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Wednesday 29th January 2014.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


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Changes in Poultry Meat Inspection Needed to Improve Food Safety

Proposals in the US to change the system of poultry meat inspection will place more inspectors at the sharp end of detecting food safety issues rather than quality issues.

Dr Richard Raymond, the former USDA Undersecretary for Food Safety speaking at a seminar on pathogen reduction during the International Production and Processing Exposition in Atlanta said that the new regulations will also help to save money while improving the service.

He said that a modernisation rule on inspection is expected shortly.

He said that the current inspection system, which was developed in 1957, was now out of date.

And he called for the long running test models using a HACCP based inspection system to be given more credence.

Dr Raymond said that at present too many inspectors are based on the line looking for blemishes in the poultry meat, broken legs and other quality issues rather than testing for pathogens and other food safety issues.

Typically, he said, four inspectors are on the line looking at quality issues and just one at the end of the line is testing for food safety problems.

He said that the changes could free up 1,500 inspectors looking to pathogens and other similar problems, which employees of the processing companies should be searching for quality defects.

The new proposals, however, had run into opposition from the unions because they could mean a potential loss of 800 positions.

Dr Raymond said that new measures could save the US tax payer up to $100 million over three years and prevent at least 5,000 food borne illness cases a year.


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Global Meat Industry News

   United States

New Poultry Meat Inspection Rules Could Improve Safety and Save Money
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Wal-Mart Accepts Alaska's Sustainable Salmon Certification
NFU Responds to State of Union Address on Energy
CME: Canada, Mexico Play Huge Role in US Pork, Beef Markets
US, Mexico See Benefits of Landmark Agreement
NFU Board Calls on Congress to Pass 2014 Farm Bill This Week
Maddox Appointed New Poultry & Egg Association Chairman
Alliance Launches New Interactive, Mobile-friendly Website
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Packers, Processors Attempt to Hold Farm Bill Hostage
CME: Total Pork Inventories up in December
Foster Farms Restarts Work at Livingston Plant
Cargill to Pay $2.2M over Hiring Discrimination Charges
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US to Consume 1.25 Billion Buffalo Wings on Super Bowl Sunday
Market Intelligence Forum Previews Industry Economic Conditions at IPPE
Green Recognition for Hillshire Brands Headquarters
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Limiting Use of Antibiotics

   Norway

Filleting Robot to Help the Norwegian Fishing Industry

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Trend Continues to Stay Positive
Agricultural Commodity Prices Expected to Remain Firm

   Egypt

Brazilian Beef Plants Under Egyptian Scrutiny

   Australia

Australia Supplied Almost Half Of Chinese Red Meat Imports
Record Australian Red Meat Exports to South Asia

   Russian Federation

Russians Find Banned Steroid in Australian Meat
Cherkizovo’s Founding Family Increases Ownership in Company

   Philippines

Agriculture Sector Grew in 2013 Despite Typhoons

   United Kingdom

Faccenda Sees Sharp Rise in Profits
Real Welfare Sample Sizes Advised to Stay Unchanged
Food Group Withdraws but DAPP Continues
Boost in Environmental Credentials by UK Pig Industry
Call for Submission of Views on Planning, Antibiotics and Welfare
Pig Processor Withdraws from Pricing Report

   Canada

La Coop fédérée and Olymel Reorganise Pork Breeding, Processing Operations
Ritz Announces Funding Committment for International Pork Promotion
Canada Backs Pork Producers Targeting New Markets

   China

WH Groupo Seeks Hong Kong Listing
Glimpse of China's Meat Consumption
Chinese Pig Numbers Increasing
Shuanghui Changes Name to WH Group

   Singapore

NTUC FairPrice Offers Halal Thai Frozen Chicken

   Global

Rising Costs of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea Virus
McDonald’s Sales Fall in Fourth Quarter

   Netherlands

Dutch Pork Exports Fall Despite Gains in Russia
Less Food Waste Leads to Higher Consumer Welfare

   Uganda

Food Chain Raises Stakes in Chicken Market

   Italy

Italy's Pig Meat Trade Gap Widens

   Thailand

Tracing Origin of Meat Products with Tesco QR Code System

   New Zealand

Little Change in New Zealand Beef Exports

   Japan

Cattle Slaughter in Japan to Ease

   Denmark

Danish Pig Meat to Russia Rises

   Brazil

Brazilian Beef Export Values Surge

   Argentina

Argentinean Beef Exports Up - Still Below 2004-07 Levels

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