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

Chris Harris
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Call for Prosecutions over Horse Meat Contamination

The scandal of the contamination of beef products in the UK, Ireland and across Europe earlier this year came to the fore again this week as the Food Standards Agency in the UK produced its final summary of events only for a group of British MPs question why no-one had yet been brought before the courts.

While in the Netherlands, the owner of the wholesale plant has been charged with offences connected to the sale of horse meat as beef and the changing of labels on products, no action has been brought in the UK or Ireland.

But the British Environment, Food and Rural Affairs select committee produced a report expressing its dismay at the slow pace of investigations and it called on the authorities to bring prosecutions where there was evidence of fraud or illegal activities.

“The horsemeat contamination has been a result of fraud and other criminal activity across the EU. While overall contamination of beef products has been small, it has been widespread across EU Member States, and caused much public concern,” the committee reported.

“The evidence we received from retailers and food processors in the UK and Ireland suggests a complex, highly organised network of companies trading in and mislabelling frozen and processed meat or meat products in a way that fails to meet specifications and that is fraudulent and illegal.

“We are concerned at the failure of authorities in both the UK and Ireland to acknowledge the extent of this and to bring prosecutions.

“We are dismayed at the slow pace of investigations and would like assurance that prosecutions will be mounted where there is evidence of fraud or other illegal activity.”

The committee also called for a tightening up of controls to ensure that deliberate adulteration of products cannot occur again and also stringer policing powers for the Food Standards Agency to take action against rogue traders.

In Poland, this week, the government and the ministry of agriculture found themselves defeated over moves to allow religious slaughter of animals without stunning.

While the government was seeking to implement practices that have been adopted in 22 of the 28 EU countries, opponents of slaughter without stunning won the day.

However, the ministry of agriculture has now warned that the move could put the country at a disadvantage as it will be unable to supply meat to Islamic countries and it could cost the meat and agricultural industries in Poland thousands of jobs.

In the US last week, questions were raised in the Senate over the takeover of Smithfield Foods by the Chinese processor Shuanghui.

Concerns were raised that the deal could have long-term implications on the US workforce, pork producers and farmers.

Concerns were also raised that Shuanghui was paying a premium for the Smithfield and that there could also be implications to other processors who might not be able to compete because of the potential for Chinese government support for the enlarged company.

However, the deal has started to attract international backing from a number of banks and it is also rumoured that if the deal goes through the new company could be floated on the Hong Kong exchange.


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Trends in Burden of Foodborne Disease in the Netherlands
Presenting foodborne disease burden rather than trends in the incidence of individual pathogens has added value because it provides a more robust, integrated perspective, according to a study presented in The Lancet.

Prevalence of Tuberculosis in Pigs Slaughtered at Two Abattoirs in Ethiopia
Researchers have found that six per cent of pigs at two abattoirs in Ethiopia were positive for Mycobacterium tuberculosis and therefore that pigs may be a source of infection in humans.

Evaluation of Pork Loins from Crossbreeds
A sensory and consumer evaluation of pork loins from crossbreeds between Danish Landrace, Yorkshire, Duroc, Iberian and Mangalitza found that the texture of pork from crossbreeds of Iberian and Mangalitza, Duroc and Landrace/Yorkshire differed.

Effects of Ractopamine Feeding Programmes on Growth and Carcasses of Finishing Pigs
A new study reveals that the beta-agonist, ractopamine, can be fed in a step-up feeding programme, even when the pigs are marketed one month after the start of the treatment. These pigs performed as well as and had similar carcass results to those on a continuous-dose regime.

Short Term Outlook for Arable Crops, Meats and Dairy: Poultry Meat
The increases in poultry meat production and consumption in the EU are slowing down, according to the European Commission in its latest report, 'Short Term Outlook for Arable Crops, Meats and Dairy'.

