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Wednesday 22nd May 2013.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


FSIS Enforcement Policies Under Fire

An audit by the USDA’s Office of the Inspector General has found that Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS) enforcement policies do not deter pig slaughter plants from becoming repeat violators of the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA).

As a result, plants have repeatedly violated the same regulations with little or no consequence.

The OIG audit set out to identify areas of risk in FSIS’ inspection of swine plants, evaluate FSIS’ controls over food safety and humane handling, and determine if appropriate enforcement actions were taken against plants that violated FMIA and HMSA.

FSIS inspects over 600 plants that have grants to slaughter swine. For years 2008- 2011, the OIG reviewed enforcement actions taken against these plants and it also conducted site visits at 30 plants.

The audit found that in eight of the 30 plants visited, inspectors did not always examine the internal organs of carcases in accordance with FSIS inspection requirements, or did not take enforcement actions against plants that violated food safety regulations.

Now the OIG has called for tougher enforcement from the inspection agency.

FSIS has been called upon to provide a plan on how it will minimise reliance on the inspectors’ judgment to ensure they consistently enforce laws.

A survey of US consumers into the need for country of origin labelling has found that the vast majority want to know where their meat comes from.

The survey by the Consumer Federation of America shows that the majority also strongly favour requiring meat to be labelled with even more specific information about where the animals were born, raised and processed.

Ninety per cent (90 per cent) of a representative sample of 1000 adult Americans favoured, either strongly or somewhat, requiring food sellers to indicate on the package label the country of origin of fresh meat they sell.

This high level of support for country of origin labelling is similar to the results of previous polling on the issue.

Eighty-seven per cent (87 per cent) of adults favoured, either strongly or somewhat, requiring food sellers to indicate on the package label the country or countries in which animals were born, raised and processed.

Similarly, ninety per cent (90 per cent) of adults favoured, either strongly or somewhat, requiring food sellers to indicate on the package label the country or countries in which animals were born and raised and the fact that the meat was processed in the US.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Fewer Words to Describe Ham
Norwegians use far fewer words than the Italians and Spanish when describing ham; but then again, they also eat far less ham than the Spanish, writes Wenche Aale Hægermark for teh Norwegian Food Research Institute, Nofima.

Effects of Feeding Antioxidants on Pig Meat
Feeding a dietary antioxidant to pigs can help to improve shelf life, accroding to a study from a research team from the University of Illinois and NovuInternational.

Replacing Sodium Selenite by Selenium Yeast Reduces Non-prime Cut Yields in Broilers
Selenium yeast totally replaced sodium selenite in the diet of broilers without affecting meat quality or traits, according to new research from Brazil. Birds receiving the organic selenium source had lower back yield than the control group.

Feed and Fodder Challenges for Asia and the Pacific
Making better use of feed resources, seeking alternative feeds and fodders and putting a greater emphasis on ruminants to provide animal protein as they can use food sources that humans cannot are some of the feed and fodder challenges for Asia in the coming years, according to Harinder P.S. Makkar, Animal Production Officer with the FAO in Rome.

Interventions to Assure Food Safety in Pork Sector
A thorough review by researchers from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign outlining the common interventions that are currently being conducted at each step in pork production as well as more novel technologies that show promise for greater use for Salmonella, Campylobacter, Trichinella, Toxoplasma, Listeria and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

How to Optimise Colour in Tuna?
The high value of fresh tuna is largely attributed to the red colour and firm but tender texture of the thin pieces of raw flesh served as sushi or sashimi. A range of factors has been reported to affect the colour and visual appearance of the tuna flesh, along with the rate of colour change, or stability of tuna flesh colour, writes Alastair Smart, SmartAqua.

Company News

Poly-clip Joins VDMA Initiative Blue Competence for Sustainability
GERMANY - Poly-clip System becomes a partner of the Blue Competence Sustainability Initiative of the VDMA (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e.V.).
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BPEX Export Bulletin - Week 20
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Global Meat Industry News


Early Bird Registration Open for Poultry Meat and Egg Conferences
First Quarter Results Show Continuing Gorgonzola Decline

   United States

Product Innovation is Key at Tyson's
House of Raeford Focuses on Chicken Business
CME: Futures End Week Lower, Friday
Korean Backed Company Plans Beef Plant
Study Examines Bacteria, Resistance in Retail Meats
Separate Farm Bills Passed by House and Senate
Animal Welfare Panel Formed at Tyson
Poll Shows Strong Support for Country of Origin Labelling
Weekly Roberts Market Report
Weekly Cattle Summary
Hog Outlook: Pork Prices Down in April
FSIS Enforcement Policies do not Stop Repeat Offences
Premium Standard Farms Changes Company Name
Land O'Lakes Shows 'Solid' First Quarter Performance
Groups Want 'Comprehensive' FTA with EU
New Crop Corn Improves Prospects for Pork Profits
Evidence of Campylobacter Found in Chicks Embryos


Sodexo Obtains MSC Certification for Kitchen in Sète


China's Farm Produce Prices Drop
Human H7N9 Cases Linked to Poultry or Live Markets
New Round of Pork Purchasing Looms; Policies Help Prices Recover

   United Kingdom

Event Highlights High Welfare Message
UK Pig Meat Market Trends
Scottish Mackerel Added to 'Fish to Eat' List, Icelandic Caught Listed 'Avoid'
Meat Processors Announce Hong Kong Trade Mission Success
Quality Assurance Standards for Pigs under Review
Cranswick’s Growth Continues
Shortage of Freedom Pigs
Inquiry Calls For Clearer Data on Livestock Impact
LMC: Non Assured Penalties At £150


Stable Half-year for Danish Crown

   European Union

Response to EU Commission Package on Healthier Animals for Safer Food
Antibiotic Resistance Study Finds Differences between Member States


Mexico: Hog Markets
Import Tariff Lifted to Address Bird Flu Shortfall


EO Water, Lactic Acid Promising for Campy Control on Broiler Carcasses


Pork Exports Fell 25 Per Cent in April
Brasil Food Issues Overseas Bonds


MLA: Australian Cattle Market Summary
Clean Ses Tuna Continues to Operate Debt Free with Good Kingfish progress


Marfrig to Close Some Poultry and Beef Plants
Broiler Carcase Chill Method Affects Pathogens, Not Meat Sensory Quality
BAP Processing Standards Benchmarked Against GFSI


MHP Looks to Exports for Future Growth


New Measures Strengthen Canada’s Food Safety System
First Atlantic Halibut Fishery Achieves MSC Certification

   Russian Federation

Russian Food Processing Sector Provides Opportunities for Exporters

   South Africa

Increased Duties will Hike Chicken Prices

   Hong Kong

Hong Kong Mission Big Success


Iglo Austria Achieves 100 per cent MSC Certified Fish


Marine Harvest May Improve Offer if Cermaq Votes Against Copeinca


Broiler Meat, Egg Demand to Grow on Rising Purchasing Power


JB Says No Current Plans to Hike Chicken Price


Higher Production Costs Reduced 2012 Farm Incomes


Haiti a Lucrative Market for Jamaica Broilers


Global Poultry Trends 2011


Randox Food Diagnostics



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