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EC Introduces EID for Beef Cattle

The European Commission is to bring in Electronic Identification (EID) for cattle in a bid to boost food safety and better safeguard animal health in the EU.

The Commission proposal provides the legal framework for the introduction, for the first time and on a voluntary basis, of an electronic identification system (EID) for cattle.

Bovine EID is already used in several EU States on a private basis mainly for farm management purposes.

Its implementation on a wider scale will strengthen the current traceability system for beef and dairy cattle and food products making it faster and more accurate. It is also designed to have major traceability benefits for the meat processing sector.

In China, the recent scandal surrounding the use of clenbuterol in feed for pigs to enhance their lean content has now seen more than 900 people arrested.

The crackdown by the authorities has identified an underground ring manufacturing and distributing clenbuterol in 63 cities in the provinces of Hunan, Sichuan, Hubei and Henan, as well as Tianjin Municipality.

In Japan, the last ban on shipments of beef and beef cattle has been lifted. The ban was imposed following the tsunami and the discovery of a rise in radio active levels in the meat as a result of the breakdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant.

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

New Product Development
Product development has become a key differentiator for companies in the market and Product Lifecycle Management can play a important part in the product lifecycle, writes, Chris Wright for The Meat Site.
Disputes over Benefits of Reducing Salt in Diet
Scientific conflict has arisen over the benefits of reduced dietary salt.
Natural Ingredients to Control C. Perfringens
Results of a study by a research team at Iowa State University are to be used to prepare guidelines for manufacturing naturally cured frankfurter and naturally cured ham products in a manner that will achieve a safety level that is equivalent to traditionally cured meat products without altering the uniqueness of this category of processed meats.
A Tale of Freeze-Drying Fish
Health-conscious consumers are constantly looking for ways to improve their diets, and one way is to eat more fish, according to the USDA Agricultural Research Service.
Russian Federation Poultry & Poultry Products Annual Report 2011
Broiler production in Russia in 2012 is forecast to increase by five per cent and reach another record of 13.6 million metric tons, according to Joao F. Silva in the latest GAIN report from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
* Global Meat Industry News

   United Kingdom

 » Confidence Boost Moves Meat Industry Forward
 » UK Slaughter Statistics - August 2011
 » Costings Calculator for Beef & Lamb Producers
 » Jeffrey Davies and Davies in Administration
 » Ag Minister Compliments Moy Park During Visit
 » HACCP Training for Small and Micro Businesses

   Canada

 » CME: Cattle & Hog Inventories Continue Decline
 » Construction Starts on Sunnymel Plant

   Korea, South

 » Beef Imports Continue to Rise

   Mexico

 » Fishery & Agricultural Exports Rise 19 Per Cent

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   Russian Federation

 » Cherkizovo Places More Shares

   United States

 » RTC Poultry Weight Down Two Per Cent
 » Sanderson's Results Reflect Difficult Market Conditions
 » CME: Price Concern as Hog Futures Drifting Lower
 » Experts Help Cargill Improve Food Safety Programme
 » Seminar to Cover New Regs & Efficiency in Rendering
 » Danish Crown Invests in Plumrose Plant
 » Solid Third-Quarter Results for Hormel
 » CME: Values Decline In Light Of Economic Concerns
 » US Slaughter Statistics - August 2011
 » Smithfield Reports Minor Damage in Hurricane
 » CME: 2011 Beef & Pork Packer Margins Up
 » Smithfield Fined in Discrimination Case
 » July Retail Pork Prices Lower
 » International Egg and Poultry Review: US
 » GHG Reporting Programme Deadline 30 September
 » Fast-Casual Burger Segment Continues to Grow

   Malaysia

 » Beef Imports Jump 11 Per Cent in 2010-11
 » Permission to Use Facilities to Test for Pig DNA

   Japan

 » Ban on Beef Shipments Lifted

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   Ireland

 » Beef Prices Steady Despite Factory Moves

   Romania

 » Agricola Bacau to Boost Market Share & Exports

   China

 » China Arrests over 900 in Tainted Pork Crackdown

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Slaughter Pigs on Offer
 » Electronic Identification To Improve Health & Safety

   Austria

 » Austrian Seafood Market Reviewed
 » Schnitzel is Bad for the Environment

   General

 » Associations Share Focus on Upcoming Conferences

   Norway

 » NIB Finances Norway's Largest Slaughterhouse

   Brazil

 » New Beef Promotion Project for Brazil
 » Beef Producer Relocates to Save on Taxes



That's all for this week!

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