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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 02 January 2013

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Editorial: Research Developments into Foodborne Pathogens

Research in Spain has found that decontamination treatments can increase the prevalence of resistance to antibiotics of E.coli which is naturally present on poultry.

Chemical decontaminants could favour the emergence, selection and/or proliferation of antibiotic-resistant strains in microbial populations on poultry meat, according to Rosa Capita, who headed up the research team in the Department of Food Hygiene and Food Technology at the University of León.

The study set out to discover ability of various decontaminants to increase the prevalence of resistance to antibiotics in Escherichia coli populations on poultry.

In the UK, the government has been called on to investigate the potential for British farm animals to be carriers of MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus).

Concern is growing that the pathogen is becoming more common because of the overuse of antibiotics in farming.

The call for action comes from the Soil Association following new research from the University of Cambridge revealing the first cases of MRSA ST398 have been found in UK livestock.

First found in pigs in the Netherlands in 2003, MRSA ST398 has since reached epidemic proportions in some European and North American pig populations and has spread to poultry and cattle.

It has not been found in British food animals before, however, very little testing has been carried out compared to other EU countries.

A team of researchers in the US are researching an easy test to discover dangerous foodborne pathogens.

Pina Fratamico is on the quest to find the easiest and fastest way to test for harmful Escherichia coli in ground beef.

The researcher is exploring the use of a next-generation real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) systems to discover specific gene targets that indicate the presence of dangerous foodborne pathogens. The results show that assays performed using this PCR system are rapid, sensitive, and reliable.

"Testing using these types of systems is faster, easier, and more reproducible than previous methods, and this should increase food safety in the long run. I feel that we could confidently move to these new systems for screening ground beef and other foods for E. coli contamination," said Ms Fratamico, researcher at the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania.

Chris Harris



* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Campylobacter in Danish Broiler Chickens
Fourteen per cent of the more than 2,800 flocks surveyed were positive for Campylobacter in a new study from Denmark. Factors most likely to bring a positive result were season (summer months) and when more than one person entered the broiler house. Also increasing the risk were a positive result in the previous flock, older buildings and a longer growing period.
Could Lab Grown Meat Be on the Menu
In the context of the debate on battling to feed an increasing global population in a sustainable way, the consequences of current agricultural practices and conventional livestock production are being examined and alternatives sought. A report ppublished by Teagasc in Ireland examines Irish consumers' reactions towards the concept of a novel meat production system, 'in vitro' meat, which is currently being put forward by some international scientists as a way of satisfying the population's growing hunger for meat.
Global Pig Meat Output Flat under High Feed Costs
Globally pig meat production had been increasing but in many regions a downturn is now expected, in particular in the exporting countries of North America and the EU, according to David Owens from the Meat Division of Bord Bia – Irish Food Board.
Influence of Growth Rate of White Striping in Broiler Breast Fillets
Faster growing broilers tended to have an increased occurrence of higher degrees of white striping in the breast fillets, according to new research from Arkansas. The degree of white striping was associated with changes in the chemical composition of the breast fillets.
Salmonella in Animal Feeds
Twelve per cent of more than 2,000 samples of feeds, feed ingredients and pet products tested by USDA between 2002 and 2009 were positive for Salmonella, with Senftenberg and Montevideo being the most common serotypes.
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* Company News

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* Global Meat Industry News

   China

 » Demand for US Seafood in South China
 » KFC Supplier Found Using Excessive Additives in Feed
 » Chicken Raisers Involved in Antibiotics Scandals
 » Chinese Farm Produce Prices Rise
 » Tariff Cuts Could Help Australian Trade

