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Public confidence in food safety low

The horsemeat scandal continues to affect the UK food industry, with many still unsure about the safety of their food. 

Horsemeat culprits sentenced to jail

Two men have been jailed and another has received a suspended sentence for fraudulently adding horsemeat to the food chain. 

Guilty verdict in horsemeat trial

Three men have been found guilty of fraudulently adding horsemeat to the food chain following a three-week trial. 

‘Prioritise food fraud or risk another horsemeat scandal’

Another horsemeat scandal could happen if enforcement authorities fail to prioritise food fraud, according to professor Chris Elliott, author of the food supply chain review following the debacle.

Horsemeat trading group taken down by police

An investigation, linked to the horsemeat scandal, has led to the arrest of 66 people and the dismantling of a horsemeat trading ring.

Horsemeat trio appear in court

Three men arrested in connection with the horsemeat scandal have appeared at the City of London magistrates court. 

Riverford cuts meat prices and trims range

Riverford, the organic food delivery company, has lowered the price and size of its meat boxes to attract new consumers after research found UK meat demand was falling. 

Three prosecuted over horsemeat scandal

City of London Police has charged three men with fraud offences in an investigation over the horsemeat incident that shook the nation in 2013. 

Food safety regulations could lead to imprisonment

New guidelines that came into effect yesterday (Monday 1 February) for England and Wales mean that professionals within the food industry whose actions result in harm or risk of harm to consumers could lead to custodial sentences. 

Sorting the Beef from the Bull is out in February with an RRP of £16.99
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New book examines food fraud forensics

A new book covering food fraud and the science behind it has been launched.

Cutting, slicing and dicing feature: A cut above

Whether a major processor or independent, butchers are having to cut meat to satisfy changing consumer demands.

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Scottish Food Crime Unit's work agreed

The remit of the new Scottish Food Crime and Incident Unit (SFCIU), which will tackle food fraud, has been agreed by the Food Standards Scotland (FSS) board.

Horsemeat investigation results in numerous arrests

A European crackdown on the illegal horsemeat trade resulted in 26 arrests on Friday (24 April), according to the European Union’s Judicial Cooperation Unit (Eurojust).

Dutch man jailed for horsemeat offences

A Dutch meat wholesaler has been jailed for two-and-a-half years for his part in the European horsemeat scandal in 2013.

Abattoir boss fined in first horsegate prosecution

Peter Boddy has been fined £8,000 and ordered to pay costs after failing to comply with food traceability regulations, in what is being described as the first prosecution from the 2013 horsemeat scandal.

Derby outlets in adulterated meat scandal

Adulterated meat has been uncovered in retailers and takeaways in Derby, which could be falsely selling halal meat.

Company fined over horse meat sausage

Trading standards bosses have fined food importer Expo Foods Ltd after a pork sausage was discovered to have almost 50% horse meat.

Birds Eye sees post-horsegate profit uplift

Frozen food giant Birds Eye has reported a profit increase of almost 9%, to £85.4m, for the full year to 31 December 2013. Profit for 2012 stood at £78.1m in comparison.

Horsemeat detection methods up to scratch

The various horsemeat detection methods used for beef authenticity tests are reliable and of equal sensitivity, according to a recent government study.

Horsemeat scandal research given go ahead

Two British universities have been awarded grants through the Global Food Security Programme to research the effects of the horsemeat scandal.

Falling prices push beef industry to breaking point

The “‘sword of Damocles’ is hanging over the beef industry” due to falling prices and a lack of retailer support, according to the chairman of Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC), the meat promotion body in Wales.

Tulip seeks closer working relationship with suppliers

Food producer Tulip has launched a new campaign which aims to work closer with suppliers and share expertise.

Goat speciation screening service offered

The Laboratory of the Government Chemist (LGC) has reported it will add goat speciation screening to its list of services.

Defra and FSA investigate undeclared blood and offal

A scientific study has found undeclared blood and offal to be mixed into meats, which has sparked a Defra and Food Standards Agency (FSA) study into the issue.

Farming minister highlights careers in food

The meat industry, along with the wider food sector, is the UK’s largest manufacturing business and should not be overlooked, food and farming minister George Eustice told delegates to the British Meat Processors Association’s (BMPA) annual conference.

Cranswick surpasses expectations with 12% sales rise

British meat producer Cranswick has had a strong year with 12% revenue growth, higher than analysts expected.

Food testing firm announces acquisition

Synergy Health has acquired food allergen testing and authentication company Genon Laboratories, as it looks to extend its services across Europe and beyond.

Growth in meat market hides decline in consumption

A gradual decline in the consumption of meat products has been disguised by rising costs and the impact of inflation, according to a new report from Key Note.

Analysts find 38% of food samples are mislabelled

A West Yorkshire public laboratory has published findings from a six-month study, showing that 38% of food products, including meat, were mislabelled or had compositional faults.

Polish beef fears allayed

UK meat bosses have played down fears of increased Polish beef imports, after reports of a claimed renewed focus from the supermarket sector post-horsegate.

Butchers see rise in footfall in light of horsemeat issues

We speak with a Surrey-based butcher to see how the horsemeat scandal has effected his business.

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