Business and Industry News for the meat sector
FSIS permits new technologies
WASHINGTON, DC Improvements in the safety of meat and poultry in recent years is mainly due to application of new technologies. Hence, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) encourages continued improvement and innovation in food safety technologies.
Canada strengthens feed controls
OTTAWA The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is banning cattle tissues capable of transmitting bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) from all animal feeds, pet foods and fertilizers.
Pork tenderloin as lean as chicken breast
USA A study, conducted by by scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Maryland, in cooperation with the National Pork Board, found that pork tenderloin is just as lean as a skinless chicken breast.
Rosenfeld new CEO with Kraft Foods
NORTHFIELD/USA, Ill The Board of Directors of Kraft Foods Inc. (NYSE:KFT) announced the appointment of Irene B. Rosenfeld (53) as Chief Executive Officer.
vCJD – quickly developing cases might be an exception
LONDON/NEW YORK As reported by the medical journal The Lancet fast developing cases of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) could be considered atypical.
INSCA changes chair
ALEXANDRIA/Egypt According to the charter of the International Natural Sausage Casing Association (INSCA) Mr. Manfred Grundt (Germany) will step aside the position of the chairman after a 6 years period.
Resumption of beef trade with Japan
USA The governments of the United States and Japan basically agreed to reopen beef trade which ended in January this year.
6 percent increase of US beef production expected
USA Due to the USDA Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook of June 2006, beef production in the US will reach 6.65 billion pounds in the second quarter, which is a 7% increase compared to the same period last year.
AHA releases new diet and lifestyle recommendations
DALLAS The new guidelines on healthy diet and lifestyle replace the recommendations issued in 2000. To prevent cardiovascular disease the American Heart Association (AHA) is bringing together healthy lifestyle and a healthy diet. Previously, the recommendations stressed a healthy dietary pattern.
S. Black and CP Kelco Enter Hydrocolloids Distributor Agreement
HERTFORD/UK S. Black Ltd have been appointed distributor for the CP Kelco range of hydrocolloids for the UK Food and Beverage Industry.
Certification of natural casings for export
USA The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) currently released instructions for the certification of intestines and animal casings for export.
Smithfield keeps its sights on Europe
USA The world’s largest pork products supplier, Smithfield Foods, is still focussing on growth. The Americans want to extend their business, particularly in Europe. Long-term this is the right way to go, said CEO Joseph W Luter III at the presentation of the 2006 business results.
Smithfield Foods – Changes in Top Management
VIRGINIA Joseph W. Luter, III today announced that he plans to relinquish the title of chief executive officer of Smithfield Foods, Inc. after serving for 31 years as chairman and chief executive officer.
European cattle population continued to fall slowly
LUXEMBOURG The December 2005 cattle surveys in the EU-25 show that the cattle population continued to fall slowly. According to European statistical office “Eurostat” total numbers of cattle were lower (–0.7%) than in December 2004. The price of cattle remains relatively high.
Statement on reopening of Korean market
WASHINGTON, DC Intense negotiations between the U.S. and Korea to restore beef trade between the nations are ongoing. And as these negotiations proceed, it is important to remember that the role of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) is to certify the integrity of the U.S. system for export to various nations according to the terms of agreements, American Meat Institute (AMI) says in a statement on reopening of Korean market.
New rules for nitrites and nitrates
BRUSSELS European Health Council amended 2 EU Directives on food additives and sweeteners. The legislation agreed adapts the authorised levels of nitrates and nitrites permitted in meat, in line with a ruling by the Court of Justice in 2000, and a subsequent scientific opinion from the European Food Safety Authority.
Austrian team winner of the International Young Butchers’ Competition
BRUGES Gerald Moser from Austria is the winner of this year’s International Young Butchers’ Competition. The second place goes to Florian Gstach from Austria also, and the third place to Jérôme Dubiez from France.
Animal welfare is a European value
BRUSSELS There is a high awareness of animal welfare in the EU, but are consumers prepared to pay a higher price for "animal friendly products"? This was one of the topics discussed in a hearing organised by the Parliament's Agriculture committee on the EU action plan for animal welfare 2006-2010.
New food protection centre at Danisco Brabrand
COPENHAGEN Danisco A/S has concentrated its research and development activities in the field of natural food protection in Brabrand, Denmark. Laboratories in Beaminster in the UK, and Niebüll in Germany will be closed.