Meat and Health

Protection zone against avian influenza declared

The English and Scottish governments have announced an avian influenza (AI) prevention zone in an attempt to prevent the spread of the H5N8 strain of the virus.

Steak tenderness and consistency increases

Steaks are becoming more tender as the quality of English beef continues to improve, a new study has found.

Teenagers encouraged to increase meat consumption

The importance of teenagers eating a balanced diet and the provenance of their food were two key themes teachers took away at a conference co-organised by Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) and Meat and Education.

Bank of England working on potential solutions to make five pound note meat-free

Following on from the backlash by the vegetarian and vegan community, the Bank of England has said it is addressing concerns over the new polymer 5 note containing tallow.

Research shows pork prices contribute to increased Christmas dinner costs

The Mintec Christmas Dinner Index 2016 has shown that the cost of Christmas dinner is set to be 1% more expensive this year, but still lower than the 2013 and 2014 prices.

Lack of data in antimicrobial resistance sector

More data on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and its impact on the food chain is needed, according to a new report.

Poultry producers urged to remain vigilant on AI

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has told poultry farmers and producers that they must be on the look-out of any signs of avian influenza (AI) and to report symptoms to their vet or the Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA).

Sheep industry warned of fraudulent advertising offer

Breed societies and exhibitors that support the National Sheep Association (NSA) events are being told to remain wary of a scam offering free advertising.

Red meat tariff-free Brexit deal critical, says Welsh industry

Outgoing Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) chairman Dai Davies has stressed the importance of post-Brexit free trade negotiations and their impact on the Welsh red meat industry.

Pig industry left in the dark about antibiotic usage

Following on from the news that the UK is on course to meet antibiotic targets, the pig sector is encouraging producers to play their part in setting realistic reduction targets for this spring.

Research indicates over a third of Brits have misconceptions about freezing meat

Research has shown that over a third of people living in Britain have inaccurate beliefs about freezing meat.

Cattle producers urged to help tackle Bovine Viral Diarrhoea

English cattle producers are being encouraged to play their part in fighting Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD).

Antibiotic report welcomed by the pig industry

The National Pig Association (NPA) has welcomed the encouraging news that the UK sale of antibiotics for use in livestock has reached an all-time low.

UK should learn from leading US broiler standards

The UK has a lot to learn from the US when it comes to chicken welfare standards, according to Compassion in World Farming.

UK on course to hit antibiotic reduction target by 2018

Sales of antibiotics for usage on UK animals have reached an all-time low, according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Poultry industry leads the way for sensible antibiotic usage

The British Poultry Council (BPC) has said it is setting milestones for the responsible usage of antibiotics over the past year.

Sarcocystosis warning to poultry eaters

Conservation groups have joined forces to better understand a disease that could impact the UKs duck population.

RUMA defends preventative antibiotics amid ban call

Pressure to ban the use of preventative antibiotics to treat animals has been criticised by the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture (RUMA) Alliance.

Analysts back Brazilian corned beef consignment refusal

The rejection of a Brazilian corned beef consignment for exceeding maximum levels of the veterinary medicine albendazole has been supported by scientists from the Government Chemist.

Welsh meat exports: Saudi Arabia a crucial country

Saudi Arabia is a crucial country for exports of Welsh meat, according to Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC).

Meat and poultry dips as fish reels in the customers

Fresh primary meat and poultry sales have taken a hammering for the 12 weeks to 9 October, according to the latest Kantar Worldpanel Meat, Fish and Poultry (MFP) figures.

Pig industry calls for wild boar population control methods

The National Pig Association (NPA) has called for well thought-out efforts in controlling the feral wild boar population in the Forest of Dean.

Understanding illness key to preventing flock loss

Sheep producers have been told that using stock data from fallen animals can help stop further loss.

Cornish student suggests protein alternatives

A pupil at Cornwalls Duchy College Stoke Climsland has suggested that insect larvae could soon replace traditional meats as a main source of protein.

