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Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers names new executive manager

Martin Morgan has been appointed new executive manager of the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW). He will be replacing Ian Anderson who is retiring after 10 years in the post.

John Scott’s life celebrated

The family of John Scott, the founder of wholesaler John Scott Meat and the father of Scottish meat quality assurance schemes, remembers his life and achievements.

AHDB head of livestock export trade development departs

Head of livestock export trade development Jean-Pierre Garnier, known to most in the industry as JP, has decided to leave his role at the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) after 13 years with the organisation.

Double delight for UK exports

British meat exporters were in jubilant mood last month after the government tied up multi-million pound export deals with China and the Philippines in the space of a few days.

Scotland’s BSE-free status to open up export opportunities

The news that Scotland is officially BSE risk-free has been welcomed by the red meat sector.

High hopes after Japan inspection

The UK beef industry has expressed optimism following an inspection visit from a Japanese delegation.

Scotland welcomes BSE progress

The granting of negligible risk status for BSE has been praised by the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW). 

Scotland’s wholesalers welcome BSE breakthrough

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

Scottish Rural Economy Secretary “utterly determined” to maximise markets

The Scottish government aims at downgrading its BSE risk status, following calls from the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) for the country to assume ‘negligible risk’ status.

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. 

AIMS issues response to CCTV calls from BVA and VPHA

The recent call from the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Veterinary Public Health Association (VPHA)’s for mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses, and that official veterinarians (OV) should have unrestricted access to footage, has sparked debate within the industry. 

Quality Assurance: Only the best will do

Following various scandals in the food sector, consumers are more savvy than ever before about where their meat comes from, so what is the industry doing to regain their trust? Aidan Fortune reports

Saria mourns the loss of William Gordon Braide

Food products and services company Saria has announced that former managing director, William Gordon Braide (Gordon) (76), passed away on 9 January 2016.

Former NFMFT director John Fuller passes away

Tributes have been paid to former National Federation of Meat and Food Traders (NFMFT) director John Fuller who has died at the age of 76. 

2015: A year in review

Our month-by-month look at what has happened in the meat industry over the past year.

Scotland meets with Canada to promote red meat

Scottish food secretary Richard Lochhead has met with Canadian retailers to highlight the quality, taste and reputation of Scottish red meat.

Canada opens borders for UK beef

The UK and Ireland are among countries that are now able to send beef to Canada, after it opened its borders to EU beef products for the first time in nearly 20 years.

A cow in Wales has been diagnosed with a case of BSE
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BSE case diagnosed in Wales

A case of BSE or ‘mad cow disease’ was found on a farm in Wales. 

Ireland set to return to a 'controlled risk' status

Ireland is expected to return to a ‘controlled risk’ status following the confirmation of BSE. 

Suspected outbreak of BSE on farm in County Louth

A suspected case of BSE on a farm in County Louth has been confirmed by Ireland’s Department of Agriculture today.  

Opening US and China remains top priority, says Northern Irish meat processor

With the election only weeks away, opening up export markets in the US and China should be regarded as an economic and political priority, according to the CEO of food and feeds company Fane Valley.

ABP strikes first beef deal in US

Ireland’s ABP Food Group has become the first European company to agree a deal to supply beef to the US, since the lifting of the BSE-related ban a year ago.

Scots prepare for US inspections on red meat plants

Scotch beef could soon be exported to the US for the first time in 25 years if American food safety inspectors clear the product.

Ireland to restart beef exports to US

Ireland will export beef to the US for the first time in almost 16 years, following the lifting of a ban on European imports last year.

Consumers urged to ditch supermarket chicken after campylobacter results

A former government advisor and leading food expert has called for a boycott on supermarket chicken following yesterday’s campylobacter results.

China to be a key focus for Eblex conference

Eblex has reported the impact of trade with China on British beef and lamb markets will be a key topic of its annual conference next month.

Meat Packers veteran passes away

Roger Baker, one quarter of the ‘Baker Boys’ and a famous name in the UK meat and livestock industry, passed away on 21 September aged 73, after a long illness.

Tributes paid to Sir Ben Gill

Farming leaders have been paying tribute following the death of a former leader who guided the sector through some of its most troubled times.

H R Jasper & Son prosecuted

Cornish-based slaughterhouse H R Jasper & Son Limited has been prosecuted for breach of the regulations introduced by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to control the risks from BSE.

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