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Wednesday 31st July 2013.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


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Repercussions of Horse Meat Scandal Rumble On

The repercussions over the scandal of beef products contaminated with horse meat were resounding across Europe again this week.

After members of parliament in the UK recently expressed their concern that no prosecutions had yet been seen over the mislabelling of products and the fraud that allowed products containing horsemeat to be portrayed as beef the Food Safety Authority of Ireland produced the results of its survey into the impact the affair has had on consumer confidence.

The food safety authority was the first to break the news of contamination of products following random DNA tests taken of burgers and frozen ready meals earlier this year.

The latest FSAI report shows there have been a significant changes in purchasing habits, reflecting a reduction in consumer confidence and trust.

More than half of those who bought frozen beef burgers in the past are buying less.

The FSAI said that overall, the issue has resulted in a marked increase in awareness of food safety, with 50 per cent of respondents saying they are now more conscious about food safety issues in general.

The implications of the issue for consumer purchasing behaviour, showed that 45 per cent of consumers now spend more time reading labels on food products.

More than half (53 per cent) say they are now more conscious of the ingredients that go into manufactured food products, while 56 per cent say they are more conscious about the country of origin of food products.

Of those who bought processed foods containing meat in the past (e.g. lasagne, shepherd’s pie, etc), 42 per cent say they now buy less of these products, while 56 per cent continue to buy the same amount.

While the UK parliamentarians had regretted th lack of a prosecution over the affair, the Irish agriculture minister Simon Coveney said that it would take time top ensure that a solids case could be brought to the courts.

Meanwhile, in France, one of the companies that was at the centre of the scandal, Spanghero, which was forced to close earlier this year, has reopened under a new name.

The meat plant based in Castlenaudary in Aude opened this week under the name of La Lauagaise.

However, the company that used to employ 230 people will now have a staff of just 95.

The company regained its health certification about two weeks ago, having lost the permit during the horse meat scandal.


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Global Meat Industry News

   Brazil

JBS to be Sued over Doux Debt
Brasil Foods Sees Revenue Rise
Brazilian Meat Production to Expand

   France

France to Support Poultry Processing Investment
Spanghero Reopens under New Name
French Meat Processing Leader Calls for Action on Prices

   United States

Smithfield Foods Records Lowest Injury Rate
Two Rules Proposed to Regulate Safety of Imported Food
Guidelines for Companies in Food Safety Alerts
Meat Groups Urge No Change on Donning and Doffing
CME: Futures Continue Sideways Trend
NFU Joins Suit to Support COOL
Tyson’s Renewable Fuel Partner Looks to Future
Poll Shows Retailer Should Rethink Meat from Antibiotic-fed Animals
NFU Signs Coalition Letter Supporting Competitive Rail Markets
Warning over Food SafetyThreat from Imported Chicken
Good News about Costs of Production and Cold Storage Inventories
Cal-Maine's CEO Optimistic about Further Growth
CME: June Commercial Hog Slaughter Lower Than a Year Ago
Meat Organisations File Injunction over COOL
Meat Groups Take Donning and Doffing Case to Court
Cargill Beef Earns Tenderness Programme Certification
CME: China Beef Buying Grows 1750 per cent
Pilgrim's Pride Fined $170,000 over Safety Violations
Northern Beef Packers Lays Off Majority of Staff
CME: Futures Lift as Traders React to Higher Beef Prices, Thursday
US Committee to Take Second Look at Smithfield-Shuanghui Deal
Election Shows Japan’s Support for TPP
NPB Sees Increase in Summer Pork Sales

   Denmark

Travelling Danes Expose Themselves to Salmonella Risk

   United Kingdom

NFU Hits Out at Lamb Price Volatility
Arla Targets 500 Million More Litres by 2017
LMC: Factories May Need to Raise Quotes to Secure Supply
Food Economy Task Force Launched
Cranswick Sales Up
Marketing In-spec Sheep Key to Best Prices
Who Should Set Food Safety, Health, Welfare Rules in the EU?
2 Sisters Backs Agricultural Innovation Scheme

   Ireland

Consumers Change Purchasing Habits in Light of Horse Meat Issue

   Ukraine

Veterinary Officials Seize Eight Tonnes of Meat
Ukrainian Ag Sector Continues to Increase Performance

   Finland

Atria Optimistic of Growth

   Malaysia

Local Suppliers Meet Chicken Demand
Chicken Shortage Problem Expected to be Solved Next Week

   Australia

MSC and Sealord Promote Certified Sustainable Seafood
Beef Farm Cash Incomes Fall
Red Meat Exports to China Boom

   China

Chinese Processor First To Offer One-Star Pompano
Yum Brands Sticks to Expansion Plans
Chinese Food Prices Affected by Weather

   Global

Expert: US Energy Prices to Fall by 20 to 30 Per Cent by 2016
Meat Sector Goes on the Offensive
EU-Colombia Trade Agreement in Place
Rabobank Forecasts Positive Outlook for Global Pork

   Canada

Government Support for Agriculture Innovation
Food Safety Reforms Could Give Agriculture a Competitive Edge

   Chile

Chile Recalls Chicken Because of Dioxin
Dioxin Found in Poultry in Chile

   Argentina

Argentinean Beef Exports Production Increase

   Italy

Heatwave Threatens Profit For Housed Systems

   Mexico

Mexico Accepts Brazilian Health Guarantees for Chicken Imports

   European Union

Food Main Source of BPA for Consumers
Executive Director Resigns from EFSA

   Thailand

CPF to Buy Russia Pork Producer

   Ethiopia

Development Organisation Recognised for Cooperative Work

   Russian Federation

African Swine Fever Situation Getting Worse
Cherkizovo Increases Meat Output
Belgium and Omsk Join Forces

   Saudi Arabia

Tyson Brazil Exports Green Chicken to Saudi Arabia

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