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Wednesday 30th July 2014.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


Concerns Growing over Residues in Imported Meat Products

There are growing concerns in the UK that with the phasing out of non-statutory testing of imported animal food products, consumers could be put at risk from prohibited residues.

The British Veterinary Residues Committee has expressed its fears in its latest review of test result over the last year.

In domestically produced products there were few if no concerns about food products containing residues that might be harmful.

But there were worries that some imported products particularly aquaculture and poultry products that did contain residues at harmful levels.

The VRC also collected 600 samples in a non-statutory scheme and carried out 1,629 analyses.

These showed 10 results with residues above the action limits of 1.6 per cent The substances that continue to be found in imported products were chloramphenicol, clopidol and malachite green.

The VRC said the discovery of these products is of concern.

“We hold the view that surveillance of imported foods for residues of medicines used in countries outside of the EU must be maintained and coordination improved to strengthen non-statutory surveillance with results from other source,” the VRC said.

The VRC is now to work with the Food Standards Agency and retailers to find ways to continue testing imported food for residues.

In other continuing tests of beef products for traces of horse meat DNA being carried out across Europe, the results show that just 0.61 per cent of products tested were contaminated with horse meat DNA.

EU Commissioner for Health, Tonio Borg said: "Today's findings confirm that our collective efforts are bearing fruit and that increased controls to uncover food fraud are having real impact.

“Restoring the trust and confidence of European consumers and businesses in our food chain is vital for our economy given that the food sector is one of the EU's largest economic sectors.”

However, while tests showed success in stamping out the illegal use of horse meat in meat products, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, who first broke the horse meat scandal, discovered that lamb products in take-away restaurants often contained a large percentage of chicken meat.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

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Campylobacter Research Reveals Potential for Poultry Vaccine
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Market Reports

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EBLEX Cattle Weekly - 25 July 2014
USDA GAIN: Republic of Kazakhstan Poultry Quota Allocation
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Sri Lanka Fish Prices - 25 July 2014
Portland Fish Exchange Prices - 24 July 2014
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USDA Livestock Slaughter - 24 July 2014
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Global Meat Industry News

   Russian Federation

McDonald's Beef,Chicken and Fish Burgers May be Banned in Russia
Cherkizovo Sales Rising

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Limited Quantities of Live Pigs on Offer
Cold Chain Essential for Food Safety of Minced Meat, Says EFSA
Second Round of EU-wide Horse Meat Tests Encouraging
European Commission Fines Marine Harvest €20 Million

   United Kingdom

Minister Pledges Action of Sheep Carcase Splitting
BPEX Export Drive Gathers Pace
Two Poultry Plants Pass Inspection
Yearbook Highlights Strong Year for Sheep Meat Exports
Study Verifies Country of Origin of Foods
Improved Confirmation From Genetics Progres
Union Calls on Milk Processors to Pay Based on Performance
Concern Continues Over Potential Residues in Imported Foods
FSA Launches Investigation into Poultry Plants
Deadweight Lamb Prices Drop as Markets Report Good Trade
No Horse Meat Found in Latest Industry EU Testing
Poultry Processor Hits Back at Poor Hygiene Allegations

   United States

Texas A&M, FAO Join Forces to Tackle World Hunger
USDA Reports Show the Good Times Lasting Longer
CME: Composite Broiler Price in June Lower Than Previous Month
Speciality Eggs Boost Cal-Maine's Results
Tyson Sales Grow
The Maschhoffs Aquires Two Sow Farms from JBS
Tyson to Close Three Prepared Food Plants
Imported Beef Getting Dearer in US
JBS Workers Agree New Contract
Red Meat, Poultry Stocks Below Last Year

   New Zealand

Asian Markets Driving Growth for NZ Food Exports
Backing for New Zeland Meat Industry Excellence Business Plan


Wagyu Calf Prices Increase in Japan
Japan Eases Curbs on Pork Imports from Mexico
McDonald's Japan Switches Chicken Sourcing to Thailand


Survey Finds Beef Chicken DNA in Takeaway Lamb Dishes
Irish Farmers Meet Lamb Processors on Prices
Ministers Meet to Discuss Beef


JBS Takes Over Tyson in Mexico and Brazil
Global Pork Prices Expected to Remain High
Two Panels Set up on EU-Russia Disputes
Nutreco Reports Higher First Half Year Results
Initiative for Global Food Security


New Methods of Detecting Salmonella in Pork Meat Processing


Call for Public Support for Quick Adoption of FTA


Bachoco Sees Rise in Sales


Five Arrested over Out-of-date Meat
Chinese Beef Imports Set to Double


Australian Cattle Prices Improve
Prices Fall on Larger Lamb Consignments


Austrian Food Service Sector Gets Taste for Beef and Lamb


Norway Supermarket Concerned over Danish Pork


Indonesia Plays Important Role in Tanzania Agriculture


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