LMC: English Prices Feel Pressure, NI More Resilient
 » Scottish Poultry Processors Save on Water Use
 » UK to Challenge Cross-border Trade in Illegal Pork
 » Global Outlook Dominates EBLEX Conference


 » Drop in Pork Exports - Growth for Beef and Lamb
 » Russia Suspends Lamb and Beef Exports from EU
 » Rabobank Dairy Outlook: Attractive but Unbalanced
 » Rabobank: Prospects for Pork Bright in Q1 of 2012
 » Pressure on Brazilian Beef Exports
 » New ISO Standard Makes Food Irradiation Safer
 » Italian Pork Prospects Poor; Irish Forecasts Positive
 » Aussie Beef Exports to Japan Underpinned by Brisket
 » US Cattle Slaughter Down in Q4 of 2011
 » Falling Production Sees Change in Global Beef Market

   United States

 » US Companies Hit Back at Cruelty Allegations
 » Processed Meats - a Healthy Part of Balanced Diet
 » CME: Global Dairy Trade Auction Prices Lower
 » Collaboration Markets Biofuels to Transport Industry
 » Hormel to End Sow Stalls by 2017
 » NCBA: What Does the South Korea Trade Deal Mean for US Beef
 » CME: Cheese Production Heavy in December
 » A Zap of Cold Plasma Reduces Harmful Bacteria
 » HSUS to Question Tyson on Sow Stalls
 » Sara Lee Reports Positive Trends
 » CME: What can the Prices of Beef & Pork Cuts Tell Us
 » NCBA: 2012 Slaughter Down as Herds Rebuild
 » CME: January Class III: $17.05
 » CME: Job Growth Has Returned
 » Bigger, Leaner, Better Hogs Coming to Market
 » CME: Powder Prices Continue Steady Decline
 » Cattle Outlook: Lowest Cattle Inventory Since 1952
 » Tyson Shows Rise in Sales
 » CME: Markets Continue Weaker


 » Fish Exports Increase up 16pc in Six Months


 » Fine Protest over Unlabelled Substandard Eggs


 » New Decree on Ritual Slaughter in France
 » World Meat Congress in Paris Palais des Congrès
 » Frozen Foods Success in French Halal Sector


 » Spanish Beef Producers Focus on Exports
 » Pescafria Cod Awarded MSC Certification


 » Four Die in Marfrig Tannery Chemical Spill
 » Palfenier is Named New CEO of Seara
 » December 2011 Pork Export Volume, Value Up
 » NCBA: Brazil Exports Down, but Production Up

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Demand from Slaughter Companies
 » New Report Reveals Use of Irradiation in EU Foods


 » Chicken Company's Plans Concerns Residents
 » La Ionica Pays for Misleading Label
 » Workforce Sacked at NSW Chicken Meatworks


 » Meat Inspection Reviewed in British Columbia
 » Companies Join to Fight Campylobacter


 » Qatar Cooking Up a Storm Over Pork Sales


 » Walmart Names New China CEO, President
 » Farm Produce Prices Fall on Waning Demand


 » Charoen Pokphand Foods Merges Subsidiaries


 » Advancing Beef Safety and Quality Through Research

   New Zealand

 » Poultry Food Safety Regulation Cuts Paralysis Levels

That's all for this week!

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