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Wednesday 17th April 2013.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
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EU Tests Show Five per cent of Beef Products Contaminated with Horse Meat

Less than five per cent of the samples taken in the European-wide tests on beef products have been found to be contaminated with horse meat.

The coordinated EU-wide testing for horse meat DNA and phenylbutazone was requested, and co-financed, by the European Commission in the wake of the horse meat scandal last month.

The tests also showed that about 0.5 per cent of the equine carcases tested were found to be contaminated with bute – ­phenylbutazone.

In the coordinated testing plan, which is estimated to have cost €2.5 million, controls were to be carried out, mainly at retail level, of food destined for the end consumer and marketed as containing beef, to detect the presence of unlabelled horse meat and also to test for the possible presence of bute in horsemeat.

In all 7,259 tests were carried out by the authorities in the 27 EU countries, of which 4,144 tested for the presence of horse meat DNA and 3,115 tested for the presence of phenylbutazone.

Of those tests, 193 revealed positive traces of horse meat DNA (4.66 per cent) and 16 showed positive traces of bute (0.51 per cent).

In addition, the EU countries reported another 7,951 tests for the presence of horse meat DNA performed by food business operators (producers, processors and distributors).

Of these, 110 contained horse meat DNA (1.38 per cent).

In France, The French Agriculture Ministry has set out a three pronged attack to restore confidence in the French pig meat sector, following a round table meeting with pig sector representatives.

The government is looking to raise large investment in production, processing and environmental performance.

It also wants to provide opportunities for the industry to change and to better withstand price volatility.

The government also wants to give a marketing boost to the French origin designation of its products.


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Global Meat Industry News

   United Kingdom

Fair Pricing Demanded on Cheese
Solihull Primaries Add Traceability, Fish Classes to their Menus
More Products Confirmed with Horse DNA
Welsh Country Foods Processing Plant Closes
Tesco to Allow GM Soya in Poultry Feed
LMC: Plant Demand Remains as Throughput Lifts
NOAH Film Makes Industry Call to Reach Out to Consumers
Value Resources as Well as Innovate, Top Scientist to Say
Industry First for Moy Park
Native Breeds Can Help Create a Sustainable Livestock Industry

   European Union

EU States Censored for Abuse of Food Processing Subsidies
Moy Park Expands Remit into Europe
EU Pig Prices: Positive Signs from Germany
EU Tests Find Horse Meat in Five per cent of Beef Products

   United States

Study Shows Essential Oils May Help Control Salmonella
NFU Commends President's 2014 Budget
CPC Advocates in Washington for COOL Compliance
Processor Workshop to Focus on Regulatory Updates, Sustainability
CME: Commercial Beef Production Revised Downward; Pork Production Revision Raised
NPPC Urges US to Comply with WTO Rules
Listeria Fear Sparks Expanded Recall
Chicken Not the Issue in M-COOL Controversy, Says NCC
Hog Outlook: Hog Prices Disappointing in 2013
Obama Administration Welcomes Japan into TPP Talks
CME: National Carlot Pork Report to be Discontinued
CME: Poor Chinese Data Puts Down Pressure on Market, Monday
Question about Pork Margins Resurfaces
NPPC Calls for Delay of Proposed Changes to M-COOL
Weekly Roberts Market Report
US Agriculture Benefits from Japan in TPP Talks

   Italy

First Quarter Figures Down For Grana Padano

   Australia

Australian Toothfish – a Sustainable Choice
Australian Beef Production Soars in February
Tallow Boosts Co-product Values

   Brazil

Brazil: Hog Markets
JBS to Raise $275.0 million in Notes Offering
Brazil Ups Bid for FMD-free Status
Ag Ministry Discusses Conditions for Pork Exports to Japan
First Quarter Brazilian Agribusiness Exports Up

   Global

BAP Releases Mussel Farm Standard
Rabobank Pork Quarterly: Promising Outlook for 2013
Dairy Nudges FAO Food Price Index Higher by One Per cent
WTO's DSB to Take Up India-US Poultry Disagreement
Cotentin, Jersey Lobsters Wear Sustainable Identity Tag
EU-Canada Free Trade Talks Stalling
LMC: Russia and China Lead UK Demand Outlook

   Canada

Ag Minister to Consider All Options for Dealing with US M-COOL
Ag Minister Stands Up for Canadian Livestock Producers
Manitoba Ag Minister Endorses Call for Meeting of Pork Industry Stakeholders, Govt
Call for US COOL Rule to be Withdrawn

   Netherlands

Dutch Uncover Large Horse Meat Fraud

   Ireland

Cattle Vital for Irish Economy
IFA's CAP Campaign Focuses on Role of MEPs in Final Outcome
Poultry Growers and Egg Producers Demand Fair Prices

   Spain

Spanish Approve Quality Standard Lamb
Horse Meat Found in Test on Spanish Beef Products

   Korea, South

Rolling Billboards Travel Promoting US Beef, Pork in Seoul

   Viet Nam

BAP Farm, Shrimp Hatchery Auditor Course Set For June
Viet Nam Quarantine Law Needed to Protect Production, Exports

   Philippines

Philippines Poultry Sector Grew in 2012

   Chile

Chilean Beef Imports Rising

   Norway

Harvest Volume Higher than Expected for Marine Harvest

   China

Bird Flu Concerns Threaten Yum's Sales

   Uruguay

Uruguay to Host World Meat Congress

   New Zealand

NZ Beef Exports Strong in March
Beef and Lamb New Zealand CEO Smooths Way for TPP in Mexico

   Egypt

Cairo Authorities Recall 1,565 Kg of Meat and Poultry

   Belgium

EBLEX to Build on Export of Premium Lamb to Belgium

   Russian Federation

Cherkizovo Buys Dankov Meat Processing Plant

   South Africa

Investigation Continues into Mislabelled Meat Products
SA Chicken Producers Seek Tariffs Lifeline

   Jamaica

Boost for Jamaican Small Ruminant Industry

   France

French Plan to Rescue Pig Sector

   Hong Kong

Quality Meat Hits Hong Kong Show

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