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Business Notes Vilsack details sequester impact on meat industry The US Dept. of Agriculture is no- spokesman for Cargill. “This is be- year to operate the program. Fund- tifying union representatives of meat cause there is a statutory requirement ing for FSIS meat inspection recently inspectors that furloughs are possible, to provide meat plant inspectors as has been at about $890 million a year. although the process will take several a priority. We are hopeful the fed- Vilsack said 87 percent of the USDA’s months, according to news reports. eral government resolves this situa- overall food-safety budget was ear- tion before any meat plant furlough marked to employ the meat inspectors, is implemented.” and because of the way the sequester Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the House Agriculture Committee that USDA was looking at a “several- Worth Sparkman, spokesman for was written, there was virtually no month period” before furloughs could Tyson Foods, said the company is flexibility that may be found to avoid be implemented because workers must hopeful there will be no interruption a furlough of meat inspectors. be notified ahead of time. Vilsack es- in meat inspections, and that Tyson Vilsack also pointed out the fur- timated that furloughs could last up does not expect any immediate impact lough process itself was complicated to 12 days and will be staggered, ac- to its business. and may result in increased produc- cording to the USDA. A 15-day fur- “Disrupting food inspection is a tion disruptions at meat plants toward lough of meat inspectors could cost disservice to all consumers, including the end of the fiscal year. This was be- the meat and poultry industry more those who work in our plants, raise our cause under law, the USDA must give than $10 billion in production loss- cattle, chickens and hogs and invest in a 30-day notice to unions represent- es and workers could lose more than our company,” Sparkman said. ing the meat inspectors, and to each $400 million in wages. There currently are about 8,400 meat inspector individually, of the in- Until USDA settles on a plan of FSIS in-plant meat inspectors and tent to initiate the furlough process. action, large meat processors such as other front-line federal personnel lo- Only after that notice is delivered and Cargill and Springdale, Ark.-based cated at approximately 6,290 slaugh- a designated process of addressing in- Tyson Foods Inc., remain in a hold- tering and processing plants and dividuals’ concerns completed will the ing pattern. import houses and other federally USDA and meat inspector unions be regulated facilities. able to negotiate how the furloughs “We believe there are other non-essential personnel at USDA that should FSIS meat inspection is funded as will be implemented. This may push be considered for furlough before meat a discretionary program, which means the actual furloughs toward the end plant inspectors,” said Mike Martin, Congress must appropriate funds each of the fiscal year. ■ More horse meat detected in European products The scandal over horse meat being on EU member states to better respect lished March 1. More than 99 per- labeled and sold as beef has swept existing rules on food labeling and to cent of tests show no horse DNA at Europe, prompting officials with the better collaborate on traceability. or above the level of 1 percent. The European Union to hold emergency Traces of horse meat were found in products sold by Taco Bell, Birds Eye meetings to address the problem. Also, products sold at Taco Bell, some Birds and Brakes were covered by 10 results several high-profile companies such as Eye products and spicy minced beef that show horse DNA at or above the Aldi, Nestlé and Ikea initiated product skewers manufactured by Brakes, a 1 percent threshold, the agency said. recalls because horse-meat DNA was catering supplier, the United King- There are currently 17 products con- found in their food products. dom’s Food Standards Agency report- firmed as having more than 1 percent ed March 1. of horse DNA. The European Parliament suggested more testing and stronger sanctions Traces of horse DNA were also has received 5,430 test results, which found in beef samples taken from and food-safety committee also called 10 The FSA said the agency so far to address the issue. A public health includes more than 1,700 results pub- three meat processors in Poland. ■ • Meat&Poultry • March 2013 •

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Meat&Poultry - March 2013

Meat&Poultry - March 2013
Table of Contents
Commentary - Food-safety déjà vu
Business Notes - Vilsack details sequester impact on meat industry
More horse meat detected in European products
Smithfield, Kansas City Sausage form jv
Tyson addresses plant closure, acquisitions
Sanderson to build poultry complex in Texas
USDA expected to OK horse-slaughter plant
Washington - Consequences of inspection cuts
Top 100 - This year's Top 100 ranking reflects the industry's evolution during challenging times
Corporate Citizenship - Sustainability-driven
Small Business Matters - Aiming to please
Ingredient Solutions - Accent on adventure
Pork Processing - Hog ties
Tools of the Trade - Cool Birds
Packaging Solutions - MAP mindsets
Show Preview - Worldwide welcome
From the Corral - Slow and steady improvements
Names in the News
New Product Showcase
Classified Advertising
The Insider

Meat&Poultry - March 2013