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The MeatSite Newsletter - 10 February 2010

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Wednesday 10th February 2010
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Campylobacter Concerns under Scrutiny

A recent report from the European Food Safety Authority has confirmed the findings of the British Food Safety Agency (FSA) about the levels of campylobacter on chicken.

A spokesman from the FSA told TheMeatSite that one of the main priorities of the new FSA Strategy 2010-15 is to reduce food-borne disease using a targeted approach and therefore tackling Campylobacter in chicken is a priority.

To achieve this outcome a Campylobacter risk management programme is being developed.

In the US, a new study has found that poultry further processing plants are likely to become colonised with Listeria monocytogenes and raw product is one important source of this foodborne disease-causing organism.

M.E. Berrang of USDA Agricultural Research Service, Russell Research Center and co-authors have published the results of their study into the colonisation of a new poultry further processing plant by L. monocytogenes. Their paper is published in Journal of Food Protection.

In Thailand, the Agriculture Ministry has initiated a campaign on poultry product safety for the Chinese New Year.

The recession could be ending for some of the meat companies, with the US meat and food processing giant Tyson Foods seeing all its operating segments showing a profit in the first quarter of the current financial year.

Sales rose to $6.635 billion compared to $6.521 billion in the same quarter last year.

Operating Income was $314 million compared to a loss of $198 million in 2009.

Income from Continuing Operations was $159 million compared to a loss of $110 million in the first quarter of 2009.

Chris Harris



* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

FAO Anticipates Lift in Global Meat Production
World meat production is set to recover by almost two per cent in 2010 according to the FAO, writes Peter Duggan, Strategic Information Services, Bord Bia.
US Beef Gaining Strength in Asian Markets
The US beef industry is expecting to target Taiwan with a large promotional campaign, following the recent moves by the government to restrict US beef exports, writes TheMeatSite senior editor, Chris Harris.
Soy Made to Chew Like Chicken
It's well known that cholesterol-friendly, soybean-based food is good for our hearts. But few meat substitutes made from soy are raved about on the Food Network.
Detection of Residues in Food
The common use of anthelmintics in animal production for food has produced concerns that they are often unnecessarily administered to animals, leading to an increased risk of residues occurring in food and due to the build-up of resistance to the dwindling numbers of useful drugs, writes TheMeatSite senior editor Chris Harris.
LIMA - Quality in Meat-bone Separation
* Company News

New Meat Bone Separator/Deboner with Very Low Calcium Content
FRANCE - The French manufacturer of separators, LIMA, has recently developed a new concept for the deboning/separating head allowing an important reduction of the Calcium level in the separated meat while keeping an optimum yield.
VIV Europe 2010 - Preparations in Full Swing
NETHERLANDS - The organisers of VIV Europe are billing the event as the international platform for innovations in the animal protein industry. The show takes place in Utrecht on 20 to 22 April 2010.
Meat Safety Special Theme at VIV Europe.
NETHERLANDS - Meat Safety is a new special theme which will be featured at VIV Europe in Utrecht from 20-22 April.
* Global Meat Processing Industry News

   United Kingdom

 » Cranswick Continues Positive Performance
 » NFUS Pleased with Results of FSA COOL Survey
 » Supermarket Code Long Overdue
 » Rectory Foods Feels Plucky about 2010
 » Red Meat Issues Must Be Incorruptible
 » Label Rouge Scottish Salmon Leaps Onwards
 » First Learners Gain Poultry Meat Inspection Award
 » FSA Study Supports EFSA Report on Campylobacter TheMeatSite.com Online Book Shop
   Ireland

 » Should Ireland's Food Be Irish?

   Russian Federation

 » Inalca JBS Opens New Plant in Moscow

   Canada

 » BSE and M-COOL Show Risks of Reliance on Foreign Markets
 » More Than Four in Ten Canadians Choose Bacon

   Mexico

 » Mexican Industry Copes with Recession, H1N1
 » Bachoco Reports Record Chicken Sales

   Greece

 » Mixed Outlook for Greek Meat, Dairy Sectors Grasselli
   United States

 » Instructions On Humane Slaughtering
 » CME: Impact of Chicken Situation on Pork Industry
 » In The Cattle Markets
 » Pilgrim's Reports Much Improved Quarterly Results
 » Poultry Industry Sets out Machine Safety Guidelines
 » Customers Drive Sustainability in Animal Agriculture
 » USAPEEC States its Case in China-US Chicken Trade War
 » Weekly US Cattle Outlook: Cattle Inventory Disappointing
 » Tyson Turns a Corner
 » New Melamine Test for Eggs and Poultry Meat
 » New Yellow Perch Product Line from Bell Aquaculture
 » Market Preview: Rehashing Hog Pricing Categories
 » Gainco Introduces QA System for Poultry Processing
 » Georgia Researchers Study Listeria in Poultry Plant

   Viet Nam

 » ILDEX Vietnam 2010: Solutions for Sustainable Growth

   China

 » China Raises the Stakes in Chicken Trade War with US
 » Smooth Production for Zhongpin at New Tianjin Plant

   General

 » Marel Sells Stork Food & Dairy Systems
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   New Zealand

 » Forum Aims to Set Global Milk Product Standards

   Australia

 » Larger Cattle Supply And Mixed Prices
 » Abattoir Closure Leaves Pork Producers in the Lurch
 » Greenhouse Surprise for Red Meat

   Iceland

 » New Marel Ready for 2010

   Thailand

 » Sun Group Expands into TV Meals
 » New Food Safety Campaign for Chinese New Year

   Iran

 » Big Boost to Poultry Processing Capacity in Iran

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Quotations Rising Throughout Europe



That's all for this week!

Ed.

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