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Retailers winning the chicken bug war

Retailers are winning the war on campylobacter, with levels of the highest contamination in fresh chicken down by nearly a fifth in three years, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA).  

Chorizo recalled from Costcutter due to health risk

Retailer Costcutter has issued a recall on its Independent Sliced Chorizo amid fears of health risks.

FSA’s top tips on your Bank Holiday barbecue

To assist people in having a successful and safe barbecue this August Bank Holiday weekend, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has revealed its top tips on cooking meat. 

Pâtés and rillettes recalled due to food poisoning fears

A selection of pâtés and rillettes have been recalled by Cornish Charcuterie. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has warned that consuming the listed products could lead to potentially fatal food poisoning.

UK tackles poultry meat fears linked to toxic eggs

After Dutch scientists began testing chicken meat plants for traces of fipronil, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) wants to establish if Britain imported meat from these implicated farms too. 

FSA: Cleveland Meat Company suspension ‘not taken lightly’

Stopping production at wholesaler Cleveland Meat Company, which saw the firm axe 68 jobs and go into administration, was a decision not taken lightly, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has claimed.

New chief operations officer at Foods Standards Agency

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has confirmed the appointment of Dr Colin Sullivan as chief operating officer. 

Food Standards Agency: firms will pay for audits

Charging food businesses for audits will be part of an overhaul of the way food safety and hygiene regulations are implemented, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has confirmed.

Retailers show further progress in chicken bug war

Retailers battling Campylobacter are gaining ground in their fight against the food poisoning bug’s contamination of raw whole chickens, according to the latest figures from the Food Standards Agency (FSA). 

UV breakthrough hailed for knife sterilisation

A waterless steriliser, offering an alternative to hot water for sterilising knives and other tools in cutting plants and abattoirs, has been approved by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and is already attracting considerable interest from the meat industry, according to its inventor. 

AI latest for England, Scotland, Wales, NI

Avian influenza (AI) prevention zones in Scotland and Wales have been scrapped, although they remain in England until 15 May, and in Northern Ireland measures have been extended until 31 May.

Jason Feeney unveiled as new FSA chief executive

Jason Feeney has been appointed chief executive of the Food Standards Agency (FSA), effective immediately. 

FSA makes appointments to Science Council

Eight members have been appointed to the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) Science Council, including the council’s new chair.

Swansea family butcher lives on

A Swansea-based butcher is sticking to family tradition by keeping Hugh Phillips Butchers alive. 

Eville and Jones win meat inspection tender process

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

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. 

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. 

Outbreak of Avian Influenza confirmed in Wales

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

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. 

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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

Research indicates over a third of Brits have misconceptions about freezing meat

Research has shown that over a third of people living in Britain have inaccurate beliefs about freezing meat. 

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

‘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. 

Barbecued rare burgers are bad for you

Over five million consumers are “at risk of food poisoning” from eating rare burgers that are pink in the middle, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has warned. 

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. 

Industry should pay for compulsory abattoir CCTV monitoring, report claims

Compulsory CCTV monitoring in abattoirs, funded by industry, is necessary to ensure animal welfare issues are being effectively addressed, according to a report just published which calls for the launch of a pilot scheme. 

2 Sisters Food Group
The investment is part of a £150m poultry investment programme revealed in October last year
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2 Sisters' Scunthorpe poultry plant in £45m investment

2 Sisters Food Group has announced a £45m investment in its poultry plant in Scunthorpe, which it claims will create the "world's most advanced poultry plant".

Meat industry contacts Prime Minister over FSA bias concern

The British meat industry has combined forces to voice their concerns about Food Standards Agency (FSA) bias against the sector. 

Meat wholesaler fined for passing sheep off as goat meat

A Kent meat wholesaler has been prosecuted by West Sussex Trading Standards for supplying sheep meat instead of goat. 

FSA tweet causes industry fury

A tweet promoting #meatfreeweek sent out by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has caused anger in the meat processing industry. 

Clayton Park Bakery recalls sausage roll products

A recall notice has been issued by Clayton Park Bakery for some of its sausage roll products as they may contain plastic, making them unsafe to eat. 

Mattessons issues recall due to presence of plastic

Certain batches of Mattessons Roast Chicken Flavour Fridge Raider products have been recalled as they may be contaminated by pieces of plastic. 

Film highlights religious sheep slaughtering practices

The industry levy board has produced a film to address the lack of understanding around religious sheep slaughter. 

Export agreement to Hong Kong beefs up

An expanded agreement to ship a wider range of beef cuts to Hong Kong has been agreed thanks to the contribution of several agencies. 

Animal feed committee seeks new member

The Advisory Committee on Animal Feedstuffs (ACAF) is seeking a new committee member.

Whole Foods Market recalls chicken salad products

A number of chicken salad products have been recalled by Whole Foods Market as they may contain undercooked chicken. 

Listeria guidance aims to reduce risk of illness

New guidelines delivered by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) aim to help healthcare and social care organisations reduce the risk of vulnerable persons contracting listeria. 

Pig producers urged to listen to abattoir reports

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) Pork division is reminding pig producers that abattoir reports can help them to fend off “invisible” diseases. 

Campylobacter down in poultry, says survey

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has shown there has been a decrease in both the number of birds with campylobacter on them and those with the highest level of contamination compared to the equivalent quarter last year.

Kathy Groves, Professor at Leatherhead Food Research
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Leatherhead proves mechanically butchered meat is fresh

Leatherhead Food Research has called for more sophisticated analyses for meat harvested from advanced mechanical butchery technologies, following a High Court ruling. 

