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FSA and AIMS agree on carcase standard proposals

Slaughterhouses that do not hand over carcases that have been declared unfit by the Official Veterinarian (OV) may face a two-stage appeals system. 

Pain recognition system designed to help sheep welfare

A new artificial intelligence system has been developed to detect whether or not a sheep is in pain judging by facial expressions. 

Innovation introduction to reduce campylobacter contamination

Air Products has introduced a new rapid chilling system, designed to further decrease the contamination of campylobacter for poultry processors. 

Integrated approach: How the latest EPoS and labelling systems benefit butchers

Butchers are facing an onslaught of evolving demands from harried, price-conscious shoppers accustomed to cash-free transactions, escalating labelling requirements and potentially a reduced workforce as the National Living Wage puts pressure on operational costs. Installing the right EPoS system can streamline the operations of a butcher’s shop, creating a more efficient business from stock control through to labelling and sales, allowing shop staff to focus their valuable labour hours elsewhere.

Post-mortem inspection system shows early success

Collection and Communication of Inspection Results (CCIR) trials have got off to a strong start. 

New MultiRap packaging system launched

Rapid Action Packaging (RAP) has launched a range of specialist foodservice packaging solutions including the new MultiRap. 

New Q Guild corporate members announced

Six meat sector suppliers from across the country have been awarded Butchers Q Guild corporate membership.  

Waitrose pork farmers enjoy Eco Pig benefits

Pork farmers supplying Waitrose have saved an estimated £850,000 on feed per year since 2010, following a £3m investment to roll out an innovative feeding system known as Eco Pig.

Concerns over new bTB testing regime

Cattle farmers have raised concerns over a new bovine TB (bTB) testing programme, due to come into force in England on 1 May, the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has reported.

MLCSL defends carcase grading system

Inspectors’ organisation Meat & Livestock Commercial Services Ltd (MLCSL) has hit back at claims that the current carcase grading system is flawed and needs updating.

Welsh meat industry seeks to upgrade carcase grading

Representatives from the Welsh meat industry have set about searching for ways to update the current carcase grading system, which is based on the EUROP grid.

Irish farming body under fire over pork testing

The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has been accused of attempting to push up the price of pork in the marketplace through a scheme of  testing of pork products in Irish butchers’ shops which opponents have branded as “flawed”.

Pork trade defends CO2 stunning

The pork industry has defended the use of group CO2 stunning following claims made by animal activists that the process causes “severe distress”.

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Knife hygiene firm strikes Australian export deal

An international meat firm based in Australia has given a huge boost to a Northern Ireland equipment company which specialises in knife sterilisation.

Federation of Small Businesses calls for reform

Business rates are the third biggest expense for small businesses, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), which said the gorvernment needs to abolish the tax.

Industry welcomes Chancellor business rates message, but calls for greater reform

Industry bodies have welcomed continued business rate relief announced in yesterday’s Autumn Statement, but urge that more needs to be done to reach reform.

FSA reacts to Unison reform attack

The Food Standards Agency has hit out at union leaders for making extraordinary claims ahead of a board meeting vote tomorrow.

FSA gives green light to new audit scheme

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) approved plans for a new audit system at last week’s board meeting.

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