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Monday 16th September 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

New Method Tests Pork Provenance

Following extensive research and two years of development and rigorous testing, a scientifically-based system has been introduced to enhance the integrity of provenance and traceability of Red Tractor pork.

It is designed to confirm that pork is indeed British if it says so on pack. It is believed to be the first time the system has been applied in the food industry in the UK.

The new system will not only deliver increased trust throughout the supply chain, it provides consumers with an additional layer of confidence in Red Tractor pork at a time when they are more concerned than ever about the integrity of the meat they buy. It means that Red Tractor pork will benefit from one of the most comprehensive traceability checks available to consumers in the UK.

Known as SIRA – Stable Isotope Reference Analysis – the method links pork to its geographical area of production. It has proved to be so robust in trials that it has now been incorporated into the quality assurance schemes operated by the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA). The BMPA assurance schemes are used as part of the Red Tractor standards for pork and pork products.

Already there has been some evidence that pork chops from one large UK supermarket has been incorrectly labelled as British.

The announcement is timely as the UK's assurance scheme - Red Tractor - is running this week.

In the US, the total number of swine accessions and diagnostic case submissions testing positive for the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) virus is now 584, 31 more than from a week ago. The increase is similar to the previous two weeks.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Company News

Zoetis Declares Quarterly Dividend
US - Zoetis™ has declared its fourth-quarter 2013 dividend at $0.065 per share.
Novartis to Host Animal Health Conferences
GLOBAL - Novartis AH is organising, together with corresponding researchers working in the area of Colonic Spirochaetal infections, conferences on a three year basis to discuss topics related to pathogens causing those infections in animals and humans.
Osborne Industries Supplies Swine Production Equipment for New Training Centre
US - Iowa Lakes Community College of Emmetsburg, Iowa, will host an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony at its new Swine Training Center on Thursday 19 September 2013 from 3 to 4:30p.m.
Pig Production: 20 Years of Big Dutchman Systems in Romania
ROMANIA - Many successful Romanian livestock owners have trusted Big Dutchman poultry and pig equipment in the past 20 years. This significant figure was recently the reason for a celebratory symposium in the Transylvanian city of Sibiu.
Merck Animal Health Introduces Next Generation of Circovirus Protection
US - Merck Animal Health is offering the first porcine circovirus Type 2 (PCV2) vaccine - Circumvent® PCV G2 - for use in pigs as early as three days of age.
40 Years of Osborne’s Stanfield Heat Pads for Pigs
US - Celebrating 40 years since their development, Osborne’s Stanfield Heat Pads remain the safest, most reliable and economical heat pads for piglets in livestock production facilities.
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Global Pig Industry News

   United Kingdom

New Test Boosts UK Pig Industry Assurance Scheme
Red Tractor Week Starts on 16 September
British Prices Ease as Continental Pigs Slide
Challenges Remain after Pig Health, Welfare Report Launch
Five-year Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy Published
Pig Health and Welfare Report Published
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New Guidance on Registering, Identifying and Movement
New DAPP-spot Matrices Will be Fairer for All

   United States

Kansas Professor Weighs up Pros, Cons of Country Labelling
CME: Changes to Livestock Supply Estimates for 2013 and 2014
JBS USA Announces Debt Refinancing
Pork Checkoff Sponsors International Pork Safety Symposium
Hog Outlook: Retail Pork Demand Higher
Farmers Union Supports Court Decision over COOL
Manure Applicator Reduces PED Virus Risk
PED-Positive Submissions Continue to Edge Upwards
New Biosecurity Guidelines Designed to Curb PEDV
US Court Throws out Country of Origin Labelling Injunction
CME: Corn Yields Expected to be Lower
High-welfare Programme Now Covers One Billion Farm Animals
Cargill Elects New Chief Executive
Extension is Not the Answer to Stalled Farm Bill
New Act Aims to Modernise US Meat Safety Inspection
Advisory Firm Recommends Smithfield Shareholders Vote for Deal
Special Report: USDA Supply-Demand Data Bearish for Corn, Mildly Bullish for Soybeans
NFU Uses Sustainability to Show Importance of Farm Bill
Challenges of Animal Disease Traceability, Implementation
Looking Ahead to September Corn Stocks Estimate
Wyckoff's Weekly Grain Forecast: Thursday's USDA Reports Key to Watch
NFU Passes Unanimous Decision on Renewable Fuels, COOL and Farm Bill
Farmers Union Provides Skills Boost to Newcomers
Thai Trader Agrees $5.2m Settlement over Smithfield Insider Trading
Pork Repeats Strong Demand Showing
Pork Commentary: US Hog Market Stays Strong

   Russian Federation

Spot Checks by Russian Vets to Clamp Down on African Swine Fever
Foot and Mouth Disease in Trans-Baikal


PED Expected to Become More Difficult to Control
Pork Council Disappointed with Denial of Preliminary Injunction over COOL
Pork Industry Profitability Stimulates Interest in Advance Payments
Call for Substantial Changes to Resolve M-COOL Dispute
Concerns over Conversion of Sow Barns to Group Housing
Farm Care Conference to Deliver Outlook, Codes of Practice
Manitoba Prepared to Launch PED Action Plan


SAGARPA Promotes Domestic Pork Consumption


Food Waste Harms Climate, Water, Land and Biodiversity
Plan for ASF Prevention Fence Rejected
Europe, Africa Study Roads to Sustainable Intensification

   European Union

Commission Provides Financial Support to Combat African Swine Fever
Maintain Family Farming for a Competitive and Sustainable Sector
EU Tackles Invasive Species Affecting Agriculture
EU Pig Prices: Large Supplies on Offer Cause Price Drop
Slovenia, Croatia and Austria Repair Flood Damage


Brazil Hog Markets
Russia, Ukraine, Hong Kong Main Markets for Brazilian Pork


Maltese Meat Production Up in Q2 2013


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