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Editorial: US Winning the Battle against E.Coli Contamination

New US federal data show that E. coli O157:H7 is found in less than one quarter of one per cent of ground beef samples in the US, a 72 per cent decline since 2000 in ground beef samples testing positive for the pathogen.

The data are from Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) 2010 year end results of microbiological samples for raw ground beef products analysed for E. coli O157:H7.

The American Meat Institute said that in 2010, there were 29 positive samples out of 11,616 taken in federal plants, no positives of 905 samples taken in retail stores and one positive out of 29 imported samples.

The overall prevalence rate was 0.24 per cent.

In trade, through the first quarter of the year, US beef exports to the Middle East have shown no signs of slowing down. Exports are up 35 per cent in volume and 63 per cent in value compared to their 2010 pace.

Last year, US beef exports to the Middle East grew by more than one-third in volume and more than 75 per cent in value – exceeding $260 million, despite the political unrest.

With political and social unrest affecting several Middle Eastern countries in 2011, many observers questioned whether US beef exports to the region would continue to grow at such a remarkable pace.

Beef producers in the UK can export products to South Africa again for the first time in 15 years.

Domestically produced deboned beef from anatomically recognisable cuts, as well as a significant range of offal, could be sold into South Africa, which was the largest non-EU market for English beef prior to the BSE crisis in 1996.

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Canadian Breeding Herd Finds New Level
By Chris Harris, Editor-in-Chief of TheMeatSite. Our snapshot of the ongoing global pig industry trends as reported in May 2011 Whole Hog Brief. To read the full detailed analysis, including all the commentary and graphical data, subscribe to the publication.
Link Between Broiler Intensification and Foodborne Pathogens Explored
Today's intensive methods of broiler production may be linked to the growing prevalence of foodborne Campylobacter in humans, according to Professor Tom Humphrey of the University of Liverpool. He presented his views on this topic at a conference in early April, reports Jackie Linden, senior editor for TheMeatSite.
UK Poultry and Poultry Meat Statistics - April 2011
Both broiler and turkey slaughtering figures rose in April according to the UK Hatcheries Survey and Poultry Slaughterhouse Survey from Defra.
United Kingdom Pig Meat Market Update - May 2011
James Park, senior economic analyst with AHDB Meat Services Economic and Policy Analysis Group, explains the latest trends in the UK and EU.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - May 2011
Forecasts for total meat production are higher this month, despite a drop in broiler meat production, according to the latest USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.
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* Company News

New Secretary General for IMS
GLOBAL - OECD market and trade analyst Hsin Huang has been appointed as the new secretary general of the International Meat Secretariat.
New Poultry Plant for Wipasz Poland
POLAND - Meyn-Ishida, the alliance dedicated to the sales of total poultry processing solutions, has just won its fourth major contract since its official launch in January 2011.
Nedap Concludes Contract with Chinese Processor
CHINA - On 12 May Nedap Agri concluded a contract with one of the top 3 largest pork processing companies in China, Yurun. Yurun has expressed its intention of using Nedap Velos ESF on 60 of its sow farms, all of which still have to be built. Each farm will house 2,400 sows.
* Global Meat Industry News

   Australia

 » Cargill, Teys to Combine Beef Businesses
 » Beef Exports To South Asia Pull Back

   General

 » Canada Upbeat on Philippine Pork Export
 » Memo Signed on Quarantine to Boost Trade
 » Good Progress Reported by AgFeed

   Korea, South

 » International Egg and Poultry Review: South Korea

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Stability Due to Slight Price Movement
 » Presidency Urges Compromise over Cloned Foods
 » NFU Backs European Approach on AMR
 » EU Celebrates Food Safety Role in Vets' Week
 » EU Pig Prices: Market Stunned by Turbulent Turns

   China

 » China's Farm Produce Prices Drop Last Week
 » Illegal Additive Buyers for Food Must Give Names
 » Breeding Unit Helps Keeps Anhui Results Buoyant
 » International Egg and Poultry Review: China
 » High Prices Hit Pig Meat Producers

   United States

 » Call For Implementation Of Trade Agreements
 » Whole Foods Improves Lives of Farm Animals
 » OSHA Cites Cargill Meat Solutions over Safety
 » California Assembly Votes To Label GM Fish
 » USMEF: US Red Meat Exports Accelerate Pace
 » CME: Record Beef, Pork Prices; Chicken Prices Drop
 » Dramatic Fall in E.Coli Prevalance in Ground Meat
 » Opportunities for Small Processing Plants in Iowa
 » Cattle Outlook: Strong Export Markets Continue
 » US Prices Continue To Ease
 » Beef Exports To Middle East Remain Red Hot
 » Improved Exhibit Hours for 2012 Expo

   Nicaragua

 » SuKarne Inaugurates New Cattle & Slaughter Facilities

   Viet Nam

 » Viet Nam's Seafood Exports To Hit $5.3 Billion

   United Kingdom

 » Scottish Farmed Salmon - Best In The World'
 » UK First To Promote New Icelandic Eco Label
 » British Beef Carcase Quality Improvement Slows
 » LMC Report: April Classification Statistics
 » CAP Process May Control Salmonella in Food
 » Tasty Triumph for Essex Turkey
 » Launch of The Happy Quiche
 » Specially Selected Pork BBQ Campaign Underway
 » VION UK Re-organises Poultry Processing Operations
 » South Africa Now Open For Beef Exports
 » John Godfrey Chairs ADHB

   Brazil

 » JBS Sales to Middle East & Africa Expand
 » Brasil Foods Arranges Credit Lines for Suppliers
 » Marfrig Achieves Best Ever Quarterly Revenue
 » BRF Says First Quarter 'Remarkable'

   Thailand

 » CPF Reports Strong Overseas Growth
 » CPF to Focus on India, Viet Nam, Russia & Philippines

   Sri Lanka

 » Three Acre Farms Reports Good Quarter

   Ireland

 » IFA Pigs Chairman Criticises Absence of Retaliers
 » Pig Farming Gets Boost with '100 Per Cent Irish' Deal

   Norway

 » Record First Quarter For Lerøy Seafood Group
 » Fish Freshness Info On Your iPhone

   Denmark

 » Pork's Footprint from Farm to Fork
 » DuPont Completes Offer for Danisco

   Malaysia

 » Probe on Pork from Dead Pigs for Processed Foods

   South Africa

 » Better Efficiency at Astral Brings Results

   New Zealand

 » Intervention Halved Campylobacter Cases
 » Pig Farmers Take Action Over Raw Pork Imports
 » Putting New Zealand Beef on the Menu in Korea
 » Salmon Impresses In Global Taste Awards

   Philippines

 » High Production Costs Hit Bounty Fresh

   Ukraine

 » Ukrainian Poultry Producers Eye EU Market

   Canada

 » Maple Leaf Chairman Passes Away
 » Call to Share Foodborne Illness Surveillance Data

   Hong Kong

 » H1N1 Found in Pig Samples



That's all for this week!

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