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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 9 November 2011

Welcome to this week's newsletter

EDITORIAL: Concern over Rise in Meat Fraud Cases

Concern is rising in Poland over the number of meat fraud cases that have been discovered.

Almost 18 per cent of the meat in 108 processing plants that had been investigated by the Agriculture and Food Quality Inspectorate had a different content than that declared by producers.

This was more than five per cent higher than in the fourth quarter of 2010, and nearly 13 per cent greater than at the end of 2008.

This discovery was made at a time when a key conference in Krakow was discussing an Eastern Partnership of countries to establish EU law in the area of veterinary and phytosanitary issues, food safety and quality.

In the UK, the British Food Standards Agency is to encourage slaughterhouses to use CCTV to monitor animal welfare in their plants.

A paper to be presented to the FSA Board next week encourages CCTV as part of a range of safeguards to ensure the highest standards of animal welfare.

The FSA says it continues to work with businesses and meat industry representatives to encourage voluntary installation of CCTV as best practice.

In addition, the FSA is currently gathering a body of evidence from a range of sources, including those businesses that already use CCTV, to determine the benefits of CCTV.

A report from the European Food Safety Authority shows that compliance rates over pesticide residues in food in the EU are continuing to rise, with 97.4 per cent of the samples analysed falling within the permitted Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs), a rise of about one percentage point since 2008.

The data is published in the European Food Safety Authority's third Annual Report on Pesticide Residues, which gives an overview of pesticide residues found in food, including food of animal origin, in the European Union during 2009 and assesses the exposure of consumers to those residues through their diets.

Chris Harris

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 8 new features this week:

Setting Health and Safety Standards for the World
International standards for food safety and animal health and welfare can be and often are contentious issues, writes TheMeatSite Editor in Chief Chris Harris.
Brasil Foods - Setting its Sights on the World
Following its takeover of Sadia, Brasil Foods has set its sights on developing into a totally global company by 2015, writes TheMeatSite Editor in Chief, Chris Harris.
Research Shows No Cancer Link with Hot Dogs
The addition of ascorbate (vitamin C) or its close relative, erythorbate, and the reduced amount of nitrite added in hot dogs, mandated in 1978, have been accompanied by a steep drop in the death rate from colon cancer.
Focus On Consumer Trends To Increase Returns
Whilst finished cattle prices in the UK have increased significantly over the last year, Richard Phelps, Managing Director of Blade Farming said that is was important to ensure that an increase in price meant improved returns. Charlotte Johnston, TheMeatSite editor.
BPEX Export Bulletin – October 2011
About 250 people attended the 22nd English Meat Dinner during Anuga in Cologne, which celebrated Red Tractor produce and was addressed by Minister, Jim Paice according to the British Pig Executive's (BPEX) Export Bulletin.
International Meat Review - 27 October 2011
US beef and veal exports dropped in August, but pork exports rose according to data from the USDA.
UK Poultry and Poultry Meat Statistics – October 2011
Broiler and turkey slaughterings in the UK rose in October compared to September seeing a rise in poultry meat production according to the UK Hatcheries Survey and Poultry Slaughterhouse Survey results produced by Defra.
South Africa - Poultry and Products Report 2011
Total broiler production for 2010 amounted to 969 million broilers or 1.3 million tons of meat, four per cent more than the 931 million broilers or 1.25 million tons of meat produced in 2009, according to the latest GAIN report from USDA Foreign Agricultural Service. In 2011, broiler production is expected to reach 980 million broilers or 1.315 million tons of meat, representing a one per cent increase from 2010.
* Global Meat Industry News

