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Wednesday 29th April 2015.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


MSD Animal Health

Horse Meat Scandal Arrests Raise New Concerns

Over the last week, the horse meat scandal that rocked Europe two years ago took a new twist when 26 arrests have been made and €37,000 have been seized in an international raid against horse meat fraud across the EU.

The action by the coordination centre run by the European Union's Judicial Cooperation Unit, Eurojust, and led by the French Desk succeeded in stopping an organised criminal network involved in trade in illegal horse meat.

Already, the scandal that saw horse meat being substituted for beef and traded fraudulently around Europe has seen one factory closed for a period in France, and several people prosecuted there.

It has also seen a processor and wholesaler convicted in the Netherlands and another in the UK.

The scandal has led to the Food Crime Unit being established in the UK and heightened traceability measures put into place across the EU.

IN this latest incident, police and judicial authorities from France, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and the UK were involved in the common action day, including, among others, 100 officers of the Gendarmerie Nationale of France, three of whom were present in Belgium, 100 officers from the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority, and Belgian officers, some of whom were present in France, Luxembourg and Germany.

More than 200 horses will be examined by veterinary services and dozens of searches of commercial and private premises were carried out in the joint action.

More than 800 horse passports were seized, as well as medication, dozens of microchips and computer equipment.

French authorities estimate that between 2010 and 2013, 4,700 horses unfit for human consumption were slaughtered and introduced into the legal food chain.

Four hundred horse passports with anomalies were detected in France alone.

The latest action by the authorities indicates that fraudulent activity has not been suppressed and the meat sector across the EU and around the world is going to have to be on guard.

Numerous incidents have also been occurring in Russia where meat and meat products are seized at the borders by the veterinary authorities Rosselkhoznador because of bad or no documentation of poor sanitary controls.

With cases of African swine fever continuing in Eastern Europe and Russia, and concerns continuing over practices in some countries outside of the main trading blocs and now new alerts over potential horse meat substitution, the whole of the EU industry needs to be on guard against potential fraud and food safety risks.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

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Global Meat Industry News

   European Union

Arrests Across EU in Horse Meat Fraud Raids
EU Pig Prices Unsettled after German Price Fall
Red Tape Must be Removed for Trade Talks Success
European Court Rules Laws on Animal Welfare in Transport Apply Beyond EU Borders
EU Pig Prices Continue Upward Trend
Pork Private Storage Runs Out of Steam

   New Zealand

NZ French Sheep and Beef Farmers on Common Ground
New Zealand Beef Production to Rise


Urgent Need to Find Solutions in Farm Trade Talks
Livestock Identification and Recording Vital for Food Security
South Africa Accountable for Blocking US Chicken

   United States

US Bird Flu Outbreak Limited Impact on Prices
Tyson to Cut Human Antibiotics in Poultry Flocks
Autumn US Hog Price Need Protecting
Market Hogs with Price Level and Risk in Mind
Consumers Not Seeing Low Pork Prices
More Cattle on Feed
High Amounts of Pork in Cold Storage
Cold Storage Report Gives Bearish Meat Market Outlook
Chicken Summit Highlights Myths and Facts
Protein Packaging Sector to Be Worth $11 Billion in 2019


Chinese Pork Imports Rise
Imported Oysters Growing in Popularity in China
Silver Fern’s China Office Opened


Uruguay Meat Exports Rise

   United Kingdom

Two UK Cities Become World’s First Sustainable Fish Cities
Chinese Inspectors Visit Northern Ireland Pork Processors
Progress on Brechin Slaughtering Investment
Quality Meat Scotland Secures €1.2 million European Grant
No Improvement in UK Pork Sales Despite Lower Prices
Lamb Loses Out as Consumers Buy More Beef
Tulip Targets Wholesale, Independent and Discount Sectors
Scottish Farming Union Sees GM Feed Proposals as Unworkable
Carryover Lambs Boost Sheep Meat Output
Pig Welfare Indicators More Visible in Abattoir
BRF in Joint Venture with INVICTA Food Group


Indian Beef Exports to Surge Ahead of Brazil
Bird Flu Fears Hit Chicken Sales in City, Not Rural Telengana

   Russian Federation

Tambov Turkey Hatchery on Home Stretch
Cherkizovo Poultry Sales Rise


Major Growth at Ukrainian Egg Company
Major Growth at Ukrainian Egg Company


Brazil Pork Exports Down on the Year


Officials Rally to Reverse Poultry Ban
Cattle Carcase Weights Start to Rise
Australian Farmers Want Trade Deal to Centre on Agriculture


Mexico Forecasts 12 Per Cent Beef Export Rise


Regular Consumption of Yoghurt Does Not Improve Health


Arla Foods and DMK Open New Plant


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