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Wednesday 15th January 2014.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


Horse Meat Scandal One Year On – How Much Has Changed?

The discovery that some processed beef products in Ireland and the UK had traces of horsemeat in them took place a year ago.

Over the year, the trail of the source of the contamination has led across Europe to Romania and Eastern European countries, the Netherlands and France.

Product that was labelled as beef, but which contained cheaper horse meat was found in supermarket shelves in virtually every European country.

While in France and the Netherlands some arrests have been made, prosecutions in other countries and the true source of the scam have not been discovered.

And this week the Dutch food authorities recalled 11,000 kg of improperly labelled French horse meat.

The food had been delivered to the Netherlands through Belgium last year, improperly labelled as beef and unfit for human consumption.

The authorities believe the meat has already been consumed.

The recall follows the arrests in France at the end of last year of 21 traders, butchers and vets in France, suspected of trading in 200 horses from the sports and pharmaceutical industries.

However, on the first anniversary of the scandal, several market research surveys have shown that consumer confidence in the UK has been dented and buying patterns have been affected.

According to an Ipsos MORI survey, as many as 31 per cent of British adults have changed the way they choose or buy food in the past 12 months, and almost all adults in the UK (95 per cent) remember the horse meat incident.

Of those who remember the incident, 10 per cent claim to have cut down on buying processed meat, eight per cent buy fewer ready-made meals, seven per cent buy more meat from high-street butchers and seven per cent also spend more time reading labels on food products before purchasing.

The majority of people surveyed by Ipsos MORI remembered that horsemeat was found in frozen food, particularly ‘frozen burgers’ (69 per cent) and ‘frozen ready meals’ (65 per cent).

A total of 40 per cent believe that ‘suppliers misled retailers to boost profits’, and 39 per cent believe ‘suppliers cut corners under pricing pressure from supermarkets’.

A One Poll conducted to the television network ITV similarly found that a third of those questioned no longer had faith in supermarkets.

The Mori poll singled out Tesco as the supermarket chain that had been most affected by the scandal.

Maria Eagle MP, Labour’s Shadow Environment Secretary, speaking ahead of the first anniversary of the horsemeat scandal, said: “One year on from the horsemeat scandal it is worrying that not all the lessons appear to have been learned.

An initial report by Prof Chris Elliott into the horse meat scandal published last year called for stricter monitoring of the food chain and a shorter food chain.

The final report is expected later this year.

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Global Meat Industry News


BRazilian Pork Exports Down
Rial Elected CEO of Marfrig
Brazilian Meat to Gain New Markets in 2014

   United States

Beef Consumption Reduction not Uniform Across Households
Cargill and Branhaven IMproving Beef Quality with Genomics Tool
Chicken Council BacksTrade Bill
2014 Could be Banner Year for Pork Producers
Foster Farms Temporarily Suspends Operations at Livingston Plant
Labelling Arguments Heard in Court
Tyson Recalls Mechanically Separated Chicken
Smithfield Subsidiary to Build Biogas Plant
Pork Council Welcomes New Trade Moves
Consumer Demand for Pork Influences Profitability
CME: Letters to Tyson's Hog Suppliers Request Changes in Pig Raising
White Paper Highlights Complexities of Antibiotic Resistance Issues
US Meat Export Body Supports Congressional Trade Priorities Act
FDA Tests Show Improved Method to Detect Salmonella on Eggs
Pork Board Raises Concerns with Tyson Welfare Requirements
Corn Market Rallies Sharply, Soybeans Up, Wheat Down Following USDA Reports
Solid Second Quarter for Cargill
Tysons Seeks to Balance Consumer Expectations on Pig Welfare
Analysts Share Grain Outlook of USDA Expectations
Cockroach Infestation Closes Foster Farms Plant
Speakers for USDA 2014 Agricultural Outlook Forum Announced
Extreme Cold Hits Livestock Slaughter
Tight Hog and Cattle Numbers Putting Focus on Performance

   Russian Federation

Russia Set to Ban Norwegian Meat and Dairy

   South Africa

Chicken Price Rise Causes Concern
New South African Brining Rules Challenged

   United Kingdom

Welfare Group Calls for Pre-Slaughter Stunning for All Animals
Pig Association Concerned over Drop of British Product in Supermarkets
Horse Meat Scandal Still Hurting One Year On
Third Country Demand to Drive Sheep Meat Exports Up
Northern Ireland's Cattle Slaughter Drops Back
Accurate Price Reporting Essential for Competitive Marketplace, Says Pig Association
USDA Approval for Randox Ractopamine Screening
Breeding Broilers for a Sustainable Future
Expanding Horizons in Asia for EBLEX and BPEX
Pig and Poultry Features at Livestock Event
2 Sisters Announces New Jobs Following Cuts
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Pork Prices Down Compared to Previous Week
Shuanghui to Start Float Next Week
Officials Punished for Food Safety Scandals


Cargill Buys into Ukrainian Agricultural Company


Zambia Partially Lifts Ban on Pig Movements

   European Union

EU Pig Prices Unsettled
Hilton Performing as Forecast
EU Pig Prices Steady in Central Europe


Over Half of Meat Now Comes From Inspected Establishments
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   New Zealand

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Goodman Fielder to Sell Meat and Pizza Businesses


World Food Prices Stay High, but Steady
McDonald’s on Track to Purchasing Verified Sustainable Beef
Darling Completes VION Ingredients Acquisition


Rising Input Costs Erode Price Gains for Irish Farmers
Irish Food and Drink Exports Approach €10 billion


Polish Poultry Processor Announces Major Investments


China Doubles Beef from Uruguay


Taste Test Shows Farmed Fish More Tasty than Wild


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Pakistan's Poultry Industry Approved by UAE Delegation


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