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Wednesday 18th September 2013.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


Antibiotic Resistance and Provenance Testing

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) prioritises the most threatening 'superbugs' in human medicine in the US and outlines four core actions to halt antibiotic resistance in pathogens.

CDC says 'Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2013' offers a snapshot of the complex problem of antibiotic resistance today and the potentially catastrophic consequences of inaction.

The overriding purpose of the report, says CDC, is to increase awareness of the threat that antibiotic resistance poses and to encourage immediate action to address the threat.

The first section of the report provides context and an overview of antibiotic resistance in the US. It gives a nationwide assessment of the most dangerous antibiotic resistance threats, prioritising bacteria (and one fungus) into one of three categories: urgent, serious and concerning.

Other chapters cover what can be done to combat this growing threat and a summary of each of the pathogens covered by the report.

Commenting on the report, one campaign group - Food & Water Watch - took the opportunity to blame antibiotic resistance on 'factory farms', saying it should come as a wake-up call for that sector of the industry.

The Animal Health Institute (AHI), on the other hand, generally supported the findings of the report, saying that it confirms FDA’s developing policy to phase out growth promotion uses of medically important antibiotics and to phase in more veterinary oversight. AHI highlighted that, of the 18 specific antibiotic-resistant threats discussed in the report, only two have possible connections to antibiotic use in food animals.

In the UK, it is Red Tractor Week, offering opportunities for the promotion of the country's food quality assurance scheme.

Following extensive research and two years of development and rigorous testing, the British Pig Executive (BPEX) has introduced a scientifically-based system to enhance the integrity of provenance and traceability of Red Tractor pork. The test is known as SIRA – Stable Isotope Reference Analysis - and it links pork to its geographical area of production.

The test will be rolled out for other foods in future but the pig industry is the first sector to benefit from the test. The very first tests indicated that some supermarket pork chops had been incorrectly labelled as 'British'. The supermarket involved as well as its direct and indirect suppliers have denied any wrongdoing yet the developers of the test claim it has been "robust in trials".


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Is Sous Vide Cooking Safe?
The Institute of Food Research (IFR) has been undertaking research for the Food Standards Agency to establish if the cooking technique sous vide is safe.

Further Regulation Will Not Restore Faith in Food Industry
Further regulation will not be enough to restore consumer faith in the food industry in the event of another food scare.

Temperament Traits Related to Stress and Meat Quality
Initial results of work at the Prairie Swine Centre described in the Annual Report 2012-2013 indicate that finishing pigs can be selected for a reduced stress response.

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS 2013: Asia Puts More Emphasis on Trading Prepared Products
Asia is a major importer of fresh/frozen chicken meat, representing about half the global figure and more than double the quantity five years earlier, according to industry watcher, Terry Evans in his analysis of chicken meat trade in the region.

Castration and Male Pigs - Denmark Prepares for EU Ban
Researchers at the Danish Pig Research Centre (PRC) are preparing for the European Union ban on boar castration in 2018 by looking at methods that include feeding chicory and immuno-castration as well as other ways to reduce boar taint.

Market Reports

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Irish Agricultural Price Indices - July 2013
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USDA International Meat Review - September 2013
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USDA International Egg and Poultry - 18 September 2013
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Sri Lanka Fish Prices - 18 September 2013
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BPEX Weekly Export Bulletin - Week 37
Irish Agricultural Price Indices - July 2013
Portland Fish Exchange Prices - 15 September 2013
USDA International Meat Review - September 2013
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Portland Fish Exchange Prices - 4 September 2013
USDA WASDE - September 2013
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 12 September 2013
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Global Meat Industry News

   United States

Only Two Antibiotic-resistance Threats Connected to Food Animals
Campaign Group Blames Antibiotic Resistance on Factory Farms
Where Did All the Hogs Go?
Smithfield Makes Announcement to Senior Note-holders
Health Agency Addresses Antibiotic Resistance Issue
Kansas Professor Weighs up Country of Origin Labelling
US Meat Industry Groups Discuss Possible Merger
Appeal over Country of Origin Labelling Blocking Consumer Rights
US Welfare Programme Covers One Billion Farm Animals
CME: Changes to Livestock Supply Estimates for Remainder of 2013, 2014
Cattle Outlook: Retail Beef Demand Higher During July
Hog Outlook: Retail Pork Demand Higher
Debt Refinancing at JBS USA
Kansas Packer Recalls Beef Tongue over E.Coli
Egg-free Mayonnaise Launched
US Symposium Looks at Pork Safety
CME: Lower Corn Yields Expected
Advisory Firm Recommends Yes Vote for Smithfield Takeover
New Act to Update US Meat Inspection
Cargill Elects New Chief Executive
US Court Throws out Country of Origin Labelling Injunction

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Quotations Still Give In
Europe Split over Waste Fats for Biofuels and Environmental Protection

   Brazil

New Corporate Affairs Chief at BRF
Opportunities for Free-range Egg Production in Brazil
Seara Acquisition by JBS Cleared by Anti-trust Authority
Brazil Hog Markets

   China

US Voices Raised in Opposition to Chicken Processed in China
Yum China Sees Sales Drop

   United Kingdom

Funky Fish from Young's Seafood
Is a Country-of-origin Label Worth the Paper It Is Printed On?
Cooked Ham May be Linked to Salmonella Outbreak
Test Strengthens UK Pork Assurance Scheme
Red Tractor Week Starts on 16 September
Pork Pies Success in Hong Kong
Poultry Industry Body Welcomes Antimicrobial Strategy
Research Centre to Improve Avian Health
Five-year Plan to Beat Antibiotic Resistance

   Kenya

EU Assesses Safety of Kenya's Fishery Products

   Hong Kong

Shark and Bluefin Tuna off the Menu in Hong Kong

   Thailand

Thai Food Processor Cuts Growth Forecast
Thai Pig Farmers Fight against Pork Imports from US
Bank Supports Troubled Poultry Processor

   Germany

Germany Moves Towards Setting Legal Minimum for Meat Workers' Wages

   Argentina

EU Inspectors Audit Argentinian Egg Processors

   Turkey

Residues Found in Half of Chicken, Beef Sampled in Ankara

   Malaysia

Malaysian Poultry Traders Oppose Wet Market Ban

   Russian Federation

Russian Vets to Inspect US Turkey Plants
Spot Checks by Russian Vets to Clamp Down on African Swine Fever

   Mexico

Mexican Beef Processor in $450 Million Loan Deal
Egg Imports to Mexico Double

   Australia

High Slaughter Boosts Beef Production

   Canada

Fresh Open Pen Raised Pork at Calgary Co-op

   Denmark

Are Consumers Creatures of Habit?

   Chile

EU Market Opens to Beef from Chile

   South Africa

Clash over Tax on South African Chicken Imports

   Global

Food Waste Impacts Climate Water Land Biodiversity
Hilton Meats Grows in Challenging Market
Southern African Egg Event Stresses Sustainable Production

   France

Eight Arrested in France over Horse Meat Scandal

   Pakistan

Pakistan Industry Calls for Zero Tax on Poultry Products

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