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Wednesday 4th February 2015.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief

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Salmonella Still Most Common Form of Food Poisoning

The cases of food poisoning through Campylobacter across Europe has levelled off, according to a new report from the European Food Safety Authority.

However, the number of cases of Listeriosis and infections from e.coli are on the increase.

The incidents of reported salmonellosis and yersiniosis cases have decreased, according to the European Union Summary Report on Trends and Sources of Zoonoses, Zoonotic Agents and Food-borne Outbreaks in 2013.

“The stabilisation of campylobacteriosis cases and the continuing downward trend of salmonellosis is good news, but we should not lower our guard as reporting of other diseases such as listeriosis and VTEC infections is going up,” said Marta Hugas, Director of EFSA’s Risk Assessment and Scientific Assistance Department.

A total of 5,196 food-borne outbreaks, including water-borne outbreaks, were reported in the EU in 2013.

Most food-borne outbreaks were caused by Salmonella, followed by viruses, bacterial toxins and Campylobacter, whereas in 28.9 per cent of all outbreaks the causative agent was unknown.

Eggs and egg products, followed by mixed food, and fish and fish products were seen as the main carriers of foodborne pathogens.

As the report on the number of incidents of food poisoning was released, the food safety authority also confirmed the link between the use of some antibiotics and resistance to these antibiotics in both humans and animals.

The study shows that there are also important differences in the consumption of antimicrobials in animals and in humans between European countries.

The strongest associations between consumption and resistance in food-producing animals were found for the antimicrobials studied in relation to indicator Escherichia coli. Positive associations were also noted for Salmonella spp. and Campylobacter spp.

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Company News

Award for Sealpac at Anuga FoodTech
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Market Reports

USDA International Egg and Poultry - 28 January 2015
BPEX Weekly Export Bulletin - 2 February 2015
USDA Sheep and Goats - 2 February 2015
USDA Egg Products - 2 February 2015
USDA Catfish Production - 2 February 2015
EBLEX Cattle and Sheep Weekly - 30 January 2015
Irish CSO Reports - Milk Statistics December 2014
USDA National Dairy Products Sales Report - 30 January 2015
Irish CSO Reports - Livestock Slaughterings - December 2014
UK Milk Prices and Composition of Milk – December 2014
BPEX UK Pig Meat Market Update - February 2015
AHDB BPEX Pig Market Weekly - 30 January 2015

Global Meat Industry News

   United States

Could Genetically Engineered Animals Ease World Hunger?
Fresh Call to End Port Dispute Hitting Meat Exports
Cargill Goes Sow Stall-free Conversion Ahead of Schedule
Pork Demand Driven by Competing Meat Prices
JBS USA Invests in Utah Processing Plant
Beef Expansion Is Underway
Feedlot Placements Down in December
Slowdown at Seaports Drag on Meat Prices
CME: Dollar Appreciation Key Issue for Livestock, Poultry Companies
Incentives Control Flow of Hogs, Cattle to Harvest
Corn and Processors Will Dictate US Pig Carcase Weights
Tyson Invests $110 million in Vienna Operations
Hormel Foods Celebrates Record Year
US Pork Producers Back Trans-Pacific Partnership
What was Behind US Pork and Hog Market Trouble this Winter?

   European Union

Analysis of Antimicrobial Data Confirms Human Animal Link
What is the Methylmercury Risk in Seafood?
Campylobacter Cases in EU Stable – Listeria Rising
EU Pig Market Balanced


Quality Beef and Lamb Flourishes in France

   United Kingdom

Cranswick Sales Boosted by Strong Christmas
Halal Slaughterhouse at Centre of Animal Cruelty Inquiry
Decline Predicted in Profitability of UK Farming
Tulip UK Steps up Pork Export Drive to China
Morrisons Signs New Milk Contracts with Dairy Crest and Arla Foods
Dunbia Pushed for Chinese Export Market
Groceries Code Adjudicator Given Powers to Fine over Malpractice
Morrisons Expands Fish Processing in Grimsby
Animal Welfare at Slaughter Improving in UK


Brazil Seeking More Agriculture Trade with China


Belarus Restricts Bulgarian Imports Citing Bird Flu Fears


Wild Birds Reservoir for Foodborne Salmonella


Cheap Imports Hit Kazakhstan's Poultry Sector


Strong Japanese Pork Import Demand Expected
Sheep Meat Exports to Japan Surged Last Year


New Chair of Canadian Pork Council


EU Maintains Share of Chinese Pork Imports
Chinese Food Prices Rise Slightly


New Owners for Serbian Mitros Meat Plant


Rise in Paraguayan Cattle Slaughter


Draft Order Issued on Use of Antibiotics

   New Zealand

New Zealand Making Headway into Future


Danish Crown's DC Pork CEO Axed
Go-ahead for HKScan Denmark Restructuring

   Russian Federation

Cherkizovo Group Sees Sales Rise in 2014


Tri-Lamb Group Working to Put Lamb on US Menus


Australian Beef Offal Prices Continue to Rise


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