Friday, 25 July 2014

Netherlands - Pigs - Change the rules when caught?

Let us be practical, rather than emotional, in what is a very difficult situation.

If the meat goes through to the food chain, Dutch, currently high, international credibility on food integrity drops to zero. 

There is a time limit. 

The pyramid system, lately criticised by Britain’s former Chief Veterinarian, Jim Scudamore, can’t be stopped without piles of dead pigs. Something he knows from his Classical Swine Fever and, Foot and Mouth days.

The Dutch have to decide and now.

Even if you think that the pigs and people do not matter, you do not make rules only to break them when caught. 

It would take billions of Euros to try to repair the reputational damage.

Full report here (mechanical translation)

July 25, 2014 10:31

Over 100 farms locked by mistake feed

Today summit held about the fate of tens of thousands of calves and pigs. On several farms, the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority, an antibiotic found in animal feed that is prohibited. What's going on? Four questions and answers.

Another meat scandal?

It ​​plays for a while, but slowly but surely, more and more clear about this meat scandal. Slightly more than 100 farms are involved, and it involves both pig and veal farmers. On those farms in animal feed antibiotic discovered that has been banned since 1995 in the Netherlands and the rest of the European Union.

Is it harmful?

Yeah. The antibiotic used to combat streptococci and E. coli, but there is also a substance that is carcinogenic. That sounds bad, but in small quantities that substance is not harmful to humans. Someone who has eaten the flesh, is, according to the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority no "unacceptable health risk. In that regard, we need not worry. The meat does not need to be retrieved. From stores

Yet there are farms close. That is not just right?

There are for this antibiotic strict rules, called a zero-tolerance. That means that if the agent is found, the farms will lock. There may be no animals in or out. The NVWA now investigating whether all farms are infected.

And what happens to the animals on the farms?

There you are summits of place at the Ministry of Economic Affairs. Later in the NVWA. During these consultations, the entire meat industry present. During the day there is a letter that should ultimately give what should be done. Those tens of thousands of animals clarity The policy is that animals should be slain. But because people have walked, no unacceptable health risk is whether it is really necessary.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Norway - Biggest retailer may ban Danish pork

Things get ever more interesting in Scandinavia.

The Norwegians are right. 

Things are very much worse in corrupt Britain, so while it may have to be fish for Christmas in Norway, Britain's very dangerous veterinary establishment will be facing porridge.

For the non-English speakers, "porridge" aside from being Scotland's national dish is also Cockney slang for gaol (or jail) as anyone born in London or Essex will know.

It is not just the writer, Britain's recently sacked Agricultural Minister Owen Paterson is also hot on the tail of Britain's greedier landowners and the closely associated twitchers (bird watchers) and the  "Green Blob" crime wave.

Anyway, here is Norway on the related subject of the safety of Danish pork.

Norwegian concerns over Danish pork safety

Published: 23 Jul 2014 14:32 GMT+02:00
Updated: 23 Jul 2014 14:32 GMT+02:00
Norway's biggest grocery retailer and wholesaler is considering putting a halt to the import of Danish pork over MRSA concerns.

The use of antibiotics in Denmark's pig industry may lead NorgesGruppen, Norway's dominant retailer, to stop all imports of Danish pork

NorgesGruppen, which holds a 39.3 percent market share of Norway's grocery industry, is considering dropping Danish pork in favour of importing from countries where the use of antibiotics is less widespread. The wholesaler's reevaluation of Danish pork follows a Norwegian professor's warning that the consumption of meat from Danish pigs could lead to an outbreak of the antibiotic-resistant MRSA...

...According to Dagens Næringsliv, Danish pork is especially popular in Norway at Christmas time. 

NorgesGruppen is expected to make a final decision regarding Danish pork sometime in the coming months.

MRSA st398 - Denmark - It sounds like a bad joke

It sounds like a bad joke, but this is the Danes reporting on a Danish reaction on the Norwegians hitting out at the Danes again for failing to get to grips with MRSA st398 in their pigs, claiming that it is too expensive.

Things are much worse in the UK, where although Defra, Britain's discredited agriculture ministry, has now finally admitted LA-MRSA in British pigs after many years of blatant cover-ups, threats and associated attempted intimidation. See here for British admission last week.

British hospitals still remain unprotected, whilst veterinary drug dealers and their cronies rake in vast profits from antibiotic sales.

As always read the full Danish news report here (mechanical translation)

Minister ignores the benefits of removing MRSA from the stables

Food Minister gets tough criticism for illuminating only the cost of fighting MRSA bacteria in barns and leave out the socio-economic benefits, according to Norwegian estimates outweigh the costs.

By Helle Maigaard Erhardsen July 23, 2014 at. 11:02

It makes no sense to only look at the expenditure side, without also looking at what is at the same time is saved. Such an accounting does not and is akin to speculation, says the criticism from one of the nation's leading experts resistance, professor and consultant at Odense University Hospital Hans Jørn Kolmos.

The criticism comes after food minister Dan Jørgensen (S) have used Norwegian estimates of what their efforts to remove the pig MRSA will cost, who argued that it would be too expensive for Denmark to follow the Norwegian example...

See also: Minister: It costs 3.5 billion to eliminate MRSA from the Danish stables...

Friday, 18 July 2014

Britain finally admits to LA-MRSA in her pigs

As expected, we finally get an admission, a miserable admission with plenty of scope for blaming everyone else, after more than a decade of highly organised state veterinary criminal activity and cover-ups.

