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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 18 December 2013

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Wednesday 18th December 2013.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


Call to Get Tough on Food Fraud

A report issued over the last week has called on the British government and food safety agencies to get tough on food fraud.

In the wake of the horse meat scandal that swept across Europe earlier this year, the report from Prof Chris Elliott said that the authorities needed to start putting the needs of the consumer and food safety first.

“UK consumers have access to perhaps the safest food in the world and all those
involved in supplying food and for developing and enforcing legislation should be
commended for what has been achieved,” Prof Elliott, Professor of Food Safety and Director of the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast said in his report.

“However, our focus now urgently needs to turn to tackling food crime.”

The report calls for zero tolerance on food fraud and minor dishonesties to be discouraged.

Prof Elliott said the response to major dishonesties has to be punitive.

He called on the government and the food industry to share the burden of cast in the research needed to clampdown on food fraud because the cost to the sector could be immense.

He said that there should be a systems approach to make it much more difficult for criminals to operate in food networks by introducing new measures to check, test and investigate any suspicious activity. He said that ultimately those caught perpetrating criminal activity must be severely punished by the law to send a clear message to those thinking of conducting similar criminal activity not to operate in ‘our space’.

The call for tougher action in the UK over food fraud comes just at the time when 21 people have been arrested in France because meat from horses that had been used by a pharmaceutical company had been found on the market.

The report in the French newspaper Figaro said that the meat from at least 30 horses that are believed to have come from a pharmaceutical company’s laboratory had illegally entered the food chain.

Among those arrested were the head of a slaughter house, a horse trading company and butchers in Southern France and Northern Spain.

We would like to wish our readers and advertisers a Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year. The next newsletter will appear on 2 January.


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Global Meat Industry News

   United States

Authorities Clamp Down on Tyson after Worker Loses Hand
Demand Aids Pork, Poultry and Beef Prices
Animal Activists Under Fire over Court Petition
Senators Ask for Elimination of Barriers to US Pork
Fall Protection Short Course Offered at IPPE
Programme Offers Free Registration to IPPE
Phasing out Antibiotics for Growth Promotion in US: What Are the Consequences?
Antibiotics Not Always Used in Raising Chickens
Vets to Oversee Feed Antibiotics
US Beef Production to Fall
US Hog Slaughter Up
Call for Release of Poultry Inspection Rule
Bid to Increase Weights Helps Pork Production
Mexican Beef Closer to Chinese Market
AMI Applauds FDA Guidance on Antibiotic Use
Senator Calls for Support for New Rule on Poultry Slaughter
FDA Acts to End Antibiotic Resistance
CME: Ag Department Bolsters Pork Production Estimates
Natural Antimicrobials Reduce Salmonella on Eggs
CME: Weekly Pork Export Data Stays Ambiguous
Estimates for US Pork Output in 2013, 2014 Revised Upwards
US Broiler Forecast Unchanged: Turkey, Egg Output Estimates Lowered
Chefs' Warehouse Acquires Allen Brothers
Smithfield to Pay Out $2 million in Donning and Doffing Cases

   New Zealand

New Zealand Meat Sector Taking Stock
Red Meat Profit Partnership Underway


Global Study Shows Varied Impacts of Farm Animals on Environment
Animal Diseases Need New Approach to Health
Did the WTO Reach Any Agricultural Agreement at Bali?
DNA Testing Confirms MSC Certification Integrity
Key Measures to Ensure Family Farms Meet Growing Food Demand


Brazilian Poultry Exports Down
Cow Slaughter Rises in Brazil
October Pork Export Volume, Value Down from Previous Year


Chinese Food Prices Rise
China Buys Record Grain Fed Beef Quantities in November

   Korea, South

Chinese Food Firms Look to S Korea to Improve Image


Iraq Lifts Ban on Poultry Imports from Arkansas


Chicken, Eggs to be Sold at Lower Rates in Sahulat Bazars

   European Union

EU Pig Prices Continue to Fall
EU Member States Agree on Details for New Labelling Rules


Warning over Sausage and Cold Cuts Consumption by Children


Arrests in Fresh Horse Meat Scandal in France

   United Kingdom

Concern Meat Labelling Laws Will Cause Confusion
Reforms to Improve Water Supply Management
Pork Could be Given Major Marketplace Make-over, Says Association
Call to Get Tough on Food Fraud
2 Sisters and 2 Agri Meet with Union and Chicken Producers
Govt Agency to Use Pig Industry 'Origin' Database
Exciting Times Ahead for British Farmers
Bankers Urged to be More Positive About Pigs
Efforts to Strengthen Foundation of Scottish Poultry Industry


Canadian Pork, Beef to Colombia
Hutterite Colony Tops Pork Quality Competition
Call for Stepped Up Efforts to Secure Free Trade with S Korea


Fiji Poultry Company Continues to Invest


Renewal of Agreement to Promote Farm Health and Safety

   United Arab Emirates

Chicken, Fish Confiscated at Ras Al Khaimah


China to Drive Uruguayan Red Meat in 2014

   Faroe Islands

Low Discard Faroese Prawn Fishery Awarded MSC Certificate

   Viet Nam

Viet Nam: Hog Markets


Prestigious Award to Plumrose USA


Singapore Lifts Export Ban on Thai Frozen Chicken


Ukrainian Egg Company Appoints New Directors


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