Meat and Health

Controversial abattoir under new management

The former Boosbeck abattoir Banaras Halal Meats in Birmingham has been taken over by a Middle East consortium led by producer and former government halal advisor Mohammed Saleem.

FSA launches food safety offences map

Food businesses that have been prosecuted for food safety offences can now expect to see their details flagged up on a new national database and map from the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Food safety industry receives new sentencing guidelines

The food sector has received a new set of sentencing guidelines, designed to improve health and safety within the industry. 

Spar recalls Chicken Bites

As a precaution, Spar is recalling a batch of its Chicken Bites Snack Bag 56g owing to a limited presence of mould. 

Red and processed meat report fails to impact sales

The study into red and processed meat by the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has had little impact on sales, reports UK butchers. 

New food label a hit with consumers

The RSPCA has said its new ethical food label, RSPCA Assured, which has replaced Freedom Food, has proved a success with shoppers four months after it launched. 

Red meat cancer fears played down by industry

Research that labels processed meats as carcinogenic to humans has been played down by food and medical experts. 

The WHO report is expected to place red and processed meat on the 'encyclopaedia of carcinogens'
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Impending meat report debunked by UK experts

A report into the carcinogenic effects of meat set to be launched next week has already been slammed by UK industry experts. 

The Mr Meats abattoir has been closed by the FSA following complaints over bad smells
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Mr Meats abattoir has licence suspended

A Birmingham abattoir has had its licence suspended following a Food Standards Agency (FSA) investigation. 

Photos of the Mr Meat site found animal carcases piled on the ground
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Mr Meats abattoir under investigation

A Birmingham abattoir is under investigation by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) following nine years of complaints over bad smells. 

Boss fined for storing unsafe meat

A company director of Chrysalis Enterprises Ltd, Ben Loeber, has been fined £10,500 over storing unsafe meat in the human supply chain. 

Conference to address Welsh red meat supply chain

Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC), also known as Meat Promotion Wales, is to discuss solutions to developing a sustainable and commercial red meat supply chain in Wales at its annual conference, taking place in Llandrindod Wells on 12 November. 

Pork organisation urges clearer ‘slap marks’

AHDB Pork has provided instructions on how pig producers can achieve clear and legible ‘slap marks’ on its website to help improve traceability in the food chain. 

New trend creeps into London

For diners seeking something a little different, an experimental kitchen in London is catering to those bored of the everyday cuisine. 

The international visitors pictured at Cromlix with farmer Iain Malcolm and his sons Angus and Jack and Emily Grant of QMS
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International buyers learn about Scottish red meat

A group of international food buyers from Hong Kong, Singapore and Canada headed to a Perthshire farm to learn about the origins Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI. 

This year's Red Tractor scheme has been the most successful ever
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Red Tractor experiences promotional success

Quality food assurance scheme Red Tractor has experienced its most successful promotion to date. This accomplishment comes only three weeks into the seven-week campaign. 

One in three veggies admit to eating meat when drunk

New research by a money-saving website in the UK has revealed that over a third of vegetarians eat meat whilst under the influence of alcohol. 

Family call for second E.coli inquest

The family of a five-year-old boy who died after eating E.coli-infected meat in school have made a plea for a second inquest into his death. 

The E. coli outbreak in Scotland has been linked to venison products
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Scottish E. coli outbreak linked to venison products

Nine cases of infection with the same strain of E. coli have been reported from across Scotland, associated with the consumption of venison products, according to Health Protection Scotland (HPS). 

Intertek's new facility will help poultry processors tackle campylobacter
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Intertek to help processors take on campylobacter

Product testing company Intertek has unveiled a new campylobacter facility. 

Sheep farmers praise vaccinations

AHDB Beef & Lamb’s recent Fallen Stock initiative has revealed that pulpy kidney and deaths caused by pasteurella in lambs were more common in the month of October. To prevent damage to the business, sheep producers ought to ensure their animals are vaccinated, said the levy body. 

McCarthy declares support for British farming

During a Labour Party conference in Brighton, Shadow Environment Secretary Kerry McCarthy announced that she supported British farming.

Avian influenza meetings to be held across UK

Following three cases of avian influenza in the UK over the past nine months, the UK Poultry Health and Welfare Group (PHWG) is set to hold a series of seminars across Great Britain and Northern Ireland to help poultry farmers prepare for a potential outbreak.

Lamb diseases to peak in October

Farmers and producers of lamb are being urged to ensure their sheep are vaccinated as autumn arrives.

The horsemeat scandal prompted the formation of the unit
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Scottish Food Crime Unit's work agreed

The remit of the new Scottish Food Crime and Incident Unit (SFCIU), which will tackle food fraud, has been agreed by the Food Standards Scotland (FSS) board.

The CLA Game Fair has been cancelled due to a lack of profit from the event
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Popular game fair comes to an end

The Country Land & Business Association (CLA) has cancelled the annual Game Fair, including calling off next year’s event at Ragley Hall. 

Sausages recalled due to incorrect allergen labels

Four of F L Edge & Son Ltd’s sausage products have been withdrawn from shelves over allergen concerns. 

Sales of organic produce have increased 3% year-on-year
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Organic sales experience growth

There is an increasing demand for organic products, according to research from the Soil Association. Figures suggest that since August 2014, organic sales have outperformed their non-organic counterparts. 

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 company’s 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 year’s 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 Pork’s 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 is a high priority for consumers when deciding if a company is ethical or not
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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. 

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