Meat and Health

Breeding values to be highlighted in bull selection process

Workshops in Scotland have been designed to help beef producers choose the most efficient and profitable breeding lines in cattle.

New IFR study helps to identify food poisoning in raw foods

A report from the Institute of Food Research (IFR) has given new evidence on the background levels of spores of clostridium botulinum (C.botulinum) a form of food poisoning in raw foods, that it claimed will assist the food industry in delivering safe chilled foods more sustainably.

Two Brothers Foods extends gluten-free range

A Cornish food wholesaler has extended its gluten-free range due to an increase in consumer demand.

Industry needs to promote beef and lamb, says NFU deputy president

The red meat industry ought to do more to promote and market its products, said Minette Batters.

Environment Secretary commits to exploring new markets for British meat

Elizabeth Truss, Environment Secretary, has today welcomed the increasing global appetite for British meat as we enter the Year of Great British Food.

AHDB addresses global opportunities for sheep meat

Developing global market opportunities has been highlighted as a crucial area for the sheep meat sector in 2016 by AHDB Beef & Lamb.

Low-fat sausages to help with weight loss

Northern Irish healthy eating company Slender Choice has launched a range of low-fat sausages to the market.

Avian influenza suspected in Scotland

Poultry producers in Scotland have been warned by the Scottish government to stay vigilant following a suspected case of avian influenza (AI) in Fife.

Black pudding recalled over incorrect labelling

The Real Lancashire Black Pudding Co has recalled its black pudding slices over a labelling error.

Volume outstrips value in Christmas meat sales

Volume sales of meat over the Christmas period outgrew value sales as competition between mainstream and discount retailers intensified.

Organic meat company starts year with new innovation

Devon-based The Well Hung Meat Company has begun 2016 with the launch of a meatbox aimed at simplifying eating clean, healthy, and organic meat.

SAMW sets targets for 2016

An improvement in end-product prices is on the agenda for Scotlands meat wholesalers in 2016, as well as an upgrade in the way the government applies regulatory burdens.

Industry responds to antibiotics in animals report

The worlds animal medicines sector has united in response to Lord ONeills report on Antimicrobials in Agriculture.

B Riley & Sons abattoir falls into administration with 131 job losses

Burnley-based abattoir, B Riley & Sons, has been forced to close down after experiencing significant cashflow difficulties resulting in 131 staff have being made redundant just before Christmas.

Fears raised over antibiotic-resistant pigs

Concerns have been raised in the UK after pigs resistant to last-resort antibiotics - used on humans when all other medication fails - have been found.

FSA looks to make display of food hygiene ratings mandatory

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) plans to expand the mandatory display of food hygiene ratings at food outlets in England, as highlighted in the FSAs strategy for 2015-2020.

Pig processors to save money on US exports

Pork processors exporting to the US may be able to benefit from cost savings after an agreement with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), according to AHDB Pork.

Bacon not as environmentally destructive as lettuce, says report

After being revealed in a Chatham House report that meat production contributes to around 15% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, it has now been reported that lettuce carries three times more greenhouse gas emissions than bacon.

GammonWatch reveals disappointing support for British produce

The results from the National Pig Associations (NPA) GammonWatch have shown that most retailers have low British shelf-facings on gammons.

National Beef Association welcomes new board member

Third-generation farmer William Walton has been welcomed by the National Beef Association (NBA) as the organisations newest board member.

Consumers told not to fear antibiotic superbugs

Food safety specialist Acoura has told consumers that they shouldnt be concerned about antibiotic-resistant superbugs in British red meat.

Steps taken to prevent pig virus

From Friday 18 December, porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED) will become a notifiable disease. The move will mean that pig-keepers and vets will be legally obligated to inform the Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) should they suspect a case of the disease.

Steps taken to prevent pig virus

From Friday 18 December, porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED) will become a notifiable disease.

Poultry vaccine research receives 5.7m grant from BBSRC

Research into developing a cheap and effective poultry vaccine has been awarded a 5.7 million grant by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

Food Standards Scotland launches festive safety campaign

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has launched a cheeky safety campaign in an effort to reduce the number of people contracting food poisoning over the festive season.

