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31 January, 2015

Guilty plea from horsemeat slaughterhouse owner

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has welcomed the guilty plea made by slaughterhouse owner Peter Boddy, who is the first person to face jail over charges relating to the 2013 horsemeat scandal.

While fresh whole chicken volumes are down, popular fresh cuts are still buoyant, suggesting that media focus on campylobacter has not put consumers off buying poultry.

Assurance scheme Red Tractor is to implement several new initiatives in order to enhance its food assurance scheme.

Despite the headlines in the UK, the amount of illness caused by campylobacter has stabilised, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

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The British Veterinary Association’s (BVA) e-petition on calling for an end to non-stun slaughter has reached its target of 100,000 signatures, it was announced today (29 January).

Pork processor Cranswick has released its third-quarter trading statement showing sales to be slightly up on last year.

Speakers at the Eblex Processor Conference last week highlighted best practices by drawing on experiences from across the globe.

UK beef, sheep and pork meat production all increased in 2014, according to the latest figures released by Defra.

Feature: Quality promise

28 January, 2015

Arabella Mileham finds that increasing interest in quality assurance is pushing organisers to refine and enhance their schemes, but that this throws up some unavoidable challenges

Knife skills course launched

29 January, 2015

Duchy College and Etherington’s Butchery Academy are running a new knife skills course.

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Latest Blogs - Chewing the Fat

Dr Phil Hadley, southern senior regional manager at Eblex, explains why quality improvements must always be to the fore in retaining consumer confidence and maximising returns

norman bagleyI get the impression that, before releasing the campylobacter poultry meat supermarket statistics to an expectant world, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) looked over the parapet and had a slight change of heart. It was as if it had suddenly realised that it was set up to prevent food scares by scientifically assessing and communicating food-related risks, not to start hares running.

Latest International News

The number of reported infections of campylobacteriosis have stabilised in Europe, following a period of increase.

Negotiations to agree the terms of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are made more challenging by the differing approaches to food safety from the US and European Union markets, delegates to the International Production and Processing Expo in Atlanta were told.

Beef farmers in Fukushima, Japan, are struggling with continuing low wholesale prices for their meat.

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