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Wednesday 1st April 2015.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


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Reducing Antibiotic Use in Livestock for Food

Over the last week, the US government has come forward with a national plan to tackle the overuse of antibiotics and the problems of antibiotic resistance.

As the plan was announced by the health, agriculture and defence secretaries, a new report was published estimating that the global use of antibiotics will be 67 per cent higher in 2030 than in 2010 as agriculture intensifies to meet the growing demand for animal protein.

The study's findings call for initiatives to preserve antibiotic effectiveness while simultaneously ensuring food security in low- and lower-middle-income countries.

In a paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), Simon Levin of Princeton University and co-authors from a number of international institutions explain that demand for animal protein for human consumption is rising globally at an unprecedented rate, and that modern animal production practices are associated with regular use of antimicrobials, potentially increasing selection pressure on bacteria to become resistant.

Despite the significant potential consequences for antimicrobial resistance, the researchers say, there has been no quantitative measurement of global antimicrobial consumption by livestock.

The national plan put forward this week in the US calls for smarter and judicious use of antibiotics to help to slow the emergence of resistant bacteria.

It says that a “One-Health” approach to disease surveillance will improve detection and control of antibiotic resistance by integrating data from multiple monitoring networks, and by providing high-quality information, such as detailed genomic data, necessary to tracking resistant bacteria in diverse settings in a timely fashion.

The government has set these out in the in the National Action Plan for Combatting Antibiotic Bacteria as two of the main targets to tackle antibiotic resistance in the US over the next five years, laid out.

The policy recommendations follow the US President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST)’s report on Combating Antibiotic Resistance.

Over the next year, the US is expected to double the amount of funding for combating and preventing antibiotic resistance to more than $1.2 billion.

However, the new plans to tackle antibiotic use and resistance have met with sharp criticism from campaigning congresswoman Louise Slaughter.

She said: "Once again, the administration has fallen woefully short of taking meaningful action to curb the overuse of antibiotics in healthy food animals.”

Meanwhile, in the UK, a survey has shown that the majority of people believe growth hormones are used by farmers to make animals for food grow faster and that antibiotics used in livestock make them less effective for people.

The survey conducted by market analysts IGD Shopper Vista for the National Office of Animal Health also showed that more than 80 per cent of shoppers believe that it is possible for animal medicines and vaccinations to harm people by getting into food.

Dawn Howard, the chief executive of NOAH said that the results of the survey follow on from the fears raised by the horse meat scandal two years ago.

She said that the concerns are still colouring consumer sentiment about food quality and safety.

And she added that consumers are more confused than ever about animal medicines and how they protect the health and welfare of animals on the farm.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Effect of Pulsed Electric Field Treatment on Hot-boned Beef
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How Modified Atmosphere Packaging Affects Spoilage of Poultry Breast Fillets
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Nutritional Guidelines Recommendations - Less Meat More Veggies
Despite the ability to make personal food choices, many know the Dietary Guidelines for Americans as the “gold standard” model that focuses on the foods and beverages that help maintain a healthy weight and prevent chronic disease, such as obesity, according to specialists at K-State University.

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS - Egg Consumption Continues to Grow in Americas
Egg consumption per person in the Americas continues to grow and to remain well ahead of the global average, observes industry analyst, Terry Evans.

Company News

Anuga FoodTec Success Continues
GERMANY - Anuga FoodTec saw a growth in the number exhibitors and more than 45,000 visitors pass through the doors – a rise of six per cent on the previous exhibition.
Gold Awards at Anuga FoodTec
GERMANY - Innovative products and processes in international food production were rewarded this week at the international food processing equipment exhibition Anuga FoodTec in Colgne Germany.
Trade Shows Team Up
GERMANY/US - The existing partnership between Koelnmesse GmbH, the organiser of nutrition-related trade fairs in Europe and Asia, and the PMMI Association for Packaging & Processing Technologies, the organiser of processing and packaging technology trade shows in the US and Mexico, is being expanded.
Market Reports

Irish CSO Reports - Livestock Survey December 2014
Irish CSO Reports - Milk Statistics February 2015
USDA Agricultural Prices - 31 March 2015
BPEX Weekly Export Bulletin - 31 March 2015
Canadian Poultry and Egg Statistics - 30 March 2015
Sri Lanka Fish Prices - 30 March 2015
EBLEX Cattle and Sheep Weekly - 27 March 2015
Sri Lanka Fish Prices - 27 March 2015
USDA National Dairy Products Sales Report - 26 March 2015
Sri Lanka Fish Prices - 26 March 2015
UK Milk Prices and Composition of Milk –February 2015
Irish CSO Reports - Livestock Slaughterings February 2015
UK Poultry and Poultrymeat Statistics - February 2015
USDA Poultry Slaughter - 26 March 2015
AHDB BPEX Pig Market Weekly - 26 March 2015

Global Meat Industry News


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Lamb Prices Fall in March Quarter
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Time-out on Trade Talks as Global Negotiations Stall
WTO Sets Up Disputes Panel over Russian EU Trade Tariffs
Rabobank Releases 2015 World Seafood Trade Map
Rise of the Non-Cow Dairy
Global Antibiotic Use in Animals Estimated to Rise 67 Per Cent by 2030

   Russian Federation

Cherkizovo Buys Pork Complex in Lipetsk
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   United States

Private Brands Hit ConAgra in Third Quarter
Lean Hogs Futures React to Report as Expected
NFU Calls for Hold on COOL Talks Until WTO Ruling
USDA Hogs Report Supports Deferred Futures
US Plan to Combat and Prevent Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
High US Pork Availability Led to Price Decline
Breeding Herd Up in on 1 March
Poultry Slaughter Recovering After February Disruption
Canada Top Destination for High Value US Ag Exports
USDA Bearish Implications for Beef Pork Chicken


Brazilian Meat Prices Firm Despite Low Liquidity
JBS Plant Granted Malaysian Access on Halal Chicken
Brazilian Cattle Slaughter Lower in 2014


How Can Indian Egg and Broiler Sectors Improve?
India Changes Import Requirements for Pork, Pork Products
Second Indian State Bans Beef Sale
Amul to Set up Camel Dairy in India
Indian Buffalo Meat Exports to Russia Start

   European Union

Milk Quotas Come to an End
EU Pork Exports Down in January
EU Milk Sector Prepares for End of Milk Quotas
EU Pig Prices Stable
European Joint Venture for Sow Meat Deboning

   United Kingdom

Burger Sales Boom Boost for Supply Chain
Moy Park Invests in Poultry Development House
Dairy Processing Capacity Priority for Scots and Welsh
Confusion Increasing over Animal Medicines in Livestock
Opportunities for Red Meat Exports to China in Spotlight


French Poultry Farmers Receive Final Exceptional CAP Payment
Food Safety Focus of World Health Day Celebrations


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   New Zealand

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