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Wednesday 6th February 2013.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief

How Can Meat Contamination Errors be Avoided?

The recent discovery of horse and pig DNA in beef burgers from a processing plant in Ireland and the discovery of pig meat in Halal labelled pies provided by a catering company to British prisons highlight the dangers and complexity of traceability systems.

In China, this week, there have been reports that products have been served in restaurants as Kobe beef, when they have come from either imported Australian beef or from domestically produced beef.

The fact that traces of other meats can find their way into further processed meat products shows a failure in the tracking and checking system somewhere along the line.

In general, meat processing plants have now established strict HACCP - hazard analysis and critical control point - systems to ensure that contaminants do not enter the system.

However, most of these systems are set up to ensure that the contaminants are not ones that could cause illness, such as pathogens or pieces of metal or plastic.

The systems are not established to check that the wrong meat is being mixed in the product recipe, when it is not labelled.

Investigation is still continuing into the way these products were contaminated with other meats but there are a number of ways that the error could have occurred.

Cross contamination can appear if the wash down at the end of the run is not thorough and if the same processing lines are used for different meats.

Cross contamination can also occur through human error.

Or cross contamination can also occur through fraud, where people have deliberately used cheaper cuts or different meats in batches to save money.

With regard to Halal products contaminated with pork, if products are officially certified as Halal by Halal inspectors, there could be no chance of cross contamination. Official Halal inspectors do not certify products that come from plants that have pork processing lines.

However, there could be possibilities that products have been contaminated because of unscrupulous corner cutting.

It is when the mix of ingredients in processed products comes from a long and varied supply chain that errors, accidents and even fraud can occur.

The horse meat traces in burgers - and more has been found in frozen product this week - is believed to have been traced back to batches of meat imported from Poland.

It has to be down to the processor and supplier to ensure that the supply chain is solid and that accurate traceable checks are documented to show a verifiable source of product.

It would be impractical and overly expensive to have every batch of every ingredient DNA tested as it arrives at the plant, but more could be done through DNA spot checks by inspectors and food safety authorities in plants.

These incidents in the UK and Ireland will see systems tightened up for a time, but there needs to be agreements in the industry to sift out the unscrupulous suppliers and those who are cutting corners.

And it is also time that the retailers realised that too much pressure on the supply chain can only cause problems and a lack of confidence among consumers - a confidence that will take a long time to restore.

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This Weeks Articles and Analysis

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS - More People in Americas Are Eating More Eggs
Average egg consumption in the Americas, at an estimated 11.4kg per person, is well above the global figure, writes industry watcher, Terry Evans in his analysis of the trends in egg consumption across the region. This average masks great variation from less than one kilo in some countries to more than 22kg in Mexico.

Packaging for Safer Products with Longer Shelf-life
Trends in meat and food packaging are very much in line with the major demands of the meat industry in general.

Tight Global Beef Supplies Forecast for 2013
The global beef market is expected to be characterised by tight supplies amongst key exporting countries throughout 2013, according to the Global and European beef market update from Bord Bia.

Effects of Diet Form and Fibre on Growth of Finishing Pigs
Pelleting diets improved growth rate and feed conversion but increased the amount of unsaturated fatty acids in the belly, reported J.E. Nemechek and colleagues at Kansas State University to the 2012 Kansas State University Swine Industry Day. The increase in belly fat iodine value was more pronounced with the high-fibre than the corn-soy control diet. High-fibre diet withdrawal allowed pigs to recover fully the losses in carcass yield associated with feeding high fibre levels but there was only a partial improvement in belly fat iodine value.

Australian Dairy Farming Overview- 2012:Dairy Manufacturing and Markets
In the absence of production growth profitability and efficiency have been the message of large dairy processors who have invested in greater storage, said Dairy Australia in a synoptic analysis of the industry in 2012.

