USDA to increase testing of Canadian meat

first_img Eamich said the tests take several days for definitive results—3 to 5 days for E coli and Salmonella and 3 to 7 days for Listeria. Raymond said the FSIS will take two additional steps: However, USDA spokesman Keith Williams told Reuters the testing was not postponed. Launch “an audit of the Canadian food safety program that will focus on Rancher’s Beef Ltd. and will include other similar establishments that export beef to the U.S.” Starting this week, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) “will increase testing for Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes and E coli O157:H7 and will require that shipments be held until testing is complete and products are confirmed negative for these pathogens,” said Dr. Richard Raymond, USDA under secretary for food safety, in a Nov 3 statement. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) wants the USDA to reconsider the increased testing and inspections, said a CFIA official who was quoted in a Reuters report today. Nov 5, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – In the wake of evidence that Canadian beef contributed to recent Escherichia coli cases in the United States, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced plans to increase testing of Canadian meat and poultry products before they can cross the border. “We expect the interim measure will be reconsidered,” said Frederique Moulin, the CFIA’s manager of international meat programs. Amanda Eamich, an FSIS spokeswoman in Washington, DC, said the agency inspects all imported shipments of meat and poultry products to make sure they come from a country eligible to export to the United States. About 10% of shipments undergo more intensive inspections, which could include opening boxes and taking samples, she told CIDRAP News. But she couldn’t offer any details on how much the intensive inspections will increase or how many samples will be tested for pathogens. Moulin said the holding and testing of meat products was supposed to start today but was postponed as talks between US and Canadian officials continued, Reuters reported. The USDA action drew protests from a Canadian beef industry leader, while a Canadian food safety official urged the agency to reconsider. Ted Haney, president of the Canada Beef Export Federation, said the USDA move is unreasonable and unfairly implies that Canadian testing is not equivalent to that in the United States, according to a report today by the Toronto Globe and Mail. “The audit and stepped up actions are being conducted because of concerns about testing practices at Rancher’s Beef Ltd. that were discovered as part of the ongoing investigation,” Raymond stated. Haney said the action contradicts the policies of the North American Free Trade Agreement and the World Trade Organization. “It was done without consultation, it was done unilaterally, it doesn’t reflect the risk of E. coli in both Canada and the United States,” he asserted. See also: Nov 5 statement by Dr. Richard Raymond of USDA The United States is Canada’s biggest meat export customer, taking 81% of Canada’s exports in 2006, Reuters reported. The announcement follows last week’s USDA report that beef trim from Rancher’s Beef, an Alberta company, was the probable source of E coli O157:H7 in contaminated ground beef from Topps Meat Co. of Elizabeth, N.J. Topps recalled more than 21 million pounds of ground beef after the company’s meat was linked to an E coli outbreak involving 40 cases in eight states. Carry out “increased levels of reinspection” of Canadian products “to confirm they are eligible to enter commerce when presented at the U.S. border” He said the USDA would review the preliminary results of the audit to determine whether to continue the increased testing and inspections. Oct 29 CIDRAP News story “E coli in Topps beef traced to Canadian firm” read more

