Law and Food Safety

Meat industry calls for Single Market access post-Brexit

Organisations from across the meat industry have come together in support of tariff-free access to the Single Market.

Lack of data in antimicrobial resistance sector

More data on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and its impact on the food chain is needed, according to a new report.

Frozen turkey pet food recalled due to salmonella presence

Natures Menu has recalled its Country Hunter 80% Farm Reared Turkey with Wholesome Fruit and Veg frozen pet food, due to the presence of salmonella.

UK on course to hit antibiotic reduction target by 2018

Sales of antibiotics for usage on UK animals have reached an all-time low, according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Urgent scheme needed for non-EU farm workers

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has urged the Home Office to deliver a substantial trial of a Seasonal Agricultural Permit Scheme for non-EU workers in the 2017 season.

Dawn Meats commits to sustainable food production

Irish meat supplier Dawn Meats has become the latest firm to pledge its support to Courtauld 2025.

High Court ruling will delay Brexit clarity says industry

The High Court ruling that Parliament must vote on whether the UK can begin the process of leaving the European Union, will delay clarity, according to industry trade body British Meat Processors Association (BMPA).

Disgraced butcher found guilty of meat theft from employer

A former butcher has been found guilty of stealing meat from his employer.

Industry bodies help develop animal health and welfare

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has revised a list of conditions to be recorded by Meat Hygiene Inspectors (MHI) in abattoirs.

Scottish farmers warned of Winter thieves

As the colder months approach, farmers and crofters in Scotland have been advised to remain vigilant in protecting their property.

Butcher sentenced for poor hygiene

A Hucknall butcher has been sentenced to pay over 6,000 due to the lack of hygiene standards on his premises.

MPs urged to take action on antibiotic use

An Early Day Motion (EDM) tabled by Zac Goldsmith MP on veterinary antibiotic use is encouraging MPs to join the fight against the overuse of antibiotics in animals from which UK supermarkets source their meats.

Business rate hike could hit meat traders

Meat companies face being swept up in a wider storm of substantial business rate increases, according to an expert at a major UK law firm.

Legal advice: death by audit and corporate responsibility

Food Standards Agency (FSA) support for moving away from physical inspections by local authority (LA) Environmental Health Officers (EHO) should encourage businesses that already have good food safety systems.

British vets call for mandatory animal welfare labelling

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is calling for mandatory method of production food labelling on meat and dairy products.

FSA could take CCTV debate to Defra

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is considering whether it should encourage the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs, (Defra) to enforce new legislation for CCTV in slaughterhouses.

BMPA advisor questions calls for mandatory origin labels

A representative of the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has cautioned against latest calls for mandatory country of origin labelling (COOL) across all meat products.

Chinese restaurant fined over under-cooked sausage

Tin Sang Chinese Takeaway in Dan-y-Twyn, Merthyr Tydfil in Wales has been ordered to pay 1,085 for selling a battered sausage that was under-cooked.

Welsh meat board to support new GCSE qualification

Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) is providing training and materials for teachers as part of a new GCSE qualification in food and nutrition.

Origin labels: government 'should move now'

The government should launch compulsory origin labelling for meat and milk in processed products, farmers unions and the National Pig Association (NPA) have urged in a letter to Defra Secretary of State Andrea Leadsom.

Brexit provides unique opportunity for UK fishermen

The fishing industry has heard that the result of the EU referendum has provided the sector with a once-in-a-generation opportunity for radical change.

One in five seafood samples mislabelled

A new report has revealed that on average, one in five of more than 25,000 samples of seafood tested on an international level was mislabelled.

Illegal meat business owner prosecuted

The owner of an illegal meat business was fined on Tuesday, 6 September for 16 hygiene offences.

Lords to investigate the future of UK fisheries

The House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee will discuss the implications that leaving the EU will have on UK fisheries tomorrow, Wednesday 7 September, as part of an inquiry.

FSA acknowledges significant threat of antimicrobial-resistant E.coli

Following on from a report revealing concerning levels of antibiotic-resistant E.coli found in UK supermarket poultry and pork, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has said it recognised the "significant threat" it poses to human health.

Antibiotic-resistant E.coli in supermarket meat worse than expected

A new study has shown extremely high levels of E.coli resistant to essential antibiotics - used to treat human E.coli infections present in British supermarket chicken and pork.