Over half the UK male population suffer from Lack of Meat Syndrome

Research conducted by the Sizzling Pubs chain has revealed that, at 53%, over half of the male population suffer from Lack of Meat Syndrome (LMS).

New book examines food fraud forensics

A new book covering food fraud and the science behind it has been launched.

BPC honours industrys finest

Celebrated members of the poultry industry gathered yesterday evening (Tuesday 8 December) for the British Poultry Councils (BPC) annual awards.

Charity Christmas jumper launched by Scotch Lamb

A new Scotch Lamb PGI Christmas jumper in aid of charity has been unveiled.

Meat tax proposal labelled unrealistic

A proposed tax on meat to help decrease consumption has been labelled as unrealistic by AHDB Beef & Lamb.

Karro Food receives congratulations for progress in the East

Northern Irelands Minister for Enterprise Trade and Investment, Jonathan Bell, has offered his congratulations to Karro Food Group following the news that the companys pork plant has been provisionally recommended for approval to export to China.

Diners concerned over meat provenance

Diners are showing an increased interest in where their meat is sourced from in restaurants, according to the National Pig Association (NPA).

Bovine testing made compulsory in Northern Ireland

Northern Irelands Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Michelle ONeill, has announced that testing for Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) virus in new-born calves, including stillbirths and abortions, will be made compulsory.

Badger vaccination project suspended in Wales

The decision to suspend the badger vaccination project in Wales has been met with disappointment.

Meat value sales drop once again

Fresh meat and poultry sales have seen another decline in value sales. According to Kantar Worldpanels Meat, Fish & Poultry Market update for the 12 weeks to 8 November 2015, value sales dropped 0.7% while volume sales saw modest growth at 1.5%.

Change needed in the red meat industry, says expert

The head of agriculture and research for meat processor Dunbia has encouraged the meat industry to embrace change.

Welsh promotional campaign hailed a success

In-store promotion is very customer-friendly and increases sales, according to Welsh butchers.

Welsh red meat industry looks to 2016

Supermarkets have been encouraged to support the Welsh livestock industry in the coming year by avoiding the shattering shards and spikes of oversupply that puncture prices and splinter our industry, Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) chairman Dai Davies told an audience at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair.

Experts point to impact of meat consumption on global warming

A new report has highlighted the relationship between the consumption of meat and the impact it has on global warming.

Christmas challenges for carcase balance

As the Christmas season approaches, the challenges that processors face in achieving carcase balance is brought into the spotlight.

Mislabelled meat leads to investigation

It has been revealed that some butchers in the county of West Sussex have been selling lamb meat under the guise of goat.

Pictorial system used in hygiene training

A training supplier has spearheaded a new way of helping to educate people who speak different languages.

Teamwork core to success, says Welsh red meat body

The supply chain has been called on to work together to promote PGI branded Welsh Lamb products.

Sales of processed red meat damaged from cancer scare

It has been revealed that sales of pre-packed sausages and bacon have seen a negative impact as a result of the World Health Organisations (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancers (IARC) recent report, according to global insight leader IRI.

RSPCA bans chicken thinning for Assured label

The RSPCA has banned the use of thinning in chickens, claiming it will help fight campylobacter, as well as ensure the welfare of the birds.

Scottish pig issues addressed in seminar

Quality Meat Scotlands (QMS) Scottish Pig Industry conference last week focused on issues facing the industry, as well as opportunities ahead.

FSA reveals latest campylobacter results

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has revealed a decrease in the highest band of campylobacter in birds from July to September of this year, compared to the same time period in 2014.

Butchery men fined 8k on hygiene and safety charge

Two men involved with a Penge butcher have been prosecuted and ordered to pay fines and costs of over 8,000 by Bromley Magistrates Court.

Red meat vital to Welsh food industry growth, says minister

The red meat sector has a vital role to play in helping the Welsh Government grow the food and drink industry by a further 30% in five years, deputy minister for farming and food Rebecca Evans has said.

Specially Selected Pork to get new campaign

A new promotional campaign to relaunch the Specially Selected Pork brand is to be developed.

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