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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. 

Video: Eblex QSM Excellence Awards 2015

Eblex has crowned the winners of its Quality Standard Mark Excellence Awards, recognising England's Best Sirloin Steak, England's Best Innovative Steak, and England's Best Steak Pie. 

Moy Park gains high ranking for corporate responsibility

For the second year, Moy Park has achieved three stars on the Business in the Community’s Corporate Responsibility (CR) Index, which measures responsible business practice.

Supply-demand imbalance hits cattle prices

Cattle prices are coming under pressure from slow consumer demand and ample supply, Eblex has warned.

Bill Gates issues pro-meat blog

Former vegetarian and billionaire Bill Gates has backed meat production in his latest blog post, stating you can eat meat and still be environmentally friendly.

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).

QMS gains funding boost for Scottish red meat industry

The Scottish red meat industry is set to receive €1.2 million (£861,000) from the European Commission (EC), thanks to a grant secured by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Scottish abattoir on course to double capacity

A multi-million pound Scottish abattoir development at the Brechin site formerly owned by AP Jess is on schedule for completion towards the end of the year, according to owner Quality Pork Limited (QPL).

Poultry processor targets £100k for Farm Africa charity

Moy Park is aiming to raise £100,000 for Farm Africa in a new three-year charity partnership.

Beef supply and demand set to settle, says QMS

Beef prices could begin to firm up in the coming months, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has predicted, in welcome news for cattle farmers, who have faced falling prices during the first part of the year.

Red Tractor mulls over results of welfare consultation

The decision on whether to extend the Red Tractor Assurance (RTA) scheme to cover the whole life of the cattle, rather than just the 90-day finishing period, is unlikely to be made until August, following the end of a consultation on the proposals.

Scottish standards body urges meat industry to improve compliancy

The newly formed Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has urged the meat industry to improve its compliancy in order to be “best in class”, at this year’s Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) conference in Glasgow last weekend.

Pork Farms/Kerry Foods merger given provisional clearance

The acquisition of Kerry Foods’ chilled savoury pastry business by Pork Farms Group has been provisionally cleared by the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA), following an investigation on the grounds that it could result in a monopoly of the pork pie market.

Mintec report points to difficult trading period for UK meat industry

The latest Mintec update on meat and livestock, published 17 April, paints a disappointing picture of falling prices and challenging circumstances, including the Russian ban on EU pig meat, creating difficult trading conditions across much of the UK industry.

Eblex offers mobile video resource

Producers now have “a wealth of video resources” available to them on the Eblex mobile app, which can be accessed even without a live internet connection, according to the levy body.

Veterinary body urges trapping badgers before shooting

Badgers killed as part of anti-bovine TB culling programmes in West Somerset and West Gloucestershire should be trapped in a cage before being shot, rather than being shot while roaming free.

Scottish beef farmers urged to remain positive

The over-supply of cattle in Scotland has been described as a “short-term blip” by president of the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) Alan McNaughton.

Meat industry veteran passes on

Fred Mallion, one of the best-known and respected people in the meat industry, has died at the age of 94. He spent his entire working life in the trade and was well-known throughout the industry for his major contribution to education and training.

Systems Integration lands Canada contract

A British software firm has landed a contract at a state-of-the-art beef processing facility set to open in Canada this year, which its owners claim is the “first of its kind” in North America.

UKIP changes tack on non-stun slaughter

After backing down from plans to ban non-stun slaughter, UKIP’s new election manifesto supports continuation of the slaughter method, and insists on “formal non-stun training and certification for all religious slaughtermen”.

Blog discusses halal slaughter

Rizvan Khalid, halal expert and senior director of Shropshire abattoir Euro Quality Lambs, has posted a new blog for meatinfo.co.uk entitled “Halal – know your market!”.

Snacking sector offers opportunity for meat businesses

The meat snacking market provides a substantial opportunity for businesses, according to a new report into eating habits.

Ingredients firm sees rise in demand for allergen-free

EHL Ingredients has reported an increase in demand for its allergen-free ingredients and blends, with the appetite for its curry powder blend increasing by 35% within the last year.

Retailers win out against foodservice on public trust for British meat

Supermarkets have stolen a march on restaurants and fast food chains when it comes to gaining public trust, due to a policy of sourcing more British meat, according to new data.

