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Wednesday 13th February 2013.
Michael Priestley - Editor

Michael Priestley
Editor


Brazil Given Official Approval to Maintain 'Negligible Risk' Health Status

After weeks of diplomatic struggle the Brazilian government has received cattle health status clarification following confirmation from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

The OIE passed the decision on Monday in their Paris headquarters, meaning beef exports should resume unimpeded.

Fears developed after a BSE scare on 6 December 2012. A chain reaction of embargos followed.

Chile, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, South Africa, South Korea, China and Taiwan banned beef imports from Brazil.

Over a month ago initial approval given by Director General of the OIE, Bernard Vallat, vouched for the safety of Brazilian beef and called for all embargoes to be lifted.

"According to the standards of the OIE, embargos should end as soon as possible," Mr Vallat announced in January.

"One case in a population of 200 million head of cattle does not justify the classification change."

The BSE case was monitored by UK scientists who discovered prion proteins in the carcass of a 13 year old cow raised in Parana on an 'exclusively grass-fed diet' which died in 2010.

Prion proteins are abnormal, misfolded isoforms strongly linked to Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy. Prions cause a chain reaction producing other proteins of similar misfolded forms and can result in fatal neurodegenerative diseases in some mammals.

After rigorous testing at the National Reference Laboratory in Brazil and at the Veterinary Laboratories Agency in Weybridge, UK results were inconclusive although confirmed an atypical type of BSE that had developed in the ageing bovine.

"Although the poor quality and the indeterminate fixation history of the sample compromises interpretation, we note the sample appears to have some characteristics of H-Type rather than L or C-Type of BSE," the laboratory report stated.

Alarm spread through the Brazilian government when the beef industry was snubbed. Ban effects had the potential to be economically detrimental with nearby Chile importing over 45,392 tonnes at a value of over US$ 262.5 million between January and September 2012 and Saudi Arabia purchasing around half that quantity.

ABIEC, the Association of Brazilian Beef Exporters, announced last week that 64 per cent of Brazilian beef is bought by Venezuela, Hong Kong and Russia meaning economic impact from the bans was slight.

Last year Brazilian beef and agribusiness sectors enjoyed record breaking figures for income and production and the sector is now set to remain strong as beef remains at 'negligible risk'.


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Global Beef Industry News

   China

Companies Urged to Help Boost Agriculture

   Russian Federation

Miratorg Expanded All Business Operations in 2012

   Global

FAO Food Price Index Remains Unchanged in January
USMEF's Seng on Japanese Beef Imports, Animal Welfare, Food Prices
CattleFax: Liquidation Permeates All US Cattle Segments
Nutreco Reports Strong Year - On Track Towards 'Ambition 2016'
FAO Examines Children's Work in Livestock Sector
Impact of Unchecked Antibiotic Use in Animals on Global Human Health

   United States

Study: Health Departments Hindered in Addressing Health Concerns from Animal Production Sites
CME: Futures Start Choppy then Close Low Range, Wednesday
Cargill Goes Solar at Fresno Beef Plant
Herd Rebuild Offers Missouri Heifer Rebuild Opportunities
Bull Selection Pointers Offered in Workshop
CME: Herd Expansion Possible If Pastures Improves
In The Cattle Markets: Recent Prices Flat to Higher
CME: February Futures 30 cents Higher, Thursday
Understanding Cost of Production to Manage Risk and Maximize Profit
Indiana and Ohio Not Immune From 60 Year Herd Low
Cattle Outlook: Production Forecasts Lower, Average Prices Down
CME: Futures Collapse After Low Cash Demand, Friday
American Agriculture Gets Super Bowl Boost
Forage Focus: Fertilizing Pastures in the Spring
A Deeper Look at Cattle Herd Trends and Changes Underway…
CME: Negative Reaction to WASDE Report
CME: Futures Close Higher Forced Due to Snow, Monday
Evaluating Corn and Soybean Consumption Projections
USDA Urged to Uphold Commitment to Food Safety Inspection
Beef, Pork Exports Set New Records in 2012
US Hits Out at Russia over Meat Import Ban
CME: Futures Close Lower, Tuesday Mildly Below Session Highs

   New Zealand

Farmers Welcome Rain Reprieve: National Weather Update

   European Union

NFU Calls for Fairness Ahead of Crunch Meeting
FEFAC Congress to Address Staying Profitable in Volatile Times
EU Commissioners Welcome Beef Trading with Japan
EFSA To Monitor Stunning and Slaughter Processes
Towards Global Feed LCA Guidelines
Horse Meat Repercussions Travel Across Europe

   Nicaragua

Branding and Computer Technology Mix in Traceability Scheme

   Australia

Track and Monitor Pestivirus
Proposed Biosecurity Laws Threaten Australian Agriculture
MLA: Weekly Cattle Summary
Australian Beef Exports to Recover
Cattle Slaughter Up, Production Steady in 2012

   United Kingdom

Major Industry Conference on Future Design of Farm Buildings
Beef Lasagne Contained Horse Meat
Less Favoured Areas in the Spotlight After 40 Years
Lasagne Horse Contamination Requires Answers and Reassurance
NFU Reacts to EU Budget Deal
Beef Producers Weigh Options on Buying Replacement Cattle
LMC: Quotes Similar to Last Week at 336p/kg
Charolais Continues Performance and Calving Ease Genetic Improvement
Meat Plants Raided over Supply of Horse Meat
Perthshire Farming Families Star in New Scotch Beef Campaign
Experts Forecast Robust Beef Market for 2013

   Colombia

Health Concerns Arise Over Cattle Smuggling

   Philippines

Insurance Coverage Available to Farmers, Fishers in N Samar

   Tanzania

Ngara Under Quarantine to Contain FMD
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   Ireland

Horse Meat Demands Change from Consumer to Commission Level

   Brazil

BSE Fears Allayed as OIE Maintain Health Status

   Israel

OIE: Lumpy Skin Disease Outbreak Reported in Northern Regions

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