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Marel Acquires Part of Carnitech’s Activities
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Global Meat Industry News

   Australia

Potential Co-product Values Improve in June
New Resource for Finding and Using Premium SA Produce
Future of Beenleigh Plant in Question

   United States

AgFeed Industries Files for Bankruptcy
Chicken Exports During May up in Quantity and Value
Temporary Waiver for Livestock, Poultry Transporters
Smithfield Shareholder Still Presses for Break Up
Anti-trust Waiting Time over Shuanghui Smithfield Deal Expires
Pilgrim’s Pride to Cut 200 Jobs
Weekly Cattle Summary: Slaughter Up as Cut-out Price Tumbles
Unprecedented Vote Erodes Historic Bipartisan Farm Bill Support
CME: Near Futures Close Mostly Lower, Friday
Whole Chickens from Farmers Markets May Have More Pathogenic Bacteria
Senate Ag Committee Raises Grave Concerns with Smithfield Acquisition
NFU Opposes Splitting Nutrition Programs from Farm Bill
COOL Lawsuit Another Delaying Tactic, Says NFU
Major Concerns Raised in Senate over Smithfield-Shuanghui Deal
US Acts Against Farm over Illegal Drug Residues
CME: Meat, Poultry Demand Strong Through May
Court Approves Deal Between Zacky Farms and Foster Farms
NFU Board Stands Strong: Do Not Split Farm Bill
Weekly Roberts Market Report

   Canada

E. coli Test for Food Processors
Canada’s First Full-Line Seafood Distributor Attains BAP Certification
CPC, CCA Join US Legal Action to Block USDA’s M-COOL Rule

   United Kingdom

Yearbook Highlights Record High in Beef Sector
Parliamentarians Call of Prosecutions over Horse Meat Scandal
Dental Inspection Still Has Role in Slaughterhouse Checks
Best in Season British Lamb Deserves Backing
Study Shows Consumers Want to Know How Food is Produced
EU Move to Stimulate European Lamb Consumption
Conserve Water and Soil Fertility to Increase Productivity under Climate Change
BOCM PAULS to Showcase British Pig Industry at Buckingham Palace

   European Union

CIWF Urges UK to Stop Importing Irish Pig Meat
European Commission to Seek Answers to Food Waste
EFSA Launches Consultation into Guidance on Stunning Practices
EU Pig Prices: Increasing Demand for Meat Quickens Pig Prices

   Austria

Trade-off Between Food Security, Climate Change Mitigation

   New Zealand

Kiwi Border Security Worry for Pig Farmers
Drought to Impact NZ Lamb Crop
Red Meat Sector Welcomes Economic Cooperation Agreement with Taiwan

   Hong Kong

Smithfield's China Bidders Plan HK IPO After Deal

   Spain

Spanish Farmers Worried over CAP
Spanish Milk Production Up 3.65 per cent in 2012
Catalonian Butchers to Launch Dry Cure Study

   Global

Irish Dairy Products to Enter Chinese Market
Linking Farmers to Moving Markets
Czech SVS Finds Antibiotics in Polish Chicken Cutlets

   Poland

Poland Rejects Religious Slaughter without Stunning

   Russian Federation

More Outbreaks of African Swine Fever Reported
Cherkizovo Feed Mill Opened in Lev Tolstoy District
Russia Ensures Development of Livestock, Poultry Production

   Paraguay

Government Bullish About Livestock Sector and Export Trading
Paraguayan Meat Sector Can Meet Us Beef Standards

   Ireland

Beef Exports Up 55,000 Year On Year

   Brazil

Chicken Exports up During First Half of 2013
Brazilian Hog Industry Exports Expected to Recover
Brazilian Chicken Price Rises in a Span of One Year
Brasil Foods to Export Pork to Japan
Brazilian Meat Production to Expand

   Malaysia

Chicken Prices High in Most States Except Sarawak
Johor Poultry Association to Help Curb Chicken Price Hike
CCK Ready to Raise Poultry Output for Ramadan, Aidilfitri

   Chile

SAG Contingency Plan to Prevent Detection of Dioxins in Poultry

   China

Chinese Agrifood Prices Remain Steady

   Finland

Atria Buys Saarioinen's Meat Processing Operation

   South Africa

AMIE Lodges Complaint Against Poultry Association

   Viet Nam

Viet Nam: Hog Markets

   Mexico

Bachoco Acquires US Breeding Operation

   Netherlands

Retailers Commit to MSC, ASC, WWF ‘Think Fish’ Campaign

   Philippines

BFAR: No Red Tide in Central Luzon

   Thailand

Cargill Buys Siamakme Aquatic Feeds

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