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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 3 June 2009

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Editorial: Focus on Food Safety

Food safety has been high on the global agenda this week. On Sunday Chinese authorities pledged to use their new Food Safety Law as a platform to intensify monitoring and law enforcement, hoping to curb repeated food scandals.

Where Chinese food safety progress has been poor, an official at the American Meat Institute (AMI) told the Canadian House of Commons that the US and Canadian illnesses associated with meat consumption have declined, with nearly one billion meals being consumed each day in the United States without incident.

Meanwhile, in Adelaide Australia, two companies recalled beef products they had processed over fears that they had been contaminated with listeria. Later in the week further test came back negative. Over in the UK scientists announced that they had discovered what the food poisoning bug Salmonella feeds on to survive: glucose. It is hoped that this insight may lead to the development of a vaccine.

Jackie Linden, writing for TheBeefSite, takes a closer look at the issue of meat consumption in her article - Milk & Meat in Our Diet: Good or Bad for Health & Wealth? - featured below.

Adam Anson

DuPont Animal Health Solutions
* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Milk & Meat in Our Diet: Good or Bad for Health & Wealth?
Professor Ian Givens of the University of Reading outlined the evidence concerning the health benefits (and otherwise) of animal products in the human diet in the 21st century at this year's meeting of the British Society of Animal Science. Jackie Linden summarises his main points for TheCattleSite.
Beef Cattle Nutrient Requirements
Beef cattle require nutrients to support body maintenance, reproduction, lactation, and growth, says this Mississippi State University Extension report.
Grass-fed Beef: a US Consumers Perspective
The American Grass-fed Association defines grass-fed as “food products from animals that have eaten nothing but their mother’s milk and fresh grass or grass-type hay from birth to harvest—all their lives,” says this University of Wisconsin Extension’s guide to grass-fed beef.
Back to the Past With New TSE Testing
Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) are rare-but lethal-neurodegenerative disorders that affect a range of mammals, including humans, writes Ann Perry, Agricultural Research Service Information Staff.
Detecting Carcass Contamination with Spectroscopic Imaging
A preliminary investigation analysed markers of faecal contamination in cattle diets in a bid to improve meat safety, says M.R.F. Lee, V.J. Theobald, M. K. Theodorou, Veberg Dahl, F. Lundby and J. P. Wold. This paper was from the international conference Advancing Beef Safety through Research and Innovation organised by ProSafeBeef - a European Commission Research Project.
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* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   General

 » BSE NEWS: Hong Kong Cautious Over British Beef
 » AMI Says Industry Made Progress on Food Safety
 » 85th OIE Anniversary Marked with New Transparency

   Philippines

 » Philippines Lifts Import Ban on Netherlands' Beef

   Ireland

 » Teagasc Launch New Suckler Beef Research Farm
 » UFU: Meat Plants Reduce Beef to Commodity Product
 » Brucellosis Could be Wiped Out in Parts of Ireland

   United Kingdom

 » UK Food Standards Agency Publish Incidents Report
 » LMC Report: Weather Affects World's Beef
 » Report Highlights Hidden Dangers of UK Beef Industry
 » Salmonella's Sugar Craving Paves Way to Vaccine
 » NBA Warns that UK Beef Industry is Eating Itself Up
Genus - Value through science and genomics
   Japan

 » OIE Eases Japan's Status

   Denmark

 » ICoMST: Meat – Muscle, Manufacturing and Meals

   Australia

 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » Adelaide Beef Recall Tests Come Back Negative
 » King Island to Eradicate Cattle Disease
 » Registration Opens for Animal Nutrition Conference

   Canada

 » Bioniche Seeks E. coli Programme Endorsement
 » Enhanced Traceability Benefits Producers and Buyers
 » Food Traceability Not a Food Safety Issue
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   United States

 » R-calf Urge Public to Stand Against NAIS,
 » Human Health and Trans Fat in Cattle Products
 » Five Rivers: JBS Spot Challenges and Split Ownership
 » Will Insurance Bring Stability to US Beef Farmers?
 » University Researcher Advises on Forage Efficiency
 » Tyson Foods Names Two New Top Executives
 » Tuberculosis Herd Discovered in Rock County
 » NFU Renews Call for Support of COOL
 » CME: What's H1N1 Doing to the Meat Industry?
 » Weekly US Cattle Outlook: Feed Number Down

   Argentina

 » Beef Production to Fall Alongside Herds in Argentina

   Finland

 » Antibiotic-resistance Spreads to Fertilizer

   Brazil

 » Friends of the Earth Denounce New Soy Standards
 » Big Brand Names Colluding in Amazon Destruction

   China

 » China Gets Tough Over Food Safety



That's all for this week!

Ed.
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