   Saint Lucia

 » St Lucia Accepts US Cooked Poultry Products

   United States

 » CME: Live Cattle Futures Rose Sharply
 » RTE Meals Produced Without Inspection Recalled
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » Salmonella Control Programmes for Meat and Poultry
 » Cargill Reduces GHG Emissions at US Plants
 » CME: Big Declines On Butter Futures
 » FTAs Are Good News but May Not End Bankruptcies
 » Smithfield Invites Conversation With New Website
 » IPE Introduces International Rendering Symposium
 » CME: Meat Prices High Despite Unemployment
 » CME: DEC Milk Futures Rally To New High
 » CME: Corn For Ethanol Has Limited Feed Supplies
 » USMEF Conference Kicks Off in Tucson
 » Cattle Outlook: Japan To Increase Slaughter Age
 » CME: October Class III At $18.03
 » Pork Cutout Values Lower Everyday Last Week
 » NFU: GIPSA Rule Still Missing Critical Elements
 » Land O'Lakes Welcomes Improved Credit Rating
 » Appointments to American Lamb Board
 » CME: Live Cattle Futures Up But Hog Futures Down
 » CME: Milk Intakes Still Near Annual Lows
 » Smithfield Rebuffs HSUS Complaint
 » CME: Whey Market Remains Firm
 » Market Preview: Pork-Related GIPSA Rules in Limbo
 » USPoultry's 'Introduction to Management' Workshop
 » New Directive on Sklaughterhouse Sanitary Dressing

   China

 » Hard Times for Yurun Food Group
 » China Hog Markets
 » Pork Prices Driving Inflation in China
 » China's Farm Produce Prices Continue to Fall
 » Higher Revenues and Income for Zhongpin

   United Kingdom

 » Support the Troops This Christmas, Says NFU
 » LOCOG Receives British Banger Award
 » LMC: Global Farmgate Beef Price Update
 » Illegal Egg and Pork Imports May Hit Scottish Produce
 » Time for Beef and Sheep Industry Database
 » BEIS: Hunt for the Lion Competition
 » More Pigs in the Box Mean Better Returns
 » Seam Butchery Cutting Demonstrations Now Online
 » Livestock Managers Join Forces for Better Business
 » CCTV Encouraged in Slaughterhouses

   Ireland

 » BIM Assists Development Of Long Life Crab Products

   India

 » India Aims to Increase Meat and Poultry Production
 » Venky's Opens Second Fast-Food Outlet in Hyderabad
 » Egg Prices Expected to Rise Gradually
 » Profit Falls for Venky's

   Malaysia

 » Malaysia’s Beef Imports On The Rise

   Poland

 » Inspectorate Finds Fraud in Meat Products
 » Food Safety Important for Eastern Partnership

   General

 » FAO Food Price Index Down in October
 » Rainbow Wins IPC Branded Marketing Award
 » World Beef Production Set To Remain Stable
 » Exports Surge Since Bilateral Trade Deal
 » New Seafood Labelling Guide Launched
 » International Egg and Poultry Review: Middle East & North Africa

   Australia

 » Pork CRC Delivers in a Competitive World

   Azerbaijan

 » Top Chicken Processor to Expand Capacity

   Mexico

 » Bachoco Completes Acquisition of O.K. Industries

   Japan

 » Japan Increases Imports of US Beef

   Finland

 » HKScan Sees Sales Grow
 » Atria Shows Moderate Growth

   Canada

 » Canada Backing Kosher Food Sector
 » Reputation Enhanced by Response to Health Issues
 » Government Funding Helps Company's Growth

   European Union

 » EFSA Launches Draft Science Strategy
 » EU pig prices: Prices Continue to Increase
 » Residue Compliance Continues to Rise

   South Africa

 » Farmers Call for End to Cheap Chicken Imports

   Philippines

 » Philippines Looks to Export More Chicken

   Barbados

 » Industry Warned to Prepare for Cheap Imports

   Thailand

 » Poultry Meat Exports on Track Despite Floods

   Denmark

 » New Bacon Success Story Reminiscent of 1930s

   France

 » French Beef Slaughter Numbers Down

   Germany

 » A Fish Test To Make Food Safer

   New Zealand

 » Tri-Lamb Group Promoting Lamb in US

That's all for this week!

Ed.
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