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Monday 14th October 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

How to Promote Confidence in Pork

Last week, the EU Parliament authorised reforms to the health checks on pork. Proposals to allow official abattoir vets to declare pork fit for human consumption after a simple visual check, without systematic incision or palpation, will go ahead after members of the Parliament rejected a veto-motion tabled by the Food Safety Committee last week.

The proposals will nonetheless allow the official vet to carry out incision and palpation before applying the health mark but only if data of provenance, previous inspections or visual checks indicate possible risks to public health, animal health or animal welfare.

Food Safety Committee parliament members, whose resolution was rejected by 368 votes to 268 with 13 abstentions, underlines the importance of the role played by official vets, it was reported.

The UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) has welcomed the European Parliament’s endorsement of the proposals to change the regulations governing official controls in pig slaughterhouses.

In Canada, there have been new initiatives to promote food safety from farm to fork.

Working with Manitobans to ensure food is safe from farm to fork is the goal of the Growing Assurance–Food Safety initiatives being launched as part of the federal-provincial Growing Forward 2 agreement.

The announcement was made last week by Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Minister Ron Kostyshyn and Member of Parliament James Bezan on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.

"The process of food safety begins on farms, then moves to include processors, the transportation industry and retailers, and ends on the consumer’s plate," said Minister Kostyshyn. "Meeting high food safety standards will benefit the agri-food industry by maintaining consumer confidence, increasing market access, enhancing product quality and consistency and reducing waste in a world where food is a valuable commodity."

Following the "horsemeat scandal" in Europe earlier this year, improved ways of testing meat in the food chain are under development. The UK's Institute of Food Research (IFR) and Oxford Instruments have teamed up on a method to distinguish different types of meat based on the variation in their fatty acid profiles.

The fatty acid profiles of meat from different animals are readily distinguishable using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) but until recently, the equipment to carry out these tests has been too expensive and technically complicated to allow deployment in industrial settings. However, Oxford Instruments has launched a new benchtop instrument that makes NMR spectroscopy available for routine testing. In parallel, IFR is developing the analysis software to provide new weapons in the battle against food fraud.

The methods being developed will be rapid and low cost. So far, the research has reached a point where it is possible to differentiate between whole cuts or chunks of beef, lamb, pork and horse. Further development work will be carried out over the coming months, to extend the methodology to the detection of small amounts of minced meat in the presence of another, mimicking many of the adulteration events that came to light earlier this year.

In order to boost its pork exports to China, Smithfield Foods has said it will reduce the use of a feed additive, ractopamine. The additive makes pork leaner but its use is banned in China.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

What is the Value of Real Welfare?
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Comparison of Viraemia of Type II PRRS Virus in Naturally Infected Pigs
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Swine Dysentery: Re-Emergence in the United States and Canada
Factors relating to the environment, feeding practices, diet, host susceptibility and colonic microbiota may be responsible for the increased incidence of swine dysentery over recent years, according to Eric R. Burrough of the Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University in the US.

Australia: Agricultural Commodities: Pig Meat
A review of the state of the industry by Clay Mifsud, based on research by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) for the September Quarter 2013.

Controlling Antimicrobial Resistance in Swine Production Systems
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Comparison of Physical Properties among Injectable Long-acting Amoxicillins
Vetrimoxin LA is the most easily handled amoxycillin product that can be prescribed by the veterinarian even for the mass application as a prophylactic treatment to small piglets, according to R. Krejci, P. Forget, N. Guerra and A. Lopex of CEVA in France.

Company News

Targeting Sustainable Efficiency at Hypor’s Global Convention
SPAIN - Hypor's 15th convention on pork production was held 1-3 October in La Toja, Spain. Over 200 guests from all over the world, explored exclusively the frontiers of world pork production in every aspect.
GC1140 Fully Insulated 360-Degree Gravity Inlet
US - The GC1140 Fully Insulated Inlet from Double L Group, Ltd. is a 360-degree airflow gravity ceiling inlet.
Zoetis Awards PRRS Innovation Research Grant to Iowa State University
US - Zoetis has awarded a $100,000 PRRS Innovation Research Grant to Kyoungjin Yoon, DVM, PhD, and Jianqiang Zhang, MD, PhD, investigators at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, to conduct research into virus characterisation and the immunobiology of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS).
Spain: Hog Markets
SPAIN - Last week I was in Spain attending some meetings with old customers and visiting new ones, Fernando Ortiz, Genesus Ibero-America Business Development.
New Book Published on Mycotoxins in Pig Production
GLOBAL - A new book entitled 'Mycotoxins in Swine Production' has been published, edited by Ines Rodrigues and Maximilian Schuh. Ms Rodrigues explains how this new publication aims to help those in the pig and feed industries to minimise the mycotoxin risks and keep pigs healthy and performing well.
Zoetis Honours Tosh Farms for Commitment to Employee Diversity
US - Tosh Farms of Henry, Tennessee, a leading producer of pork and grain, has been recognized with the Customer Diversity and Inclusion Award from Zoetis. The annual award recognizes customers who promote an environment exhibiting inclusive behavior and respect for all.
Pork Commentary: Global Pork Supply
GLOBAL - The US markets this past week had to deal with the US Federal Government shut down, writes Jim Long.
Protect Your Animals with One Spray
BELGIUM - CID Lines has developed an aerosol spray, Kenofix, which provides powerful disinfection, forms a protective barrier and has an anti-cannibalism effect.
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