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Editorial: US Spuermarket Enhances Safety Measures

The US supermarket chain Wal-Mart Stores is to introduce new beef safety measures designed to further protect customers against foodborne illnesses.

The new process controls standards and goals are additions to a food safety programme that already requires ground beef suppliers to test for E.coli O157:H7 and achieve prevention-based certification against one of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) internationally recognised standards.

In Australia, the Australian Beef Association has issued a warning of the threat of apathy over the issue of BSE.

The association and a consumer group it has been working with found that the belief by the general community is that the battle has been won and no beef from countries with cases of BSE will be allowed into Australia.

However, the association said that despite the the presence of an import risk assessment, free trade agreements could weaken controls.

In Argentina meat industry workers staged a 48 hour strike and a demonstration last week opposing the government's livestock policy.

The strike was proposed by the Confederation of Rural Associations of Buenos Aires and La Pampa (CARBAP) and comes in protest over job losses resulting from the block on beef exports and the significant drop in the number of slaughter facilities.

Chris Harris

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Improving Outlook for UK Pork Industry
While UK sales of fresh and frozen pork followed a fairly stable trend last year with a slight dip in the middle of the year, sales of processed pork rose in the middle of the year, writes TheMeatSite senior editor Chris Harris.
UK Can Expect Cattle Numbers to Remain Tight
The last year saw a slight decline in slaughtering numbers for prime cattle - steers, heifers and young bulls - writes TheMeatSite senior editor, Chris Harris.
China - Poultry and Products Semi-Annual 2010
China's broiler production will increase slightly in 2010, rising four per cent to more than 12.5 million metric tons, according to Michael Woolsey, Joshua Lagos and Jianping Zhang in the latest GAIN report from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
Russian Federation - Poultry and Products Semi-Annual 2010
For chicken meat production, USDA-Moscow holds its 2010 forecast steady at 1.975 million metric tons for production and pulls back imports to 750,000 metric tons. Its turkey forecasts are revised slightly downwards for production and strongly downwards for imports, according to Morgan Haas and Mikhail Maksimenko in the latest GAIN report from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
Russian Federation - Livestock and Products Semi-Annual Report 2010
Attaining self-sufficiency through import substitution is the goal of the GOR, but pork production failed to offset the reduced quota in 2009, driving prices slightly higher and consumption lower, according to Morgan Haas and Mikhail Maksimenko in the latest GAIN report from USDA Foreign Agricultural Service. They expect beef imports to steady since the beef constituency remains small and the GOR has effectively reduced pork and poultry supplies.
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AKVA Seafoods Reports Strong First Quarter
NORWAY - AKVA has reported increased operating revenues and strong orders for the first quarter of 2010, however warn that the market is still dominated by uncertainty.
Packaging Segment at IFFA to be Enlarged
GERMANY - Preparations for IFFA from 8 to 13 May 2010 are in full swing. With over 900 exhibitors presenting their latest products and services on an area of over 100,000 square metres, the world’s leading trade fair for the sector is set to surpass the already high level set by the previous event in 2007.
IFFA Meat Vision Conference
GERMANY - The complementary programme at IFFA in Frankfurt, Germany, will give visitors the chance to add to their specialist knowledge and exchange ideas and opinions with experts from the sector.
* Global Meat Processing Industry News

   Russian Federation

 » Change in Ownership at Cherkizovo

   United Kingdom

 » Canned Meats Take Slice of the Action
 » LMC Report: Task Force Costs of Production Index
 » Young's Launches New Microwaveable Product
 » Art of Making Award-Winning Sausages Mastered
 » Beef Retailers Must Learn From Lamb Collapse
 » New Recruits at Rectory Foods

   Belgium

 » Top Honours at 2010 Seafood Prix d’Elite

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   United States

 » Pork, Beef Face Battle with Cheaper Chicken
 » In The Cattle Markets
 » Seminar to Examine Global Poultry Market
 » Walmart Introduces Enhanced Beef Safety Measures
 » Meat, Poultry Groups Urge End to Ethanol Subsidies
 » US Livestock Slaughter Statistics
 » Campaigners to Honour Respect for Chickens Day
 » CME: US Beef and Pork Markets Remain Strong
 » April Canadian Swine Breeding Herd Smaller
 » Duty-free Quota Boosts Opportunities For US Beef
 » Weekly US Cattle Outlook: Spring Planting Slows Down
 » US Pork Producers Could Suffer Without FTAs
 » DG Foods Expands

   Australia

 » Australia and Chile Sign Beef Agreement
 » Campylobacter Found on Majority of Raw Chicken
 » ABA Warns Against Apathy On BSE Issue
 » Beef Exports to Japan Remain Firm in April
 » Australian Beef Exports Continue to Dip
 » Angus Burgers A Hit With McDonalds

   Japan

 » Deflation Challenges Japan Foodservice

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   China

 » China Takes More Low-Priced Beef
 » China's Ministry Explains New Tariff for US Chicken
 » High-Level Talks for Tyson in China

   Canada

 » Protect Against Foodborne Illness
 » Maple Leaf Sees Sales Fall and Earnings Increase
 » Action Plan Strengthens Ontario Pig Meat Industry
 » Minister to Defend Supply Management System

   Brazil

 » Irradiation Reduces Pathogens in Frozen Turkey Meat
 » Brazilian Poultry Industry Has New Association

   Thailand

 » CPF Hints of Huge Growth in Q1 Profits

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   European Union

 » WWF and Industry Join to Save European Fisheries
 » Report on Antimicrobial Resistance Raises Concerns
 » Call for Better EU Access for Australian Meat
 » EU Pig Prices: Upswing Continues Throughout Europe

   New Zealand

 » NZ Pork Imports Under More Scrutiny

   Argentina

 » 48-hour Meat Industry Strike

   Mexico

 » TRQ for Beef, Poultry Products under Mexico-Japan Deal

   Kazakhstan

 » Instant Test on Pork in Food to Kazakhstan Offered

   India

 » New Lab for Meat Quality Testing

   Norway

 » Excellent Results For Marine Harvest 1st Quarter

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That's all for this week!

Ed.

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