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Vets rubbish calls for halal labelling

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has said that compulsory labelling of meat products as halal will not improve animal welfare, but just fuel prejudice.

Halal furore said to be driving consumers back to butchers

In the wake of the media focus on supermarkets selling unlabelled halal meat, a Shropshire butcher says it has been inundated with enquiries about its meat, with people once again losing trust in the major retailers.

Associations encourage beef farmers to use auction marts

The National Beef Association (NBA) and the Livestock Auctioneers Association (LAA) have told beef farmers that if abattoirs say they cannot take their cattle, they should consider using auction marts instead.

New FSA board appointments

Three new board members have been appointed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Scottish meat producers set sights on Sweden

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has reported possible opportunities for Scotch Beef and Lamb after a Swedish food event.

Bpex outlines pig conference details

Feeding and performance data will take centre stage at this years Bpex Innovation Conference.

Prime Minister rejects compulsory halal labelling scheme

David Cameron does not support the compulsory labelling of halal meat products, according to a statement from Downing Street.

Bernard Matthews to close turkey processing site

Around 80 jobs losses are expected at Bernard Matthews Lincs Turkey plant in Grainthorpe, Lincolnshire, after the firm put forward proposals to close the site.

Industry experts dismiss sensationalist supermarket halal media stories

Experts in the meat industry have criticised national media stories about unlabelled halal meat in supermarkets, saying they are sensationalist and contain incorrect information.

Leicester removes halal products from schools, following kebab discovery

Halal meat products have been taken off Leicester school menus, after one lamb product a lamb sheek kebab was found to contain more than 50% beef.

New chief for packaging association

The Processing and Packaging Machinery Association (PPMA) has appointed Andrew Stark as its new chief operating officer, starting early this month.

NFUS identifies improved labelling on Scottish meat

ScotchWatch, NFU Scotlands (NFUS) ongoing examination of the amount of Scottish meat labelled as Scottish in supermarkets north of the border, has highlighted some positive developments.

Yorkshire Dales Meat extends bacon deal with Asda

After good sales figures since going into Asda stores in the north of England last summer, the Yorkshire Dales Meat Companys bacon will be going into 10 additional Asda branches.

Yorkshire butcher takes Rural Oscars award

British butchers were celebrated at the 2013 Countryside Alliance Awards, presented at the Houses of Parliament.

Green success for haggis firm

Haggis brand Macsween have become 100% land-fill free through collaboration with waste management companies.

Apple pie fought off savoury opposition to win pie title

A Bramley apple pie, produced by Morecambe Football Club, has been crowned Supreme Champion at the British Pie Awards 2014.

Meeting looks to future of food engineering

Representatives from the food industry and academia joined forces to discuss how to develop food engineering research.

H R Jasper & Son prosecuted

Cornish-based slaughterhouse H R Jasper & Son Limited has been prosecuted for breach of the regulations introduced by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to control the risks from BSE.

Eblex outlines export conference details

Food and Farming Minister George Eustice will present this years Eblex export conference, set to address the opportunities and challenges facing the industry.

Black pudding firm to double capacity with 1.4m spend

The Bury Black Pudding Company has the capacity to double its production and is targeting overseas markets after a 1.4m investment programme.

Opportunities highlighted for Scottish red meat industry

Speaking at the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) Foundation for Growth conference in Glasgow on Saturday (26 April), Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) chairman Jim McLaren said there were many reasons for the Scottish red meat industry to feel confident about the future.

Take a #beefie for Great British Beef Week

Ladies in Beef, who run Great British Beef Week, are asking people take a #beefie the bovine version of a #selfie.

HCC reveals fall in beef prices

According to Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) and Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), an increase in the UKs supply of prime cattle and an uplift in imports, alongside subdued consumer demand, have caused a fall in beef prices in recent months.

Warning over misuse of halal on labelling

The Halal Food Foundation (HFF) has expressed fears of misuse of the term halal and urged the industry to be more proactive in ensuring products are labelled correctly.

Heck wins Asda deal and predicts sector dominance

Sausage company Heck Food, which started selling in Tesco last April, has had its contract extended, as well as winning a new deal with Asda. Heck's founder told meatinfo.co.uk that it had been a great first year, and that Heck would be the number one premium sausage brand in 18 months.