ETC: European tourism demand remains stable despite an unstable global economy

first_imgReflecting the general slowdown in the global economy, the report says the average increase in passenger kilometers in global revenue, an indicator of airline demand, has been 4,1 percent in the past three months, well below the average expansion rate of 6,1 percent in the last ten years. Annual growth in the number of air passengers is slowing down in Europe faster than in any other region. It fell from 6,9 percent, as recorded in April, to 5,4 percent in August. Of particular interest in the third quarter was the fact that Montenegro maintained an 18 percent growth momentum due to a large influx of tourists from Western Europe, while the depreciation of the lira continued to play a vital role in Turkey’s tourism performance with an equally impressive 15 percent increase. Arrivals in Iceland, on the other hand, fell 14 percent due to the strengthening of the crown and the collapse of Wow Air. Although intra-regional demand plays a key role in increasing the number of tourists in Europe, large source markets still have a significant impact, especially in the US. The third quarter report shows that several European destinations witnessed an increased number of arrivals from the US to Southeast Europe – Turkey (+ 32%), Greece (+ 21%) and Cyprus (+ 27%). Chinese demand for European destinations is still quite high – almost all destinations are seeing an increase in Chinese arrivals and / or overnight stays. Eduardo Santander, CEO of ETC, said that “this latest report points out that the demand for travel to Europe is solid, with a steady increase in the number of tourists across the continent. Despite challenges, such as the threat of ‘Brexit without an agreement’ and the collapse of several airlines, European destinations continue to record positive arrival rates. Europe needs to focus on developing long-term sustainable management solutions so that tourism can flourish, not just grow.” American and Chinese tourists continue to visit Europe en masse “Brexit without an agreement” will have a lasting effect on the United Kingdom According to the ETC, although things in the European tourism sector seem stable, the biggest risk lies in not exploiting existing opportunities by encouraging more sustainable and inclusive tourism approaches.center_img The latest quarterly report includes a special supplement analyzing the impact of “Brexit without an agreement” on tourism in Europe. According to the report, the combined effect of economic and non-economic factors related to “Brexit without an agreement” would cause a 7 percent drop in outbound travel in the UK in 2020 and a 8 percent drop in 2021. The report also states that “Brexit without a deal” have a lasting impact on the decline in departures from the United Kingdom, which would certainly be a concern for many European destinations. Slowing air traffic growth in Europe According to the latest report of the European Travel Commission (ETC) called “European tourism – trends and prospects” for the third quarter of 2019, European tourism demand remains at a positive level, but with a slightly slower growth compared to the last two years. Destinations continue to grow at a modest pace, and the overall regional outlook remains positive (3-4 percent increase in international arrivals in 2019), reports ETC. You can find the full report HERE. Source / photo: European Travel Commission; Pixabaylast_img read more

FTK faces yet another delay as Dutch Senate postpones reading

first_imgThe Netherlands’ new financial assessment framework (FTK) is facing yet another a setback as the Dutch Senate has postponed the reading of the bill, initially scheduled for next Monday.The Upper House said it was unconvinced of the need of stricter rules within the FTK proposals and “demanded answers” from the Dutch government on a number of pension issues. As a result of the expected delay, the scheduled introduction of the FTK on 1 January could be in jeopardy.The Senate’s criticism of the FTK has caught many in the industry by surprise, as the Lower House has to date widely supported the bill, meant to protect the pensions system against market shocks. But Joris Backer, a senator for the Liberal Democrats (D66), pointed out that, during a recent hearing on the subject, the Senate had been “taken aback” by the new FTK proposals. Reflecting broad concern among pension funds and unions, Helma Kneppers-Heijnert, a senator for the Liberal Party (VVD), asked: “Are the proposed financial buffers really necessary? And will this all be feasible within European legislation?”In their opinion, the proposed rules within the FTK are unnecessarily strict and would hurt pension fund participants and pensioners’ purchasing power. Like many senators, Backer wondered why pension funds must discount their liabilities against a stricter rate than the one the EU has prescribed for insurers. He also said he was unsure whether the FTK proposals would give pension funds enough space to create tailor-made policies. The Dutch Pensions Federation said it was prepared to accept a delay in the introduction of the FTK, if the proposals were strengthened.However, in this case, it will call for the implementation to be delayed, its spokesman said.The Ministry for Social Affairs – responsible for the FTK bill – declined to comment.last_img read more

CMIH, DNV GL Enter Strategic Cooperation

first_imgChina Merchants Industry Holding (CMIH) and DNV GL have signed a strategic cooperation agreement with a focus on advancing shipbuilding in the gas carrier, offshore and special vessel segments.The deal will see the companies working together to optimize construction processes and quality control, in order to develop vessels that meet the varying requirements of these markets.“This agreement offers both our companies a great opportunity to learn from each other and work together to drive new developments in the gas carrier, offshore and special vessel segments,” Torgeir Sterri, Regional Manager Greater China at DNV GL – Maritime, said.“CMIH is highly regarded for its expertise in building a variety of vessels and offshore units and we look forward to collaborating with CMIH now and in the future,” Sterri added.Signed at Nor-Shipping this week, the cooperation deal covers collaborations on classification issues, regulatory questions and extends into research and development as well as training.last_img read more