Moy Park secures green accolade from KFC

Poultry producer Moy Park has been recognised for sustainability and environmental performance by KFC, at the fast food chain’s recent Supplier Awards.

British sausage brand aims for international growth

Sausage brand The Black Farmer hopes to take its products to Spain following a UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) mission to the country.

Asda apologises for lamb gaffe

Asda has apologised for mis-labelling imported lamb as British, after a customer uncovered a New Zealand health stamp on her joint.

Eblex introduces offal and fifth-quarter export packaging guide

Red meat levy body Eblex has produced a new packaging guide for offal and variety meats to help boost export opportunities.

Steak tops beef dish poll

A poll conducted ahead of Great British Beef Week (GBBW) has revealed that the nation’s favourite beef dish is steak. However, votes were clearly different depending on your age group.

Red Tractor embarks on major barbecue drive

Red Tractor Assurance (RTA) is running a major on-pack barbecue promotion this summer “to drive awareness and understanding of Red Tractor standards”.

Meat and poultry hit by food deflation

Food deflation continues to have an impact on meat and poultry sales according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel.

Opening US and China remains top priority, says Northern Irish meat processor

With the election only weeks away, opening up export markets in the US and China should be regarded as an economic and political priority, according to the CEO of food and feeds company Fane Valley.

Livestock health research to receive £6m funding boost

Eblex and Bpex will receive funding to improve livestock health as part of a £6m research programme.

Study reveals stress contributes to disease in pigs

Scientists have shown for the first time that stress can make pigs more likely to suffer from disease.

Celebrity chef gets behind drive for British farming

TV chef Tom Kerridge has thrown his weight behind the National Farmers’ Union’s (NFU) campaign to back British farming and food.

Lab meat closer to a reality

Meat grown in a laboratory will become commercially viable in the next decade, the scientist who grew the world’s first stem-cell burger has claimed.

Innovation conference launched

A new conference promoting innovation in the food and drink manufacturing industries has been launched.

Great British Beef Week to raise awareness of declining suckler herd

The British beef industry has lost over 100,000 beef breeding cows in the last three years, Ladies in Beef reported as they gear up for Great British Beef Week.

MTJ launches environmental survey

Meat Trades Journal has launched its Annual Green Survey for 2015, to look industry opinions on environmental issues.

Youngsters display skills in livestock and butchery event

More than 100 young enthusiasts in the livestock, auctioneering and butchery sectors showcased their skills at the inaugural National Young Show Stars event in Malvern.

Cranswick turns in strong performance

Meat and poultry supplier Cranswick has finished the financial year in a strong position following a “robust” fourth quarter.

Red Tractor life proposal meets farmer resistance

Beef farmers have raised concerns about plans to extend the Red Tractor (RT) assurance scheme to cover the whole life of the cattle, rather than just the 90-day finishing period. Nearly two-thirds opposed the change, according a survey carried out by the National Beef Association (NBA).

Chicken firm fined £7k over worker injury

Chicken supplier Faccenda has been fined and ordered to pay costs after an employee suffered serious injuries as his arm was dragged into a conveyor belt.

Chicken firm scoops International Safety accolade

Chicken processor Moy Park has been presented an International Safety Award  with merit for promoting high standards of health and safety management in the workplace.

Bpex urges butchers to use pork for burgers

Independent butchers should look to pork to capitalise on the trend for premium burgers, according to pork levy board Bpex.

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.

Tesco accused of giving too much support to NZ lamb

Tesco has denied consistently underestimating demand for British lamb after chef James Martin complained shelves were full of New Zealand product over the Easter weekend. 

Scottish butcher’s strikes burger deal with Tesco

Perthshire’s Simon Howie butcher’s will launch its steak burgers into 51 Scottish Tesco stores next week.

Moy Park offers new roast-in-the-bag chickens

Moy Park is following the roast-in-the-bag trend with two new flavours of whole chicken roasts.

MLCSL defends carcase grading system

Inspectors’ organisation Meat & Livestock Commercial Services Ltd (MLCSL) has hit back at claims that the current carcase grading system is flawed and needs updating.

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