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Editorial: Concerns Rise over Global SPS Agreements

Global agreements over sanitary and phytosanitary regulations controlling the movement of meat and food products around the world came under threat this week.

Concern is growing among World Trade Organization members that the failure of Codex Alimentarius to come to a decision over potentially safe levels of the beta-agonist Ractopamine residues in meat could undermine the whole system of setting global sanitary and phytosanitary standards.

WTO members debated last week whether the Organization’s rules on food safety are undermined by an international standard-setting body’s failure to agree on maximum residue limit for the feed additive.

The discussion in the Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures Committee, which deals with food safety and animal and plant health, took place a week before the proposed standard is again on the agenda of the Codex Alimentarius Commission.

The debate hinged on whether disagreement about setting a maximum residue limit for the feed additive ractopamine endangers the scientific basis of WTO rules or whether resorting only to a scientific opinion undermines the need for the rules to be more broadly based.

In Europe, the Dutch Parliament has voted to make stunning prior to slaughter, including for religious slaughter obligatory in the Netherlands.

This ends the exemption for religious slaughter, where animals are killed fully conscious without stunning on religious grounds.

The European Commission has also set aside €37.6 million for promotional activities for agricultural products.

This includes meat products from Germany, Poland and the UK as well as programmes in 13 other countries including organic promotion and promotion for PGI status products.

In New Zealand, following support for the themes and direction of the recently released Red Meat Sector Strategy (RMSS), a newly appointed Red Meat Sector Strategy Coordinating Group (SCG) has been formed, which will draw from the Meat Industry Association, Beef + Lamb New Zealand and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry plus two independent members, to help implement the strategy.

Chris Harris



* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 6 new features this week:

Consumers Express Concern about EHEC Bacteria
The news coverage of the recent deadly EHEC bacteria outbreak in Europe came as a bombshell to consumers and their concerns were measured by researchers at Ghent University in Belgium, who examined 6132 reactions of Belgian newspaper readers after reading the first news reports.
New Steps to Classify Health and Safety of Shellfish
Steps are being taken in the shellfish industry together with the Food Standards Agency in the UK to improve the classification system for bi-valve beds around the British coastline, writes Chris Harris.
MAF New Zealand Beef Outlook
International prices of beef rose sharply in the last half of 2010 and early 2011, owing to falling global production and export availability and increasing demand. New Zealand meat production in the year to 30 June 2011 has been reduced by adverse weather in the second half of 2010. Assuming normal climatic conditions, production is expected to recover in the next season; however, beyond 2012 land use change to dairy will constrain production.
MAF New Zealand Dairy Outlook
US dollar prices for dairy products have been at high levels over the course of the 2010/11 dairy season, well above the previous year but still below the levels reached in 2007/08. The strong demand driving this rise is likely to remain but additional supply in 2012 and beyond is expected to drive international prices down from current levels.
International Meat Review 23 June 2011
US beef and veal exports were nearly 25 per cent up year on year according to the laterst statistics from the USDA.
Food Market Concentration in Mexico
The Mexican agricultural and food sector is marked by varying degrees of market concentration by sub-sector, according to the latest GAIN Report from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). Animal feed and poultry meat production are much more concentrated than beef, pig or egg production.
Marel
* Global Meat Industry News

   United Kingdom

 » China Opens to British Pork
 » UK Farming Needs to Produce More Not Less
 » Case for Groceries Code Adjudicator Presented to MPs
 » Dutch Outlaw Slaughter Without Stunning
 » Call for More Pork Sausages for Schools
 » Latest BPEX Report Shows Pork Growth Continues
 » New Hope in Battle against Salmonella in Poultry
 » NFU Scotland Questions Tesco on Pigs at AGM
 » Changes To Cattle BSE Testing Welcomed
 » Farmers, Chefs and Butchers Unite at Red Meat Event
 » DARD Consults on Gases Used for Stunning Poultry

   Philippines

 » New Order Raises Concerns over Meat Imports
 » DA to Meet with Chicken and Pork Producers
 » International Egg and Poultry Review: Philippines

   Argentina

 » Argentina Sets New Beef Prices

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   United States

 » US Launches Joint Food Safety Campaign
 » NPPC Wants FTAs Approved Before August
 » Perdue Launches National TV Advertising Campaign
 » Simmons Cuts Jobs in Siloam Springs
 » Industry Warns Congress of GIPSA & RFS Consequences
 » Retailers Asked to Monitor Animal Welfare
 » Cattle Outlook
 » Livestock Rule Exceeds $100M Threshold
 » JBS USA Completes Debt Rebalancing
 » New Pathogen Standards for Poultry Processors
 » Expectations for Financial Managers Addressed
 » Products Recalled for Possible Listeria Contamination

   Australia

 » Hamming it Up with Australia's Best!
 » JBS to Temporarily Close Toowoomba Plant
 » No Growth Promotants in Aussie Pork, Says Coles
 » North Queensland Beef Processing Plant Proposed
 » Australian Beef Exports up Four per cent
 » Call for Meat Industry Review

   China

 » Call to Monitor Food Safety at the Source
 » China Urged to Adopt Holistic Approach on Food Safety
 » June CPI Likely to Hit Three Year High
 » China's Pork Prices Up 3.4 Per Cent Last Week
 » Zhongpin in Share Buy-back Programme
 » Melamine-Tainted Feeds Used at Chinese Pig Farms

   Canada

 » Meat Processors Applaud Korean Beef Deal
 » Crawford Appointed as Chairman of Maple Leaf
 » Call for Resumption of Trade Talks with South Korea

   Russian Federation

 » Construction Starts on Elets Poultry Complex
 » Bird Flu in Europe Threatens Exports to Russia

   Viet Nam

 » Sharp Increase in Tuna Exports
 » Tests Reveal Illegal Additive in Pig Feed

   Ireland

 » Open Day Focuses on Dairy Bull Beef Production

   India

 » Poultry Industry Set to Continue Growth

   European Union

 » EU Amends Japanese Food and Feed Imports Rules
 » Significant Growth Anticipated For UK Dairy Market
 » EU Pig Prices: Little Fluctuation Noted
 » Exporters to Benefit from EU-South Korea FTA
 » EFSA Issues Further Warning after E. coli Outbreak
 » €37.6m EU support for Agricultural Promotion

   Brazil

 » Brazilian Cattle Slaughter Steady
 » Half-Year Poultry Exports Exceed $4 Billion

   Netherlands

 » Dynamic Fuels Completes First Commercial Flight

   Romania

 » Mixed Prospects for Romanian Agribusiness

   General

 » New Investor of Turkey's Top Poultry Company
 » Growth Promoter Debates Could Undermine SPS Agreements

   South Africa

 » South African Reopens to Brazilian Pork

   Germany

 » Westfleisch Stable and Sustainable

   New Zealand

 » Red Meat Strategy Coordinating Group Appointed

   Azerbaijan

 » Profits down at Davachi Broiler



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