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Editorial: Concerns Raise over Food Safety Law Changes

The latest US amendment on food safety legislation has come under fire from the cattle sector because it is concerned that the new law discriminates between large and small operators.

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says that food safety knows no bounds and legislation should not be different for one part of the industry compared to another.

(NCBA) has said it is disappointed the US Senate has voted to move forward with the Food Safety Modernization Act.

NCBA has opposed an amendment offered by Senators John Tester and Kay Hagan to the Food Safety Modernization Act exempting small food producers and processors and has called on Senators to oppose final passage.

NCBA’s Executive Director of Legislative Affairs Kristina Butts said basing exemptions on size, location and proximity to the markets does not make food safer.

While the NCBS has been raising legal worries about food safety, in Canada, Maple Leaf Foods, that itself had been at the centre of a major Listeria outbreak, has taken steps to ensure that the food safety message is reaching the general public.

Maple Leaf Foods and the Science Teachers' Association of Ontario (STAO) have launched a series of innovative resources to increase elementary and secondary school teachers' awareness of food safety and support curriculum-related areas of study.

In the UK, the Food Standards Agency has welcomed recommendations made by the coroner at the inquest into the tragic death of Mason Jones, the five-year-old boy who died in the E.coli outbreak in south Wales in 2005.

The coroner has recommended stronger enforcement of food hygiene laws.

About 160 people became ill in the 2005 outbreak. As a result, William John Tudor of John Tudor & Son, Bridgend, was jailed for a year at Cardiff Crown Court after pleading guilty to seven offences relating to the supply of meat contaminated with E.coli O157 to schools.

Chris Harris

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

EU Pig Production to Fall
Pig production in the EU is expected to fall in the second half of next year and through into 2012, writes TheMeatSite senior editor, Chris Harris.
Developments In The US Beef Sector
Speaking at the English Beef and Lamb Executive annual conference in October, Nebraska beef industry professor, Dr Chris Calkins from the US, gave an update of developments in the US beef sector. Charlotte Johnston, TheMeatSite junior editor reports.
FAO Food Outlook - November 2010
The latest Global Market Outlook for animal products from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
International Meat Review - 12 November 2010
Imports of meat into South Korea are showing a sharp decling year on year according to the USDA's International Meat Review.
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* Global Meat Processing Industry News

   United Kingdom

 » Principles on Country of Origin Labelling
 » Meat and Milk from Cloned Animals is Safe
 » Inquest Calls for Stronger Food Safety Enforcement
 » Grants to Food Processing Companies
 » Northern Foods Directorate Change
 » Death Reported of Bernard Matthews
 » Securing A Regular Supply Of Beef

   United States

 » Compliance Date Set for Food Labelling Regulations
 » RTC Weight up Three Per Cent from Last Year
 » CME: CPI Values for Beef, Veal, Pork, Chicken, Turkey
 » Commercial Red Meat Production Down in October
 » CME: Why Pork's Been Added to the MPR System
 » Poultry Market Intelligence Forum Set for Expo
 » HSUS Sues Poultry Company under Consumer Law
 » CME: Saturday Hog and Cattle Slaughter
 » Triple Bottom Line: People, Planet, Profit
 » CME: Total Hog and Cattle Slaughter Drop in October
 » NCBA: Food Safety Knows No Size

   Brazil

 » Mission to Chile Strengthens Meat Exports
 » Brazilian Beef is Healthy

   Nigeria

 » Custom Destroys Poultry Products Worth Millions

   Denmark

 » Tulip Food Company Notes Marked Progress
 » Danish Crown Posts Best Results Ever
 » HK Scan Completes Rose Poultry Buy-out

   Ireland

 » Dawn Meats/Teagasc Open Day
 » Environment Minister Visits Dunbia

   General

 » Investments in Agriculture Must Grow
 » Egyptian Company Seeks Brazilian Partnership

   Spain

 » Investigation Called over Clenbuterol Allegations

   New Zealand

 » NZ$800,000 Loss for Silver Fern Farms
 » NZ Kosher Poultry Ban Overturned
 » Controversy Grows over Kosher Slaughter
 » NZFSA Happy with Chicken Sourcing Survey

   Thailand

 » Thailand Expects 10 Per Cent Rise in Poultry Exports

   Philippines

 » Call to Stop Smuggling to Keep Bird Flu Out

   Ghana

 » Poultry Processing to be Set up in Volta Region

   Russian Federation

 » Cherkizovo: Strong Performance So Far This Year

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   Australia

 » Marketing Pasture-Fed Beef

   Mexico

 » Bachoco Receives National Food Quality Award

   China

 » Shuanghui to Kick off Restructuring Roadshow

   Canada

 » Cultivating Next Generation of Food Safety Experts



That's all for this week!

Ed.

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