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MDA Foods products recalled over repackaging concerns

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

Marks & Spencer introduces low-calorie pork sausage

To help people stick to their New Years diet, Marks & Spencer (M&S) has launched a Skinny Sausage, containing as few as 78kcals.

Welsh food industry to discuss future of food names

Representatives from the Welsh food industry will congregate in London next week to discuss how iconic brand names will be protected once the UK leaves the European Union.

Halal sector divided over industry support

Calls have been made for the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) to focus more on the halal sector.

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).

Pasture for Life welcomes on board first chief executive

In a move to increase production and consumption of certified 100% grass-fed beef, lamb and dairy in the UK, the Pasture-Fed Livestock Association (PFLA) has appointed its first chief executive.

The Yorkshire Meatball Co rolls its products into Morrisons

The Yorkshire Meatball Co has announced it has gained listings with Morrisons.

Teachers help students understand meat provenance

North Welsh teachers have been shown the importance of communicating food origins to their students.

Moy Park announces new commercial director

Northern Irish poultry processor Moy Park has welcomed Andrew Richards to the post of commercial director UK & Ireland.

Innovation at the forefront of Northern Irish meat industry

Northern Irelands red meat, pork, poultry and fish sectors have been encouraged to embrace innovation in developing their industry.

Consumer demands in the halal sector to enter the spotlight

With the halal market increasing, customers needs will be the main topic discussed at an upcoming halal industry event next month.

Q Guild countdown for Smithfield Awards

With almost 600 product entrants this year, the Q Guild is preparing for a record Smithfield Awards.

Northern areas labelled high-risk for liver fluke

Farmers in North Wales, north-west England and Scotland have been warned to be on the lookout for liver fluke this winter.

NFU: independent grocery code watchdog vital amid consolidation

An independent Grocery Code Adjudicator (GCA) is essential to maintain fair trading amid industry consolidation, according to NFU president Meurig Raymond, who praised Christine Tacons positive influence on supermarkets.

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.

Devro profits for 2016 in line with expectations

Casings producer Devro has reported that underlying operating profit for 2016 is predicted to be in line with expectations.

Veterinary associations urge poultry keepers to keep animals safe after Avian Influenza scare

British poultry-keepers are being encouraged to protect their flocks with practical biosecurity measures.

Carrs Group starts the year with solid feedblock sales

Agricultural and engineering company Carrs Group has reported a growth in feed volume sales.

Masterclass launched by Northern Irish butcher

Corries, a prominent butcher in Northern Ireland, has introduced a Butcher Masterclass initiative.

Premium meat and fish lines win big over Christmas

Premium cooked meats and fish were big winners at major retailers tills this Christmas, according to the latest Kantar Worldpanel data.

Working barbecue shack hits the streets of London

Meat Lust part of The Flava People group has launched the Bare Bones Tour, a double-decker bus transformed into a fully operating barbecue shack.

Nick Allen unveiled as new BMPA chief executive

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has announced the appointment of Nick Allen as its new chief executive.

Whitbread defends lasagne following accusations of misleading menu listings

Catering operator Whitbread has defended its lasagne listing on its menus after The Sun claimed it had secretly been adding pork to its beef lasagne.

Leonards develops new butchery seasoning ranges

Leonards has launched two new ranges of seasonings for the retail and catering sectors.

Renowned Cheshire butcher dies

Third-generation Cheshire butcher John Vernon has died at the age of 82.

75m claim made for Bernard Matthews pension fund

The Pensions Protection Fund (PPF) has submitted a claim for 75 million (m) from the administrators of Bernard Matthews.

RSPCA calls for post-Brexit animal welfare reforms

A poll by the RSPCA has revealed eight out of 10 people want animal welfare laws improved or at least kept the same after the UK leaves the EU.

The Jolly Hog hits more Sainsburys stores

Sausage producer The Jolly Hog has gained additional listings in Sainsburys stores.

Functional offerings from Debbie & Andrews

Debbie & Andrews has launched a new flexitarian line that is now available in Asda as part of a range of new functional products.

Farmers told to step up to face challenges

A call for farmers, growers and the food industry to step up and address the obstacles in the way of agricultural competitiveness and productivity in a changing world was made by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

Samworth Brothers acquires West Cornwall Pasty Co

The West Cornwall Pasty Co has been successfully sold to Samworth Brothers for an undisclosed sum.

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.

Get involved with National Butchers' Week 2017

The most important week of the butchery calendar is back. National Butchers Week 2017 will take place on 13-19 March and were already gearing up to make this the biggest and most creative year ever.

Outbreak of Avian Influenza confirmed in Wales

A case of Avian Influenza (AI) has been confirmed on premises in Pontyberem, Carmarthenshire.

AHDB Pork's Focus Farm scheme hailed a success

AHDB Porks Focus Farm scheme has been touted as a success after achieving a 61% reduction in pre-weaning mortality.

Morrisons brings in New Year with cuts to meat prices

Supermarket chain Morrisons has announced a price cut on 800 items to help families eat wholesome food this January.

Butchers warned of staff theft

A butcher whose staff stole hundreds of thousands of pounds from him in an intricate scam has warned other businesses to be vigilant against employee theft.

Industry figures recognised by Queen in Honours List

Respected names from the meat and agricultural industry have been among those named in the New Years Honours List 2017.

Diamond awards for Scotch butchers in pastry competition

Six butchers have been awarded Diamond status in the Scottish Craft Butchers Savoury Pastry Product Awards 2017.

Welsh red meat industry prepares for volatile year

The Welsh red meat sector has been told it must show the greatest resilience, agility and adaptability in what is predicted to be a volatile 12 months.

Butchers experience strong festive sales, despite fears

Customers sidelined their worries over Brexit and warnings of a grim 2017 to spend, spend, spend over the recent festive season.

Meryl Ward to step down as AHDB Pork chairman

AHDB board member and AHDB Pork sector board chair Meryl Ward has announced that she will not put herself forward for re-appointment when her term of office comes to an end in March 2017.

Pre-packed English Quality Standard Meat beef goes on sale in Hong Kong and Macau

Quality Standard Mark English beef products pre-packed in the UK have been launched in Hong Kong and Macau for the first time.

Merry Christmas from Meat Trades Journal

Meat Trades Journal would like to wish all our readers and advertisers, both old and new, a very merry Christmas and a prosperous 2017.

Bells Food Group predicts festive spike in sales

Scottish pastries company Bells Food Group is expecting sales of its Festive Steak Pie range to benefit from Christmas sales, with sales forecasts to peak at 2.5 million.

Beef volumes grow, but value sales falter as prices fall

Beef sales experienced strong volume growth in the 12 weeks before December, but value sales remained static compared to the same period last year.

M&S slammed after distressing footage of broiler plant released

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has criticised Marks & Spencer after releasing footage of a chicken broiler plant, which the campaign group says supplies the retailer, showing birds living in a stressful environment.

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.

AIMS and FSA find common ground after saving the meat industry millions

The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) has welcomed the decision by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to not charge food business operators (FBOs) for EU minima underpayments.

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.

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