Meat and Health

Northern Irish consumers encouraged to shop local

The Northern Ireland Pork and Bacon Forum is urging consumers to make buying local a priority. This can be achieved by ensuring customers buy pork with an NI ‘Assured Origin’. 

Links between sheep producers and processors strengthen

AHDB Beef & Lamb confirmed that, as of yesterday (Tuesday 1 March), a new list of post-mortem rejection conditions is being trialled in a number of sheep abattoirs. This comes as part of a project to improve information exchange between animal producers and meat processors. 

Corries launches new Himalayan salt product

Northern Irish meat business Corries has developed a Himalayan salt product for cooking at home. 

The Co-operative cuts meat prices

The Co-operative Group’s food division has today announced that it will be cutting the cost of over 200 of its own-brand British-sourced meat and poultry products.

Foodborne illnesses in focus at international workshop

The meat industry, alongside other food sectors, is set to benefit from the first International Workshop for Foodborne Viruses, which saw more than 130 experts on viruses in the food chain gather to tackle the problem. 

Majority of Brits claim to eat the right amount of red meat

Research from the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has revealed that the majority of British consumers believe they eat the correct amount of red meat and do not need to cut back. 

Hannan Meats wins Hong Kong market

Northern Irish catering butcher, Hannan Meats, has won its first business in Hong Kong and Macau with its premium Himalayan salt aged beef. 

ASF-resistant pigs detected

The ground has shifted in the fight against African swine fever (ASF) after scientists in Scotland used advanced genetic engineering to potentially create ASF-resilient pigs. 

Further reductions of campylobacter found in poultry

Results published today by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) revealed further decreases of the presence of campylobacter in fresh shop-bought chickens.

Television presenter and farmer Adam Henson is supporting the Meaty Issues campaign
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£260m-worth of beef thrown out every year

More than 34,000 tonnes of beef is thrown away in Britain every year, according to figures released by Love Food Hate Waste. This is the equivalent of 300 million beef burgers or £260 million.

US requirements on beef imports discussed

US import requirements for beef have become a focus for the UK meat industry. 

FSA and AHDB team up to deliver better health and animal welfare practices

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is undergoing consultations on a new system of data collection and communication for meat hygiene inspectors in the hopes of assisting the meat industry in identifying animal health and welfare issues more efficiently. 

McDonald's UK study helps farmers get greener and richer

Fast-food chain McDonald's has launched one of the largest independent studies of UK and Irish beef farms, which it says identifies measures that can help farmers meet government standards for Co2 reduction and boost profits. 

Tesco cuts campylobacter in fresh chickens

Tesco has revealed a further reduction of levels of campylobacter in its fresh chickens. 

Flexitarians on the rise, according to City Food Lecture

New ways of eating meat were addressed at this year’s City Food Lecture at the Guildhall in London. 

Swine flu diagnosed in Leicester

Fourteen cancer patients on three wards at Leicester Royal Infirmary are being treated for swine flu. 

Human health threatened by antimicrobial resistance

A new study has shown that bacteria in humans, food, and animals continue to show resistance to the most common antimicrobials. 

New Acoura chairman appointed

David Gregory has been announced as chairman of food safety and compliance specialist Acoura. 

Organic meat boasts more nutrients, report finds

Eating organic meat instead of non-organic meat could provide consumers with double the number of essential nutrients and lower the risk of heart disease, a study by Newcastle University has found. 

NFU calls summit on beef and lamb promotions

Processors, retailers and levy boards have been asked to come up with new and innovative methods or marketing beef and lamb by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU). 

Marketing campaign boosts sales of PGI Welsh Lamb

Consumers are spending more on promoted prime quality lamb cuts, according to the latest independent data available to Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC). 

Meat adulteration webinar launched by Meat Trades Journal

To learn more about protecting the supply chain in the UK food industry, be sure to register for Meat Trades Journal’s webinar on meat adulteration. 

Campden BRI tackles contamination in the food industry

A new service has been designed with the purpose of evaluating the effectiveness of surface decontamination within the food sector. 

