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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 28 September 2011

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Editorial: Need for Mandatory Traceability Systems

The United States and India are the only two major beef exporters that do not already have mandatory traceability systems, according to a study assessing the impact of traceability and animal identification programmes on the international market for red meat.

Conducted by researchers at Kansas State University, Colorado State University and Montana State University, the study, released by the US Meat Export Federation, assesses the potential impact on US producers and processors of evolving thinking about animal ID and traceability in leading export markets and traceability systems that have already been put in place by other major beef and pork exporting countries.

The study – Economic Assessment of Evolving Red Meat Export Market Access Requirements for Traceability of Livestock and Meat shows that while the US and INdia do not have mandatory systems, Argentina, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Uruguay all have animal identification/traceability programmes in place.

The report also provides an analysis of the domestic cattle traceability systems employed by selected major importers of US beef.

Japan and Korea, among the highest value markets for US red meat exports, have adopted mandatory traceability programmes, which could eventually lead to similar requirements being applied to imports.

Finally, the report compares the sanitary and phytosanitary restrictions imposed on the major beef exporters by the top importing countries.

Another report from the US Government Accountability Office has called for government and food industry bodies to track the effectiveness of policies to curb antibiotic resistance, including the FDA's voluntary strategy designed to reduce antibiotic use in food animals.

The GAO has called on the authorities to identify potential approaches for collecting detailed data on antibiotic use in food animals, including the species in which antibiotics are used and the purpose for their use, as well as the costs, time frames, and potential trade-offs associated with each approach.

It also wants to see the authorities collaborate with industry to select the best approach and to seek any resources necessary to implement the approach.

The report also recommends that the data should be used to assess the effectiveness of policies to curb antibiotic resistance.

However, National Pork Producers Council President Doug Wolf said: "Not only is there no scientific study linking antibiotic use in food animals to antibiotic resistance in humans, as the US pork industry has continually pointed out, but there isn’t even adequate data to conduct a study."

Chris Harris

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 9 new features this week:

Tackling the Most Common Food Poisoning
The University of Nottingham is playing a major role in a cross disciplinary nationwide study to find out more about the organism that causes over 300,000 cases of food poisoning every year in England and Wales and how best to control it.
Growth of Clostridium Perfringens on Organic Ham
In the last decade, consumers have become infatuated with the idea of consuming foods they deem to be “healthier”. This makes processed meats marketed as “natural” and “organic” extremely attractive.
GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS – Brazil and the US Ship 70 Per Cent of All Chicken Exports
An overview of the trade in chicken meat to, from and within the Americas by industry watcher, Terry Evans.
QMS Meat Market Report - September 2011
During August, cattle producer prices continued the upwards trend, while pig prices dropped and lamb prices fluctuated, according to Iain Macdonald from Quality Meat Scotland.
Yemen – Poultry and Products Report
Yemen's poultry production forecast to grow one to two per cent this year, according to Amer Al-Aghbary and Mariano Beillard in the latest GAIN report from USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
Brazil – Poultry and Products Annual – 2011
Broiler production in 2012 is forecast to increase by five per cent to reach another record of 13.6 million metric tons, while turkey production and exports are expected to slow down next year, according to João F. Silva, in the latest GAIN report from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
Republic of Korea – Poultry and Products Annual Report 2011
Broiler meat production in 2012 is forecast to continue its upward trend in response to strong consumer demand, reaching a record 720,000 metric tonnes, while chicken imports are estimated to dip slightly, according to Sun Young Choi and Michael Francom in the latest GAIN report from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
Brazil – Livestock and Products Annual Report 2011
Beef production is forecast to increase by two per cent in 2012, after an estimated decline in 2011, supported by a rebound in beef exports and firm domestic demand as Brazilians are able to increase their purchasing power. Pork production is also estimated to increase by two per cent in 2012, mostly supported by the demand from the domestic market, since exports are estimated to decline by one a percent due the uncertainties regarding the Russian market.
Ukraine – Livestock and Products Annual Report 2011
Despite some pork production slowdown in 2011, production in 2012 is expected to grow, according to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
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 » Beef And Veal Exports Set To Fall
 » New Meat Inspection System Set for October
 » Ham and Bacon Processor to Expand
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 » Proposals Approved For Checkoff Funding
 » Organic Aquaculture Export Standards Progress
 » New Rules Will Not Improve Workplace Safety
 » CME: Currency Rates Will Have Effect On Trade Volume
 » CME: Cold Storage Report Supportive Of Meat Prices
 » Record High Pork Production in August
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 » NPPC: GAO Report on Antibiotic Resistance
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 » Tyson Recalls Ground Beef over E. Coli Fears
 » Multidrug Resistant Salmonella in Turkey Recall
 » Kraft Fined over Worker Safety Violations

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 » WTO and US Chicken Exports: China Puts its Case
 » Meat Safer After Clenbuterol Crackdown
 » Yurun Issues Profit Warning

   France

 » Breton Cooperatives Prepare to Sell Gad
   United Kingdom

 » LMC:Surge In GB Farmgate Prices Since July/August
 » Queen's Award for Scottish Beef Processor
 » McDonald’s Sustainable Fish Given Approval
 » Most Carcases Now Independently Classified
 » UK Slaughter Statistics - September 2011
 » Pork Still Top Performer in the UK
 » Langoustine Deal Boost to Scottish Fishermen
 » Refocus on Role of Farmers as Food Producers
 » Fewer Animal Tests Needed for Shellfish Toxins
 » Turkey Marketing Meeting Autumn 2011
 » Foyle Food Group Profits Rise
 » Cost Management Guide for Small Abattoirs
 » New Lamb Initiative in Tesco UK
 » Kendall Tells Labour to Make Food a Cornerstone
 » Five in a Row for Top Christmas Turkey
 » Campaign Drives Assured Beef and Lamb Awareness
 » Mull Abattoir Open for Business Again

   Ireland

 » Strong Pork Demand Leads to Surge in Exports
 » Minister Promotes Irish Dairy and Meat in Algeria

   New Zealand

 » Chicken: Still Top Meat Choice
 » Alliance Proposes Closure of Sockburn Plant
 » Producer Fined After Employee Loses Part of Finger

   Spain

 » Decline in Spanish Beef Consumption Continues

   Russian Federation

 » Russian Seafood Consumption to Grow

   Jamaica

 » Jamaica Broilers' Net Profit Falls to $128 Million

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Steady Price Level for Tenth Time

   Uganda

 » Abattoir Closure Sees Rising Beef Prices

   Canada

 » Heat Recovery System for Olymel
 » Ham Recalled over Listeria Scare

   Ukraine

 » MHP to Build Biogas Complexes

   General

 » Irish Dairy Board Opens Packaging Plant In Algeria

   Chile

 » Hot Dogs Top of Chile's Consumer List

   Korea, South

 » Beef Imports Peak in August
 » International Egg and Poultry Review: South Korea

   Argentina

 » Argentina Runs FMD Control Measures

That's all for this week!

Ed.
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