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Food Standards Agency: firms will pay for audits

Charging food businesses for audits will be part of an overhaul of the way food safety and hygiene regulations are implemented, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has confirmed.

How bright is the future of the retail butcher?

This piece is an honest account of the challenges which I personally see in our industry. It may be controversial and people may have different opinions on some of the content written, however when all told this is my livelihood, my life and my passion.

How can you ensure you provide a safe work environment?

Providing a safe work environment is crucial to running a successful operation. While the raft of regulations faced by businesses is a logistical challenge, it is vital that they keep on top of the constantly evolving obligations. 

Fraud could lead to £12 billion loss annually

FTSE food businesses have been told they could double their profits by reducing fraud losses.

NFU sets out post-EU plan

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has published the first in a series of ‘Vision for the Future of Farming’ papers. The publication outlines key issues set to impact British farming, which must be addressed now that Article 50 has been triggered.

Simplified food safety rules proposed to benefit butchers

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has proposed new simplified guidelines to food safety management in small retail businesses. This includes butchers, alongside bakeries and grocery shops. 

New bird flu measures pose serious risk to industry

Poultry keepers are now facing “significant threats” to their businesses with the introduction of updated measures to prevent the spread of bird flu. 

Calls made for efficiency in Welsh red meat industry

Efficiency is key to the Welsh red meat sector’s survival, experts stressed at a farmer meeting organised by Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) last week.

Butchers warned of staff theft

A butcher whose staff stole hundreds of thousands of pounds from him in an intricate scam has warned other businesses to be vigilant against employee theft. 

Meat businesses ‘named and shamed’ for not paying fairly

Two meat-related businesses have been named and shamed on the largest-ever list of businesses that have failed to pay their workers the National Minimum Wage. 

Welsh abattoir businesses need further investment

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has recognised cattle, sheep and pig slaughtering businesses as contributing £461 million every year to the Welsh economy. 

TB testing deadline extension welcomed

Following concerns raised by British Veterinary Association (BVA) members in the south west that the 14-day deadline for signing the new TB testing contracts did not provide businesses enough time, the deadline has been extended to 21 days. 

FSA puts forward rare burger guidance

The increased popularity of burgers served rare has prompted the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to look at how businesses can meet consumer demand while ensuring public health remains protected. 

Defra to make data available to businesses

Defra is to release all the data it holds in the hope rural businesses will be able to use it to improve productivity in farming. 

UK businesses sweep the board at animal welfare awards

A clutch of UK businesses have won awards recognising the commitment of international food companies to improving animal welfare. 

Butcher issues business warning to government

A butcher set to close her doors for the final time has warned that the industry will be forced to do the same unless the government does more to support small businesses. 

BMPA to launch revised Pork Scheme

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) is to launch its new BMPA Pork Scheme on Friday (1 May), following a comprehensive review of its existing pork quality standards. 

Heck given government award

Sausage company Heck has been named as one of the government’s 50 Food Stars, in a new scheme which recognises exciting up-and-coming businesses in Britain’s food and drink industry.

Scottish food and drink ‘Oscars’ open for entry

Businesses are being urged to enter this year’s Scottish Food & Drink ‘Oscars’, which has been officially opened by broadcaster Kaye Adams. 

Westaways Sausages included in Business is GREAT advent campaign

Westaways Sausages has been featured in a government campaign to promote small firms at Christmas.

Federation of Small Businesses calls for reform

Business rates are the third biggest expense for small businesses, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), which said the gorvernment needs to abolish the tax.

Butchers get involved in Small Business Saturday

Butchers are being urged to take part in Small Business Saturday tomorrow to boost trade and raise awareness of their business before Christmas.

Industry welcomes Chancellor business rates message, but calls for greater reform

Industry bodies have welcomed continued business rate relief announced in yesterday’s Autumn Statement, but urge that more needs to be done to reach reform.

Chancellor commits to businesses rates relief

Chancellor George Osborne has announced another year of tax relief for small businesses and tax cuts for employers with apprentices.

Industry prepares for new EU labelling rules

Food businesses are gearing up for the implementation of new labelling regulations which include the requirement to declare certain allergenic ingredients and to state the first date of freezing on products including meat.

Butcher features in high street pop art project

Pop art legend Sir Peter Blake has been commissioned by American Express to produce a piece celebrating high street heroes, which will feature one Q Guild butcher.

Welsh sheep electronic ID scheme proves resounding success

A £1 million electronic identification scheme for Welsh sheep farmers has proved a hit, according to Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC).

Welsh sheep farmers give positive response to new technology

A new £1m project to help integrate electronic identification technology for Welsh sheep farmers is proving popular, Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) has claimed.

Eblex improves online lamb yield tools

Eblex has launched “new and improved” beef and lamb costing and yield calculation tools, to help businesses improve their operational effectiveness.

Butchers’ Shop of the Year finalists revealed

Butchers throughout the UK are celebrating after being named as finalists in the prestigious Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards.

Freedom Food launches free online supplier directory

Freedom Food members can now sign up to a new free online supplier directory, which the animal welfare scheme said could be great for business for its suppliers.

Multi-million-pound food waste plant opens

A commercial food waste anaerobic digestion (AD) plant, which will generate enough energy to power 2,000 homes every year, officially opened in County Durham last week.

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