Meat and Health

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). 

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.

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 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 UK’s 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 Cornwall’s 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 shouldn’t 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. 

Musclefood.com calculates calorie content of barbecues

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

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. 

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. 

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.

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. 

Pigs stolen from New Forest farm

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

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 country’s 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 Agency’s (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’. 

Joint initiative showcases lamb for Euro 2016

To celebrate the Euro 2016 football championships, the UK’s Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), Interbev in France and Bord Bia in Ireland have combined forces to produce a jointly-funded campaign aimed towards promoting lamb consumption.

Cornwall cracks down on meat crime

A new regional multi-agency working group has been set up in Cornwall to help tackle issues facing the meat industry. 

Pig antibiotic progress hindered by ‘clunky’ planning

The National Pig Association (NPA) has warned against ‘clunky’ planning that is delaying the reduction of antibiotic usage in livestock. 

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 O’Neill 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. 

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