Meat and Health

Campylobacter bug stabilises in Europe

Despite the headlines in the UK, the amount of illness caused by campylobacter has stabilised, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Vets protest non-stun halal abattoir

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has called on the Welsh government to end talks with a halal meat provider over an approved non-stun slaughterhouse.

Government considers UK poultry concerns over TTIP

The government was yesterday urged to protect the interests of the UK poultry industry during Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations.

Welfare activists hijack Red Meat Month Twitter account

The Red Meat Month campaign being promoted by MP Neil Parish has been hijacked on social media by animal welfare activists.

New boss for the FSA

The Food Standards Agency has announced the arrival of a new chief operating officer following the departure of Andrew Rhodes.

MP pursues Red Meat Month campaign

MP Neil Parish said it was only fair to launch a Red Meat Month to celebrate Britains livestock industry, in an open letter to animal welfare charity PETA, which is opposing the plan.

Which? takes further action on campylobacter

Consumer watchdog Which? has re-energised its campylobacter campaign with a written letter to seven major supermarkets asking them to publicise the action they are taking against scandalously high levels of the bug in retail chicken.

New study linking red meat and cancer will be harder to prove in humans

New research has apparently uncovered a link between red meat consumption and the formation of cancerous tumours.

Campylobacter scare causes drop in chicken sales

Year-on-year sales of whole chickens dropped in the 12 weeks ending 7 December, prompting speculation that consumers are buying less due to the campylobacter scare.

Derby outlets in adulterated meat scandal

Adulterated meat has been uncovered in retailers and takeaways in Derby, which could be falsely selling halal meat.

Scotch Beef named Scottish consumers favourite

Ahead of shortbread, smoked salmon and even haggis, Scotch Beef PGI has been named as Scotlands favourite food.

Pig producers improve biosecurity

British pig producers have made huge progress in improving biosecurity and preventing foreign diseases, according to the National Pig Association (NPA).

Majority of US vegetarians revert to meat, finds study

An American study has revealed that the large majority of vegetarians in the US cannot resist going back to eating meat, with 84% failing to stick to a meat-free diet.

Scottish schools prompted to apply for meat vouchers

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has urged Scottish secondary schools to apply for its Meat Vouchers Scheme before the deadline at the end of the year.

Consumers urged to ditch supermarket chicken after campylobacter results

A former government advisor and leading food expert has called for a boycott on supermarket chicken following yesterdays campylobacter results.

FSA names and shames retailers in chicken campylobacter study

Seventy per cent of retailed raw chicken is infected with campylobacter, with none of Britains biggest supermarkets meeting end-of-line production targets.

Which? survey reveals consumer concern on campylobacter

Six in 10 consumers are concerned about high levels of campylobacter in chicken, according to a survey by retail magazine, Which?

Campylobacter website launched for consumers

A new consumer website which offers advice on preventing campylobacter has been launched by poultry bodies.

BIRD FLU UPDATE: Ukraine bans poultry imports from UK, Netherlands and Germany

Ukrainian officials have announced a ban on all live birds and poultry products from the countries affected by bird flu.

NFU sets stage for scientific discussion on bovine TB

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has hosted leading UK experts to discuss the scientific basis for eradicating bovine TB (bTB).

BIRD FLU UPDATE: Yorkshire bird flu strain identified

Defra has confirmed the bird flu outbreak at a Yorkshire farm has been identified as the highly contagious H5N8 strain found recently in the Netherlands.

BIRD FLU UPDATE: Cherry Valley identified as owner of bird flu farm

The Yorkshire farm involved in the recent H5 avian flu outbreak is owned by Cherry Valley Foods, due to be acquired by Faccenda Foods by the end of the year.

INTERACTIVE: Butcher's Shop of the Year 2014 winners

Meat Trades Journal would like to congratulate all the finalists of the Butcher's Shop of the Year Awards 2014. Here are the winners:

Edwards of Conwy crowned Butcher's Shop of the Year 2014

Edwards of Conwy was celebrating today (Friday 14 November) after being the first Welsh butchery business to take the overall title of Butchers Shop of the Year 2014.

NI poultry firm fined for killing fish

A Northern Irish poultry business has been fined 2,000 for polluting a waterway and killing almost 3,000 fish.

