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TheBeefSiteNewsletter - 22 July 2009

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Editorial: Last Year's Tragedies Fall Under Scrutiny

The National Residue Plan of 2008, carried out by the Irish Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (DAFF), was largely focussed on the discovery of dioxin in samples of pig fat. Contamination occurred last year after pigs ate feed contaminated by dioxin. It was later revealed that the feed had been distributed to many cattle producers resulting in the cull of thousands of their animals.

According to DAFF'S report, during 2008, more than 31,000 samples of Irish food of animal origin were tested, covering all 11 food-producing species. The report says that the discovery of the presence of dioxins in a routine sample of porcine fat tested in November 2008 demonstrates the ongoing effectiveness of DAFF's residue surveillance as a public health protection measure.

Also out this week was a Canadian report on last summer's deadly listeriosis outbreak that killed 22 people. The Weatherill Report outlines events that led to the outbreak, identifies deficiencies in the system and makes 57 recommendations.

"Listeria defeated the best efforts of all those trying to prevent it from entering the food supply, including workers attempting to control it in the Maple Leaf Foods Bartor Road plant," the investigator, Sheila Weatherill, says in her report. "It also evaded the oversight systems of both Maple Leaf Foods and the federal government (CFIA)."

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Dioxin Discovery Leads National Residue Plan Results
The discovery of dioxin in samples of pig fat is the major feature in the Irish Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (DAFF) results of testing carried out under the National Residue Control Plan for 2008, writes TheCattleSite senior editor Chris Harris.
Identifying Sick or Injured Cattle
Proper and timely identification of sick or injured cattle helps minimise unnecessary treatment expense and preventable production losses, write Dr. Jane A. Parish, Associate and Dr. Justin D. Rhinehart, Mississippi State University Extension Service.
Assessing Drought Management Strategies for Cattle
The objective for cattle producers is to "buy feeding days" of forages and/or grazing while maintaining a reasonable level of productivity, says this Government of Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development report.
Opportunities for Scientific Knowledge Transfer to the Beef Industry
A prevailing paradigm in science research is that it should be applied for the benefit of individuals, corporations and societies, writes Ian Jenson, Meat & Livestock Australia, in the proceedings of an international conference organised by ProSafeBeef, a European Commission Research Project.
US Beef and Dairy Outlook Report - July 2009
By USDA, Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the July 2009 issue of Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report.
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* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   General

 » BSE NEWS: Korea Positive About Beef Rating
 » FMD NEWS: Outbreak Reported in Chinese Taipei
 » BLUETONGUE: Commission Approves Extra Funds

   Denmark

 » New Organisation for Agriculture & Food in Denmark

   Canada

 » Reward for Biosecurity and Disease Monitoring Urged
 » Skills, Safety, Environment: Canadian Funds
 » Idea: International Reward for Biosecurity
 » Listeria Report Finds Series of Failings
 » Agriculture Minister Reacts to Weatherill Report
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   United States

 » New Guidelines for Foodborne Outbreak Response
 » Conditional US License for E.coli Cattle Vaccine
 » Ethanol By-products and Antibiotics Cause Concern
 » Farmers Union Testifies on Food Safety
 » NCBA Testifies on Food Safety
 » Challenge of Continuously Improving Food Safety
 » Electronic Storage for Angus Certificates
 » Webcast Follows Livestock Carbon Footprint
 » Beef Institute Helps Create Animal Health Course
 » Second US Herd Retirement Announced
 » AMI Oppose Mid-Level Ethanol Blends
 » Fine Tuning Beef Flavour
 » NCBA Warn of Consequences of Ethanol Mandate
 » University Offers New Advice on Fly Control
 » FDA Seizes Adulterated Animal Feed
 » Senator Urges Obama to Press China on Meat Exports
 » Texas Drought Losses Could Exceed $4.1 billion
 » Weekly US Cattle Outlook: Beef And Veal Exports Down
 » Weekly Outlook: Focus on Yield Potential

   United Kingdom

 » Call for Collaboration
 » QMS Says Farm Assurance Pays its Way
 » UK Vet Says Badger Cull has Become a Necessity
 » Progress Report on a Busy Six Months for LMC
 » Unions Concerned by EU Feed Import Policy
 » 2009 Defra Review: Reduction of Disease Risks
 » UK Slaughter Statistics

   Iraq

 » International Partnership to Help Iraq's Meat Industry

   Ukraine

 » Meat Export to EU May Run into $30 Million Annually
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   Australia

 » Australia Weekly Cattle Summary

   Saudi Arabia

 » Saudi Importers Cast an Eye on U.S. Sorghum, DDGS

   Brazil

 » Brazilian Beef Still Banned by Wal-Mart



That's all for this week!

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