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Editorial: UK Industry Slammed over Desinewed Meat and Welfare Ads

A report from the EU's Food and Veterinary Office has slammed the UK food safety authorities for breaching the rules over mechanically separated meat.

The report, which followed an audit to evaluate the UK's official food safety control system in place governing the production and placing on the market of mechanically separated meat in March this year, says that the product category of desinewed meat is "non-existent in current EU legislation".

Desinewed meat is a low pressure method of removing scraps of meat from the bone that are left after traditional deboning and butchery methods.

The report concludes that the official controls implemented by the United Kingdom Competent Authorities do not guarantee that the EU requirements applicable to the production of mechanically separated meat are respected.

With increasing public awareness of animal welfare, research at the University of Reading suggests that people are willing to pay more for even a slight improvement in the wellbeing of the animals in their meals - but appear to favour cows and chickens over pigs.

Professor Richard Bennett, an agricultural economist who advises the UK government on animal welfare issues, is leading University of Reading research assessing the extent to which people want to improve the welfare of farm animals.

However, while some research indicated that consumers are willing to pay more for welfare friendly meat products, the Advertising Standards Authority in the UK has ordered BPEX and the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) not to use advertisements claiming that "Red Tractor Pork is High Welfare Pork" in their present form.

Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) and 206 members of the public, the majority of whom appeared to be supporters of CIWF, challenged whether the claim "Red Tractor Pork is High Welfare Pork" that appeared in three advertisements was misleading and could be substantiated.

Mick Sloyan, BPEX Director said: "We accept the opinion of the ASA regarding this small technicality. We will continue to promote the independently audited standards behind Red Tractor pork and pork products, including welfare, in a way that is absolutely clear to consumers."

This week is World Water Week - a week when governments, environmental organisations, industry and agriculture is turning its attention to the importance of this vital resource.

It is ironic and apposite that it is taking place at a time when the US in particular is experiencing one of the worst droughts it can remember and when once again parts of Eastern Europe have also been hit by drought to say nothing of the common regions for water shortage in Africa.

Part of the aim of this focus week is to turn attention on the regions where populations do not have supplies of safe water to drink and water for sanitation.

In Europe, Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs said that water and sanitation is one of the four Millennium Development Goals being targeted with a cash injection of €266 million.

However, he added: "But water is not only vital for drinking and hygiene purposes, it is also key to agriculture. Worldwide, 70 per cent of water is used as irrigation water to grow food, for example, and in some developing countries, this figure increases to over 85 per cent. It's clear that access to water and food security are therefore closely interlinked.

Sustainable agriculture and food and nutrition security are at the top of the EU's long-term development cooperation agenda. We are determined to enhance our support to provide the three key requirements of water, energy and food.

Chris Harris



* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Antibiotic Residues in Sausage Meat Promote Pathogen Survival
Antibiotic residues in uncured pepperoni or salami meat are potent enough to weaken helpful bacteria that processors add to acidify the sausage to make it safe for consumption, according to a study to be published in mBio, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology.
Harnessing Technology to Pinpoint Foodborne Disease
Advances in molecular biology could revolutionise the way in which foodborne disease outbreaks are investigated, according to the Food Standards Agency, enabling faster and more accurate identification of the organisms responsible.
How Cold Chain Shifts Influence Pork and Poultry Shelf Life
A study by a group of German scientists has shown how higher temperature shifts severely change the potential shelf life for fresh pork and poultry products.
Impact of Scalding and Chilling Methods on Broiler Breast Fillets
Chilling methods in poultry processing plants have a greater impact on the quality of the poultry meat that the scalding methods.
China's Meat Industry Revolution
From a very limited ration of meat only for urban citizens to the world's largest meat-producing country, from a handful of processing facilities in major cities to thousands of modern meat packing and processing plants throughout the country.
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 » Red Meat Production Up from Last Year
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 » USDA GAIN: Brazil Poultry and Products Annual 2012

* Global Meat Industry News

   Ireland

 » Advice to Avoid Collecting Shellfish
 » Engaging and Communicating on Animal Welfare

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Prices Increasing, Heading for New High
 » Audit Report Slams UK over Desinewed Meat
 » EC Approves Bank Dutch Shrimp Supplier Acquisition
 » Impact of Ethanol of Food Prices Exaggerated

