Meat and Health

Welsh abattoirs reveal improvements in carcase conformation

Recent carcase classification results from Welsh abattoirs have shown that conformation standards increased for 2015, according to Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC).

Packaging material benefits fresh meat and poultry industry

The fresh meat and poultry industry is expected to benefit from a new recyclable mono material after Faerch Plast was granted a European patent for its MAPET II.

British vets lead the way in animal welfare

A new British Veterinary Association (BVA) survey has shown that 71% of vets check meat labels and question the produce before purchase.

Industry experts to debate antibiotic report

Following on from the recent Jim ONeill report, which called for a global initiative to decrease the number of antibiotics used in livestock, leading veterinarians and stakeholders are coming together to discuss the welfare considerations, ethics and economic pressures of livestock production for the meat industry.

Meat quality tops concerns in supermarket burger survey

The quality of meat in a burger still ranks high among consumers concerns.

Campylobacter down in poultry, says survey

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has shown there has been a decrease in both the number of birds with campylobacter on them and those with the highest level of contamination compared to the equivalent quarter last year.

Welsh Lamb makes Danish headlines

Welsh Lamb is making waves in Denmark, after featuring on a major television flagship news programme, TV Avisen.

Swedes bid for Welsh Lamb

For the first time, Swedish consumers are able to bid for Welsh Lamb on online auctioning site, Tradera.

Waste ultimatum for meat and fish processors

Meat and fish processors generate 540,000 tonnes (t) of food waste, but could only cut 20,000t of that out of their supply chains by 2025, according to the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

AHDB highlights opportunities in halal sector

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Boards (AHDB) Beef & Lamb sector has recognised the growing domestic market for halal sheep as presenting a significant opportunity for the industry.

Stay vigilant in show season, pork producers warned

Pork producers in Wales are being encouraged to stick strictly to general biosecurity practices ahead of the summer show season.

Food and Drink Federation appoints Helen Munday as chief scientific officer

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has appointed Helen Munday as its new chief scientific officer.

Celebrity pig welfare campaign launched

A celebrity-backed campaign highlighting pig welfare has been launched.

AHDB Pork unveils pig industry app

AHDB Pork has launched a new interactive app, Think BioRisk, to help prevent disease in the pig industry.

Combatting campylobacter: More work to be done

Our sister title Food Manufacture held a panel discussion on campylobacter during Foodex about the scale of the issue.

Pig antibiotic stewardship programme launched

The National Pig Association (NPA) is to launch an antibiotic stewardship programme to help achieve minimum use of antibiotics.

QMS to continue focus on marketing

Uel Morton, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) chief executive, said the organisations priority, in terms of budget spend, remained marketing the Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork brands.

US beef showcased in capital

Chefs and the media industry were treated to a dinner at the deputy ambassador to the United States house in London yesterday evening (Monday 25 April) to showcase US beef.

Challenges and opportunities identified for the Scottish red meat industry

The challenges the Scottish red meat industry is currently facing to achieve profitability have been highlighted by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) chairman Jim McLaren.

Asda recalls salad due to salmonella presence

Supermarket chain Asda has recalled its Chicken & Sweetcorn Pasta Salad because of the presence of salmonella. The product has a use-by date of 23 April 2016.

Critical cocktail hits lamb exports

A critical cocktail of low consumer purchasing power, punitive exchange rates, cheap imports and supply surfeits have forced UK lamb exports to dip by nearly a quarter in the last 12 months, according to Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) latest Market Bulletin.

Argo Foods issues chicken recall

Scottish poultry firm Argo Foods has recalled some whole cooked chicken products, due to the fact it had been producing and selling them with a shelf-life that was extended beyond the validated shelf-life, potentially posing a risk to human health.

Irish consumers shift from pork to turkey bacon

Theres less pork on the fork in Irish consumers breakfasts as people turn to lean, low-salt food items in the morning, according to a Bord Ba report on eating habits.

