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EU implements country-of-origin labelling for meat and poultry

Country-of-origin labelling (COOL) laws come into effect today (1 April) across the European Union, requiring all packaged unprocessed meat products to be labelled where the animal was reared and slaughtered.

Power to the people in new retail butchery initiative

Supermarket customers are to be offered the chance to butcher their own meat, in a new initiative by one of the major multiples.

#Butcherisbetter campaign review

We picked out some of the best from our #butcherisbetter campaign for National Butchers' Week.

NFU urges retailers to back British lamb

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has called on the UKs major retailers to plan ahead and back British farming for this years lambing season.

Revamped butchers gains alcohol licence

A North Yorkshire butchers shop has been celebrating its revamped shop, which includes a licence to sell alcohol and a food-to-go counter.

Scotch Beef and Lamb sponsor pie competition

Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI will be on show at the British Pie Awards, as they are on the line-up of sponsors at the Melton Mowbray event.

Welsh meat industry seeks to upgrade carcase grading

Representatives from the Welsh meat industry have set about searching for ways to update the current carcase grading system, which is based on the EUROP grid.

Welsh butcher gains Ocado listing for meats

Butcher's Shop of the Year, Edwards of Conwy, in North Wales, has launched a range of meat products with online supermarket Ocado.

National Butchers' Week - Edwards of Conwy

It's National Butchers Week so we caught up with our Butcher's Shop of the Year, Edwards of Conwy.

Charcuterie firm launches innovative cures

The founder of a Bristol-based artisan charcuterie business is looking to redefine British cured meats with a new range of innovative products.

Meat box supplier plans 1.3m expansion

Meat industry supplier Northern Paper Board, which supplies boxes for meat products, has revealed plans of a 1.3 million expansion at its site in Yorkshire.

Eblex creates online POS Hub for butchers

A new online point-of-sale Hub for butchers has been launched by Eblex, to provide more useful tools and resources than ever before.

Butchers urged to donate bones for charity

Butchers and farm shops around the country are being invited to get involved with the Bones for Bones leukaemia and lymphoma charity scheme, started by Cheerbrook Farm Shop in Nantwich, Cheshire.

Expert points to importance of red meat in diet

Red meat could potentially become a more important source of long chain omega-3 than fish in the next 50 years, politicians have been told.

Beef bucks flat meat export trend

Exports of meat and animal products in 2014 were broadly flat on the previous year, but beef was up by 6%, with only salmon, chocolate and cheese ahead of it among top export product categories.

Butcher bounce back threatened by lost generation

Butchers are riding the crest of a wave of increasing popularity among consumers, but a lost generation of skills is threatening to derail that momentum.

Cooperation key to success in supply chain security

Greater cooperation and collaboration throughout the UK food supply chain was highlighted as a key factor in tackling the challenges of effective supply chain security, at a Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum on the subject last week.

Irish pork DNA testing scheme deemed incomplete by EC

The European Commission has called Irish Farmers Associations (IFA) DNA testing scheme has been called incomplete by the European Commission.

Political parties show support for poultry trade in pre-election meeting

The three main political parties have committed to supporting the British poultry industry after the general election in May, but agreed that the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) budget would be cut.

FSA issues burger cooking advice

As we edge towards the barbecue season, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued advice for the public on how best to prepare home-cooked burgers.

ABP encourages women to join industry

Beef giant ABP UK is addressing the gender imbalance in the meat industry by encouraging young women into careers.

Report illustrates animal welfare progress in UK

The government has made considerable progress on improving animal welfare in the UK, according to its five-year progress report.

Critical eye on saturated fat

As dietary review guidelines once again come to the fore, it seems there are no plans by the government to amend advice on saturated fat a decision that is coming under fire from researchers. Eleanor Mackay reports

Yorkshire meat company plays key role in Clarkson fracas

Catering butchers the Yorkshire Dales Meat Company (YDMC) was at the centre of the Jeremy Clarkson debacle, as it was the lack of availability of one of its sirloin steaks that caused the alleged fracas.

