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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 31 March 2010

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Editorial: Worldwide Moves to Make Food Safer Through Law

In the US Senator Jon Tester has introduced the Meat Safety and Accountability Act aimed at improving the ability to trace the original source of contaminated meat.

Sen Tester’s legislation simply requires the US Food Safety and Inspection Service to design and implement - using its existing budget - an initiative to trace tainted meat back to the original source of contamination.

The bill also improves testing at meat suppliers and individual meat processors in the case of an outbreak.

Currently, contaminated meat products are only traced back to the packing plant or butcher shop they came from.

At its last meeting, the European Parliament discussed upcoming CAP reform and the MEPs backed country of origin labelling for food and a European food quality logo was proposed.

Food quality and labelling are likely to be key issues when the Common Agriculture Policy is overhauled in the coming years. On 25 March MEPs called for 'country of origin' marks and clearer food quality labels.

In New Zealand, Meat & Wool New Zealand has set its course for the next five years, with the launch of its Strategic Plan .

The Strategic Plan defines the way in which Meat & Wool New Zealand will do business through to 2014 – what’s new, what has been retained and where the organisation is putting more or less emphasis over time.

Chris Harris



* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 6 new features this week:

Food Technology Vital to Feeding Growing World Population
To feed a world population projected to exceed 9 billion people by 2050, technology that can enhance food production will be a significant asset, according to a Kansas State University agricultural economist.
International Meat Review - 18 March 2010
US exports of beef and veal reached 72,596 tonnes in January - down by 6.4 per cent on December according to the latest International Meat Review from the USDA.
Canada - Livestock and Products Semi-Annual Report 2010
Canada’s cattle and swine herds are forecast to continue on a downward trend, according to the latest GAIN Report from USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
Republic of Korea - Livestock and Products Semi-Annual 2010
While beef production has been lowered since Korea's farmers continue to delay marketing their animals, the increase in pork production has been larger than expected, according to Yong Keun Ban and Michael G. Francom in the latest GAIN Report from USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
ISU Animal Industry Report - 2010
The Iowa State University annual report of the research activities that relate to the animal agriculture industries - Beef, Dairy, Equine, Poultry, Sheep, Swine and companion animal industries in the state of Iowa - combines research reports from faculty associated with various departments on campus.
Biofilm Production Aids Campylobacter Survival
Scientists at the Institute of Food Research have found a way that the foodborne pathogen Campylobacter can survive in the environment.
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.
* Global Meat Processing Industry News

   Canada

 » Stocks of Frozen and Chilled Meats - January 2010
 » Taste Key to Marketing Success
 » Govt Invests in Food Safety for Turkey Industry
 » Strong Exports Of Canadian Fish And Seafood
 » Livestock Industry Leads in Food Traceability

   China

 » Zhongpin Starts Pork Plant Expansion in Anyang
 » Zhongpin's Laboratory Designated Key Laboratory
 » Pork Price Plunge in China Persists

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   United States

 » New Ingredient to Reduce Foodborne Bacteria in Meat
 » Meat Safety and Accountability Act Introduced
 » USDA Seeks Comments on New Food Safety Rule
 » Industry Speaks out Against Ethanol Tax Credits
 » Proposed Nutrition Labelling Of Chopped Meat
 » Pork Production Down Compared to a Year Ago
 » Weekly US Cattle Outlook: Good Week For Prices
 » Poultry Scientists Help Put Chicken on School Menus
 » Sanderson Farms Offers Stock for New Poultry Complex
 » Pork Prices Increase as Herd Numbers Decline

   Russian Federation

 » Cherkizovo Consolidates Russian Meat Market
 » Cherkizovo Doubled Sales in 2009
 » Indian Poultry Meat Could Plug Gap for Russia

   New Zealand

 » Strategic Plan for Meat & Wool New Zealand
 » Promising Outlook For NZ Beef

   Australia

 » Red Meat Export Values Back In January
 » European Trip Provides Insight Into Industry Trends

   Argentina

 » Argentinean Beef Exports Remain Banned

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   Norway

 » Marine Harvest CEO Steps Down

   European Union

 » EU Pursues Food Quality Legislation
 » EU Pig Prices: Inconsistent Trend Throughout Europe
 » MEP Talks About EU Food Quality, COOL Agreement

   India

 » Missing out on Safety Benefits of Processed Poultry

   Turkey

 » Agreement with Russia Concerns Turkish Industry

   United Kingdom

 » NI Embraces Automated Beef Carcase Grading
 » Cold Weathers Pushes Beef Demand Up
 » QMS Increases Support for Red Meat Industry
 » 20 Per Cent Of Cattle Livers Condemned
 » Young's Launches Chip Shop Mini Fillets

   Spain

 » Spanish Beef Production Hit by Lack of Profitability

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   General

 » BRICs to Cooperate over Food Security

   Morocco

 » Potential of Moroccan Meat Market Examined

   Ghana

 » Ghana's Government to Support Poultry Industry

   Zimbabwe

 » Zimbabwe Govt Called on to Ban Poultry Imports

   France

 » OIE Chief to Deliver Keynote Address at IPC Meeting

   Cuba

 » US Agricultural Exports to Cuba Fall

   Thailand

 » Betagro Signs Pork Deal with Khon Kaen Municipality

   Ukraine

 » Ukraine Bans Pork Imports from Russia



That's all for this week!

Ed.

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