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Wednesday 3rd April 2013.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief

Concerns over Antibiotic Resistance Raised Again

Farm animal use of antibiotics can contribute significantly to antibiotic resistance in humans and for some infections is the main source of resistance, according to a new report from the Alliance to Save our Antibiotics.

The report says that scientists are increasingly warning of a serious health crisis in future, where some infectious diseases will no longer be treatable, if we do not urgently start using antibiotics more sparingly and intelligently.

The Alliance, an umbrella group of Compassion in World Farming, the Soil Association and Sustain and its 19-page report is entitled 'Antibiotic Resistance: The Impact of Livestock Farming on Human Health' says that on farms, many antibiotics are used routinely for disease prevention or for the treatment of avoidable outbreaks of disease.

The report adds that some government officials and the intensive livestock industries are reluctant to reduce antibiotic use significantly , because this might increase production costs.

Another study has shown that MRSA - methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus - can be transmitted from animals to humans.

The study Whole genome sequencing identifies zoonotic transmission of MRSA isolates with the novel mecA homologue mecC from researchers at Cambridge University in the UK, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Statens Serum Institut in Denmark, the Department of Clinical Microbiology, Slagelse Sygehus, Denmark and the Moredun Research Institute in the UK said the research also shows the potential of whole genome sequencing in epidemiological investigations and source tracking of bacterial infections.

In the US, campaigning congresswoman Louise Slaughter has welcomed the research and has called on the US authorities to react by reducing the use of antibiotics in livestock.

However, the ethical production of meat and the use of antibiotics might not be the overriding factors that influence consumers when they are making their purchase at the supermarket.

Inside the store, ethics drops down the list of priorities and price, freshness, quality and brand take over.

However, while ethical production might not seem so important for the individual consumer in making the buying decision, it is very important politically for the store, the processor and the producer and comes to the fore when mistakes are made and publicised.

Speaking at the recent National Office for Animal Health conference in London on Britain's Food Industry and dispelling myths about livestock production, David Evans, the head of agriculture at the supermarket chain Morrisons, said that consumers views on ethical production are very broad and also inconsistent.

While they do not always affect the purchase decision, the consumers' views help to make them feel better about what they are buying and in a general sense go a long way to forming public opinion.

In this way, issues that arise over livestock production, including the use of antibiotics, can become myths through miscommunication and misinterpretation.

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This Weeks Articles and Analysis

E.coli and Salmonella in Air and Droplets at Beef Plants
A team of researchers have been working to develop understanding of E.Coli O157:H7 and Salmonella enterica in the beef processing industry, according to a report in the Journal of Food Protection.

Feasibility of Introducing Methods to Reduce Shedding of E. coli O157 in Cattle
The use of probiotics in feed, vaccination of animals and a combined package of eight biosecurity measures were the main methods a study by the British Food Standards Agency found for on-farm controls for reducing E. coli O157 shedding in cattle.

Salmonella Serotypes in Breeding Pig Operations in Portugal
New research from Portugal reveals that the prevalence of herds with breeding pigs that had at least one sample positive to serotype Typhimurium or S. Typhimurium-like strains with the antigenic formula: 1,4,5,12:i: was 13.8 per cent, and for the other serotypes, prevalence was 31.7 per cent.

Expected Genetic Response for Oleic Acid Content in Pork
Oleic acid in the intramuscular fat of Duroc pigs was found by researchers based in Lleida in Spain to be genetically determined and so selection strategies could be developed to increase the level in pork although, they warn, the potential for lean growth might be reduced.

Halal Meat Market in UK
A single global standard for Halal meat production could help to cut through some of the confusion surrounding traceability and authentication according to a new report from the Englsih Bef and Lamb Executive.

Company News

LIMA Small Game Separators
FRANCE - More and more game such as quails, guinea fowls for their eggs, and rabbit for their high quality lean meat, are meeting increasing success on the market.
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Global Meat Industry News

   New Zealand

Fonterra Interim Result in a 'Season of Two Halves'

   Russian Federation

Barents Sea Cod and Haddock Fishery Enters MSC Assessment
Russia: Hog Markets
Russia to Develop Organic Certification Standards

   United States

Groups Collaborate in Food and Rural Development Scheme
Coalition Urges US, Other Countries to Welcome Japan Into TPP
CME: Consumer Preference Still There for Beef
Hog Outlook: USDA Report Reveals Modest Growth in Sow Numbers
Organisations Join to Promote Animal Well-Being
Frozen Chicken Products Recalled over E.Coli Alert
OIG Calls on FSIS to Re-evaluate E.Coli Testing
Seminar Examines Impact of Healthcare Reform
North Atlantic Swordfish Fishery Certified MSC
Eating Fish Associated with Lower Risk of Dying Among Older Adults
NZ Court Decision Opens Access for US Pork
Allen Harim Expands Core Poultry Operations
Koch Foods Expands in Georgia
More Hogs than Expected, Summer Rally Possible
Simplified Beef and Pork Cut Names Approved
Perdue Farms Hits Back at HSUS Lawsuit


EBLEX and Agri Benchmark to Showcase International Beef Trends
Study Shows MRSA Transmission from Animals to Humans
Crisis Response Workshop Examines Agency Protocols


KFC Plans on Tightening Control of Chicken Suppliers
Meat Processing Company Rebuilds Public Trust


Pork, Beef and Dairy Output Increases Through 2012
Russia Lifts Ban on Poultry Products from Paraná

   United Kingdom

Majority of Tests for Horse Meat in Beef Products Negative
Buy British to Show Support for Livestock Farmers Hit by Snow
Ethics, Antibiotics, Consumer Opinion Shaping Buying Decisions
New Report on Farming's Impact on Antibiotic Resistance
NFUS Blasts EU Policing of Pig and Poultry Rules
Red Tractor Pig Standards Review Group Launched
LMC: Beef Trade Remains Buoyant Under Intense Demand

   European Union

EU Institutions Urged to Include Report Findings in Final CAP Agreement
EFSA Studies Health Risks in Mechanically Separated Meat
European Beef Supplies to Remain Tight


Meat Industry Demands End to Ritual Slaughter Ban


Sheep Meat Industry Embracing Innovation


Report Confirms Ag Sector's Continued Growth, Economic Value
Canadian Levy Scheme Extended


2012 Broiler Meat Production, Trade Estimates Revised


More Sustainable Seafood for Aussie Consumers

   Korea, South

Korean Beef Imports Back in February


Argentinean Female Cattle Slaughter Rising


Atlantic Shrimpers' Prim7stars Brand now Friend of the Sea


Abstract Submission Closing for EggMeat2013


Spanghero Makes Clean Sweep with New Director General


Global Poultry Trends 2011




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