Meat and Health

Technology helps minimise bacteria on meat

Odour management firm Dax Airscience is working alongside a prominent UK beef supplier to help reduce the level of bacteria found on beef carcases.

Cargill takes steps to tackle campylobacter

Global food provider Cargill has unveiled plans to introduce the new SonoSteam technology to its main chicken processing site in the UK. The innovative piece of technology is part of the companys farm-to-fork action plan designed to tackle campylobacter.

Beef genetics could help farmers profitability

The Department for Environment & Food Rural Affairs (Defra), in conjunction with the Farm Animal Genetic Resources (FAnGR) Committee, has released a report revealing the potential profitability that can be generated for farmers via beef genetics.

Richmond enters free-from category

Kerry Foods sausage brand Richmond has entered the free-from market with the launch of a new pork sausage made with rice flour instead of wheat.

Rare burgers need food safety management plan

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has agreed that the preparation and service of rare burgers in food outlets is unacceptable unless a validated and verified food safety management plan is in place.

London bloggers receive a taste of Scotland

Esteemed food and lifestyle bloggers from London travelled to Scotland to learn about Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI.

Morrisons recalls ham product over listeria fears

Supermarket chain Morrisons has recalled its Savers Cooked Ham product amid food poisoning fears.

Conference to focus on promoting beef and lamb globally

This years AHDB Beef & Lamb Annual Conference will focus on increasing the demand of beef and lamb on a global scale.

FSA puts forward rare burger guidance

The increased popularity of burgers served rare has prompted the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to look at how businesses can meet consumer demand while ensuring public health remains protected.

Consultation on bovine TB action launched by Defra

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has outlined proposals to tackle bovine TB (bTB).

Precautions taken to tackle pig illness

Over 40,000 sows across the country are thought to be covered by AHDB Porks significant disease charter in a provision to tackle the porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDv) should it arrive in the UK.

Pig industry scholarship remains popular

Eight firms are taking part in the pig industry scholarship scheme, run by AHDB Pork and Harper Adams.

Poultry companies team up to tackle campylobacter

Two UK companies have announced a partnership aimed at developing a feed additive for poultry to reduce levels of campylobacter in chickens.

Lancashire poultry farm restrictions lifted following avian flu

Restrictions have now been lifted following an incident of avian flu on a Lancashire farm last month, Defra has confirmed.

Frequent weighing of lambs can prevent illness

Cobalt deficiency in lambs was the topic of discussion at the recent Forth Monitor Farm meeting, hosted by the McEwen family at Arnprior Farm.

Clear country-of-origin labels introduced for Welsh meat

Packaging on Welsh fresh and frozen meat products must now carry a country-of-origin label.

Court orders seized meat to be destroyed

An article published by the Swindon Advertiser has revealed that nearly half a tonne of food belonging to a Swindon caterer is to be destroyed after it was revealed he was taking a delivery of raw meat from a pet food supplier.

British barbecue hygiene at a dangerous level

The British barbecue season may be a time to relax, but research has shown that hygiene levels could be a cause for concern.

PETA opposes pig farm

A petition to prevent the development of a major pig factory farm in Limavady, Londonderry, has received backing from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

EU regulations on edible insects pending

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is asking UK food businesses that sell edible insects to begin preparing for new amendments to EU regulations that may mean some insects will need approval for sale as food.

New Red Tractor chairman unveiled

Assured Food Standards (AFS), the company that operates the Red Tractor scheme, has announced that Jim Moseley will take over as chairman from the end of November 2015, succeeding David Gregory.

Animal welfare top priority for consumers

Nearly three-quarters (74%) of consumers claim that meat sourced from well-looked-after animals is a top issue that makes a food company ethical, according to Mintel.

Emerging diseases remains a key focus for the British pig industry

The British pig industry is investigating almost 40 different threats to livestock.

Brits want more from product packaging

Over three-quarters of Brits are concerned about the well-being of livestock, according to new research from Mintel.

