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Moy Park introduces new chicken range

Moy Park has launched a new range of pre-prepared, added-value chicken products under its ‘Good Kitchen’ brand.

Meat debate update: Anti-meat research motives questioned

The meat industry has questioned the motives of the of the anti-meat research community, after an author of a recent critical environmental report revealed he was a vegetarian on BBC Radio.

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.

Union urges united front on pig virus

NFU Scotland (NFUS) has said it is “extremely disappointing” that a voluntary ban on pig imports from PEDv-hit countries has been ignored, with boars from the USA reportedly moving through Prestwick airport.

Meat bodies offer new online statistics

Eblex and Bpex have revealed a new online library of meat statistics ranging from livestock numbers to the seasonality of meat markets.

Meat debate latest: Scots point to meat credentials

Following the latest attack on the meat industry’s environmental impact, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has responded by highlighting the “excellent sustainability credentials” behind Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI.

Meat bosses react to environmental attack

Trade experts have defended the meat industry after a BBC article reported that meat consumption needs to fall in order to protect the environment.

Quality Standard Mark celebrates 10th anniversary

The Quality Standard Mark (QSM) scheme for beef and lamb is to celebrate its 10th year, Eblex has reported.

Bagley accuses Unison of "scaremongering" in latest blog post

Norman Bagley, policy director at the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) accuses Unison of “scaremongering” in his latest blog post for Meatinfo.co.uk.

Linden Foods introduces meat boxes range to Fane Valley

Red meat processor Linden Foods has revealed a new range of meat boxes to be sold in Fane Valley Co-operative stores in Northern Ireland.

Eblex embarks on ‘Festival of Lamb’

With a host of promotional activity and British lamb in abundance as we enter autumn, Eblex has announced a ‘Festival of Lamb’.

‘Cor Blimey’ chilli launched

Meat seasoning manufacturer Unbar Rothon has launched a new seasoning for burgers and sausages with the help of a Q Guild butcher.

FSA inspectors take second strike action

The second day of Unison strikes went ahead yesterday (27 August) as Food Standards Agency (FSA) meat inspectors walked out over pay.

Scotch Lamb campaign deemed a success

The ‘Love Scotch Lamb Weekend’, which took place across Scotland last weekend, has been hailed a success by its organisers.

BDCI welcomes bursary applications

The BDCI is now welcoming applications for its bursary programme announced earlier this month.

Eblex extends mini-roast campaign to TV

Following the launch of the mini-roasts brochure, Eblex has revealed it will promote the product through a television advertisement.

Parliamentary group publishes report on stun/non-stun slaughter

An all party parliamentary group (APPG) for beef and lamb has published a report which calls for more research into the religious slaughter of animals

Positive growth for sheep meat exports

Exports of UK sheep meat were valued at £183.9 million for the first half of 2014, reported Eblex.

Burgers reach ‘popularity peak’ in foodservice

According to research carried out by one foodservice consultancy, burgers are the nation’s favourite dish to order when eating out, but they may have reached a popularity ceiling.

Green light given for new badger culls

Natural England has given the go-ahead for the second of four years of badger culling in west Gloucestershire and west Somerset to attempt to prevent the spread of bovine tuberculosis (bTB).

Pork roadshows ‘postponed’

Bpex has “postponed” its Regional Roadshow events this year in an “overall review” of its marketing programme.

Macsween rebrands haggis in bid to broaden audience

Macsween has rebranded and repackaged its range of haggis in an attempt to engage a wider audience and to “pioneer the future” of the category.

QMS points to ‘cooling’ pig prices

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has highlighted the “cooling” of pig prices, suggesting there are more pigs on the market.

Supply chain firm joins youth unemployment scheme

Gist, a UK supply chain company, has announced it will join the Feeding Britain’s Future campaign to help tackle youth unemployment.

Eblex devises digital aid for sheep farmers

Sheep producers can now make the most of a new digital tool from The Eblex Better Returns Programme (BRP) which helps to manage flocks electronically.

Scottish beef action plan revealed

The Beef 2020 report, a Scottish beef industry action plan, has been unveiled to facilitate sustainable and long-term beef production growth.

