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28 November, 2014

FSA names and shames retailers in chicken campylobacter study

Seventy per cent of retailed raw chicken is infected with campylobacter, with none of Britain’s biggest supermarkets meeting end-of-line production targets.

Six in 10 consumers are concerned about high levels of campylobacter in chicken, according to a survey by retail magazine, Which?

Retailers are bracing themselves ahead of the release of the next quarterly FSA campylobacter survey results tomorrow, which will ‘name and shame’ poor performers.

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has urged Defra not to downgrade the role of vets in food safety and animal health and welfare, after leaked papers suggested ministers were considering making cuts on farm checks and using ‘non-vets’ to look for disease in animals.

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A new consumer website which offers advice on preventing campylobacter has been launched by poultry bodies.

A Northern Irish butcher’s has won a European competition with its products at the Sausage Awards in Normandy, France.

The Welsh Young Butcher competition gets under way next week and it is hotting up to be the toughest competition yet.

The 2015 British Pie Awards are now open for entry, with the competition this year offering 20 different categories.

After the first case of avian influenza was confirmed in the UK since 2008, Meantinfo.co.uk looks at the spread of the bird flu outbreak across Europe.

Cranswick has benefited from falling pork prices, contributing to a successful first half of 2014.

Scottish meat firm, We Hae Meat, has announced plans to triple the size of its site in Ayrshire, opening up jobs for local people.

Moy Park poultry farmer Graham McIlroy has installed a new viewing gallery that will enhance biosecurity.

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Pork containing MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) has been detected during random checks by Sweden’s national veterinary institute (Statens veterinärmedicinska) inspectors.

In August 2014, Russia placed a ban on the import of all meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, milk and dairy products from the US, EU, Australia, Canada and Norway, in response to the economic sanctions placed by the West on Russia as result of recent developments in Ukraine.

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