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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 5 October 2011

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Editorial: New Measures Proposed to Harmonise Meat Inspection

The European Food Safety Authority has put forward the first tranche of measures to improve and harmonise meat inspection across the EU.

The study and its recommendations follow concerns that current meat inspection methods do not enable early detection of some major hazards.

The study recommends that incisions in the pork carcase and prodding the carcase during meat inspection could be abolished and calls for the introduction of a comprehensive pork carcase safety assurance framework and the gathering and analysis of more information at herd and abattoir level.

The EFSA study also puts forward recommendations for the safe levels of residues and chemicals on the carcase.

As President Obama in the US has sent the Free Trade Agreements with Colombia, Paraguay and South Korea to the US Congress for ratification there has been a mixed reaction in the industry.

American Meat Institute (AMI) President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle urged swift congressional action on the three trade pacts and highlighted the positive impact full implementation would have on both the meat and poultry industry and the US economy as a whole.

He said that according to a recent impact study conducted in part by AMI, the Korean, Colombian and Panamanian FTAs would also represent the creation of 29,524 new jobs in the US meat and poultry sectors.

AMI was backed by the American Farm Bureau, the National Pork Producers Council and the US Meat Export Federation in wanting a speedy ratification of the agreements.

However, the National Farmers' Union has called on Congress to oppose these pending FTAs.

NFU President Roger Johnson said that other trade agreements have worsened the US trade deficit, because the US does not compete on a level playing field with other nations.

Following the recent scandals in China involving the use of clenbuterol in pig meat production and the arrest of more than 900 people, China has now banned the production, sale and use of clenbuterol tablets.

The tablets are often illegally added to pig feed and the State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) said the decision was made after considering the risks and potential danger of the drug's excessive use.

In the EU, European Commission has called on Spain to take action to address deficiencies in the implementation of EU legislation on the welfare of animals at the time of slaughter.

The Commission said that Spain did not fulfil the obligations of the directive on the protection of animals at the time of slaughter or killing, and of the regulation on the verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules.

The Commission is giving Spain two months to comply with its obligations. If Spain fails to fulfil its legal obligations, the Commission may refer the case to the EU Court of Justice.

Following several audits carried out by the Commission's Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) in Spain, continuous severe deficiencies were noted.

Particularly the FVO noticed a persistent ineffective implementation of requirements in relation to restraining and stunning of animals, the equipment used, requirements for inspection, as well as the corrective measures to be taken, and sanctions imposed, where shortcomings are identified.

Chris Harris

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 6 new features this week:

France Reflects on Cost of Cheap Food at Any Price
“The real victims of the latest [agricultural] crises are those who have invested the most,” French farm minister Bruno Le Maire told delegates at a day-long conference in Paris to discuss the way agricultural commodity prices develop into retail prices for finished product, writes Peter Crosskey.
GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS – Consumption in Americas Nearly Treble the World Average
Poultry meat consumption in the Americas is almost treble the global average, according to industry watcher, Terry Evans in his last article examining the chicken meat industry in North, Central and South America.
EU–27 – Poultry and Products Annual – 2011
Production and exports are set to grow again in 2011 and 2012, according to the latest GAIN report from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
Australia – Livestock and Products Annual 2011
Australia appears to have fully recovered from the severe drought which started in 2002 and began to end with widespread, soaking rains on Christmas day 2009, according to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
Republic of Korea - Livestock and Products Annual - 2011
While the pig sector in South Korea has been hit hard by the outbreak of foot and mouth disease the cattle sector has fared quite well, according to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
International Meat Review - 15 September 2011
US beef exports rose by more than eight per cent in July compared to June and more than 30 per cent year on year, according to the USDA.
* Company News

Marel Named Overall Outstanding Supplier
ICELAND - There was a happy opening day for Marel at this year’s Icelandic Fisheries Exhibition, where the company was presented with the award as Overall Outstanding Supplier.
New Marel System for Pacific Andes Qingdao
CHINA - Meat and fish procewssing equiment company Marel has concluded a contract with Chinese processor Pacific Andes to design, build and install a new processing system for use at the company’s plant in Qingdao.
* Global Meat Industry News

   China

 » 12th Five-year Plan for 'Shopping Basket' Project
 » Zhongpin Starts Trial Pork Production in Tianjin
 » Clenbuterol Tablets Banned

   United States

 » Trident Fined over Waste Water Violations
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » Drop in US Beef and Poultry Production Predicted
 » E.Coli Fears Lead to Beef Product Recall
 » FDA Announces Retail Food Safety Action Plan
 » Court Rules in Favour of Broiler Growers
 » Agriculture Officials Halt Meat Processor Operations
 » NFU: Senate Must Pass Bill to Make FTAs More Fair
 » Changes at Hormel Foods
 » CME: Corn Usage Uncertain With Changing Yields
 » Mixed Feelings over Ratification of FTA's
 » CME: FTA's Should Increase Beef & Pork Exports
 » Poultry Industry Urges Congress to Approve FTAs
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » Call for Food Safety Funding Without New Taxes
 » Eating Frozen Meals Can Help Learn Portion Control

   Russian Federation

 » Residue Inspections not Equivalent in Russia
 » Russia and Kazakhstan in Veterinary Talks

   Pakistan

 » Poultry Rates Plummet on Improved Supplies
Marel
   United Kingdom

 » Dawn Meats Acquires Lake District Beef Abattoir
 » Chefs Share Favourite Recipes for British Egg Week
 » VION Invests in Learning
 » Milk Link Invests In Lockerbie Creamery
 » BEIS: Harvard School of Public Health Study
 » UK Wins Food Fight
 » Forensic Technology Cracks Down on Food Fraud
 » Strong Year for Moy Park but Challenges Ahead
 » Rugby Ace Fronts Schools' Healthy Eating Campaign
 » Retailers Praised for Stocking British Beef and Lamb
 » Locally Produced Meat At ‘Taste Of England’ Event
 » HSA Calls for Scholarship Applications
 » Avoid Mixing Pigs for Industry and Consumer Gains
 » A Pledge for Pork; Making the Pork Promise

   Australia

 » Meat Price Cuts Could Force Up Other Prices
 » Beef and Veal Exports Up in September
 » Spring Flush Drives September Lamb Exports
 » Big Win at Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards

   Poland

 » 13,700 Sq Metres of Extra Slicing Capacity in Poland

   General

 » Beef Exports To South Asia Mixed

   Spain

 » Spain Ordered to Correct Animal Welfare Lapses

   Japan

 » Japanese Imports Of US Beef Surge

   Argentina

 » Argentinean Beef Supplies Fall
 » BRF Buys Argentine Companies

   Netherlands

 » Han Defauwes Named Meyn President and CEO

   New Zealand

 » Processor Buys Back Meat Plant
 » Red Meat Sector Strategy Stocktake Report Out

   South Africa

 » Profit Falls at Sovereign Foods

   European Union

 » Study Recommends Changes to Meat Inspection Practices
 » EU Pig Prices: Markets Steady for the Most Part
 » Council Helps Consumers Make Healthier Choices

   Brazil

 » JBS Denies Bank Talks for Marfrig and Minerva Merger

   Canada

 » RTE Meat Products in Health Scare
 » Animal Health Week: Protecting Health Of All Species
 » New Regulatory Requirements for Aquatic Animals

   Kuwait

 » Support for Closure of Poultry Shops

   Ireland

 » Factory Demand Sees Cow Price Rise But Sheep Fall
 » Dawn Meats Goes Pink

That's all for this week!

Ed.
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