Top News of the Week, 18 – 24 December 2017

first_imgSpain: 5MW Floating Wind Turbine Taking ShapeDutch heavy transportation and lifting company ALE has lifted the second section of a telescopic tower of the first self-installing telescopic offshore wind turbine at the Arinaga port, Gran Canaria. The works are being carried out under the Horizon 2020 Elisa/Elican project, which will result in installing the structure with a 5MW wind turbine off Gran Canaria next year.GeoSea Gets Foothold in Taiwanese Offshore Wind MarketToday, 20 December, GeoSea entered into an agreement with Taiwan’s shipbuilding company CSBC Corporation to cooperate on a series of offshore wind projects, according to Taiwanese media.Statoil Files Zero-Subsidy Bid for Hollandse Kust Zuid I & IIStatoil, the company behind the world’s first operational floating wind farm, has submitted a zero-subsidy bid at the Dutch offshore wind tender for Hollandse Kust Zuid I & II project in the North Sea.India Aims High with Plans for Tendering 5GW of Offshore Wind in 2018India’s New & Renewable Energy Minister Raj Kumar Singh stated on 14 December that the government will invite the first tenders for building offshore wind farms in 2018 and plans to auction as much as 5GW, according to Times of India.Oleg Strashnov Settles One Third of Beatrice JacketsSeaway Heavy Lifting’s (SHL) vessel Oleg Strashnov has installed one third of the jacket foundations at the 588MW Beatrice offshore wind farm located in the Outer Moray Firth off Scotland.last_img read more

HAM opens LNG service station for NUPEC Logística

first_imgImage courtesy of HAMSpanish LNG services provider HAM Group opened a liquefied natural gas service station in the Valencian Community. The new liquefied natural gas service station has been opened by HAM in collaboration with NUPPEC Logística, a transport company.HAM noted that NUPPEC Logistica is looking to up its use of LNG for transport which prompted the opening of the service station that makes LNG available to everyone.The station features a double LNG pump that allows refueling liquefied natural gas to two vehicles at a time.With the opening of the HAM-NUPPEC Villarreal-Onda service station, which will be officially inaugurated shortly, HAM Group currently has 37 service stations, both fixed and mobile, which are distributed throughout the national territory and at important points of Europe.last_img read more

Islamic State ‘beheads’ 10 Christians in Nigeria

first_imgAn earlier video seen by Reuters saidthe captives had been taken from Maiduguri and Damaturu in Nigeria’snortheastern state of Borno, where militants have been fighting for years toset up a separate Islamist state. But the authenticity of either video has yetto be verified. Islamic State leader Baghdadi diedduring a United States military raid in Syria and Muhajir in a separatemilitary operation – both over the same weekend in late October.(Reuters) The video showed men in beige uniformsand black masks lining up behind blindfolded captives then beheading 10 of themand shooting an 11th man. Islamic State in West Africa Provincesplit from the militant group Boko Haram in 2016 and has become the region’sdominant jihadist group. Islamist insurgents have killed around 30,000 peoplein northern Nigeria in the past decade. center_img The militant group posted the footageon its online Telegram news channel on Thursday – the day after Christmas. MAIDUGURI – The Islamic State releaseda video purporting to show its militants beheading 10 Christian men in Nigeria,saying it was part of a campaign to avenge the deaths of its leader Abu Bakral-Baghdadi and its spokesman.    last_img read more

Ripley County youth earns highest Girl Scout honor

first_imgBatesville, Ind. — Ripley County youth, Josie Wessler has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can receive. She will get the award at a June 17 ceremony at the Indianapolis Marriott.Wessler’s project created a curriculum that focused on the importance of community service for children attending the St. Louis Catholic Church Bible School. The curriculum included opening and closing programs, skits, and several different stations, ranging from stories to daily missions. The program can be used at a camp or taught to preschool students and includes a website she created is a graduate of Oldenburg Academy and plans to study mathematics at the University of Notre Dame. She is the daughter Carrie and Neil Wessler.last_img read more

Coleman Racing Products renews IMCA Modified regional awards

first_imgMENOMINEE, Mich. – Two drivers from each of the five regions for IMCA Modifieds earn Coleman Racing Products awards this season.  A 14-year IMCA sponsor, the Menominee, Mich., high performance parts manufacturer and distributor gives $50 product certificates to both the rookie of the year and the sixth place driver in point standings for each re­gion.  Information about Coleman products is available by calling 800 221-1851, at the website and on Facebook.  Certificates will be presented during the national awards banquet in November or mailed beginning the fol­lowing week from the IMCA home office. “The support Coleman Racing Products has shown our Modified division over the past 14 seasons has been very steady and it is great to see them return in 2019,” commented IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “We are looking forward to a great year ahead.”last_img read more

Homeowner kills masked intruder after Broward County home invasion

first_imgBroward County police are investigating an incident that left a masked intruder dead on Saturday.According to police officials, a homeowner opened fire after someone tried to get into his Lauderhill home. The homeowner and intruder exchanged gun shots.When police arrived, they found the intruder dead inside the Lauderhill home.Police are still investigating the incident.Follow 850 WFTL for updates.last_img