Welsh Beef and Lamb gain 4.1m shot in the arm

Welsh Beef and Lamb will receive a 4.1 million boost to promote Welsh PGI meat across Europe, it was announced this morning (13 November 2014).

Organisations get together for British Game Week

The British Association of Shooting and Conservation (BASC) and the Countryside Alliance (CA) have joined forces to launch the Great British Game Week to be held later this month.

Donut burger slammed for containing 2,000 calories

Pub chain Hungry Horse has been slammed by a nutritionist for launching a new burger containing 1,966 calories.

MAP dismisses findings into red meat and heart disease

The Meat Advisory Panel (MAP) has refuted suggestions in a recent report that red meat causes heart disease.

Cargill director named Poultry Person of the Year

John Reed, agricultural director of Cargills European Poultry has been awarded the Poultry Person of the Year title.

Sausage Week starts with a swing

British Sausage Week kicked off yesterday andis already attracting a lot of attention across social media, Meatinfo.co.uk takes a look at what you are all up to.

Parents want school food to be British wherever possible, according to NFU poll

Parents want more British food in schools and more education on food and farming, according to a recent poll for the National Farmers Union (NFU).

UK to come into line with EU on trichinella

New pig testing requirements, to bring the UK in line with EU trichinella regulations, are due to be enforced by the end of October, said Bpex.

Faccenda embarks on campylobacter prevention trials

Poultry processor Faccenda Foods is launching full-scale trials of the campylobacter prevention technology SonoSteam, it has announced.

Irish farmers endure long night in protest over UK beef price gap

Irish beef farmers are in the midst of a 24-hour blockade outside abattoirs in protest against the growing price gap between Irish and British cattle.

New chair for campylobacter working group

Richard MacDonald CBE has been appointed the new chair of the Joint Working Group on Campylobacter as the project heads into its second stage.

EXCLUSIVE: Poultry sector raises safety concerns over TTIP

Members of the UK poultry industry are concerned that trade negotiations under the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and US could undermine food safety.

Study finds lower sperm count in vegetarians

A study into sperm count and diet found vegetarian men to have significantly lower sperm motility and concentration.

Chilling technology could solve campylobacter issue, claims Bernard Matthews

Bernard Matthews rapid surface chilling technology could be the answer to the poultry industrys campylobacter problem, but retailers are hesitant to adopt it, due to cost.

Staffordshire firm aims to bring classroom to the countryside

Staffordshire pig and poultry producer Packington Free Range is investing in the next generations education by launching an education project that works with schools to bring the classroom to the countryside.

White meat consumption could reduce liver cancer risk, finds study

A high level of white meat and fish consumption could reduce the risk of developing liver cancer, according to a study.

Scotch meat PGI future could depend on referendum

As the Scottish people cast their votes today, speculation over the future of Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) protected Scotch beef and lamb is growing.

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EC claimed to ignore scientific advice on livestock antibiotics

The European Commission (EC) has ignored scientists warnings on the overuse of antibiotics in farmed animals, according to the Soil Association.

Industry needs support on campylobacter, claims AIMS conference speaker

Addressing food hygiene issues, such as campylobacter, and frustrations with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) were just two of the topics discussed at the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) annual conference.

Red meat improves health of elderly, says research

Research carried out by Deakin University, Australia, said that eating red meat three to four times a week could be key to keeping body and mind in peak condition as we age.

US producer to speak at pig disease seminar

A US pig producer will speak at Bpexs seminars on the prevention of exotic diseases to highlight the devastation caused by the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus (PEDv).

FSA reacts to Unison reform attack

The Food Standards Agency has hit out at union leaders for making extraordinary claims ahead of a board meeting vote tomorrow.

Meat bosses react to environmental attack

Trade experts have defended the meat industry after a BBC article reported that meat consumption needs to fall in order to protect the environment.

Butchers targets students with value meat box

Butchers shop G N Badley and Sons is offering university students across the country affordable meat through its new student meat box scheme which it hopes will set it apart from the supermarkets.

Bagley accuses Unison of "scaremongering" in latest blog post

Norman Bagley, policy director at the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) accuses Unison of scaremongering in his latest blog post for Meatinfo.co.uk.

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