Agricultural industry comes together to fight BVD

Over 50 organisations and companies from across the agricultural industry have joined forces in a campaign to eradicate bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD).

Genetic developments help ensure food safety

Food safety and authenticity issues could be assisted by developments with whole-genome sequencing, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Restaurants urged to cut antibiotic usage

Food companies have been asked by investors to stop sourcing their meat and poultry from suppliers that use antibiotics.

Meat sales benefit from an early Easter

The meat, fish and poultry sectors have experienced market growth off the back of the Easter period.

Antibiotic usage in poultry drops

The British Poultry Councils (BPC) Antibiotic Stewardship Scheme yesterday published a report on its strategy for responsible use of antibiotics, revealing a decrease in the use of antibiotics.

Beef prices hit five-year low

Britains beef prices have reached their lowest level in five years, according to the National Beef Association (NBA).

Asda to support British pork producers

Supermarket chain Asda has revealed that it will increase its fresh pork to 80% British by next year.

Animal welfare enters election debate

The British Veterinary Association (BVA), including its Northern Irish, Scottish and Welsh branches, has launched three manifestos urging parliamentarians to act upon animal health and welfare under a One Health agenda for government, ahead of next months national elections in the three areas of the UK.

NFU reveals which supermarkets support British meat

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has launched an online supermarket sourcing guide that allows consumers to know who is backing British farming.

University of Manchester battles meat fraud

A research team at the University of Manchester has used metabolic fingerprints to detect whether or not beef mince has been contaminated with pork.

UK retail beef sales report decline

Northern Irish meat processors have suggested demand for beef has been relaxed during much of 2016, with current supplies of prime cattle meeting demand for beef.

Take part in Meat Trades Journals Green Survey

The industry has its chance to have its say on environmental issues, thanks to the annual Meat Trades Journal Green Survey.

Eating habits impact premium meats

Premium meat products could be impacted by consumers demand for convenience, according to Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC).

Sharing of information in red meat is vital, says QMS

The open sharing of information across the different stages of the red meat supply chain has been urged by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Stability seen in pig abattoirs

The long-term trend of the declining number of abattoirs slaughtering pigs in England may be stabilising, according to research by AHDB Pork.

Welsh Beef campaign beats target

Research has suggested that a Welsh Beef marketing campaign has been a success.

Farmers warned against bluetongue return

Livestock farmers are being urged by the National Farmers Union (NFU) to talk to their vets, as the industry braces itself for a potential return of bluetongue disease.

Workshops boost industry awareness

A series of courses have helped increase the red meat industrys knowledge of shopper preferences and abattoir operations.

Support urged for Great British Beef Week

The British beef industry has been called on to help educate consumers about getting the most out of beef products.

Support urged for Great British Beef Week

The British beef industry has been called on to help educate consumers about getting the most out of beef products.

Bacon industry still threatened by cancer scare

The bacon market could be feeling a backlash from the World Health Organizations (WHO) previous report that claimed processed meat causes cancer.

Anti-meat agenda concerns for industry

A leading figure in the meat industry has warned of a growing anti-meat agenda and fears it may be the next food to be targeted by health bodies after sugary drinks and fatty snacks.

Top fraud threats to red meat supply chain

The four top food crime threats to the red meat supply chain have been highlighted by the Food Standards Agencys (FSA) National Food Crime Unit (NFCU) in a report just published.

Classic bacon sandwich reaches new heights

Tim Peake has become somewhat of a national treasure since he hit the headlines after becoming the first British European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut, but six months floating around in outer space is a long time to go without any home comforts.

Poland named as potential target market for British lamb

AHDB Beef & Lamb has recognised Poland as having the potential to become a major export market for Quality Standard Mark (QSM) lamb.

Cattle rejection conditions tested in abattoirs over two-week trial

A two-week trial is currently taking place in nine cattle abattoirs across England and Wales in order to validate a new list of post-mortem rejection conditions.

Meat adulteration webinar fast approaching

Its less than one week to Meat Trades Journals webinar on meat adulteration.

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