Meat and Health

MDA Foods products recalled over repackaging concerns

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued a recall of MDA Foods Ltds frozen fish and chicken.

Marks & Spencer introduces low-calorie pork sausage

To help people stick to their New Years diet, Marks & Spencer (M&S) has launched a Skinny Sausage, containing as few as 78kcals.

Innovation at the forefront of Northern Irish meat industry

Northern Irelands red meat, pork, poultry and fish sectors have been encouraged to embrace innovation in developing their industry.

Northern areas labelled high-risk for liver fluke

Farmers in North Wales, north-west England and Scotland have been warned to be on the lookout for liver fluke this winter.

Funding for antibiotic action tripled as part of five-year plan

Funding for the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture (RUMA) Alliance has more than tripled as part of a new five-year plan which will help UK farming reduce antibiotic use across animal and human medicine.

Veterinary associations urge poultry keepers to keep animals safe after Avian Influenza scare

British poultry-keepers are being encouraged to protect their flocks with practical biosecurity measures.

Government extends Avian Influenza Prevention Zone

The government has extended an Avian Influenza (AI) Prevention Zone, first implemented on 6 December 2016, until 28 February.

UK pig semen used to improve Indian pork quality

For the first time, pig semen from UK animals has been used in India in a project to improve the countrys pig breeding stock and to produce better-quality pork.

Outbreak of Avian Influenza confirmed in Wales

A case of Avian Influenza (AI) has been confirmed on premises in Pontyberem, Carmarthenshire.

Welsh red meat industry prepares for volatile year

The Welsh red meat sector has been told it must show the greatest resilience, agility and adaptability in what is predicted to be a volatile 12 months.

Research finds meat consumption does not impact heart disease risk

A new study has found that there is no connection between eating red meat and cardiovascular disease risk factors.

Government increases surveillance following avian influenza developments

Poultry keepers have been told to remain vigilant after a dead wild duck containing H5N8 bird flu was found in Carmarthenshire, Wales.

No evidence linking meat consumption with asthma, says agricultural levy board

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has hit back against a report suggesting that processed meat can worsen asthma symptoms.

M&S slammed after distressing footage of broiler plant released

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has criticised Marks & Spencer after releasing footage of a chicken broiler plant, which the campaign group says supplies the retailer, showing birds living in a stressful environment.

Government takes measures to suspend avian flu spread

Following the outbreak of a case of H5N8 avian flu at a turkey farm in Lincolnshire, the government has placed a temporary suspension on gatherings of certain birds species.

Vets condemn CCTV recommendation report

British vets have today (19 December) expressed disappointment at a report instructed by the Welsh Government.

Avian influenza confirmed on turkey farm in Lincolnshire

Avian influenza of the H5N8 strain has been confirmed in turkeys at a farm near Louth in Lincolnshire.

England to seek Officially TB-Free status for half the country in 2017

England is set to apply for Officially TB-Free (OTF) status for more than half of the country next year.

Welsh Lamb reaches out to Scandinavian audience

PGI Welsh Lamb has become somewhat of an internet sensation in Sweden.

Skymark and B&G Products create bacteria-inhibiting bag

Packaging manufacturers Skymark and B&G Products have collaborated to create a reusable cool bag that prevents the growth of bacteria such as campylobacter.

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.

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