Business and Industry News for the meat sector
Statement on reopening of Korean market
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.
Argentina will ease ban on exports
BONN The ban on exports of beef meat imposed by the Argentine government shall be eased. According to a decision of the Department of Trade and Industry the export shipment of an amount equal to 40% of the beef meat export of 2005 will be allowed from June until November 2006.
Australian Livestock with huge phantom numbers
fleischwirtschaft.de – QUEENSLAND/Australia: A big difference of about 11 million phantom cattle has been found between the existing Australian cattle population with 27 million individuals and the database registrations of about 38 million. This has been reported by the online service of Queensland Country Life.
Application of CO with modified atmosphere packaging
CHICAGO Several members of the Institute of Food Technologists (ift) have stated, that concerns about the application of carbon monoxide (CO) with modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) of meat are scientifically, unfounded. Supported by the FDA declaring, that CO is a colourless, odourless, ‘invisible’ gas and therefore can not directly transfer colour to meat, they even conclude, that there is no deception for the consumer arising.
"No" to cutting farm import tariffs
SOUTH AFRICA Austrian Agriculture Minister Josef Proell said Europe should not be making another new offer on cutting farm import tariffs to secure a wider World Trade Organization deal because it had previously put forward its proposals for the WTO's global trade round, saying Europe had reached its limit. He said this during an informal meeting of EU farm ministers.
Veal as a culinary adventure
CENTENNIAL, (Colorado) A new product tagline positions veal as a versatile, culinary adventure and encourages casual-themed foodservice operators to add new panache to their menus with veal options.
Tican co-operates with Rose Poultry
THISTED (Denmark) On 1st July 2006 a new co-operation from Tican a.m.b.a., Thisted, with Rose Poultry, Vinderup, is established.
FSIS initiates small and very small plant outreach program
WASHINGTON, DC The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced a new outreach plan designed to improve food safety programs at small and very small meat, poultry and egg product plants.
BSI achieves global system accreditation
LONDON BSI Management Systems has strengthened its position in the global food safety certification market by being among the first organizations to be independently accredited to deliver certification against ISO 22000, the new international food safety standard.
“Safer food, better business” for small retailers
LONDON (United Kingdom) The British Food Standards Agency (FSA) is launching a new version of “Safer food, better business” (SFBB) for small retailers. It will be available at the beginning of June. The pilot of the online forum to discuss SFBB ends on 31 May 2006.
FAO/OIE conference to tackle bird flu controversy
ROME How far wild birds are to blame for spreading highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), or bird flu, will be the key issue at a scientific conference organized here on May 30-31 by FAO and OIE, the World Organisation for Animal Health.
US Senators call for end to beef embargoes
WASHINGTON, DC Thirty-one United States Senators sent a letter to the Prime Minister of Japan and the Ambassador of Korea urging them to resume trade in U.S. beef. The letter urged Japan to resume trade prior to the Prime Minister Koizumi’s visit in June.
WHO is concerned about the situation in Indonesia
fleischschwirtschaft.de - INDONESIA. The Ministry of Health in Indonesia has confirmed an additional case of human infection with the H5N1 avian influenza virus. The case occurred in a 32-year-old man. He developed symptoms on 15 May and died on 22 May.
Ruokatalo and Danish Crown acquire all shares in Sokolów
TURKU (Finland) Saturn Nordic Holding AB, a joint venture of HK Ruokatalo Group and Danish Crown, intends to acquire all the shares in the Polish meat company Sokolow S.A.
Richard L. Bond new CEO of Tyson Food
SPRINGDALE (Arkansas, USA) In keeping with plans for succession of its senior management, Tyson Foods, Inc. announced that Richard L. Bond has been elected by the Board of Directors as President and Chief Executive Officer of the company and will report to the board.
Bird flu hits Denmark's domestic flock
COPENHAGEN Denmark has confirmed that the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu has been found in domestic birds. According to “EuroNews” exports of poultry from the island of Funen were halted immediately after birds on a farm there tested positive for the virus. The flock has been culled.