Pink chicken livers putting consumers at campylobacter risk

A trend towards serving chicken livers rare, or pink, is increasing the threat level of campylobacter, which is responsible for more than 280,000 cases of food poisoning a year according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

AIMS responds to handling of animal welfare breach statistics

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has received a backlash after providing the Bureau of Investigative Journalism with statistics about breaches in animal welfare.

Slaughterhouse CCTV uptake stalls

The uptake of CCTV in abattoirs has slowed, according to the latest research from the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Three prosecuted over horsemeat scandal

City of London Police has charged three men with fraud offences in an investigation over the horsemeat incident that shook the nation in 2013.

AIMS rubbishes FSA campylobacter claims

The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) has continued to apply pressure to the Food Standards Agency, saying it has continued to undermine the meat processing sector.

Slaughterhouse operative jailed for animal cruelty violations

A man working as a slaughterhouse operative has been sentenced to 10 months and banned from keeping farm animals for 15 years after pleading guilty to a series of food safety, animal cruelty and animal movement offences.

Industry risks losing cash through lack of knowledge of supply chain technologies

Meat firms risk losing cash as a result of a lack of knowledge of supply chain technologies, including packaging innovations, according to research just published.

Industry should pay for compulsory abattoir CCTV monitoring, report claims

Compulsory CCTV monitoring in abattoirs, funded by industry, is necessary to ensure animal welfare issues are being effectively addressed, according to a report just published which calls for the launch of a pilot scheme.

Meat industry faces rush to cut campylobacter

Supermarkets could lose half their customers to rival retailers for stocking above-average quantities of chicken at high risk of campylobacter contamination, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) reports.

Pigs stolen from New Forest farm

14 pigs have been stolen from a farm in Fordingbridge in the New Forest, Hampshire.

Stolen lamb could be used as meat, police warn

Police are appealing for information following the theft of a seven-month-old lamb from a field in Romsey, Hampshire. It is thought that the lamb could be sold on as meat.

Warnings issued as rogue fish traders hit the streets of Northumberland

Fish unfit for consumption is being sold in Northumberland, according to the countys trading standards service.

Meat wholesaler fined for passing sheep off as goat meat

A Kent meat wholesaler has been prosecuted by West Sussex Trading Standards for supplying sheep meat instead of goat.

Legal Advice: what are the risks involved in odour pollution prosecutions?

Managing odour from food processing facilities is a perennial problem. There can be a risk of criminal liability for example, where a site is subject to an environmental permit, the Environment Agency can bring enforcement action for breach of permit conditions.

Legal advice: why involve a lawyer?

There will never be a one size fits all solution to any business issue, therefore the strategy to achieve commercial objectives whilst ensuring legal and regulatory compliance will vary depending on the size of the business and the nature of the issue.

Clayton Park Bakery recalls sausage roll products

A recall notice has been issued by Clayton Park Bakery for some of its sausage roll products as they may contain plastic, making them unsafe to eat.

Immigration raid at Byron burger chain

Dozens of employees at London branches of burger chain Byron have been arrested in an immigration raid, according to the Home Office.

Mattessons issues recall due to presence of plastic

Certain batches of Mattessons Roast Chicken Flavour Fridge Raider products have been recalled as they may be contaminated by pieces of plastic.

Parkside takes on campylobacter with new packaging

Packaging manufacturer Parkside has developed a new range of poultry packaging with antimicrobial technology that reduces the growth of bacteria, such as campylobacter.

New protected food names scheme to be developed

The Environment Secretary Liz Truss says she is keen to develop a British version of the protected food names scheme for when the UK leaves the EU.

National Food Crime Unit sets up reporting service

The Food Standards Agencys (FSA) National Food Crime Unit has launched a reporting facility for those concerned about crimes in the food industry.

SAMW requests BSE meeting with Cabinet Secretary

The Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) has called on the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity Fergus Ewing to meet in order to examine the case for Scotland to be upgraded to negligible risk, the highest possible bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) status.

Legal advice: heavy goods vehicle licences

A: There are lots of elements within every business which on the surface of it seem vital, but there arent many losses which could genuinely cause the whole business to flounder.

FSA to appeal against Newby Foods ruling

Newby Foods is bracing itself for a Food Standards Agency (FSA) appeal against the high court ruling exempting it from UK restrictions on desinewed meat (DSM) and mechanically separated meat (MSM).

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