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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 17 October 2012

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Wednesday 17th October 2012
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Food Safety Concerns at Border Checks after Government Cuts

Cuts in UK government funding could reduce the intensity of food inspections at UK borders leading to more foods entering the country containing banned residues.

Speaking at an open meeting of the UK Veterinary Residues Committee, agriculture representative Tim Brigstocke said that with the UK being only 63 per cent self-sufficient in food, the country relies heavily on imports.

And these imports have to be sampled and checked to ensure they do not contain any harmful residues from veterinary medicines or antibiotics.

He said that the non-statutory programme for sampling and testing that takes place at UK ports had never been so important.

The programme samples food product brought into the UK from outside the EU. All products produced or transported across borders within the EU have free market access.

However, cuts in government funds are now putting the testing and sampling process under pressure.

The Canadian National Farmers Union has called for a rethink on federal policy towards meat processors, in the wake of the E.coli crisis at XL Foods.

The NFU says that the government should implement the recommendations outlined in its report, The Farm Crisis and the Cattle Sector: Toward a New Analysis and New Solutions, including:

  • restraining packer power by reversing concentration and decoupling vertically integrated packers;
  • tailoring food safety regulations to encourage local abattoirs that could serve markets in every region; and
  • building collective cattle marketing agencies that will ensure an efficient, fair and transparent market for both buyers and sellers.

The closure of the VION Foods pig meat processing plant Halls of Broxburn is set to go ahead as the company has rejected two offers of a bail out, which it said were not viable and would not take into account the workforce.

VION says it is losing £79,000 a day at the plant and closure is its only option although the Scottish government is still trying to set up a rescue package to save the jobs and the plant.

Chris Harris

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Irish Chilled Ready Meals Market
According to latest data from Kantar Worldpanel, the performance of the total grocery market in the Republic of Ireland has remained flat during the 52 week period to 2 September 2012, writes Linda Cullen from the Food and Beverages Division, Bord Bia – Irish Food Board.
Effect of Marinating Chicken Meat with Lemon, Green Tea and Turmeric Against Foodborne Bacterial Pathogens
Some combinations of plant extracts of lemon, turmeric and green tea were effective in killing or reducing Campylobacter strains and Salmonella on chicken breast fillets, according to new research from the University of Arkansas.
Salmonella in Feedingstuffs and Animal By-Products
Of the almost 45,000 tests carried out on feedingstuffs and animal by products in Great Britain last year, fewer than one per cent were positive for Salmonella, according to the 2011 edition of 'Salmonella in Livestock Production in GB', an annual publication from the Veterinary Laboratories Agency.
PUFA Enrichment in Laying Hens
Feeding hens different levels of a dietary source of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA), researchers in Edmonton, Canada, found significant differences in egg PUFA level after 12 days without an effect on the PUFA concentration in the hens' plasma. PUFAs can have beneficial effects on human health and raising their concentration in eggs is one way to boost people's intake of PUFA.
How Fresh is Fresh? Perceptions, Experience when Buying, Consuming Fresh Cod
Most of us do not buy fresh fish that were caught more than three days ago. But if we do not know the date of capture, we are devouring fish that is often far older, says Nofima Scientist Jens Østli, and colleagues, who invited over 400 fishing customers in Norwegian supermarkets to answer how old does frozen fish have to be before they would stop buying it. Online Book Shop
* Market Reports

 » USDA GAIN: Chile Dairy and Products Annual 2012
 » USDA GAIN: Saudi Arabia Poultry and Products Annual 2012
 » USDA International Egg and Poultry Review - 10 October 2012
 » UK Utilisation of Milk by Dairies in England and Wales - August 2012
 » USDA WASDE - October 2012
 » USDA GAIN: South Korea Dairy and Products Annual 2012
 » QMS (Quality Meat Scotland) Market Report - September 2012
 » USDA International Meat Review - 11 October 2012

* Global Meat Industry News


 » US Beef Prices Could Limit Japanese Imports


 » Chinese Premier Awarded Agricola Medal
 » China's Farm Produce Prices Edge Down
 » OSI China Grows with Economy


 » Major Investment by Kerry Group in Ireland
 » Olhausen Sausage Manufacture Closes

   United States

 » ICE-JBS Join Forces to Protect Workforce
 » AMI Elects New Officers
 » CME: Live Cattle Futures Contract Increased Tuesday
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » CME: State of World Economy Still a Concern
 » Cargill Revenue Down but Earnings Up
 » Hog Outlook: US Pork Exports Down, Imports Up
 » Tyson to Audit Welfare on Farm
 » August Beef, Pork Exports Lower than Year Ago
 » CME: Pork, Beef, Poultry Production Up
 » Pork Export Record Not out of Sight
 » Japan Tops Beef Export Market Highlights
 » CME: Major Protein Demand Indexes Still Mixed
 » How will US Dairy Exports Deal with Drought?
 » Seafood Foundation Chooses Executive Director
 » Zacky Farms Blames Feed Costs for Bankruptcy
 » Thanksgiving Turkey to Show Drought Price Hike

   Korea, South

 » Rising Korean Pork Supplies Pressure Prices


 » Poultry Industry Renews Export Plan
 » Daily Meat Exports Increase in October
 » Brazilian Fish Consumption Growing

   United Kingdom

 » Farmers Have Vital Role in Food Security
 » Fifth Quarter Export Opportunities Highlighted
 » Prime Minister Joins Campaign to Save British Bacon
 » Campaign Clarifies Supermarket Product Labelling
 » Lamb Bounces Back with Increased Sales
 » Could Cuts Hit Food Security?
 » First Milk Launches Sustainability Report
 » Offers for Pork Processor Not Viable
 » Supermarket Chain Drops Red Tractor Logo


 » Union Attacks Food Safety at Meat Plant
 » CPC Welcomes Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Talks
 » E.coli Meat Plant Allowed Trial Processing
 » Workers Laid off at E.coli Scare Meat Plant
 » NFU Calls for More Control on Meat Plants
 » Eden Valley Poultry Goes On-line


 » Chile Market Opens for US Live Lobsters
 » Chile to Export Beef to South Korea


 » Sustainable Sushi with First QR-Code
 » World Food Day Raises Concerns Over High Food Prices
 » Possible Threats of Seabed Antibiotic Contamination

   European Union

 » Call for Enforcement of Animal Transport Rules
 » EU Beef and Veal Production to Decline
 » EU Pig Prices: Market Situation Well Balanced, Stable
 » Risk of Pacific Fish Following Fukushima


 » DC Nordic CEO Resigns


 » Certification for Eskimo Omega 3 Supplements

   Russian Federation

 » Measures Taken to Prevent ASF in Krasnoyarsk


 » Consumption of Local Produce Supports Farmers


 » JBS Plant to Export to US Again


 » Beef Exporters Encouraged by Indonesian Comments

That's all for this week!

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