   United States

 » CME: Lower Feedlot Cattle, Sow Slaughter Steady
 » NFU Board Opposes Farm Bill Extension
 » Cargill Expands Meat Facility
 » Public Meeting on Meat, Poultry Inspection
 » Poultry Producers Prevail in Environment Lawsuit
 » NCC Comments on Animal Drug User Fee Act
 » NOP Releases New Guides for Organic Certification
 » Arby's Eliminates Sow Stalls from Supply Chain
 » Pigs in the Blanket Recalled
 » ConAgra Reports Strong Second-Quarter Growth
 » Allendale Releases Hogs & Pigs Estimates
 » Chicken Wing Products Recalled
 » NFU Coalition Fears JBS Beef Merger
 » Novel Genetic Labs for Faster E.coli Detection
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » Hog Outlook: Retail Pork Prices Down
 » Cruelty Law Enforced in Wyoming
 » Hog Outlook: Hog Inventory Down at Start of December
 » US Turkey Imports and Exports Up in 2012
 » Turkey Products Grow Stronger Than Chicken
 » CME: Highlights of 2013 Price Predictions
 » Farm Bill Extension Ineffective
 »  Farmers Receive Meager Share of Retail Food Dollar
 » CME: Little Growth in US Hog Numbers
 » NOAA's Forensics Identify Fish Fraud

   Brazil

 » Brazilian Pork Exports Continue to Grow
 » Ministry Intensifies Action to Allay BSE Fears
 » Record Exports for Brazilian Beef

   United Kingdom

 » Beef Expenditure Increases Despite Sales Drop
 » CAP to Take Priority in 2013
 » Key Performance Update for Northern Ireland
 » Call for Emergency Summit on Pigmeat Imports
 » 40,000 Pigs an Hour from Illegal EU Farms
 » EU Sows Continue to Suffer, Says CIWF
 » Conference on New Metrics for Sustainable Agriculture
 » Lamb Prices Below Record Levels
 » Fish Bones' Second Life
 » They Cleared the Decks of Christmas Pigs
 » Superbug MRSA ST398 Found in British Cattle
 » Christmas Market Boost for Pork and Beef
 » No New Year Hangover
 » Fantastic First Year for Anglesey Sea Bass
 » Europe's Pig-Keepers Flout Brussels Stalls Ban
 » Feeding Future Careers in Food, Farming
 » Give a Fork About Your Pork!

   Global

 » Fonterra Welcomes Food Safety Agreement with US
 » Iberian Ham Promoted in US
 » Canadian Pork Firms Plan Russian Compliance
 » Investment in Research Growing
 » BAP's Heerin Named GAA Special Advisor

   Ukraine

 » Government Programmes Increase Output

   Denmark

 » Danish Crown Wholly Owns Team Ugglarp
 » Atria Centralises Cured Sausage Production

   Norway

 » Herring in iPhone App
 » Marine Harvest Sells All Shares in Aquagen

   Korea, South

 » Govt to Expand COOL Labelling at Restaurants

   Malta

 » Authorities Seize Fresh Poultry

   Malaysia

 » Amalina Signs Agreement over Indian Imports

   Canada

 » Competition Bureau Clears Proposed Pork Mergers
 » Organic Equivalency Supports Canadian Exports
 » CFIA Continues Investigation into Cardinal Meats
 » Investigation into Cardinal Meats Ends
 » Zephyr Gun Shown as Effective Alternative for Piglets
 » 2013 Banff Pork Seminar: The Challenge of Change

   Australia

 » Australia Boosts Poultry Meat Output
 » Application for Egg Certification Trade Mark Withdrawn
 » Hillshire Brands Sells Australian Business
 » Animal Welfare Reforms to Cover 100 per cent of Australia's Livestock Trade

   South Africa

 » No SA Action on 'Dumped' Chickens

   Rwanda

 » Ugandan Meat-Processing Firm Looks to Rwanda

   Cyprus

 » Pig Farm Closures Likely as EU Sow Stall Ban Nears

   Spain

 » Spanish Consumers Prefer National Fish
 » Carcase Decontamination Treatments Can Increase Antibiotic Resistance

   Finland

 » New Rules for Killing and Slaughter of Animals

   Pakistan

 » Meat Sector Calls for Help over Power Outages

   Russian Federation

 » Russia Bans Products from Risk Plants
 » Fishery Companies Given Help with HACCP
 » Murmansk Aquaculture Project Gets 2.1bn Ruble Loan
 » Russian Hog Markets

   European Union

 » Eurostat Publishes Annual Pocketbook

   Egypt

 » Egypt Backs Import of Brazilian Beef

   Italy

 » Bologna Study Examines Modified-Atmosphere Packaging of Eggs

   Viet Nam

 » Seafood Production over 5.74 million tonnes in 2102

That's all for this week!

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