Now, of course, the serious investigation will begin, the human health consequences ensure that.

The full letter published in the Veterinary Record can be accessed here

Veterinary Record 2014;175:74-75 doi:10.1136/vr.g4620

Confirmation of LA-MRSA in pigs in the UK...

...WE wish to report the isolation of livestock-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (LA-MRSA) from a postweaning piglet in Northern Ireland. While LA-MRSA is a relatively common finding in pigs in some EU countries (EFSA 2009a), we believe this to be the first reported isolation of LA-MRSA from a pig in the UK...

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Denmark - Here are the MRSA pigs that can threaten your health

Well, that's what comes of endangering Danish children.

Incidentally, it is not suggested that we should do anything similar in Britain. It is not our way to name individual farms or farmers. The British farmers are also the victims, operating under strict veterinary control.

This outrage has being going on in Britain for far too long and it is time to deal with an appalling scandal properly by coming down hard immediately on the organisations responsible for very serious criminal activities over many years.

As always read the full report here

Here are the MRSA pigs that can threaten your health


MRSA epidemic in the country's pig farms has exploded. People and local politicians require with increasing strength the facts about the risk of infection. But where is the pig factories, one should stay away from? We can now get the first answer.

Ombudsmand Jørgen Steen Sørensen

So far, the Food Mini Presented watched jealously addresses, and in more than two years, the Ministry has refused to share his knowledge of the infected pig factories with the Danes. Despite orders from the Ombudsman Jørgen Steen Sørensen Ministry has still not published its lists of MRSA-infected farms.

However, it has now managed to wrest DVFA a list of 137 addresses of pig farms, which most probably contains svine MRSA bacteria.

List of all pig farms with high consumption of antibiotics, sorted by ZIP code...

Denmark - Journalists Publishing Names of Pig Farms Overusing Atibiotics

 'The Engineer' and their intrepid scientific journalists have found a way past government and veterinary obstruction.

That's what comes of stopping exposure of the inexcusable by arresting genuine investigative journalists and they slapping them down with writs - even worse trouble for Denmark's massive veterinary and pig farming sector.

Britain has to learn from this.

The UK veterinary establishment have to come clean on MRSA st398 in pigs, and right now. If they are not interested in protecting their own children and the hospitals, they need to try to save their careers.

Alas, this is indeed the scandal of the century.

Be sure to read in full here - mechanical translation

Journalists publish the addresses of possible MRSA-infected farms

After the Food & Drug Administration has refused to submit addresses of infectious pig farms, publish, journalists now have a list of farms that use the most antibiotics, and thus probably also infected with the resistant swine bacterium.

By Helle Maigaard Erhardsen July 17, 2014 at. 16:53

Although the Ombudsman recently ruled that people have the right to know the addresses of MRSA-infected pig farms, the publication of the addresses deferred for a writ of Food Administration of Agriculture and Food who fear economic loss and stigmatization of farmers in the list.

Journalists initially refused access to the mailing list, now instead published a different list. It shows the names and addresses of 137 pig farms, as the last nine months has been an overuse of antibiotics in relation to the applicable limits, and therefore will be awarded a
"yellow card", which is a warning to farmers to reduce its consumption of antibiotics .

The provision of the addresses of the farms has been a collaboration between Jutland West Coast, Extra Bladet and journalists from Investigative Reporting Denmark, which has put the list up on their website ...

Denmark - The battle over MRSA st398 continues

The battle between scientists on one hand and Denmark's relatively massive veterinary and pig farming establishment continues unabated.

The veterinarians are going to lose and can only rely on the government and courts continuing to support their insistence on secrecy, despite MRSA st398 roughly doubling in the Danish population every year.

As Danish veterinary cover-ups collapse, Britain's veterinary establishment moves into the front line with much more serious revelations bubbling to the surface.

For those paying close attention, everyone who can in Britain are finessing their positions and trying to rewrite history.

Long ago, it was the Americans that, suitably deniably, advised the writer to "follow the money trail." That was taken with a pinch of salt at the time, but it turned out to be right.

There must be many that recall a sad, sick and staggering figure crossing the praires in the wake of Katrina telling everyone who would listen: "watch your pigs, disease is coming."  Of course, none of us knew of PEDv then, but the links are there for those with eyes to see.

Anyway, this is Denmark's pathetic defence to MRSA passing from pigs to people. It will be of considerable comfort to them that they did better than Britain. At least, they protected their hospitals.

Latest Landbrugnet report here

(mechanical translation)

One can incur "pig MRSA" by working with pigs, but the risk of becoming infected with another 'humane' type of MRSA is also great if you are staying in a hospital or on holiday. 

Where is the greatest risk of MRSA infection?
17-07-2014 12:00:00 Anne Wolfenberg

Ingeniø Agriculture and Food duel of the truth about whether there is the greatest risk of infection in urban or rural

There are at greatest risk of becoming infected with swine MRSA (CC398) in rural wrote Ingeniø recently.

- If you fear MRSA, move away from the capital and the countryside, said shortly after the epidemiologist and veterinarian of Agriculture and Food, Jan Dahl.

The apparently conflicting reports occurs because sometimes spoken of MRSA across the board. Other times it CC398 drawn out as the major risk factor, despite the fact that the very type represents only a
fraction of the total cases of MRSA-infected persons.

Read more about the issue in Efficient Agriculture Friday.

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