QMS Lamb campaign up for marketing award

Quality Meat Scotlands (QMS) Wham Bam Thank You Lamb campaign has been shortlisted for a national marketing award.

Infographic: Risk assessment vs risk management

After the tasks of risk assessment and risk management were separated a decade ago to strengthen Europes food safety, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has released an explanation of the differences, seeking to dispel any uncertainty.

Moy Park put Brazil Fifa World Cup tickets up for grabs

Poultry producer Moy Park has launched an on-pack competition giving football fans in the UK and Ireland the chance to win a trip to the Fifa World Cup in Brazil this summer.

Retail giants increase halal offerings

Tesco and Sainsburys have increased their chilled halal offerings by introducing the Shazans brand into their stores, offering burgers and sausages to hundreds of shops around the country.

Eblex introduces image library to web

Eblex has launched a new image library on its website which can be used as a promotional tool for its users.

Welsh meat promotion body seeks next study scholars

Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) - Meat Promotion Wales has launched a search for scholars to enrol in their new livestock scholarship.

Organic suppliers look to China for exports

With organic demand in China growing the UK Soil Association Certification (SAC) has teamed up with its Chinese counterparts to make it cheaper and simpler for UK suppliers to export.

2 Sisters poultry supply firm modernises heating systems

The sister company of food manufacturing group 2 Sisters Food Group 2Agriculture has announced a new 20m investment to improve chicken welfare standards.

Great British Beef Week set to boost quality sales

The countdown is on to Great British Beef Week 2014, with Ladies in Beef co-founders Minette Batters and Jilly Greed urging the British beef industry to get behind the promotion.

Meat fraud discovered in takeaways

Consumer magazine Which? has found shocking evidence of food fraud in lamb takeaway dishes, with 40% of meat tested contaminated with other meats.

Scottish meat body outlines plans for year ahead

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) chairman Jim McLaren has said the Scottish red meat industry has been undergoing a chapter of change and opportunity, in a thorough round-up of the past year.

Meat industry concerned over small business inspection charge

The European Parliament has voted to delete an exemption which currently saves small meat businesses millions of pounds each year.

Chicken tops Easter meal poll

Chicken is the most popular choice for a special Easter meal this year, according to a recent IGD ShopperVista survey.

Infographic: UK beef carcase quality improving

British prime beef carcases increased in quality in 2013, with 3.8% more reaching the R4L or better target than in 2012, according to Eblexs recent annual carcase classification results.

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.

Green Party manifesto tackles animal welfare

Ahead of the European elections this year, the Green Party has released a manifesto that aims to fight against factory farming, live exports and the badger cull.

Faccenda to become Faccenda Foods

Fresh poultry firm Faccenda is to rebrand as Faccenda Foods at the end of this month.

QMS appoints knowledge transfer specialist

Michael Blanche has been appointed to Quality Meat Scotlands (QMS) industry development team, as knowledge transfer specialist.

ABP first food processor to receive Carbon Trusts triple award

ABP Food Group has become the first food processing company to receive the Carbon Trusts triple certification for water, carbon and waste reduction initiatives.

Moy Park appoints chief financial officer

Moy Park, one of Europes largest poultry producers, has appointed Barry McGrane to the Moy Park executive board as chief financial officer.

2 Sisters free-range chicken suppliers celebrate milestone

Westcountry Free Range Farmers, a co-operative of free-range chicken farmers and a key supplier to 2 Sisters Food Group, is celebrating after reaching a milestone 100-flock cycles of chicken production.

Union says pig inspection changes will bring infected meat to UK

Unison, which represents food inspectors, has again hit out at planned pig inspection changes, saying they will result in infected meat ending up on UK dinner plates.

Food inflation slows to lowest-ever level

Food inflation slowed from 1.1% in February to 0.8% last month a record low according to the BRC-Nielsen Shop Price Index March 2014.

Stockcroft Pigs joins LEAF

Pork producer Stockcroft Pigs has joined sustainable farming organisation LEAF Linking Environment and Farming.

British exporters showcased at Asian event

Eblex and Bpex will be showcasing 14 exporters of British meat at the Food and Hotel Asia (FHA) convention in Singapore between 8 and 11 April 2014.

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