The Pig Site – The EU meat sector is expected to be supported by strong demand on the world market driven by favourable economic conditions. In Europe, prospects of improved economic growth should leave consumers with more disposable income allowing for a higher consumption of meat products.
The Meat Site – Safer food, less waste, more efficient food production and better use of natural resources are just some of the goals inspiring the work of a new research group at the University of Lincoln in the UK.
The Agri-Food Technology Research Group aims to develop new technological solutions for all stages of food production including cultivation, harvest, processing and packaging.
Agri-food is the largest industry in Lincolnshire and food security is also one of the major challenges identified by the UK Research Councils.
The Fish Site – Per capita income is set to eclipse population growth as the dominant driver of change in the global food system, says a Purdue researcher noted for his work on the economic impacts of global trade and environmental policies.
Thomas Hertel said that while population and income will remain the two most influential factors in determining global food demand and cropland expansion, their relative importance will be altered.
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MSN News – Despite advances in food safety and consumer awareness, food recalls impact millions of Americans every year. In July alone, according to the Food and Drug Administration, 17 food and beverage items were pulled from shelves for a wide variety of reasons. They include the detections of disease-causing bacterium such as salmonella, listeria and E. coli; the presence of undeclared milks, nuts, eggs and wheat; and also instances of Hepatitis A tainting.
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The Poultry Site – ANALYSIS – This week’s news in the global poultry markets has included some significant developments in terms of the food safety risks from poultry meat. In the EU and US, discussions have begun on modernising meat inspection procedures to tackle better today’s food safety risks. Among these is Listeria in ready-to-eat foods, which has been the subject of an EFSA baseline survey.
This week’s news in the global poultry markets has included some significant developments in terms of the food safety risks from poultry meat.
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The Poultry Site – In Europe, last year, the European Food Safety Authority published an opinion on the existing inspection procedures in poultry slaughterhouses and came to the conclusion that the simple visual inspection was not sufficient in times when concerns over pathogens such as Salmonella and Campylobacter were rising. The accent it concluded was for a more “whole chain” approach to inspection.
EFSA called for the introduction of a comprehensive food safety assurance system, including clear targets for what should be achieved in poultry carcases and, where appropriate, with respect to a particular hazard for poultry flocks.
The authority also recommended the use of a variety of control options for the main hazards, both on the farm and at the abattoir, in order to meet these targets. >>Continue Reading<<
Source and Photo: The Poultry Site, June 28th, 2013
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ANALYSIS – A new study from the US shows just how poor storage conditions can be at retailers and on farms for animal health products. If the results represent the industry generally, it is little wonder that vaccines, antibiotics and other products sometimes give disappointing results! There are signs that the H7N9 avian flu crisis is abating in China and the Mexican authorities have reported no new outbreaks in the region of Puebla. However, another low-pathogenic form of the flu virus has been reported at a farm in Spain in the last week.
Animal health products including vaccines and antibiotics usually have defined storage conditions to maintain their efficacy. These conditions, stated on the packaging, need to be kept to throughout the supply chain but a recently published case study involving beef producers in Idaho has revealed less-than-ideal refrigeration storage conditions for these products at retailers and on-farm.
Idaho beef producers and animal health product retailers participated in a study to gather data on the handling and management of animal health products.
In the study, the University of Idaho placed data loggers in 176 refrigerators (129 belonging to producers and 47 with retailers), recording temperatures in 10-minute intervals for a minimum of 48 hours.
The approximate age, type and location of the producers’ refrigerators were recorded, along with where the products were stored in the refrigerator. An inventory of each producers’ refrigerator was taken, with expired and opened products recorded.
Almost one-third (31 per cent) of the producers’ refrigerators maintained the recommended temperature range of 2 to 7°C for more than 95 per cent of the time but one-third (33 per cent) of the producers’ refrigerators maintained the recommended temperature range less than five per cent of the time.
Thirty-four per cent of the retailers’ refrigerators were within the recommended temperature range for more than 95 per cent of the time. However, 17 per cent were in the range less than five per cent of the time. More than 40 per cent of retailers did not monitor refrigerator temperatures.
Turning to news of bird flu, no new human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) have been reported in China in the last week and official are doing their utmost to convince the local population that the danger is over, including eating poultry meat in public. H7N9-positive samples are still being reported at some markets.
Shanghai retailers are now allowed to sell chicken meat again, which will come as a relief to hard-pressed poultry farmers who have seen close to a market collapse for their product over the last few weeks.
Low-pathogenic H7N1 avian flu has been reported in breeding hens at a farm in the Spanish region of Catalonia in the last week. Of the 12,000-plus birds in the flock, 133 died and rest have been destroyed.
In Mexico, surveillance has uncovered no new cases of bird flu in Puebla, according to the Ministry of Agriculture (SAGARPA).
Source: ThePoultrySite, 28th May, 2013
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MSN News – People will choose larger portions of food if they are labeled as being “healthier,” even if they have the same number of calories, according to a new study.
“People think (healthier food) is lower in calories,” said Pierre Chandon, a marketing professor at the INSEAD Social Science Research Center in France, and they “tend to consume more of it.”
That misconception can lead to people eating larger portion sizes of so-called healthy foods, and therefore more calories.
“Foods are marketed as being healthier for a reason, because food producers believe, and they correctly believe, that those labels will influence us to eat their products and perhaps eat more of their products,” said Dr. Cliodhna Foley Nolan the director of Human Health and Nutrition at Safefood, a government agency in Ireland.
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Labex Korea – Aligning agribusiness and development means taking a holistic approach – The Guardian panel suggest 14 crucial factors to making it work. The mainly factors presented by 7 professionals are: Engage smallholders fairly, Regulations aren’t always as effective as voluntary adherence, Bring agriculture into the media, Embed sustainable management systems, We need a holistic approach to value chain development, Monitoring is key, Mainstream conservatism, Certification schemes, Can entrench inequality, Model farms can help encourage chemical compliance, Value chains work best within well-functioning systems, Release Africa’s farmlands from cash crops, Adopt a gendered approach, Governments have a crucial role to play, You can’t ‘scale up’ unsustainable programmes.
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The Poultry Site – Inside the store, ethics drops down the list of priorities and price, freshness, quality and brand take over.
However, while ethical production might not seem so important for the individual consumer in making the buying decision, it is very important politically for the store, the processor and the producer and comes to the fore when mistakes are made and publicised.
Speaking at the recent National Office for Animal Health conference in London on Britain’s Food Industry and dispelling myths about livestock production, David Evans, (pictured) the head of agriculture at the supermarket chain Morrisons, said that consumers views on ethical production are very broad and also inconsistent.
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