   United States

 » Should Products Made with GM Ingredients be Labelled?
 » Egg Agencies Raise Doubts over Latest Health Study
 » Sources of Campylobacter Infections Identified
 » California Slaughterhouse Suspended for Abuse
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » Aramark to Refuse Meat from Pigs from Sow Stalls
 » Mandatory Wholesale Pork Reporting Implemented
 » Huge Strides for US Beef in Russia
 » Reduced Cattle Herd Could Improve Profits
 » Butterball Expands Turkey Plant
 » Livestock Antibiotics Could Increase Obesity
 » CME: Meat Stocks Higher than Last Year
 » Congressmen Call for Welfare Row Plant to Reopen
 » Hormel Sees Earning Rise
 » CME: Hog Futures Pulled Back Sharply
 » Project Launched to Help Rebuild Cattle Herds
 » America Wastes 40 Per Cent of Food Supply
 » Hog Outlook: Canadian Hog Herd Larger
 » OSHA Cites Tyson Foods over Worker Death
 » Pork Industry Faces Record Losses
 » Dairy, Meat, Poultry Processing Research Boost
 » Pre-registration Now Open for IPPE 2013
 » Salmonella in Feed and FDA Sampling
 » CME: Federally-Inspected Slaughter Up 4.6 Per Cent
 » Central Valley Meats Resumes Operations
 » Sanderson Farms Turns Loss into Profit
 » Energy Improvements at Cargill Beef Plant
 » Swordfish Fishery Assessed for MSC Certification
 » Hillshire Brands Files Notification of Late Filing
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report TheMeatSite.com Online Book Shop
   Canada

 » Study Links Egg Yolk Consumption to Heart Disease
 » Research to Replace Antibiotics in Livestock Feed
 » Pork Processor Fined C$70,000 over Injury

   Norway

 » Demand for Salmon Driving Morpol's Growth
 » Poor Salmon Prices Force Leroy Seafood Profits Down

   Brazil

 » Brazil Lowers Import Tax on Sardines
 » Frigorífico Minerva Becomes Minerva Foods
 » Brazil Hog Markets: Some Recovery at Last
 » Brazil Could Challenge US Fresh Beef Ban

   New Zealand

 » Beef + Lamb NZ Getting Americans to Eat More Lamb

   Korea, South

 » Korean Beef Imports for July Down

   India

 » Fishermen Trained to Enhance Export Value

   Solomon Islands

 » Soltuna Plans to Increase its Tuna Production

   Global

 » MSC Certified Seafood Confirmed from Healthy Stocks
 » Shrimp and COOL on Disputes Body Agenda
 » Drought, Shortages, Rising Food Prices for World Water Week

   China

 » Prices of Farm Produce Keep Rising
 » Water-Cooled Perches Benefit Broilers in Summer
 » China Aims for Higher Pork Production
 » AgriMarine to Supply Fresh Salmon to Ito-Yokado

   Russian Federation

 » Agricultural Bank Finances Giant Pig Unit
 » Murmansk Opens New Poultry Plant

   Thailand

 » Thai-German Meat to Resume Plant Plans

   Philippines

 » Three Central Luzon Provinces Clear from Red Tide

   United Kingdom

 » UK Consumers Prefer Locally-Sourced Meat
 » Clarification Sought on 'Smokies'
 » Pig Slaughterings Up in July
 » Grounds for Cautious Optimism as Europe's Pig Supply Starts to Shrink
 » Scottish Shellfish Processing Plant Opens
 » Consumers Willing to Pay More for Welfare-Friendly Food
 » Advertising Authority Bans Welfare Claim Ads

   Mexico

 » Enough Healthy Seafood to Meet Mexico's Demand
 » Agriculture, Fisheries Exports Grew 12.5 Per Cent

   Australia

 » Australia Outlines FMD Action Plan
 » Record Red Meat Returns from South Asia

   Argentina

 » 5000 Kilos of Shellfish, Fish Confiscated in Rawson
 » Peru Officials Visit Cattle and Poultry Plants

   Viet Nam

 » Egg Imports a Blow for Vietnamese Farmers

   Bangladesh

 » Shrimp Prices Drop by 50 Per Cent in Khulna



That's all for this week!

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