Law and Food Safety

‘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 butcher’s 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 Ltd’s frozen fish and chicken. 

Bernard Matthews acquisition given all clear by CMA

Boparan Private Office’s 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 butcher’s 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. 

No evidence linking meat consumption with asthma, says agricultural levy board

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has hit back against a report suggesting that processed meat can worsen asthma symptoms. 

Four cured meat servings a week ‘worsen’ asthma symptoms, says report

Eating four servings of cured or processed meat a week might make asthma symptoms worse, according to a study in French journal Thorax.

Government takes measures to suspend avian flu spread

Following the outbreak of a case of H5N8 avian flu at a turkey farm in Lincolnshire, the government has placed a temporary suspension on gatherings of certain birds species.

Avian influenza confirmed on turkey farm in Lincolnshire

Avian influenza of the H5N8 strain has been confirmed in turkeys at a farm near Louth in Lincolnshire. 

Protection zone against avian influenza declared

The English and Scottish governments have announced an avian influenza (AI) prevention zone in an attempt to prevent the spread of the H5N8 strain of the virus. 

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. 

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