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Editorial: EC Criticised over Delay in Restrictions on Brazilian Beef

The European Ombudsman, P. Nikiforos Diamandouros, has criticised the European Commission for its delay in imposing restrictions on Brazilian beef imports in 2008, in order to deal with risks from foot and mouth disease.

However, he rejected a call from a federation of British and Irish farm organisations that the Commission should have imposed a complete ban on Brazilian beef as from 2007.

The Ombudsman concluded that the decision not to impose a ban was justified by the available evidence.

In Ireland, red meat processor Dunbia recently invested further in health and safety, which is an integral part of its overall business strategy, as well as continuing to improve the welfare of employees.

Dunbia had already obtained a licence to operate as an accredited training centre with the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

In Finland, HKScan Finland Oy and Järvi-Suomen Portti cooperative have recently agreed to enter into a corporate arrangement to establish a new corporate entity, with Järvi-Suomen Portti as a minority shareholder, to carry on the production of processed meats at Portti’s current plant located in Tikkala in the town of Mikkeli.

In France, researchers have published the first overview of the prevalence and antimicrobial resistance of Campylobacter jejuni and Campylobacter coli in cattle in France.

Campylobacter was recovered from 16.5 per cent of the 2,255 samples (C. jejuni from 12.8 per cent and C. coli from 3.7 per cent), predominantly from calves. Antimicrobial resistance to six antibiotics of medical and/or veterinary interest was tested with the E-test.

Chris Harris



* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Spicing the Meat Also Cuts the Cancer Risk
Spicing the Meat Also Cuts the Cancer Risk Spices will do more than just enhance the taste of ground beef. They’ll also cut down on the risk of compounds that can cause cancer, according to the Food Safety Consortium.
Global Dairy Top-20
Rabobank's new Global Dairy Top-20 shows the recent growth of Japan and China in the world dairy sector.
US Pork, Beef Exports Post Solid Gains in May
US pork and beef exports continued their strong 2010 performance in May, collectively growing 25 per cent in value versus 2009 and 8 percent over April of 2010, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF).
International Meat Review - 8 July 2010
Recently, Australia’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) issued Australia’s goat meat export data for the second quarter, reports the USDA ARS International Meat Review.
United Kingdom Pig Meat Market Update - July 2010
James Park, senior economic analyst with AHDB Meat Services Economic and Policy Analysis Group, explains the latest trends in pig production in the UK and European Union.
LIMA - Quality in Meat-bone Separation
* Company News

Better Bacon with MeatMaster
DENMARK - New software for the FOSS MeatMaster in line fat analyser now allows it to determine the use of cuts of meat according to size and shape as well as fat content. For instance, pork belly cuts can be scanned and sorted for optimal bacon production.
Easy Fat Analysis to Improve Quality and Profit
DENMARK - FOSS announces the MeatScan™ analyser, a compact and robust near infrared (NIR) analyser extending the proven benefits of routine fat analysis to small-volume production.
Flexible Solution for Fat Standardisation
DENMARK - FOSS has recently released the ProFoss inline near infrared analyser for a number of applications in food and feed production. One of these is in meat production where it provides a highly flexible solution for fat standardisation.
* Global Meat Processing Industry News

   Australia

 » Coles Urged to Avoid Double Standards on Pork
 » 1.25 million Cattle MSA Graded in 2009-10

   Korea, South

 » Korean Restaurant Chain Goes for Chilled US Pork
 » Korea Delays Deef Talks With Canada

   Belgium

 » JBS Completes TOLEDO Group Acquisition

   Canada

 » New Poultry Processing Plant for Nova Scotia
 » Moose Jaw Pork Plant Renovations Set to Begin

   Germany

 » Clostridium Estertheticum In Vacuum-Packed Beef

   United Kingdom

 » Agency Consults on E.coli Prevention
 » UK Pig Slaughter Statistics - July 2010
 » New Pig Yearbook Published
 » Salmon Wins 1 million New 'Votes'
 » Road Map Opportunity To Strip Out Livestock Costs
 » Meatmakers Launched At Dairy Event
 » Food Standards Agency to Keep Crucial Safety Role
 » Valley Ford Cheese Company Now Certified Humane
 » Meat Consumption and Prospective Weight Change

   United States

 » Pew Pushes Congress to End Overuse of Antibiotics
 » FSIS E.coli Control Guide Flawed, Says AMI
 » Supermarket Introduces Sustainable Seafood Sourcing
 » Weekly US Cattle Outlook: Beef Exports Up In May
 » Groups Call For End Of Ethanol Subsidies
 » Hormel Foods Named R&D Team of the Year
 » In The Cattle Markets
 » Explosive Shock Wave Tenderises Muscle Meat
 » Market Preview: Pork’s Value Holds Strong
 » Perdue Farms Recalls Chicken Nuggets

   Brazil

 » Brazilian Beef Exports Grow

   Ireland

 » Meeting over Mercosur Trade Talks
 » Investing in Health and Safety

   France

 » Looking At Campylobacter In French Cattle

   Finland

 » Developing Processed Meat Production in Mikkeli

   New Zealand

 » Meat Sector Launches Sector Strategy Project
 » Talley's Bids to Buy AFFCO

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   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Limited Fall in Prices
 » EC Reacted Late To Risks From Brazilian Beef



That's all for this week!

Ed.

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