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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 5 August 2009

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Editorial: New Maple Leaf Recall Recalls Old Tragedies

Just as things seemed to be turning up for Maple Leaf Foods, another meat recall has been announced. This time the company is recalling nine types of weiner products, but the offending bacteria is all too familiar - Listeria.

The latest recall comes just over a week after president and CEO of Maple Leaf Foods, Michael McCain, publicly endorsed recommendations contained in late July's Weatherill report. The report was commissioned in response to the August 2008 listeriosis outbreak that was sourced to a Maple Leaf processing plant.

At CA$27 million, the outbreak of 2008 became the largest human food contamination class action in Canadian history, after tragically claiming 22 lives.

The company has said that the latest recall is a precautionary measure only and added that it is 100 per cent in compliance with the Government of Canada's new Listeria policy. "After last August's tragedy, Maple Leaf is being ultra-cautious about Listeria," said Dr. Randall Huffman, Chief Food Safety Officer for Maple Leaf Foods.

However, consumers may not be so easily appeased. Many are sure to argue that caution should always precede recall.

Adam Anson

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Effects of Shipping and Heat Stress on Embryonic Mortality in Cattle
Embryonic loss is the greatest economic loss in the cow/calf industry, affecting number of cows carrying to term and percent calf crop weaned, say Sarah Fields and Dr. George Perry, South Dakota State University Animal and Range Sciences Department.
Guidelines for Pasture Establishment
Pastures must be well established to be highly productive. Before establishing new pastures or renovating existing pastures, producers must evaluate the farm’s forage needs, writes Dr. Rocky Lemus, Assistant Extension Professor, Plant and Soil Sciences, in this Mississippi State University Extension Service publication.
Fly Control In Cattle
Flies cost the cattle industry more than $500 million each year, causing slowed weight gain, reduced milk production and diseases such as pinkeye and anaplasmosis.
Strategies to Deal with High Corn Prices for the Beef Cowherd
The fact that feedlot producers rely on corn as a main component of their diets more than any other segment of the beef industry is not news to anybody, writes Grant Crawford and Nicolas Di Lorenzo, University of Minnesota Beef Team.
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* Company News

Sanofi-aventis to Acquire Merck's Interest in Merial
GLOBAL - Sanofi-aventis and Merck & Co., Inc. today announced that the companies have signed a definitive agreement under which Merck will sell its 50 per cent interest in the companies' current animal health joint venture, Merial Limited (Merial), to sanofi-aventis for $4 billion (US) in cash.
* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   European Union

 » BLUETONGUE: No Bluetongue in the Netherlands

   United States

 » Hannah McCabe Selected as NJAA Outstanding Leader for 2009
 » The Right Time for New Food Safety Legislation?
 » What's Behind the Cattle Price Fluctuations?
 » Cattle Inventory Down One Per Cent
 » Beef Study Tour Heads to South America
 » Developing Attractants, Repellents For A Cattle Pest
 » US Cattle Herd Contraction Continues
 » Codex Review Harmful Feed Additive
 » Tyson Sees Sales Value Slip
 » Killer Cows in the US
 » NCBA Praises New Legislation on Death Tax
 » ASCC Brings Out the Best of Angus
 » Cattlemen Frustrated with Japanese Market Access
 » DDGS Promotional Efforts to Continue Abroad
 » In The Cattle Markets
 » Weekly Outlook: If They Buy Cars, They Will Buy Beef
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » CME: Corn, Soybean Crops in Good Condition

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   New Zealand

 » Room To Improve On Beef Cow Conception Rates
 » Boning Up On New Zealand's Meat Cuts
 » Decision Time for Farmers
 » Dollar for Dollar Investment with Meat Companies

   United Kingdom

 » EBLEX Give Most Improved Herd Award
 » Export Initiatives for UK Meat and Livestock
 » EBLEX And BPEX Relocate To Stoneleigh
 » Organic Review Finds Little Benefits
 » Union Fully Backs Proposed TB Eradication Order
 » London Event to Highlight Importance of PGI
 » 5th Quarter Blueprint for Scottish Abattoirs
 » CLA: Scotland's Move On bTB Show Lack of Faith

   Canada

 » Alberta Analysis Sees Profitable Opportunities
 » Maple Leaf Starts Hot Dog Recall
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   General

 » OIE Provides Guidance on Veterinary Legislation

   Australia

 » Growth Predictor Covers More Beef Breeds
 » Aussie Beef Producers Vote for Levy Consistency
 » Australia Commits to Cattle Railway
 » NSW Farmers Association Lobbies for Grazing Trials
 » Beef Producers Urged to Speak Up Over Levy
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary

   China

 » Report Published on China's Meat Market

   Japan

 » Carcass Weight: The Secret of Chromosome Six

   Ireland

 » Irish Call for Ban on Brazilian Beef

   Taiwan

 » Taiwan to Resume Vaccination of Pigs to Fight FMD



That's all for this week!

Ed.
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