Meat industry criticises BBC Horizon programme

The BBC Horizon two-part series, Should I Eat Meat?, has been criticised by the meat industry for suggesting people should consume less meat.

DNA sample meat testing in Ireland reveals surprising results

DNA testing in butcher’s shops in Ireland has shown that more than half of the sampled products were not Irish.

BREAKING: Meat inspectors prepare for strike action

Food Standards Agency (FSA) meat inspectors are set for two four-hour walkouts on 26 and 27 August over pay disputes.

Horizon programme explores livestock’s environmental impact

In the second part of the BBC’s Horizon, Should I Eat Meat? programme, Dr Michael Mosley looks at the effect livestock has on the environment.

Red meat body hosts Dominican Republic visit

Industry professionals from the Dominican Republic were introduced to UK beef and lamb production and given an insight into livestock genetics during a recent visit hosted by Eblex.

Tesco refuses to sell mixed-origin beef

Tesco is understood to have refused to sell beef from cattle born in the Republic of Ireland, but raised in the North, citing customer confusion over labelling as the reason behind its decision.

The best of the #meatdebate

Last night’s BBC programme Horizon, Should I Eat Meat?, caused quite a stir on Twitter, with Meat Trades Journal taking the lead using the #meatdebate.

Export feature: Meat on the move

Despite the efforts of the ‘eat less meat’ brigade, per capita consumption of meat in target export markets is rising, and the UK should be looking to capitalise, finds Georgi Gyton.

Assure-IP strengthens halal product testing

Assure-IP’s halal certification system has teamed up with Romer Labs for DNA testing of its products.

HFF puts the record straight on ‘misconceptions’

The Halal Food Foundation (HFF) has sought to clear up what it says are “misconceptions” about its commercial wing, the Halal Food Authority (HFA).

Welsh red meat body to embark on autumn campaign for lamb

‘Not all lamb is created equal’ is the motto of the new marketing campaign from Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC), which aims to raise consumer demand of Welsh Lamb.

Pork Farms purchases Kerry Foods division

Pork Farms has acquired the chilled savoury pastry assets of Kerry Foods.

BBC Horizon programme questioned by industry body

Claims by BBC’s Horizon programme that eating processed meat is detrimental to health have been refuted by an industry body.

British Vets “appalled” by halal board letter

The non-stun slaughter debate between the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Halal Authority Board (HAB) has intensified, with the BVA saying it was appalled by suggestions made in an HAB open letter.

QMS enlists help of beauty queen for latest lamb campaign

With the help of Miss Scotland, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has launched a new Scotch Lamb campaign which aims to reach 90% of Scottish adults.

Trade body plays down ‘row’ on bacon smoking

The Provision Trade Federation (PTF) has played down the alleged row between UK bacon producers and Europe over bacon smoking.

Dunbia supply chain winner sees birth of first piglets

Dunbia has reported the first piglets have been born at its Pig Innovation Centre, winner of the supply chain initiative at our Meat and Poultry Processing Awards (MPPA).

Halal body condemns BVA ‘attacks’ over non-stun slaughter

The Halal Authority Board (HAB) has written an open letter to the British Veterinary Association (BVA), accusing it of “continuous attacks against the Muslim and Jewish communities”.

Great Taste Award-winner brings out snacking salami

Salami charcuterie specialist Serious Pig has launched a new ‘snacking salami’ product for retailers.

CHICKEN SCANDAL UPDATE: FSA changes stance on hygiene at 2 Sisters poultry plant

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has admitted that 2 Sisters Food Group did breach hygiene regulations at its Scunthorpe facility.

KellyBronze celebrates 30th birthday

KellyBronze has turned 30, and celebrated with a birthday bash on the farm in Essex.

Tulip to spend £16m on de-boning plant

Meat processor Tulip has announced it will invest £16m in its site in Cornwall, creating an estimated 250 new jobs.

STRIKE UPDATE: Union accused of bringing meat industry into ‘disrepute’

Union leaders have come under attack from meat bosses which have accused the organisation of attempting to bring the industry into “disrepute” with its latest move for industrial action.

Meat inspectors vote in favour of strike

Meat inspectors have voted for strike action over pay, with up to 130 slaughterhouses across the UK expected to be affected.

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