Law and Food Safety

Bread basket case costs poultry companies thousands

Two poultry firms face paying 50,000 in costs and charges after using bread baskets and other equipment from another company without permission.

Hepatitis E in sausage fears allayed

The meat industry has reassured consumers that the risk of contracting hepatitis E (HEV) in sausages and other processed pork products remains low.

Allergen threat sparks NI burger recall

Musgrave NI has recalled its Gourmet Cheese & Bacon Burgers because they contain unlabelled soya, an allergen.

Meat industry sets out demands for next government

With just under three weeks until the general election, industry bodies have laid out their expectations from the UKs next government, with Brexit remaining a key topic of discussion.

Butchers warned of fraudulent utility company

The butchery industry has been told to remain vigilant in the face of a scam involving fake utility companies.

Tender process for Isle of Man meat plant to start soon

The tendering process for the meat plant on the Isle of Man is set to begin within the year, according to Environment, Food and Agriculture Minister Geoffrey Boot.

Spar recalls chicken tikka over glass contamination

Retailer Spar has issued a recall of its chicken tikka chunks over fears they may contain small pieces of glass, presenting a safety risk.

Lead poisoning prevention scheme set to help farmers save money

A new initiative has been designed to help Scottish farmers prevent lead poisoning in their livestock.

New avian influenza case confirmed in Lancashire

Defra has confirmed that another case of H5N8 avian flu has been found at a farm in Lancashire.

Fraud could lead to 12 billion loss annually

FTSE food businesses have been told they could double their profits by reducing fraud losses.

Butchers shop boss fined after man loses fingers

The boss of a Lancashire butchers faces a 3,500 fine and must pay 2,500 towards prosecution costs after one of his employees severely injured his right hand in a faulty mincing machine.

Asda recalls Szechuan Chicken

Retailer Asda has issued a recall on its limited edition Szechuan Chicken because the product failed to declare the presence of barley as an allergen in the product.

Bacon-sellers sentenced for fraudulent activity

Two businessmen have been sentenced for selling misleading bacon products.

Halal industry condemns barbaric slaughterhouse CCTV footage

The halal industry has spoken out against footage showing the mistreatment of animals in an abattoir.

Contamination and labelling issues cause product recalls

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has issued a recall for its chicken and vegetable soup as it may be tainted by chemical contamination.

Red meat education programme aimed at teaching future generations

Around 70 teachers attended an event last week aimed at helping them educate students about the red meat industry.

Farmers union highlights importance of trade deals amid Brazil meat scandal

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has emphasised the importance of securing trade deals and the high standards of British food production. This comes after allegations that Brazil has been selling and exporting rotten meat.

Meat products recalled due to the presence of plastic

Douglas Willis Ltd has issued a recall for a variety of meat products on a precautionary basis as they may contain small pieces of hard plastic. This recall affects Wales only.

University study identifies campylobacter preventative measures

A three-year study into the factors influencing campylobacter in chicken broiler houses has been published by the University of Bristols School of Veterinary Sciences.

Poultry confusion continues following multiple AI outbreaks

Confusion reigns over how to market poultry meat from UK suppliers in lockdown due to bird flu restrictions, as the disease continues to hit international trade.

FSA makes appointments to Science Council

Eight members have been appointed to the Food Standards Agencys (FSA) Science Council, including the councils new chair.

Proposed halal assurance standards would raise certification standards

The potential introduction of assurance standards for stunned and traditional halal sheepmeat has been welcomed by the industry.

Tesco recalls beef bolognese

Tesco has issued a recall notice for its frozen beef Tesco Spaghetti Bolognese 400g, due to undeclared egg.

Pub manager fined after food poisoning death

A food business operator and the manager of a public house in Cornwall has been fined following the death of an elderly lady.

Simplified food safety rules proposed to benefit butchers

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has proposed new simplified guidelines to food safety management in small retail businesses. This includes butchers, alongside bakeries and grocery shops.

