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Wednesday 8th October 2014.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


MSD Animal Health

Could Salmonella be Declared a Food Adulterant?

New moves have been launched in the US to have four strains of Salmonella declared an adulterant on meat products.

The renewed efforts come from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) which has refiled a petition with the USDA.

The USDA turned down an original petition filed in 2011 in July this year.

But the CSPI has renewed its efforts following two outbreaks of salmonella poisoning that had a big impact across the US this year.

The CSPI said that antibiotic resistant strains of salmonella should be viewed in the same way as E.Coli, which the USDA has declared an adulterant.

CSPI said the USDA should be testing for antibiotic-resistant strains of Salmonella to keep contaminated foods out of grocery stores — just as it now can do for the most dangerous strains of E. coli.

Despite recent concerns over food safety issues and food fraud, price still dominated the minds of the European consumer when making a choice to buy food.

Speaking at the European poultry producers and exporters association (AVEC) conference in Marseilles, Jean-Jacques Vandenheede, director of retail insights for ACNielsen Europe said consumer perceptions can differ widely from reality.

He said that the factor that was nearest the heart of consumers in the purchases of consumer goods is the price - when the price goes up, the volume purchased trends downwards.

Peter van Horne from the agricultural economics unit (LEI) and Wageningen University showed that the burden of additional EU regulations on the environment, animal welfare and food safety add between five and eight per cent to the cost of producing broilers in the EU.

In Russia, since the introduction of the ban on imports of pork from the EU because of the discovery of the disease in Lithuania, Latvia and Poland, and the Russian disagreement with the European Commission over effective biosecurity measures, veterinary officials have reported an increase in the number of cases of attempts to smuggle meat into the country.

The smugglers are using suitcases and other luggage and the veterinary officials at Rosselkhoznador say that the attempts to cross the border are increasing the risk of the spread of African swine fever.

Last month border veterinary control points reported 30 incidents of smuggling and detained more than five tonnes of pig meat – excluding other pig meat products.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS 2014: Europe Expands Its Share of World Chicken Output
Europe's share of global broiler meat production is forecast to rise to 17 per cent this year. Industry analyst, Terry Evans, continues his review of the world chicken meat industry with a look at production trends in Europe, an area that includes Russia and Ukraine as well as the European Union.

Rise in Australian Pig Meat Production
Australian pig meat production increased for a fifth consecutive year in 2013-14, rising by one per cent and a similar growth rate is forecast for the coming year, according to Robert Leith in the ABARES Agricultural Commodities report for the September 2014 quarter.

Meat Species in Pet Foods - Not All Brands Follow Regulations
Although regulations exist for pet foods, there is growing evidence that products could be subject to food fraud.

Marbling in Wagyu Beef Affected by Weaning Time
Beef quality is not just the feedlot's responsibility, it goes back to youngstock care and weaning.

Company News

JBT Acquires Formcook
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Market Reports

USDA GAIN: EU-28 Poultry and Products Annual 2014
BPEX Weekly Export Bulletin 3 October 2014
Portland Fish Exchange Prices 7 October 2014
Australian Rural Commodities Wrap - September 2014
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 2 October 2014
USDA GAIN: Hong Kong Livestock and Products Annual 2014
United Kingdom Milk Prices and Composition of Milk – August 2014
Irish CSO Reports -Milk Statistics - August 2014
USDA International Egg and Poultry - 1 October 2014
USDA Dairy Products - 2 October 2014

Global Meat Industry News

   United States

New Report on Antibiotic Use in US Livestock
Quarterly Earnings Down for Cargill
Electronic Trading Hours for Livestock on CME Cut
Petition to Make Salmonella Strains Adulterants Refiled
Hog Slaughter Rising
US Hog Prices Increase
Sustainability Means Continuous Improvement in the Poultry Sector
New Technologies to Boost US Meat Industry
More Pork Please

   United Kingdom

Harper Adams Students Graduate from Meat Management Course
Cranswick's Half-year Results in Line with Expectations
British Pig Price Situation 'Serious'
Bid to Put More Lamb Back on Foodservice Menus
Morrisons Develops Taste for Beef Shorthorn
Complex European Market Influences Pig Prices
UK Moves from Deadweight Average to Standard Pig Price
Scrambled, Poach or Boiled How Do You Like Your Eggs?
Raw Cow's Drinking Milk Recalled
Public Perception of UK Farming Increasingly Positive
UK Sheep Trade to Remain under Pressure into 2015
Dutch Foodservice Sector Opportunity for UK Beef

   New Zealand

Special Award for High Country Excellence
Chinese Company Buys New Zealand Processor


JBS Fitch Rating Raised

   European Union

AVEC Announces Changes in Organisation at General Assembly
EU Sheep Meat Production to Fall
EU Pig Markets Unsettled
FAO Urges Europe to Support Sustainable Farming


U-Turn on Pig Price Cut


Better Not Rush Trans-Pacific Beef Trade Deal
Slower Chinese Dairy Import Demand Anticipated
Russian Bans Won’t Slow Runaway Beef Markets
Zero Tolerance for Labour Abuse in Updated Marine Stewardship Council Standard
GM Feed Safe for Livestock


Does China Really Impact Global Commodity Prices?
Chinese Pig Herd Falling
Slight Rise in Chinese Food Prices


Australian Offal Exports Up
Australian Beef Export to US Soar
Big September for Sheep Meat Exports to Middle East


Changing Restaurants Attitude to Fish with New Guide


European Poultry Producers Association Gathers in Marseille

   Russian Federation

Russia Sees Increase in Pig Meat Smuggling from EU


Fish Concentrates Receive Friend of the Sea Certification

   South Africa

South African Retail Chain Commits to Sow Stall-free Supply Chain
South African Poultry to Grant Concessions to US Chicken


Foreign Worker Programme Changes Hit Canada's Meat Plants


Financial Experts Appointed to Vion Supervsiory Board


HKScan Concludes Negotiations over Job Cuts in Finland


Andhra Pradesh to Form Farmers Corporation


European Livestock Sector Collaborates on Sustainable Development


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