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Wednesday 24th April 2013.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


Campylobacter E.coli Foodborne Infections in US Rising

Infections from campylobacter in the US, which is linked to many foods, including poultry, raw milk and produce, rose by 14 per cent in 2012 compared to 2006-2008.

They were at their highest level since 2000, according to the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Vibrio infections as a whole were up 43 per cent when compared with the rates observed in 2006-2008.

Vibrio vulnificus, the most severe strain, has not increased.

Foodborne vibrio infections are most often associated with eating raw shellfish.

While progress had been made in the past few years in reducing infections from a dangerous type of E. coli, Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) O157, rates in 2012 went back up. Incidence of STEC O157 infection had decreased to 0.95 per 100,000 people in 2010, but last year went back up to 1.12 per 100,000 people.

Overall in 2012, FoodNet’s 10 sites reported 19,531 illnesses, with 4,563 receiving hospital treatment and 68 deaths from nine germs commonly spread through foods.

In China, health officials have indicated that the most likely cause of the spread of the latest form of avian influenza A(H7N9) is through markets where the live birds are kept and slaughter.

The director of the Health Emergency Centre at the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Feng Zijian, said that there is no evidence of human-to-human transfer of the virus.

But he said that the old equipment and the methods of slaughter in some of the Chinese markets could mean the infection is transmitted through an aerosol effect of the virus in the environment.

The Russian authorities have blocked imports of beef from Mexico because of concerns that the animals may have been treated with ractopamine.

Now there are concerns that the conflict could cause a trade war between the two countries.

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This Weeks Articles and Analysis

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS: Europe Helps Double World Shell Exports
Europe, as a region, accounts for much of the global increase in the trade in shell eggs over the first decade of the millennium, according to industry watcher, Terry Evans. The greater part of this trade is between European Union member states.

Risk Informed Management of Salmonella in Deep Tissue Lymph Nodes
The removal of deep tissue lymph nodes at the processing plant is time-consuming and may not significantly reduce Salmonella contamination in ground pork, reports Scott Hurd, Associate Professor at Iowa State University.

Meat Mythbusters
Using data gained through scientific papers, researchers at JSR's food quality centre aim to dispel some of the more frustrating myths associated with meat quality.

Livestock Resources and Environmental Issues in Asia
Livestock production is a significant and growing source of nitrogen and phosphorus pollution, range degradation and greenhouse gases, according to Benjamin Henderson (Livestock Policy Officer) and Henning Steinfeld (Chief of Livestock Information and Policy Branch), both with the FAO in Rome. They also identify possible solutions to these problems.

Testing Safety of GM Feed Ingredients in Pigs
Research at Teagasc in the Republic of Ireland reveals that feeding GM maize to pigs of different ages and for extended periods of time is as safe as its conventional counterpart with respect to potential effects on animal health. Results revealed no reason for concern regarding the safety of the GM peas tested.

Troubleshooting Salmonella in Poultry Processing Plants
US regulations require that poultry slaughter facilities be evaluated for Salmonella on an intermittent basis. Using a number of case studies, Dr Scott Russell of the Department of Poultry Science at the University of Georgia shows that it is much less expensive and more effective to be proactive and control the problem.

Egyptian Health Policy for the H1N1 Flu Pandemic Control
The political and social ramifications of the slaughter of pigs in Egypt following the outbreak of H1N1 influenza were extreme, producing the slaughter of thousands of pigs according to the findings of a new review.

Company News

Seafood Expo Set for Brussels
BELGIUM – The 21st edition of the European Seafood Exposition and the 15th edition of Seafood Processing Europe will open their doors 23 – 25 April 2013 at the Brussels Expo in Belgium.
Market Reports

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Global Meat Industry News


Commissioner Visits Seafood Expo
ESE: Quality Award for Marfrio
ESE - GAA Certification Continues to Grow


Food Price Index Up – Meat Prices Down
How is New Bird Flu Virus Transmitted?

   United States

Group Distorts Resistance Data to Blame Farmers
CME: Corn Plantings 'Off and Stumbling'
Lower Break-even for Cattle and Hog Producers
Pilgrim's Pride Fined over Safety Following Death of Worker
Cargill Invests $5.5m in Case Ready Plant
CME: Pork Retail Price Increase, Broiler Down
USDA Grain Review: Bids Mixed on Weather, Lower Chinese Growth, Bird Flu
NAMA Announces Meat Tenderness Webinar
SafePork: Abstract Submissions, Registration Open
Hog Outlook: Retail Pork Prices Up from February
Sodium Intake in US Rising
Pork Checkoff Offers Pork Management Conference
What's Caused Prices to Falter: Demand or Supply?


Cargill Promotes Spencer Beef Brand in Japan
NFU Hails WFO Trade Policy Adoption

   Russian Federation

Russia's PM Angered by High Pork Prices
Russia Tackles Brucellosis in Astrakhan


Dutch Firm in Horse Meat Scandal Bankrupt
Dutch Cooperative Fishery Friend of the Sea Certification
ESE - Kegge and Primstar Join Forces


Butter, Cheese, Cream Progesterone Tested - No Health Risk
Canada Hog Markets
Russia Chops Canadian Meat Supplier List to 19 Plants
Snow Crab Fishery 200th to Achieve MSC Certification


Mexican Meat is Healthy and Safe
Russia Restricts Mexican Beef Imports Over Ractopamine
Mexico Facing Severe Drought Again in 2013
Mexico Bans Shrimp Imports from Asia

   European Union

Medicines Agency Advises Commission on Animal Antibiotic Use
Commission Reviews Measures on Japanese Imports
European Sheep Meat Output to Stabilise
EU Pig Prices: Observant Atmosphere Still Reigns the Market

   United Kingdom

BSAS/WPSA: Plant Genomes Can Help Solve Global Problems
New Groceries Code Adjudicator Explains Role
Exports of Label Rouge Scottish Salmon Rise
Freedom Food Pork Sales up for Third Consecutive Year
LMC: Strong Demand Sees Higher Numbers and Active Buying
LMC: In Spec Cattle Production Report Shows Effects of Cereals
Prices Continue to Nudge Ahead
Moy Park Team Lends a Hand to Farm Africa
Moy Park Awarded Environmental Accolade
NFU: Put Profitability Back into British Farming


Training Workshop for Kalinga Meat Processors
Pork Prices Rise in Western Visayas as Supply Falls


Brazilian Anti-trust Authority Approves JBS Acquisitions
Whey Uptake Prompts Calls For Regulation
Brazilian Beef Exports to Hong Kong Increase


Greek Profitability Rests on Management Success


BSAS: Could Wine Industry Waste Be Used in Broiler Houses?
Rabobank: Beef Performance Mixed With Strong EU Demand
McDonald's UK Switches to Freedom Food Pork – Call for NZ to Follow
Australia-China Agreement to Grow Market Opportunities
New BAP Multi-Species Fish Farm Standards Completed


Government to Reduce Food Import Bill

   Korea, South

Government to Cull Sows for Price Stabilisation


First International Course in Dry Cured Meat Products
Cheese Consumption Falls As Mature Varieties Grow in Popularity


Outbreak of Salmonella Associated with Duck Eggs
ABP Sells Silvercrest to Kepak

   New Zealand

Meat Industry Welcomes Japan to TPP


French Action Plan for Poultry Sector


Argentinean Cattle Slaughter Rising


New Packaging Keeps Salmon Fresh for 20 Days


Global Poultry Trends 2011
S + S at IFFA 2013


Randox Food Diagnostics



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