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Wednesday 2nd April 2014.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief

Call to Dutch Meat Sector to Improve Safety Standards

As part of the aftermath of the horse meat scandal, which hit the Dutch meat industry hard, the Dutch Safety Board has called on the government to improve food safety and traceability standards.

In a report that echoes many of the concerns drawn up by Prof Chris Elliott for the British government over the way that meat production and procurement is implemented and policed, the Dutch Safety Board has called on the private sector in the meat processing industry to change its working practices.

However, it says that because the private sector lacks to the self-regulating capacity and desire to organise themselves, the board has called on the State Secretary for Economic Affairs and the Minister for Health Welfare and Sport to intervene.

“Increased cooperation to ensure food safety is needed within the industry before the meat industry can obtain more responsibility,” the report says.

“While operators focus primarily of quality and price, food safety needs to take a more prominent place.”

The safety board adds: “Operators in the meat supply chain should verify whether the certificates actually offer a guarantee of the safety of meat,” the report says.

“There is a need for additional incentives for businesses to encourage cooperation on food safety and for the industry to correct a business that takes irresponsible risks.”

The effect of the Russian ban on pig meat exports from Europe because of the discovery of African swine fever in Poland and Lithuania has brought demands from the French pig meat sector for bilateral talks.

The French meat industry has attacked the European Commission for refusing to allow talks between individual countries that could reopen some markets away from the countries where the dis ease had been found.

A recent report into the British poultry meat sector has shown that the industry provides a major contribution to the British economy.

An industry worth £6.1 billion is contributing £3.3 billion to the UK’s gross domestic product.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

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Risk of Salmonella in Commercial Swine Farms
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Global Meat Industry News

   United States

USDA Set to Allow Unlimited Poultry Processing
Workers to Vote on Union at OK Foods
Nevada-based Company Announces Large Scale Poultry Production Facility
Do Hogs and Pigs Report Numbers Really Add Up?
Volume of Pork, Beef Exported Resilient
Tactic for Pasteurising Raw Eggs Kills Salmonella, Egg Quality Unharmed
US Market Hogs Numbers Down
Fed Cattle Hit Market Highs
US Poultry Inspection to Focus on Microbiological Issues
United States Hog Inventory Down
Alliance to Discuss Sustainability at Summit

   Korea, South

South Korea to Give Green Light to Zilmax Beef from June


Ecuador Reopens to US Beef


HKScan to Use Responsibly Produced Soy


EU Poultry Meat Sales Help MHP's Results

   United Kingdom

Antibiotic Resistance in Humans Unrelated to Farm Animal Use
British Poultry Meat Sector is £6 Billion Industry
Sense of Adventure in Lamb Marketing Campaign
More Price Information for GB Pigs
New Rules for Pig Meat Inspection
Launch for Seafood Manual for Chefs
Charles Sercombe Back in the NFU Livestock Chair

   European Union

EU Pig Prices Unchanged
European Commission Objects to Marine Harvest Early Acquisition of Morpol
EFSA Assesses Safety, Efficacy to Reduce Pathogens on Poultry
Antimicrobial Resistance Remains Common in Bacteria in Humans Animals Food
New Plans for European Organic Farming


Minnesota Soybean Group Tours Japanese Pork Industry


Charoen Pokphand to Lay Off Burmese Workers
Pork Prices Fixed to Ease Shortages

   South Africa

Spur Restaurants Buys into Rib Business
Astral Buys Abattoir, Poultry Assets in Liquidation Auctions


Chicken in Pahang, Pomfret in Penang Sold Cheaply


Dutch Safety Board Calls for Tighter Food Safety Standards


Uganda Top Pork Consumer in Sub-Saharan Africa


Grain Prices Stabilising, Margins Strong but Tightening
Industry Groups Lose Latest Appeal over COOL
French Meat Sector Calls for Bilateral Talks with Russia over Pig Meat Ban
African Youth Strengthening Agricultural Economy
Beer Marinade to Reduce Harmful Substances in Grilled Meats
Is Eating Red and Processed Meat as Harmful as Some Say?


Australian Lambs Gain Value
Australian Cattle Markets Move Higher
Authority 'Stops Clock' on Baiada's Broiler Farm at Manilla


Production to Resume at VION Bad Bramstedt


Plant Blaze Fails to Dampen Poultry Output
Cattle Slaughter Rates Higher in Chile

   Viet Nam

Viet Nam: Hog Markets


French Pig Meat Exports to France Draw Closer


Fall in Prices of Chinese Agro-foodstuff


Livestock Truckers Encouraged to Use Accredited Canadian Truck Wash Stations

   Russian Federation

Cherkizovo Acquires LISKO Broiler


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