Confirmed case of bird flu on Lancashire farm

A case of avian flu (bird flu) has been confirmed on a Lancashire poultry farm.

Acoura enters partnership with Pasture-Fed Livestock Association

Acoura has been appointed by The Pasture-Fed Livestock Association (PFLA) as inspection provider for its Pasture for Life certification scheme.

FSA wins beef carcase judicial review

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has won a judicial review brought against it by the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) and Cleveland Meat Company Limited regarding a beef carcase that had been deemed unfit to enter the food chain.

Doubts cast over processed meat products

Consumers are not confident that processed meat products contain the species labelled.

TV chef and butcher partnership raises healthy eating awareness

A partnership between Scottish Q Guild butcher S Collins & Son and Irish celebrity chef Adrian Martin has helped raise awareness of healthy eating through a cookery roadshow.

Ireland set to return to a 'controlled risk' status

Ireland is expected to return to a controlled risk status following the confirmation of BSE.

Musclefood.com supplies healthy barbecue menu

A new variety of unconventional barbecue foods aims to offer a healthy alternative.

AHDB plans Scottish tour to debate levy allocation

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is to tour Scotland this summer meeting people throughout the food industry on a listening tour to discuss what its priorities should be when deciding how to spend its levy.

Unison warns against changes to inspection laws

Trade union Unison fears possible changes in European law will jeopardise independent meat inspections for both white and red meat, putting food standards at risk.

Lamb curry consumption on the rise

Roast lamb consumption may be falling but farmers and processors can take heart from news that consumers are starting to spice it up instead.

New lamb consumer campaign launched

A new campaign to encourage younger consumers to try lamb as an everyday meal option has been launched.

Game meat market tipped as for further growth

The game meat sector has been earmarked as one of the top markets to watch, according to Mintel.

Pork scratchings revamped as health food

Pork scratchings have had a makeover and been reinvented as a health food. The traditional pub favourite has been revamped by an online food retailer which specialises in food for athletes and fitness fans and has devised a lower-fat, lower-salt version.

Supermarkets pledge to do more to cut campylobacter

Multiple retailers have set out plans to reduce the levels of campylobacter found in its chickens.

FSA finds campylobacter in 73% of chickens

Campylobacter has been found in 73% of fresh chickens, a Food Standards Agency (FSA) survey has revealed.

Progress at Asda supplier leads to Sonostream roll-out to combat campylobacter

Asda is rolling out the use of a steam process at the plants that supply it with chicken, after a trial found it dramatically reduced levels of campylobacter.

Men prefer meat to booze, sports or sex

The majority of men would rather give up booze, cancel their Sky Sports subscription and even give up sex rather than become a vegetarian, according to a recent study.

Interest in offal down to Game of Thrones

Growing sales of offal have been attributed to the popularity of TV series Game of Thrones.

Defra talks to food firms about extending COOL

Informal conversations between Defra officials and UK food companies have begun over the possibility of extending country-of-origin labelling (COOL) to differentiate between food produced in the different countries, regions or towns of the UK.

Dont miss future of food and drink conference

Today is the last day to get your hands on early bird tickets for our New Frontiers in Food and Drink conference.

New meat sensor aims to help combat waste

Scientists at the Massachusetts University of Technology (MIT) have created a sensor which detects gases emitted from rotting meat, which could help to reduce food waste.

Steak tops beef dish poll

A poll conducted ahead of Great British Beef Week (GBBW) has revealed that the nations favourite beef dish is steak. However, votes were clearly different depending on your age group.

Livestock health research to receive 6m funding boost

Eblex and Bpex will receive funding to improve livestock health as part of a 6m research programme.

Lab meat closer to a reality

Meat grown in a laboratory will become commercially viable in the next decade, the scientist who grew the worlds first stem-cell burger has claimed.

Innovation conference launched

A new conference promoting innovation in the food and drink manufacturing industries has been launched.

MTJ launches environmental survey

Meat Trades Journal has launched its Annual Green Survey for 2015, to look industry opinions on environmental issues.

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