UK ham and bacon processors test nitrate replacer

Major ham and bacon processors are trialling a natural ingredient made from Mediterranean fruits and spices designed to replace nitrites and nitrates, which have been linked with cancer.

Butchers warned against accepting stolen sheep

Butchers in the Northamptonshire area have been warned about contaminated meat.

British vets call for mandatory animal welfare labelling

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is calling for mandatory method of production food labelling on meat and dairy products.

Preparing sheep for breeding essential for future generations

As mating season approaches, producers are being told that optimising ram and ewe conditions is of the upmost importance.

BPHS changes shouldnt impact producers

Changes are taking place at the British Pig Health Scheme (BPHS), but producers who use the service should see no difference.

Meat, poultry and fish experience strong growth

Continued sunshine into early August has given the fresh primary meat and poultry and chilled fish sectors a healthy boost in volume terms.

Over 7,000 oppose Lincolnshire pig factory farm

Animal rights group, Animal Aid, has received 7,500 signatures in support of its campaign against what it describes to be a factory farm in Upton, Lincolnshire.

New measures announced to tackle TB

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced further measures today (Tuesday, 30 August) to tackle bovine TB as part of its 25-year strategy to eradicate the disease.

Barbecued rare burgers are bad for you

Over five million consumers are at risk of food poisoning from eating rare burgers that are pink in the middle, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has warned.

Hotline launched to tackle Scottish food crime

A Scottish Food Crime Helpline was launched today (25 August 2016) by Food Standards Scotland (FSS) and independent charity Crimestoppers to enable consumers and industry to report anonymously suspicions of food crime.

Musclefood.com calculates calorie content of barbecues

New research from Musclefood.com has revealed that our favourite grilled meats may come at a cost.

Badger cull row rumbles on following extension

A reported extension to the badger cull has reawoken an ongoing row regarding the process and its impact on tackling TB in cattle.

Pigs stolen from New Forest farm

14 pigs have been stolen from a farm in Fordingbridge in the New Forest, Hampshire.

Stolen lamb could be used as meat, police warn

Police are appealing for information following the theft of a seven-month-old lamb from a field in Romsey, Hampshire. It is thought that the lamb could be sold on as meat.

Cooked options rise as busy Brits scramble for breakfast

Cooked breakfast options have seen a surge in popularity, according to new AHDB consumer insight data.

Spar commits to cage-free eggs by 2025

Spar has become the latest supermarket to commit to using cage-free eggs by 2025 after revising its suppliers.

New contamination identification process from Fera

A new contamination identification service for food manufacturers has been launched by agri-food solutions specialists Fera Science.

Lucas Ingredients launches Gluten Free Pork Sausage mix

Lucas Ingredients has unveiled its new Gluten Free Pork Sausage mix.

Deadline for beef funding scheme extended

The cut-off date for the Beef Efficiency Scheme (BES) has been extended from its original date of Friday, 15 July to Sunday, 31 July to allow more time for farmers and crofters to complete their calving data on the ScotEID website.

Bluetongue vaccines now available in Britain

Vaccines for bluetongue are now available for sheep and cattle across Britain, with supplies approved for use in vet practices.

Animal feed committee seeks new member

The Advisory Committee on Animal Feedstuffs (ACAF) is seeking a new committee member.

Whole Foods Market recalls chicken salad products

A number of chicken salad products have been recalled by Whole Foods Market as they may contain undercooked chicken.

Listeria guidance aims to reduce risk of illness

New guidelines delivered by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) aim to help healthcare and social care organisations reduce the risk of vulnerable persons contracting listeria.

Red meat education zone helps inform consumers

Scottish families will be able to learn about the positive impact their countrys red meat industry has on a number of areas, thanks to a new red meat education zone, delivered by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

National Food Crime Unit sets up reporting service

The Food Standards Agencys (FSA) National Food Crime Unit has launched a reporting facility for those concerned about crimes in the food industry.

Food Standards Scotland launches Pink Chicken BBQ Food Safety Campaign

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has launched its Summer BBQ food safety campaign: Nothing spoils summer like Pink Chicken.

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