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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 21 April 2010

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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Focus On Food Safety

In the US, the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has said that the incidences of E.coli O157: H7 have fallen year on year, representing an overall reduction of 51 per cent since 2000.

However, on a less positive note, incidences of listeria monocytogenes increased in people over the age of 50. The agency said that although this was 'concerning', incidence of infection was still substantially lower than at the start of the surveillance programme.

The Taiwanese government has agreed to adopt strict measures concerning the imports of US beef offal such as tongues, testicles and tails.

The government has said that a strict batch-by-batch inspection will be carried out. A set of three control measures will be adopted as well as five certificates, to appease public concerns.

Further research on transgenetics in ruminant animals has been approved in New Zealand. AgResearch has had to provide specific outcomes and benefits of the research, to support the somewhat controversial decision.

The UK High Court announced last week that a badger cull in Wales would go ahead. The cull is part of the Welsh Assembly's bovine tuberculosis eradication plan.

Charlotte Johnston

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 3 new features this week:

Developing Nations Lead Way Out of Recession
The growth of biofuels and their importance on food prices will be one of the major factors as the world emerges from the effects of the banking crisis and recession, writes TheCattleSite editor Chris Harris.
Too Much Grade?
Whilst recent statistics suggest that meat quality is improving, some believe this to be too much of a good thing. However, Miranda Reiman, Industry Information Specialist with Certified Angus Beef says there is no such thing as too much quality.
Fertiliser Use In Ireland On Grass And Arable, 2004-2008
This survey uses National Farm Survey (NFS) data on the amount and types of chemical fertiliser used by the farmers for different crops to determine the amounts of nitrogen(N), potash (P) and potassium (K) nutrients and types of fertiliser used on grassland and arable crops.
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* Company News

Biomin Showcases Product Innovation at VIV Europe
AUSTRIA - Besides unveiling the newest product in its phytogenic line, Biomin gears up for VIV Europe 2010 with two keynote lectures.
* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   United States

 » Beef Muscle Cuts Lead February Export Advances
 » CME: Mexico, Canada Largest Markets For US Beef
 » In The Cattle Markets
 » Objective For E. coli O157:H7 Infections Achieved
 » Cattle Ranching A Green Profession
 » Weekly US Cattle Outlook: Marketing Margins Tighter
 » Understanding How Cattle Think
 » Production Expectations Weigh On Crop Prices
 » Animal Health Research Facility Opened
 » USDA Sees Beef Trade Remain Stable
 » Hops Helps Reduce Ammonia Produced By Cattle
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » AMI: Consumer Video On Salt's Role In Meat Products

   Ireland

 » Dawn Meats Dairy Beef Club
 » The Importance of Farm Health and Safety
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   United Kingdom

 » Calls For Milk Price Increase
 » Difference In Price For FQAS and Non-FQAS Prime Cattle
 » Badger Cull Gets Go Ahead
 » Consultation On Draft Animal Health Bill
 » Beef Carcase Quality Improves
 » Call For Action After Decision On Welsh Badger Cull
 » Good Prospects For The Yorkshire Show

   New Zealand

 » Further Trials On GM Research Approved

   European Union

 » Future Of EU's Farming Policy Under the Spotlight
 » Human and Animal Health Sectors Must Co-operate
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   China

 » One More FMD Outbreak in China
 » Australian Farms Lure Investment From China

   Australia

 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » Cattle Markets Firm, Despite A$
 » New $5M Five-Year FMD Preparedness Programme

   Korea, South

 » FMD Not Stopping Korean Beef Demand

   Netherlands

 » VIV EUROPE WILL TAKE PLACE AS SCHEDULED
 » VIV Europe 2010 Offers Extra Hospitality to Visitors

   Taiwan

 » Strict Controls Imposed On US Beef
 » First Import For US Beef Offal
   Ukraine

 » Ukrainian Census Reveals Fewer Cattle

   General

 » The Southern Cone Continues To Fight FMD

   Argentina

 » Argentinean Government Releases Hilton HQB Quota
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   Japan

 » FMD NEWS: MAFF Reports FMD Case In Japan

   Russian Federation

 » Russia Raising Beef Quotes

   Philippines

 » Optimism Expressed For Philippines' Livestock Sector
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That's all for this week!
Ed.
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