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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 11 July 2012

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EDITORIAL: International Row Brewing as Codex Clears Use of Ractopamine

Last week Codex Alimentarius set maximum levels for the use of the drug Ractopamine, which the commission says the meat will be safe for human consumption.

The Commission voted 69-67 in favour of establishing the MRLs of 10 parts per billion in beef and pork.

Adoption of the MRLs was supported by the US, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ghana, the Philippines and the majority of the rest of the world outside of Europe in an effort to send a message that Codex is a science-based body and that inaction is not an option in an increasingly globalised world.

The move has been welcomed by the governments of the USA, Canada and Brazil.

US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said: "After five years of hard work by the Codex Commission, including the US Department of Agriculture and our federal agency partners, the United States welcomes the Commission's adoption of standards for the veterinary drug ractopamine. This action by Codex affirms the pre-eminent role of science in setting international standards for food safety.

"Currently, American producers face trade restrictions due to unjustified bans on the use of ractopamine, which has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration and used safely in the United States for 12 years as well as 25 other countries. These standards provide clear guidance to countries about safe use of ractopamine, which promotes lean meat production.

"The whole supply chain will benefit because they already use this technology and now we have our parameter as an international benchmark. It was an important achievement and the Ministry of Agriculture participated actively so that these standards were adopted," said the head of the Division of Control of Additives, Suzana Bresslau.

"This marks an important step forward for science-based trade, an approach this government has constantly advocated with trading partners around the globe," said Canadian Agriculture Minster Gerry Ritz.

However, the European Union is standing firm in its opposition to the use of ractopamine and is still raising safety concerns.

The European Union's risk assessment body, the European Food Safety Authority, has concluded that there is insufficient data upon which to make a proposal for maximum residue levels for ractopamine and that risks to human health cannot be ruled out.

The EU said that given its outstanding safety concerns, the European Union's current legislation will remain in place.

Chris Harris

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

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GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS 2012 - Poultry Increases its Share of Global Meat Production
Forecasts point to a further two per cent increase in poultry meat output worldwide this year, writes seasoned industry watcher, Terry Evans. Our Global Poultry Trends series for 2012 starts with his analysis of chicken meat production trends in Asia.
What Europeans Think of Food Security, Food Quality
More than 90 per cent of EU citizens find quality and price an important factor when buying food according to a new EUROBAROMETER survey.
New Study Maps Hotspots of Human-animal Infectious Diseases and Emerging Disease Outbreaks
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* Market Reports

 » Irish CSO Milk Statistics for May 2012
 » NAB Rural Commodities Wrap - June 2012
 » USDA International Meat Review - 5 July 2012
 » BPEX UK Pig Meat Market Update - July 2012
 » USDA National Dairy Products Sales Report - 5 July 2012
 » QMS Market Report - July 2012
 » USDA International Egg and Poultry - Former Soviet Union-12
 » AHDB UK Market Survey - 6 July 2012
 » USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) July 2012

* Global Meat Industry News


 » Honduras Almost Ready to Export Poultry to US
 » Honduras Prepares to Gain Access to EU Beef Market

   Sri Lanka

 » Sri Lanka Chicken Demand Up in 2011

   United States

 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » CME: No Good News for Livestock, Poultry Producers
 » NPPC to Urge US to Comply with WTO Ruling on MCOOL
 » UN Body Approves Standard For Feed Additive
 » Response to Discrepancies in Report on Antibioitcs
 » Beef Profit Alliance Highlights Genetic Advances
 » RTE Products Recalled over Listeria Fears
 » BSE Spreads Before Found in Central Nervous System
 » Call for WTO Action over South Africa Anti-dumping Duties
 » Cattle Outlook: Poor Prospects for Beef Demand
 » Spam Celebrates 75th Birthday
 » Rise in Broiler Meat Exports to Former Soviet Union
 » Consent Decree Entered Over Drug Residues Claim

 » Pork Producers Hope for Result in Changes to M-COOL
 » Government Welcomes Ractopamine Ruling
 » Snow Crab Fishery Certified to the MSC Standard

   United Kingdom

 » Agri-Food Course 'Training Scheme of the Year'
 » VION Could Close Hall's of Broxburn
 » Dairy Processor Margins Falling
 » Global Conference on Livestock Drug Resistance
 » NFU Appoints New Director General
 » Production Cost Rockets
 » Scottish Government Backs Hall's Workers
 » Processor Closure Threat - a Body Blow
 » Dairy Farmers Head to London for Crisis Talks


 » Food Safety Becomes National Priority

   New Zealand

 » NZ Pork Import Standards Need Checking
 » Alliance Extends Carcase Scanning to Venison


 » Smuggled Poultry Confiscated Near Ramallah


 » Beef Exports to Japan Down Four Per Cent in June
 » Choice: Advocating Expensive Free Range Eggs
 » Australian Beef Production Falls in May
 » Australian Pork Hits Back at Bacon Tax Claims

   European Union

 » Is EU Really Getting Tough on Animal Welfare?
 » NFU Backs MEPs on Animal Welfare
 » EFSA: Food Safe from Animal Cloning
 » EU Stands Firm on Ractopamine after Codex Decision
 » German Fall in Prices Leads to Split Price Trends
 » Transitional Measures in Place Ahead of CAP Reform


 » Poultry Consortium Heads Bids for Doux
 » French in Talks with US over Californian Foie Gras Ban


 » FAO Food Price Index Falls Again
 » Cautious Growth for Global Pig Meat Sector
 » Codex Adopts Ractopamine Levels for Beef and Pork
 » Ractopamine to Start New Battle in WTO?
 » DNA Testing Delivers Positive Results for MSC

   Korea, South

 » Korean Beef Prices Under Pressure


 » Brazil Chicken Exports Grow
 » Brazil Welcomes Ractopamine Ruling


 » Uganda Losing Billions in Poultry Imports


 » Hatchery and Processing Plant for Mundayad

   Russian Federation

 » Changes to Board at Cherkizovo


 » Hungary Heat Wave Could Cost Farmers Billions


 » Consider all Options as Factories Cut Beef Prices


 » Trade Ministry Probing Increase in Poultry Prices


 » Japan to Tighten Regulations on Vietnamese Shrimp


 » Mussel App Now Available for Android Phones


 » Atria Aims to Improve Animal Welfare, Product Safety


 » Catering Market Boosts Pangasius Demand


 » Chicken Prices Go Up Ahead of Ramadan

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