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Wednesday 17th September 2014.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


MSD Animal Health

Will Meat Imports be Safe with Fewer Tests?

At a time when the British government is putting forward plans to clamp down on food fraud, there are concerns that the checking of imported food products from countries outside the EU will be relaxed.

Following the publication of the Elliott report into the horse meat scandal, the British government accepted the proposals being put forward including the establishment of a food fraud crime unit.

However, at the sharp end of the inspection of food imports – at the ports – the number of checks are expected to be reduced as the finance runs out for non-statutory inspections.

While the paper work and documentation will be checked for food products entering the UK from abroad, the number of samples taken to check whether the meat and food products contain excessive or banned residues will be reduced.

The cut in finance is part of the general cuts that were announced across government in response to the general financial crisis.

While some samples will be taken and the most dangerous residues will be targeted using a risk based matrix system of testing, the general number of tests will be reduced.

More of the onus will now be placed on processors and retailers to ensure that the products they are putting before consumers and wholesome and residue–free.

However, once the food products have entered the UK from countries outside of the EU, they will then be available for export across the whole of the EU in the free market.

Jon Averns the Port Health and Public Protection Director for the City of London Corporation said: “It’s going to be a conundrum at the ports,” told the recent open meeting of the Veterinary Residues Committee.

“We have relied on the checks at the port and we are not going to be able to go to the levels we want to when the non-statutory surveillance scheme ends.

“We are not going to be able to carry out the checks in the way we were.”

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US Seasonal Spending on Pork
New Franchise for Southwest Specialty Eggs
Chicken Producers Hit Back at Article on Use of Antibiotics in Feed
US Beef High Price Affects Exports
US Pork Production Forecast Lowered
US Hog Carcase Weights Remain Heavy
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USDA Sued to Stop New Poultry Inspection System
Foster Farms Invests $75 Million in Salmonella Programme
Surge In US Pork Prices
Pork Demand Strong


Spring Boosts Australian Wholesale Trade
Australian Goat Meat Exports Double
Drought and High Prices Keep Slaughter Figures High
McDonald's to Phase Out Cage Egg
AACo’s Darling Downs Wagyu named Champion Australian Wagyu

   Russian Federation

Cherkizovo to Increase Pork Poultry Production

   United Kingdom

Progress to Sustainable Seafood Shown in New Reports
Growing Concerns over Liver Fluke Impact
Concerns Raised over Future Safety of UK Food Imports
Scottish Salmon at Leading Food Event
Retailers Urged to Back British Lamb
English Sheep Meat Exports to China Would Bring Huge Benefits
Sustainability Event Showed Future of European Poultry
Freedom Food to Rebrand as RSPCA Assured
Shortfall of Scottish Chicken in Supermarkets


Russian Ban Will Not Affect Bullish Outlook for Poultry
McDonald's Reports Global Comparable Sales for August
FAO Food Price Index Drops to Four-year Low
Heinz Strengthens Animal Welfare Policies
Top Pork Countries Want Tariffs Eliminated in TPP

   European Union

US Bid to Reduce Trade Barriers to EU
Commission Reviews Control Measures against African Swine Fever
New Agriculture Commissioner Told to Simplify Greening and Direct Payments
New EU Laws on Veterinary Medicines Planned


Call for Increased Tax on Poultry Imports to Barnados

   New Zealand

Investment Priority for New Zealand Beef and Lamb Sectors


French Pig Meat Sector Calls of Action over Russian Ban
Less French Pig Meat to China, More to Philippines

   Viet Nam

Vietnamese Pig Production Stable


Chicken in Nairobi Poses Health Threat


Brazil's Meat Supplies to Rise
Improving Export Relations Lifts Brazil's Exports 10 Per Cent
Brazilian Beef Getting Safer


FAO to Help India Develop Agriculture, Food Security
FAO Praises ndian Agriculture Developments


Arla Bids for Egyptian Dairy


Maltese Meat Production Rises


Ukrainian Bovine Headcount Expected to Decrease
Plummeting Demand Decrease Ukrainian Pork Production


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