Business and Industry News for the meat sector
Application of CO with modified atmosphere packaging
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.
Training workshop on welfare standards
HERTS (UK) The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA), the UK-based charity that promotes food animal welfare in markets, during transport and at slaughter, has been awarded a contract by the European Commission to organize and run an international training workshop on welfare standards for the stunning and killing of animals in slaughterhouses and disease control situations.
Japan likely to decide in June to resume U.S. beef imports
TOKYO According to Kyodo News Japan approved the outcome of recent safety checks at U.S. meatpacking facilities for beef exports at a three-day bilateral meeting that ended in Tokyo on Friday, a move that could pave the way for Tokyo to decide as early as June to lift its reimposed ban on American beef.
Resumption of U.S. beef sales to China and Japan?
BEIJING A delegation from the U.S. and Chinese governments concluded two days of negotiations to establish a protocol for the resumption of U.S. beef sales to China.
Turkish meat processing guests at the IBC Conference
MADRID The Spanish organisation CedeCarne was the host of this year's spring conference of the International Butchers' Confederation in Madrid.
Beef finally flows to South Africa
SYDNEY Exports of Australian beef have started to flow to the South African market after bans were placed on red meat products from Brazil (October 2005) and Argentina (January 2006), following outbreaks of foot and mouth (FMD) in these countries.
MEPs get tough on food label claims
STRASBOURG Members of European Parliament (MEPs) approved today tougher rules for foods claiming to provide nutritional and health benefits. They want clear definitions for claims that foods are "low energy", "low fat", "high fibre" or even "reduce cholesterol".
Sara Lee to divest European meat business
VIRGINIA/CHICAGO The consumer goods conglomerate Sara Lee Corp wants to sell its European meat business as part of an ongoing process of streamlining its product portfolio.