Meat and Health

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 Scotland’s 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 world’s animal medicines sector has united in response to Lord O’Neill’s 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 FSA’s strategy for 2015-2020.

Pig producers could save money when exporting to the US thanks to a new agreement
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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 revealed British gammon can be supported more in some retailers
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GammonWatch reveals disappointing support for British produce

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

Northumberland farmer William Walton is the newest member of the NBA board
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National Beef Association welcomes new board member

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

Consumers told not to fear antibiotic superbugs

Food safety specialist Acoura has told consumers that they shouldn’t 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 LMS
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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).

Sorting the Beef from the Bull is out in February with an RRP of £16.99
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New book examines food fraud forensics

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

BPC honoured the industry's leading figures
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BPC honours industry’s finest

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

£5 from each Christmas jumper will go to charity
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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 Group has been commended on creating opportunities in China
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Karro Food receives congratulations for progress in the East

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

More and more diners want to know where their meat comes from when eating out
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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 Ireland’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Michelle O’Neill, has announced that testing for Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) virus in new-born calves, including stillbirths and abortions, will be made compulsory. 

Badger vaccination has been suspended in Wales
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Badger vaccination project suspended in Wales

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

Kantar reported a decline in meat sales
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Meat value sales drop once again

Fresh meat and poultry sales have seen another decline in value sales. According to Kantar Worldpanel’s 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%. 

Sheep and beef farmers less attuned to what their marketplace demands, according to report
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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 butchers experienced an increase in lamb and beef sales thanks to a marketing campaign
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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 Organisation’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (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 Scotland’s (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.

Irish farmers address mislabelled red meat concerns

Members of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) met with environmental health officers (EHOs) and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to raise concerns about the mislabelling of red meat.

Tesco on course for campylobacter reduction target

Supermarket chain Tesco has revealed it has driven down campylobacter at the highest level in its fresh chickens to less than 9%.

Herd size linked to bovine TB risk

Intensive farming practices including larger herd sizes, maize growth, fewer hedgerows and silage use have been linked to higher risk of bovine TB (bTB), research from the University of Exeter has concluded. 

Lidl recalls chicken thighs

Supermarket chain Lidl has recalled its 450g Italiamo Italian Style Chicken Thighs due to a labelling error.

Ladies in Beef urges industry to Save our Sucklers

Ladies in Beef wants to follow the lead of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) to raise the profile of British suckler beef. 

Avian influenza seminars hit the road

A series of 10 roadshows to raise awareness for avian influenza (AI) commenced in Perth, Scotland, last week. 

Scotland meets with Canada to promote red meat

Scottish food secretary Richard Lochhead has met with Canadian retailers to highlight the quality, taste and reputation of Scottish red meat.

NFU and NSA meet with government over sheep movement concerns

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) and the National Sheep Association (NSA) have held an urgent government meeting concerning the inspection and penalty process for sheep movement reporting. 

Government warned against Defra cuts

Announced cuts to the Defra budget have attracted criticism from the sector. 

Beef industry urged to be more efficient

The beef industry ought to follow in the footsteps of the pig and poultry sectors when it comes to efficiency, according to the Agri-Food Biosciences Institute’s (AFBI) Dr Francis Lively. 

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