Vet association welcomes results of antibiotic resistant bacteria testing

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has labelled the Food Standards Agencys (FSA) risk assessment on MRSA and LA-MRSA as very positive news.

Joint investigation launched over Skegness abattoir fire

A joint fire and police investigation is underway following a fire at an abattoir in Skegness on Friday, 24 February.

Scotlands wholesalers welcome BSE breakthrough

Recommendations to upgrade Scotlands BSE status from 'controlled risk' to neglible risk have been hailed by the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) as a real breakthrough.

Game meat warning issued to food traders in Kent

Food businesses in the Kent region have been advised to ensure they are not buying illegally killed game following a suspected poaching incident.

Leading nutritionist fears EU health claim gag

Food processors could be gagged from communicating emerging scientific evidence of the health benefits of their products because of a European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling, according to a leading nutritionist.

New bird flu measures pose serious risk to industry

Poultry keepers are now facing significant threats to their businesses with the introduction of updated measures to prevent the spread of bird flu.

Meat company faces court over lying to customers

A now-defunct meat company is facing trial over allegedly deceiving its customers.

Chicken sandwich recall over blue discolouration

Great Northern Sandwich Co Ltd is recalling six products containing chicken because of a blue discolouration on the meat.

Red Tractor launches pig antibiotic-recording scheme

Pig producers that are Red Tractor-certified will be required to use the electronic medicine book (e-MB) to record the total collated antibiotics used on their herds every three months.

Poultry producers at risk of going out of business over free-range status

British poultry producers have been warned that their businesses may be at risk of closure if the free-range status of their poultry is not extended.

Allergy concerns cause chicken product recalls

Two chicken products have been recalled following concerns over allergen labelling.

Brexit to provide improved animal welfare opportunities

Leaving the European Union could lead to higher animal welfare standards for the UK.

Vampire horse farm claims downplayed by pig industry

News that blood from pregnant horses is being injected into other animals to boost meat production would never be used for pigs destined for meat, said the National Pig Association (NPA).

Eville and Jones win meat inspection tender process

Eville and Jones has won the tender for the Official Meat Control services in meat plants.

Farm shop banned from trading for selling chicken contaminated with fly eggs

A Heckfield farm shop has been fined and banned from operating a food business after selling chicken pieces containing fly eggs.

Welsh meat industry pleased with food name protection talks

Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has welcomed progressive talks in Westminster over securing the food name protection given to Welsh Lamb, Welsh Beef and other products as the UK leaves the European Union.

Sheepmeat falsely labelled as goatmeat in Sandwell

Over half of goatmeat sold in the retail and foodservice sector in the Sandwell area has been revealed to be sheep meat.

Theft butchers receive suspended sentences

The two employees at the centre of a theft scam at a London butchers have been given suspended sentences and community service.

Tesco recalls Takeaway Chicken due to cashew ingredient that was not named on label

Supermarket giant Tesco has recalled two batches of its Tesco Takeaway Chicken because the sauce contains cashew nuts, which is not mentioned on the label, and presents a potential health risk.

MDA Foods products recalled over repackaging concerns

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued a recall of MDA Foods Ltds frozen fish and chicken.

Bernard Matthews acquisition given all clear by CMA

Boparan Private Offices acquisition of Bernard Matthews has been cleared by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

Funding for antibiotic action tripled as part of five-year plan

Funding for the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture (RUMA) Alliance has more than tripled as part of a new five-year plan which will help UK farming reduce antibiotic use across animal and human medicine.

Government extends Avian Influenza Prevention Zone

The government has extended an Avian Influenza (AI) Prevention Zone, first implemented on 6 December 2016, until 28 February.

Nicholls Meats taking legal advice over food alert

Norfolk-based butchers Nicholls Meats Ltd is to seek legal advice on the actions of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and a supplier, centring on a consumer warning issued on the FSA's website concerning certain pork products.

Government increases surveillance following avian influenza developments

Poultry keepers have been told to remain vigilant after a dead wild duck containing H5N8 bird flu was found in Carmarthenshire, Wales.

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