Company News

IPPE - Award for Marel
US - Food processing equipment manufacturer Marel has been named the American eat Institute's supplier of the year.
Prime Launches Latest in Waterless Poultry Skinning
US - Prime Equipment Group has launched a new line of Waterless Skinning equipment for chicken products such as boneless breast butterflies, bone-in thighs and whole legs.
Growth for Marel in Challenging Market
ICELAND - Meat and food industry equipment manufacturer Marel has seen revenues for 2012 reach €714.0 million, an increase of 6.8 per cent compared to the year before when they were €668.4 million.
Market Reports

Dairy Australia - Market News - 25 January 2013
Irish CSO Reports - Milk Statistics December 2012
BPEX UK Pig Meat Market Update - February 2013
USDA National Dairy Products Sales Report - 31 January 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 31 January 2013
UK Milk Prices and Composition of Milk – December 2012
China Wholesale Prices - 1 February 2013
USDA Agricultural Prices - 31 January 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 4 February 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 5 February 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 6 February 2013

Global Fish Industry News


Argentina Increases Import Tariff Rates on 100 products


Cows Fed Flaxseed Produce Healthier Milk With Omega-3
Continuing High Feed Costs Make Pork Supply Discipline Key Success Factor
John-Paul McGinley Appointed as New CEO of Morpol ASA
New Study Reveals Egg Intake Does Not Raise Health Risks
Anger Mounts as Russia Bans More US Products


Japan to Lift French Beef Block
French Meat Sector Calls for Country of Origin Protection

   United Kingdom

Need to Feed Programmes Campylobacter's 'Sat Nav
Lamb Trading Conditions Hit Low
Study Highlights Link Between Poor Welfare and Meat Quality
Dalehead Foods Opens Spalding Plant
Investigation into Halal Meat Products Tainted with Pork
Consumers Spending More on Beef, Lamb
LMC: Higher Prices Than Quotes Would Suggest
Temperton Fellowship Examines Poultry's Role in Feeding the World
Shout Price Operators Leave Prices at Stand-on Levels
Census 2011 Prompts EBLEX Research into Halal Meat Market
Cold Store Tests Find More Horse DNA in Frozen Meat Products


IFA President Welcomes Commitment from Tesco to Irish Beef

   United States

IPPE - What is Risk from Multi-Drug Resistant Antibiotics?
IPPE - Tyson Wins Community Service Award
IPPE - Research Centre wins Scientific Award IPPE: More Than 25,000 Attendees, 1,189 Exhibitors
IPPE: Rendering: a Naturally Green Industry
IPPE: Animal Agriculture Sustainability Summit
IPPE: Balance of Aspects Needed for Sustainable Poultry Care
IPPE: International Perspective on Antibiotic Resistance
IPPE: Food Safety, Sustainability, Traceability Important for Restaurant Chains
IPPE: Poultry Trade Organisations Sign Collaboration Agreement
IPPE - Reducing E.coli Outbreaks through Preharvest Intervention
Producers to Benefit from New Japan Beef Trade Rules
Weekly Roberts Market Report
Hog Outlook: Economic Data not Encouraging for Meat Demand
NFU Applauds Tester, Bipartisan Coalition
CME: Futures, Boxed Beef and Select Beef Close Lower Friday
In The Cattle Markets: Live-weight Average Up $2.43/cwt
Tyson Foods Invests $40 Million in Four Plants
Tyson's Year Off to Good Start
USDA Saves $4 Billion in Agricultural Exports
SCS Explores LCA to Measure Environmental Impact of Foods
Frank Ravndal New CEO of Keystone Foods
Perdue Acquires Draper Valley Farms Assets
ISU to Examine Improved Campylobacter Control
GDP Slips, but Meat and Poultry Poised for Slight Growth
Antibiotics in Agriculture: Need for One Health Approach
Zacky Family Backs out of Purchase CME: Opportunity Knocks in Japan
IHOP and Applebee's Eliminating Controversial Pig Cages from Supply Chains

   Russian Federation

Cherkizovo Reports Increase in Pork, Poultry Sales Volumes During 2012
Russia to Ban US Beef and Pork Following Ractopamine Discovery
WTO Accession Could Hit Russian Dairy Production


Nut and Dairy Go Undeclared on Labelling
Canadian Pork Industry Increasingly Dependant on Pork Exports
Saskatchewan Poultry Market Access to Taiwan Restored

   Viet Nam

Viet Nam Hog Markets

   New Zealand

Rabobank Gives Support to Red Meat Collaboration Programme

   South Africa

Imports Hit Rainbow Chicken's Profits
Minister Announces New Minimum Wage for Farmworkers


JBS Completes Acquisition of Independência


Joint Meeting Solution For Milk Price Issues

   European Union

Reform of the EU's Agricultural Policy
One in Four EU Sows Still in Stalls
EU Pig Prices: Is the Trend Being Reversed?


Price of Major Farm Produce Dropped Slightly


Dutch Pork Exports Continue to Decline


Global Poultry Trends 2011


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