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Editorial: Meat Inspection Practices in Canada under Fire

Over the last week the meat inspection system in Nova Scotia in Canada received a slap in the face as it was criticised by the auditor general, Jacques R. Lapointe, for being inadequate.

Mr Lapointe said the department fo agriculture is not adequately managing its duty to audit or inspect facilities that process meat or slaughter animals for human consumption.

He said that this failure increases public health risks associated with meat and meat products.

"While inspections of slaughtering activities are conducted as required, we found that departmental audits of slaughterhouses and meat processing facilities are not being done with regularity or consistency, and there is little enforcement of compliance by the facilities with regulations and standards, when problems are discovered," he said.

In Europe, moves are being made to crack down on antibiotic misuse and abuse.

The European Commission sees antimicrobial resistance as a growing problem and because of this, it has launched an action plan detailing 12 concrete actions to be implemented in close cooperation with the Member States.

European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, John Dalli said: "We need to take swift and determined action if we do not want to lose antimicrobial medicines as essential treatment against bacterial infections in both humans and animals."

The action plan has been put into place to prevent resistant bacteria from being transferred from animals to humans via the food chain or through direct contact.

The German ministry of agriculture has also announced a series of measures to gain better control of the use of anitbiotics in livestock rearing and a study in the US by Tufts University School of Medicine calls for a stricter control on the use of antibiotics as growth promoters.

The French food safety authority has attacked moves to reintroduce meat and bonemeal in animal feed.

The authority, while acknowledging progress made in the way the industry is organised, considers that the necessary conditions to allow a safe use of PAPs - processed animal protein as it is now called - have not yet been met.

Chris Harris



* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 8 new features this week:

Meeting Global Demand for More Meat
As the world has welcomed its 7 billionth person, the concerns of meat and food producers globally are turning to how this ever growing population is going to be few, writes TheMeatSite Editor in Chief, Chris Harris.
Process Safety Ensures Quality
The processing of meat into fresh and frozen meat and meat and sausage products poses a number of complex challenges for industrial producers and those who process by hand.
What Effect Will Eurozone Crisis Have On Northern Ireland's Red Meat Industry?
With the future of the Eurozone hanging in the balance, The Livestock and Meat Commission discusses the future of the Northern Ireland red meat industry.
Capturing Full Environmental and Social Impacts of Products
Carbon footprint labels communicate just one aspect of a product's environmental impact. A recent study for the EU has called for an enhanced ecolabelling scheme, called 'sustainable product indexing', that recognises the broader, complex social and environmental impacts of products.
Taiwan Dairy and Products Annual Report 2011
Taiwan's fluid milk production is forecast to reach about 379,000 metric tons in calendar year (CY) 2012, an increase of four per cent above the estimated CY 2011 production level, according to teh USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
Japan Poultry and Products Annual Report 2011
Recovery of domestic broiler meat production from the previous year's decline is overshadowing Japan's 2012 import outlook. Total imports are expected to decline, impacting mostly high-priced imports from Brazil, according to teh USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
International Meat Review - 10 November 2011
North American pig herd numbers are rising with the latest figes from Canada showing a slight rise in numbers of their herd, according to the USDA's International Meat Review.
Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook - November 2011
US beef, pork and poultry exports are all up, according to the latest Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook from the USDA's Economic Research Service.
* Global Meat Industry News

   United States

 » USMEF's Branded Products Promotion Programme
 » CME: Reduced Slaughter To Push Beef Prices Higher
 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
 » Monthly US Turkey Hatchery Report
 » Fight Following Ag Appropriations Conference Report
 » CME: DEC Milk Futures Sell Off
 » Ag Appropriations Bill Disappoints Family Farmers
 » Sodium Nitrite Essential and Safe in Processed Meat
 » COOL Compliance With WTO Rules Pleases NFU
 » Wayne Farms to Cut Jobs
 » New Chief Strategy Officer for ConAgra Foods
 » CME: Cheese Market Crashes
 » Ban on Growth Promotion Use of Antibiotics
 » CME: Dairy Herd Up 96,000 Head From 2010
 » Market Preview: COOL Ruling and Pork Exports
 » Tyson Shows Drop in Income
 » US Egg Production Up
 » CME: Dairy Stocks Down Seasonally
 » Hormel Sees Annual Profits Rise
 » Sodium Nitrite Essential, Safe in Processed Meat
 » CME: Doubts Over GIPSA Rule Enaction

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   General

 » Key to Restoration of Pork Industry Profitability
 » India to Become World's Third Largest Beef Exporter
 » Stabilisation Policies Could Destabilise Food Prices
 » International Egg and Poultry Review: Global

   Canada

 » Govt Helps Put More Seafood On International Menus
 » Auditor General Rules Meat Inspection a Failure
 » Call to Resume South Korea Pork Trade Negotiations
 » Canada, Ontario - Oktoberfest and Better Days Ahead?
 » Canadian Beef Supply Likely to Drop Further
 » WTO COOL Ruling Applauded
 » Hopes for Negotiated Resolution of M-COOL Dispute

   Australia

 » Pig Farmers Endorse Increase in Slaughter Levy
 » Poultry Company Wins Extension to Court Injunction
 » One Third of Pork Producers Shut Down Sow Stalls
 » Optimising Lamb Yield and Eating Quality
 » Beef and Veal Export Values Higher In September

   New Zealand

 » Lower Beef Exports From NZ
 » Silver Fern Reports Operating Surplus
 » NZ Poultry Industries Endorse FarmsOnline

   Indonesia

 » Indonesia on Track for Economic Growth

   European Union

 » Need for a More Flexible and Productive CAP
 » Mixed Price Changes For Fisheries Products Ahead
 » EU Cracks Down On Antimicrobial Use
 » Calls To Cut Antibiotic Use By Half By 2015
 » EU Pig Prices: Steady Prices Prevailing

   Ireland

 » Kerry Continuing Growth
 » Pig Farmers Not Benefitting from Rising Market
 » High Beef Prices Continue With Further Increases

   Brazil

 » JBS Shows Increased Revenue
 » BRF Takes Over HeloĆ­sa

   India

 » MP Chalks Out Pig and Poultry Expansion Plans
 » Broiler Chicken Falls Ahead of Sabarimala Season

   China

 » China Meat Production to Increase
 » Pair Detained for Poor Pork Fat Production
 » Chinese Dairy Imports to Maintain Growth
 » US-China Trade Talks Progress

   South Africa

 » Authorities: Managers Aware of Pork Sold as Halaal

   Viet Nam

 » Investments to Help Sustain Global Market Demand

   France

 » French Oyster Prices Increase as Supplies Tighten
 » Processors Force Producers Into Weak Contracts
 » Food Safety Body Does Not Support Return of PAP

   United Kingdom

 » New Fish Processing Facility To Open In Rosyth
 » Baxters Buys Fray Bentos
 » Browns Shortlisted for National Business Award
 » Milk Price Rise Needed To Climb EU League Table

   Germany

 » Ministry Imposes Stricter Control on Antibiotic Use

   Japan

 » Stimulating Japanese Imports of North American Pork

   Malaysia

 » Suspension of Export Plants Impacts Chicken Imports

   Denmark

 » Danish Crown: Royal Honour for Japanese Customer

   Philippines

 » Pork and Poultry Meat Supplies Likely to be Tight



That's all for this week!

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