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Wednesday 23rd July 2014.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


Framework for Responsible Antibiotic Use

A framework for replacement, reduction and refinement needs to be established for the responsible use of antimicrobials along the supply chain.

The measures that should be implemented by vets, farmers, producers, retailers and the pharmaceutical industry need to be communicated to consumers.

This is one of the main findings put forward by a top level roundtable, Antimicrobials – Who Needs Them? chaired by the Food Animal Initiative in the UK together with the pharmaceutical company Ceva.

The roundtable agreed a path establishing new and standardised measures for antibiotic use that can be implemented at producer level and that can also make changes in the way antibiotics are used at both national and regional level.

The roundtable said that in establishing this path for an effective reduction in use of antibiotics animal health and welfare standards together with productivity have to be maintained.
The group also called for a common understanding and definition of the term 'Critically Important Antimicrobials' (CIA) and which antibiotics that are used in food producing animals can be described as critically important.

Meanwhile, research at the Department of Sociology at Texas A&M University, has examined the social psychology of antibiotic use among veterinarians.

The researchers Dr Morgan Scott and Dr Alex McIntosh found that several factors influenced why and how antibiotics are used, including policy, economics, social norms regarding treatment, and a belief that antibiotics are “a good thing to do.”

“When you start understanding the behaviour, you start to realise that the aggregate that defines the perceived behavioural constraint is the policy and the regulations that oversee the use of antibiotics as well as the unwritten policy of why people do what they do,” said Dr Scott.

Dr Scott, along with collaborators at Texas Tech and Hull University in the UK, is now looking at systems approaches as ways to understand policy and how it can be structured to include as many viewpoints as possible.


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Fondue Chinoise with Chicken Can Lead to Campylobacter Infections
Meat fondue with chicken is one of the primary risk factors for a campylobacter infection in Switzerland in winter, a new study shows.

Dairy Herd Restocking Brings More Meat
EU meat production is seen recovering after two years of tight supplies for beef and pig meat, according to the European Commission’s Short Term Outlook for agricultural products for 2014 and 2015.

Backfat Depth and Loin Eye Area Measurements of Purebred Berkshire Pigs
Berkshire pigs have more backfat than commercial hybrids, according to new research at Iowa State University investigating the growth patterns of this rare breed kept in simple housing in Iowa in summer and winter. At the end of the trial, gilts had a larger average loin eye area and higher carcass lean percentage than barrows.

Questions and Answers on Hormones in Meat and Milk
Germany's Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) answers some frequently asked questions on the possibility of human health risks from hormones in meat and milk.

Company News

IPPE Selected for 2015 International Buyer Programme
US - The 2015 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) has been named one of 24 companies nationwide to participate in the Department of Commerce’s International Buyer Programme.
Market Reports

Sri Lanka Fish Prices - 23 July 2014
Portland Fish Exchange Prices - 22 July 2014
China Wholesale Prices - 23 July 2014
USDA International Egg and Poultry: Argentina
USDA Cold Storage - 22 July 2014
Portland Fish Exchange Prices - 21 July 2014
China Wholesale Prices - 22 July 2014
Sri Lanka Fish Prices - 21 July 2014
Portland Fish Exchange Prices - 20 July 2014
China Wholesale Prices - 21 July 2014
EBLEX Cattle Weekly - 18 July 2014
BPEX Export Bulletin - Week 29
USDA Milk Production - 18 July 2014
UK Slaughter Statistics - June 2014
Portland Fish Exchange Prices - 17 July 2014
China Wholesale Prices - 18 July 2014
Sri Lanka Fish Prices - 18 July 2014
USDA International Meat Review - 17 July 2014
USDA Dairy: World Market and Trade - 17 July 2014
Irish CSO Reports: Livestock Slaughterings June 2014
China Wholesale Prices - 17 July 2014
USDA International Egg and Poultry: Sub-Saharan Africa
BPEX UK Pig Meat Market Update - July 2014
Portland Fish Exchange Prices - 16 July 2014
Irish CSO Reports: Agricultural Price Indices - May 2014
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 17 July 2014

Global Meat Industry News

   European Union

EU Pig Price Decline Brought to a Halt
Copa-Cogeca Calls for Stronger Action to Combat Unfair Practices
EU Pig Prices Going Down

   United States

Positive Picture for Pork Market
Meat Production Responsible for Climate Change
Multiple Influences of Antibiotic Resistance Unveiled
US Chicken Consumption Up 17 Per Cent
Meat Production Below Last Year
New Highs for Pork Cutout Value
National Safety Conference to Discuss Industry Safety Trends, Best Practices
Organic Poultry Company Acquires Empire Kosher Poultry
Sanderson Farms Plans New Chicken Processing Plant
Why Are Chicken Prices in the US Really Breaking Records?
Tyson Starts Process to Buy Hillshire Brands
Hog Futures Modestly Rebound

   New Zealand

New Zealand Farmers Hit Back over British Protests
New Zealand Dairymen Negative, Beef and Sheep Farmers Positive
New Zealand Pork Industry Joins GIA Biosecurity Agreement
New Zealand Sheep Meat Exports to EU Lower


BRF Confirms Legal Trading
Chicken Prices Fall After World Cup
Brazilian Pork Exports Up


Demand for High Quality US Beef Surmounts Competition

   United Kingdom

Baroness Neville-Rolfe steps down as Non-Executive Director
NFU 'Delighted' at Defra’s £400 Million Food Procurement Plans
Price Most Important for Consumers
Expert Animal Welfare Visit For Lancashire Plant
War Cabinet to Tackle Antimicrobial Resistance
Clear Interest for West Country Beef and Lamb
UK Meat Production Up
MEPs Back British Farming
Replace Reduce Refine – Way Forward for Antibiotic Use

   Hong Kong

WH Group to Raise HK$16 billion in IPO


Pork Imports to Japan Increase as PED Outbreaks Continue


Chicken Shipments Resume to China
Concerns Rising over Spread of African Swine Fever in EU
Humane Slaughter Award for Dutch Welfare Research
Strong Performancefor Yum Brands in China
China Lifts Ban on Brazilian Beef
Egg Commission's Global Leadership Conference in Edinburgh


Meat Safety Concerns Hit Chinese Fast Food Supplier


CFIA Closes Northern Natural Processing
Processing Capacity Demands Increased Hog Production


Spain Becoming Front Runner in Pork Prices
Culmarex Opens New Processing Facility in Spain


Netherlands Urges Ghana Not to Ban Chicken Imports


India Raises Farm Credit to $133 billion


Danish Farm Becomes First to Offer ASC Certified Trout


German Supermarket Increases Sustainable Fish


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