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Wednesday 22nd April 2015.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


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Residue Levels in Meat Falling Across EU

Levels of pesticides and veterinary drug residues found in meat and food products across Europe is falling

The majority of products pose no risk to public health, according to a new report from the European Food Safety Authority on Chemicals in Food.

The report says that the horse meat scandal in 2013 increased media attention on the safety of meat in particular and one issue that emerged was the use of veterinary drugs in food-producing animals.

However, it adds that the data seem to indicate that the situation is largely under control.

In 2013, countries across the EU analysed 80,967 samples for 685 pesticides.

The majority of samples (55,253 samples, 68.2 per cent) originated from the EU and two European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries (Iceland and Norway); 22,400 samples (27.7 per cent) were from products imported from third countries. For 3,314 samples (4.1 per cent) the origin of the products was not reported.

Meanwhile in the US, two new reports from the US Food and Drug Administration show mostly decreasing antimicrobial resistance trends.

The reports – the 2012 Retail Meat Report and the 2013 Retail Meat Interim Report – showed mostly decreasing antimicrobial resistance trends.

The reports show a recent decrease in third-generation cephalosporin resistance among poultry meats continued in 2012 and 2013.

And resistance in Salmonella from retail chicken declined from a peak of 38 per cent in 2009 to 28 per cent in 2012 and continued to decline to 20 per cent in 2013.

Salmonella from retail meats remained susceptible to ciprofloxacin, one of the most important antibiotics for treating Salmonella infections. Similarly, Salmonella from retail meats were susceptible to azithromycin, another important antibiotic recommended for treatment of Salmonella and other intestinal pathogens.

There was a continuous decline in the overall proportion of Salmonella that were multi-drug resistant between 2011 and 2013.

In 2012, only one per cent of C. jejuni from retail chicken were resistant to erythromycin, the drug of choice for treating Campylobacter infections.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS - Europe Dominates World Egg Trade
As a region, Europe accounts for most of the global trade in eggs and egg products, explains industry analyst, Terry Evans.

State-of-the-art 3D Abattoir Technology Produces Better Quality Meat
The Danish Meat Research Institute at the Danish Technological Institute has developed an advanced robot that can produce more uniform and precise pork loin cuts, resulting in a better quality of products that increase earnings considerably.

Food Poisoning - New Detection Method for Bacterial Toxin
The Bacillus cereus bacteria is one of the potential causes of food poisoning. Indeed, a recent study in Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry shows that this versatile pathogen produces 19 different variants of a poison that causes nausea and vomiting in human beings.

EU Call for Action on Industrially Produced Trans Fatty Acids in Foods
The impact of industrially produced trans fatty acids (TFAs) on the health of citizens in the European Union has been the focus of political debate by Members of the European Parliament, representatives of the European Commission and the World Health Organization in Europe.

Company News

IPPE Ranked in Top 50 US Trade Show
US - The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) has been recognised as one of the Top 50 US trade shows.
Zoetis Appoints Paul M. Bisaro to Board of Directors
US - Zoetis Inc. has announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Paul M. Bisaro, Executive Chairman of Actavis plc, to the company’s Board of Directors.
Messe Frankfurt Expands in China with Meat Expo China 2015
CHINA - Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd and the Circulation Industry Promotion Center (CIPC), a subsidiary of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, have signed a cooperation agreement for Meat Expo China, China’s leading trade fair for the meat industry.
Improvements to Meyn’s Tail Feather Puller
NETHERLANDS - The Meyn tail feather puller removes most of the long tail feathers from the tails.
Craft Competitions and Seminars at Meatup
UK - Four craft competitions will be some of the highlights at this year’s Meatup/Food Science and Technology Show.
Market Reports

Australian Rural Commodities Wrap - April 2015
Sri Lanka Fish Prices - 21 April 2015
Sri Lanka Fish Prices - 20 April 2015
BPEX Weekly Export Bulletin - 20 April 2015
Dairy Australia - Market News - 17 April 2015
QMS (Quality Meat Scotland) April 2015
USDA International Meat Review - 17 April 2015
USDA Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook - April 2015
UK Slaughter Statistics - 16 April 2015
AHDB BPEX Pig Market Weekly - 16 April 2015
USDA Dairy Products Sales Report - 16 April 2015

Global Meat Industry News

   United Kingdom

Supermarkets Shun Cheap Imports for British Pork
EBLEX Meat Quality Masterclass Success
Market Uncertainty Brings Fall in Hog, Cattle Futures
Meat Industry Urged to Focus on Positivity, Efficiency and Opportunities
New Replacement for 'Freedom Food' Label
Lamb Labelled British Was New Zealand
Moy Park Wins KFC Supplier Environmental Award
Steak UK’s Favourite Beef Dish
UK Pork Exports to China Overtake Whisky


Union Raises Concerns over Meat Inspector Shortage in Quebec
Australian Sheep Slaughter Slows
Canada’s Food Production Growing but Wasting More
Interest Builds Among Western Canadian Pork Processors in Expanded Production
Support for Canadian Seafood Exports
Increasing Interest in Antibiotic Resistance

   United States

Avian Flu Hits Hormel's Jennie-O Turkey Business
US Pork Management Conference in June
No Supply Fears, Pork Needs to be Pushed
Vet Supports Environmental Credentials of Meat Production
Asian Demand Influencing World Meat Markets
Retail Pork Prices Decline Month by Month
Speculation over Pork Exports
Meat Processor Sued over Pollution
FDA Reports Positive Trends in Antimicrobial Resistance
National Beef Sells Brawley California Plant
USDA Revises Safe Ingredients List for Meat, Poultry and Egg Production


Seafood Portal Helps Sustainable Seafood Trade
High-flying Pork Prices Come Back Down to Earth


Germany Focuses on Farm Animal Welfare


Indian Buffalo Meat Companies Inspected for Expor


HKScan invests in export business in Far East
Food Safety Body Recommends Heating Raw Milk

   Russian Federation

Russians Block Canadian Poultry Meat over Bird Flu


Rise in Price of Chinese Farm Produce
China Steps up Monitoring of Farm and Aquatic Products

   European Union

Copa-Cogeca Sets Out Priorities to Improve EU Pig Meat Market
EU Pig Prices Going Up – Positive Outlook
Residue Levels in Food Falling Across EU
Private Label Growing in Europe


Marine Harvest Meets Harvest Volumes


Australian Red Meat Exports to South East Asia Ease
Dry Conditions Drive High Lamb Slaughter
Australian Goat Slaughter and Production Rises
Australian Beef Production Continues to Climb
Asian Demand for Live Export Continues

   South Africa

South African Chicken Meat Prices Rising


BRF in Singapore Joint Venture

   New Zealand

New Zealand Sheep Meat Exports Fall Beef Exports Rise


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