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

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief

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Putting Food Safety into Focus

Food safety has been brought into focus this week with a report from the European Food Safety Authority showing that Salmonella and Campylobacter show significant levels of resistance to common antimicrobials in humans and animals.

And a UK study of Campylobacter in chicken has shown that 73 per cent of chickens tested positive for the presence of campylobacter and seven per cent of packaging also tested positive.

The EFSA report shows that options for treating some of the most common forms of food-borne illnesses are getting fewer and fewer because they are showing more signs of antimicrobial resistance.

Multi-drug resistant forms of Salmonella are spreading across Europe according to a new report from the European Food Safety Authority.

And there is also high resistance to the antimicrobial ciprofloxacin in Campylobacter in both humans and animals in some Member States.

The report, EFSA-ECDC European Union Summary Report on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in zoonotic and indicator bacteria from humans, animals and food, which analyses data from 2013, says that encouragingly, co-resistance to critically important antimicrobials for both bacteria remains low.

For the first time, EFSA and ECDC have used similar criteria to interpret data.

“Findings in antimicrobial resistance in humans, animals and foods are now more comparable. This is a step forward in the fight against antimicrobial resistance”, said Marta Hugas, Acting Head of EFSA’s Risk Assessment and Scientific Assistance Department.
“The high levels of resistance to fluoroquinolones observed in Campylobacter isolates from both humans and broilers are of concern considering that a large proportion of human Campylobacter infections come from handling, preparation and consumption of broiler meat. Such high resistance levels reduce the effective treatment options for severe human Campylobacter infections,” said Mike Catchpole, Chief Scientist at ECDC.

In a debate in the British parliament over the last week, the government said that it is to look at ways of introducing post-cut stunning in religious slaughter systems.

In the debate in the House of Commons, the farming minister George Eustice said that the government has no plans to ban religious slaughter practices.

However, he said that the Government could look at systems that have been introduced in other countries to increase the welfare of animals in non-stun slaughter methods.

“The Prime Minister has been absolutely clear that there is no intention to ban religious slaughter,” said Mr Eustice.

“However, everyone agrees that we need good enforcement of our existing legislation.”

He added: “In the longer term, we may be able to learn lessons from other countries. Some other countries have managed to accommodate or reconcile the beliefs of Jewish and Muslim communities while having a slightly different approach from us.

“A number of countries, including Holland and France, do have a requirement for a post-cut stun in a particular time scale.”

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Hygienic Design in Food Industry
Experts estimate the share of time spent with cleaning processing in the food and beverage industry to be up to 30 per cent.

Anti-microbial Coatings with Long-term Effect for Surfaces
Hygienic conditions and sterile procedures are particularly important in food preparation and in the manufacture of packaging material, as well as in hospitals, kitchens and sanitary facilities, air conditioning and ventilation systems.

Salmonella Reduction in Pig Herds and Pork: The Danish Experience
The success of the Danish programme is more due to improved slaughter hygiene than to reductions in primary production although more Salmonella in herds makes it more difficult for the slaughter house, according to Jan Dahl, DVM, Chief adviser with the Danish Agriculture & Food Council. He was addressing the 2014 Teagasc Pig Farmers Conference.

How Transport Stress Affects Duck Meat Quality
Transportation for two hours resulted in measurable stress in 42-day-old Pekin ducks in this Chinese study but these effects were mitigated by a two-hour rest period before slaughter.

Market Reports

Sri Lanka Fish Prices - 3 March 2015
Irish CSO Reports - Livestock Slaughterings January 2015
USDA Agricultural Prices - February 2015
USDA Cold Storage - February 2015
BPEX Weekly Export Bulletin - 3 March 2015
BPEX UK Pig Meat Market Update - March 2015
AHDB BPEX Pig Market Weekly - 3 March 2015
USDA Poultry Slaughter - 2 March 2015
USDA Egg Products - 2 March 2015
Irish CSO Reports - 2 March 2015
EBLEX Cattle and Sheep Weekly - 2 March 2015
USDA National Dairy Products Sales Report - 2 March 2015
USDA International Egg and Poultry - 2 March 2015
Sri Lanka Fish Prices - 2 March 2015

Global Meat Industry News

   United Kingdom

Call for Sustainable Competitive Dairy Sector
Shoppers Praise Supermarkets for Backing British Pork
EBLEX Assurance Scheme Celebrated by Michelin-starred Chef
Steady Growth in UK Sheep Meat Production
Brussels Must Match UK Pig Farmers in Professionalism
Moves to Increase Welfare in Non-stun Slaughter
Pressure Put on Poultry Sector to Reduce Campylobacter
Dairy Sector Needs Ways to Manage Volatility
European Commissioner Promises to Simplify CAP
NFU Calls for Policies to Ensure Farming Can Thrive
Smaller Markets Push UK Beef Export Higher
Commitment Shown to bTB Eradication Strategy
Strategy Laid out to Make British Farming More Competitive
Politicians Need to Ensure Food Chain Works
Dunbia Partners with Young Farmers

   United States

Power of Meat Remains Strong at Retail
Are Lower US Hog Prices Justified by Supplies?
US Pork's Boom and Bust Price Pattern
Is US Meat and Poultry Demand Softening?
US Retail Pork Prices Fell in January
Cold Storage Report Confirms Backlog of Product
Egg Company Weighs up New Site in South Dakota
USDA Announces Funding for Research, Education, Extension
Solid Start to Year for Sanderson Farms


Underlying Growth for Kerry Group
Strong Year Forecast for Irish Beef
Dawn Meats Honoured Recipient of Ruban d'Honneur


China Offers Great Potential for Brazilian Meat Sector
BRF Sees Sales Profits Rise


Norwegian Salmon Export Price Falls

   Viet Nam

New Year Festival Demand Boosts Pork Supply

   Russian Federation

Cherkizovo Sees Profits Rise
Beef Shipment Declared Unsafe
Localisation for Russian Dairy Industry


Spanish Pork Exports Strengthened in Asia


Joost Sliepenbeek New CFO at Vion Food
Fonterra Sets Up Dutch Plant


Canadian Pork Producers Support Retaliatory Tariffs on US Imports Over M-COOL
Maple Leaf Closes Largest Legacy Plant in Kitchener Ontario
Canadian Pork Producers Support Retaliatory Tariffs on US Imports Over M-COOL
Lower Live Hog Values Expected to Curtail Thoughts of Expansion
Lack of Workers Impacts Livestock Sector Profitability

   European Union

EU Pig Prices See Significant Increases
Antimicrobial Resistant Foodborne Bacteria Levels Rising
Warning of Lower Poultry Production Standards Threat in EU-US Trade Talks
EU Pigmeat Storage Scheme Welcomed

   South Africa

Tough Times Ahead for South African Poultry Sector


Oman Bans Indian Poultry Imports over Bird Flu


Global Dairy Market to Look East
Cutting Food Waste Could Save Global Economy $300 Billion
Official Advice on Dietary Cholesterol Set to Change in US


Mexican Processor to Invest in Cuba


China Beef Imports to Increase

   New Zealand

NZ Lamb Production Ramps up in January


Australian Goat Industry Continues to Grow
Farmers Call for Inquiry into Red Meat Sector
Mutton Production Gathers Pace


Chilean Beef Imports Eased in 2014


Romanian Meat Industry Expects VAT on Meat to be Cut


Higher Taxes in Iraq Trouble Turkish Poultry Exporters


Wesjohann Poultry Firm Achieves Sustainability Certification


Better Productivity, Prices Help Lay Hong's Profitability


Danish Crown, Tican Set to Merge


Lithuania Reports Two More Wild Boar with ASF


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