Yorkshire meat company plays key role in Clarkson fracas

Catering butchers the Yorkshire Dales Meat Company (YDMC) was at the centre of the Jeremy Clarkson debacle, as it was the lack of availability of one of its sirloin steaks that caused the alleged fracas.

Barbers outpace food apprentices

There are nearly as many apprentice barbers as apprentices across the entire food sector, and the numbers are continuing to fall, figures have revealed.

Steak pie finalists selected

The finalists in this years Englands Best Steak Pie 2015 competition have been revealed.

Cornish meat firm awarded food safety accreditation

Cornwalls Brian Etherington Meat Company has been awarded the Safe and Local Supplier Approval (SALSA) accreditation, a food safety standard signifying a greater paradigm of excellence in food practice.

Valentines Day boosts meat despite deflation

Most meat categories enjoyed a Valentines Day boost to sales, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel, but continued to be hit by deflationary pressures.

Morrisons sees profits nosedive

Morrisons saw pre-tax profits fall 52% for the 2014 financial year, in its worst results in eight years.

New website promotes career in food to youngsters

A new website has been launched to attract new talent into food and drink manufacturing and processing.

Dates set for Great British Beef Week

The annual Great British Beef Week will this year take place from 23 April to 3 May, once again backed by the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) and Ladies in Beef.

Welsh red meat trade sets out strategic plan

A new strategic plan for the Welsh red meat industry will aim to increase sales by at least 34% to 776 million a year by 2020, Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has reported.

Three appointments to Quality Meat Scotland board

The Scottish government has announced three new board members for red meat promotion body, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Seven to vie for Premier Young Butcher title

Seven of the UKs top young butchers will be taking to the stage to compete for the title of Premier Young Butcher 2015, up from the previous years six.

Defra group urges improvements to ensure food authenticity

Defras Authencity Methods Working Group (AMWG) has recommended the government needs to improve communication, data sharing and supply chain auditing in order to ensure food authenticity.

Blog argues against beef protectionism

Writing MTJs latest blog post, Paul Garnham, MD Europe and Africa for Tyson International, calls for the UK to open up to more foreign beef products.

Inaugural seminar held for women in the meat industry

Women across the meat industry came together on Wednesday (4 March), for a first-of-its-kind event for females working in the sector.

Masterclasses planned for Butchers Week

To mark National Butchers Week and raise money for charity Scope, Alnwick butcher Daniel Turnbull will be giving butchery masterclasses.

Devros profits suffer following restructuring

Profits for sausage casings manufacturer Devro have dropped by 94% for the 2014 financial year, following a year of restructuring.

Video: Butchers' Week #butcherisbetter campaign

Ahead of this year's National Butchers' Week (23-29 March), Meat Trades Journal has launched the #butcherisbetter campaign.

AHDB appoints new chairs to beef, lamb and pig sectors

A brace of new chairmen have been announced by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), one of which will see Stuart Roberts step out of an industry role to replace John Cross at the helm of Eblex.

#Butcherisbetter campaign goes viral

With this years National Butchers Week fast approaching, Meat Trades Journals #butcherisbetter campaign is also building momentum.

FSA reveals latest campylobacter results

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published the latest results from its year-long survey into campylobacter, showing 73% of retailed raw chicken tested positive for the bug.

Organic poultry sales see positive performance

Despite overall poultry sales experiencing mixed results, sales of the organic variety are up on last year, the Soil Association reported.

New MD for Yorkshire butchers

Catering butchers The Yorkshire Dales Meat Company has announced the appointment of a new managing director.

Michelin-star chef endorses QSM scheme

Eblex has enlisted the help of celebrity chef Nigel Howarth to be the ambassador for its Quality Standard Mark (QSM) scheme.

NFU raises alarm on UK self-sufficiency in food

A new National Farmers Union (NFU) report predicts an alarming decline in the UKs self-sufficiency in food, which it believes could have serious implications for the British economy, food security and employment.

New butchery skills contest launched

A national skills competition, which aims to drive excellence in the workplace, will now include a butchery tournament for the first time.

Sausage King sets himself a new challenge

A UK sausage expert has set out on a mission to try the nations best bangers, most recently sampling a stunning array at a Derbyshire Farm Shop.

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