Ham and deli bacon saw an increase in price
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Deli bacon and ham bucks the trend in falling grocery prices

Although grocery prices in January fell to their cheapest level in over a year, deli bacon and ham saw a rise of 4%. That is according to latest figures from mySupermarket.co.uk. 

Chicken tikka sandwiches recalled

Lytham Foods has recalled Taylors of Lytham Chicken Tikka Sandwiches due to the potential threat of salmonella. 

Nigel Logan outside Hillstown farm shop
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Beer-infused beef hits Northern Ireland

Northern Irish artisan meat processing business Hillstown Farm has developed its own Wagyu-style beef.

Food safety regulations could lead to imprisonment

New guidelines that came into effect yesterday (Monday 1 February) for England and Wales mean that professionals within the food industry whose actions result in harm or risk of harm to consumers could lead to custodial sentences. 

Abolishment of pre-export testing on brucellosis welcomed

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and British Veterinary Association Northern Ireland have welcomed the announcement that pre-export testing for brucellosis in Northern Ireland will be made redundant. 

Poachers arrested in Devon

Five people have been arrested as part of a two-and-a-half year wildlife crime operation in North Devon. 

Nottingham Trent University becomes ‘Centre of Expertise’

Nottingham Trent University has been recognised by the government as a ‘Centre of Expertise’ for food authenticity testing. 

Importance of animal welfare highlighted in annual report

Businesses in the food sector are becoming more aware of the importance of displaying their animal welfare procedures, according to the Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) report. 

Game meat is becoming more prominent on the supermarket shelves, says Countryside Alliance
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Game market goes wild as sales grow

The market for game meat is at an all-time high, according to the Countryside Alliance. 

HCC's summer and winter PGI Welsh Lamb marketing campaigns have helped boost sales
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Meat marketing campaigns hailed as ‘hugely successful’

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales’ (HCC) summer and winter PGI Welsh Lamb marketing campaigns have been considered a huge success. 

Polish chef Karol Okrasa cooked with English quality-assured on TV
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QSM lamb star of Polish cookery show

Quality Standard Mark (QSM) lamb has been highlighted in one of Poland’s most popular TV cookery shows. 

Interest shown over the acquisition of abattoir B Riley & Sons after it fell into administration
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‘Interest’ shown in northern abattoir

KPMG has received “expressions of interest” over the acquisition of Burnley-based abattoir, B Riley & Sons, which ceased trading in December 2015, resulting in 131 job losses. 

Chicken outperformed turkey this Christmas period, according to Kantar Worldpanel
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Turkey loses Christmas crown in meat sales war

Turkey has been outperformed by chicken as Christmas traditions fall by the wayside. 

The SALSA scheme helps boost SMEs recognition for good hygiene standards
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Small food enterprises to benefit from hygiene certification

A leading hygiene technology solutions company in the UK, Holchem, has launched a new help-service assisting SMEs [small and medium-sized enterprises] to gain important hygiene ratings with SALSA [safe and local supplier approval] certification.  

The Jim Beam ribs have incorrect storage instructions, according to the FSA
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Jim Beam Bourbon Ribs recalled from Iceland

Iceland Foods is pulling its Jim Beam Bourbon Ribs from shelves, due to incorrect storage instructions. 

Jewish families may pay an extra £12,700 to eat Kosher, say Tricot and Silberman
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‘Kosher Chicken Index’ highlights the cost of Jewish living

Economists Anthony Tricot and Andrea Silberman found that living the Jewish lifestyle in the UK can cost an additional £12,700 a year. 

The importance of clean animals for slaughter has been highlighted in two new videos from AHDB
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Videos show importance of sending clean livestock to slaughter

Two new videos produced by the industry’s levy board AHDB Beef & Lamb have been designed to showcase the importance of presenting clean livestock at the time of slaughter. 

QMS is to highlight the benefits of EBVs
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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. 

The Kernow Sausage Company's Gluten Free Herby Pork Sausages
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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. 

15% more turkey and other fresh poultry was sold in Christmas week compared to 2014
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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.

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