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. 

AHDB Pork agree on abattoir monitoring transition

Industry levy board AHDB Pork has announced an agreement on the 12 offal conditions to be monitored at abattoir-level under the new Collection and Communication of Inspection Results (CCIR) programme. 

Asda recalls salad due to salmonella presence

Supermarket chain Asda has recalled its Chicken & Sweetcorn Pasta Salad because of the presence of salmonella. The product has a use-by date of 23 April 2016. 

The team at Etherington's Pasties in Cornwall have been awarded with a SALSA accreditation
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Etherington’s Pasties awarded national food-safety standard

Cornish-based Etherington’s Pasties has been awarded with a Safe and Local Supplier Approval (SALSA) accreditation. 

Newby Foods is now poised to regain lost business
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Newby Foods celebrates high court vindication

Newby Foods aims to win back millions of pounds in lost business after a high court victory exempting it from Food Standards Agency (FSA) restrictions on desinewed meat (DSM) and mechanically separated meat (MSM). 

The ruling may only apply to Newby Foods
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Newby Foods ruling ignites debate

A legal victory favouring Newby Foods, exempting its pig and poultry meat preparations from UK restrictions on desinewed meat (DSM), has sparked debate about its implications. 

Spar recalls Tikka Chicken Chunks

Spar (UK) is recalling its Tikka Chicken Chunks, due to the presence of listeria monocytogenes, which can cause foodborne illness. 

Crackdown on takeaways selling illegal meat

A crackdown on food crime has seen raids on properties suspected of illicit activity jump by 10% in three years, as lawyers described the “horror stories” of takeaways selling mislabelled meat. 

Links between sheep producers and processors strengthen

AHDB Beef & Lamb confirmed that, as of yesterday (Tuesday 1 March), a new list of post-mortem rejection conditions is being trialled in a number of sheep abattoirs. This comes as part of a project to improve information exchange between animal producers and meat processors. 

Halal tribunal to be launched

The Muslim Arbitration Tribunal is to preside over a trial on machine slaughter and its place in halal. 

Further reductions of campylobacter found in poultry

Results published today by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) revealed further decreases of the presence of campylobacter in fresh shop-bought chickens.

US requirements on beef imports discussed

US import requirements for beef have become a focus for the UK meat industry. 

FSA and AHDB team up to deliver better health and animal welfare practices

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is undergoing consultations on a new system of data collection and communication for meat hygiene inspectors in the hopes of assisting the meat industry in identifying animal health and welfare issues more efficiently. 

Chicken tikka sandwiches recalled

Lytham Foods has recalled Taylors of Lytham Chicken Tikka Sandwiches due to the potential threat of salmonella. 

The Jim Beam ribs have incorrect storage instructions, according to the FSA
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Jim Beam Bourbon Ribs recalled from Iceland

Iceland Foods is pulling its Jim Beam Bourbon Ribs from shelves, due to incorrect storage instructions. 

2015: A year in review

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

FSA looks to make display of food hygiene ratings mandatory

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) plans to expand the mandatory display of food hygiene ratings at food outlets in England, as highlighted in the FSA’s strategy for 2015-2020.

Pig producers could save money when exporting to the US thanks to a new agreement
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Pig processors to save money on US exports

Pork processors exporting to the US may be able to benefit from cost savings after an agreement with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), according to AHDB Pork.

2 Sisters optimistic despite sales drop

Boparan Holdings, parent company of 2 Sisters Food Group, is remaining optimistic despite seeing a total sales drop for the first quarter of 2015/2016. 

Irish farmers address mislabelled red meat concerns

Members of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) met with environmental health officers (EHOs) and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to raise concerns about the mislabelling of red meat.

Guidance on free-from launched by BRC and FDF

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) have launched a guide, which provides food manufacturers, retailers and enforcement authorities with essential advice on making ‘free-from’ claims.

Tesco on course for campylobacter reduction target

Supermarket chain Tesco has revealed it has driven down campylobacter at the highest level in its fresh chickens to less than 9%.

Cutting, slicing and dicing feature: A cut above

Whether a major processor or independent, butchers are having to cut meat to satisfy changing consumer demands.

Controversial abattoir under new management

The former Boosbeck abattoir Banaras Halal Meats in Birmingham has been taken over by a Middle East consortium led by producer and former government halal advisor Mohammed Saleem.

FSA launches food safety offences map

Food businesses that have been prosecuted for food safety offences can now expect to see their details flagged up on a new national database and map from the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

The Mr Meats abattoir has been closed by the FSA following complaints over bad smells
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Mr Meats abattoir has licence suspended

A Birmingham abattoir has had its licence suspended following a Food Standards Agency (FSA) investigation. 

Photos of the Mr Meat site found animal carcases piled on the ground
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Mr Meats abattoir under investigation

A Birmingham abattoir is under investigation by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) following nine years of complaints over bad smells. 

Cargill takes steps to tackle campylobacter

Global food provider Cargill has unveiled plans to introduce the new SonoSteam technology to its main chicken processing site in the UK. The innovative piece of technology is part of the company’s farm-to-fork action plan designed to tackle campylobacter.

Rare burgers need food safety management plan

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has agreed that the preparation and service of rare burgers in food outlets is unacceptable unless a validated and verified food safety management plan is in place. 

British barbecue hygiene at a dangerous level

The British barbecue season may be a time to relax, but research has shown that hygiene levels could be a cause for concern.

EU regulations on edible insects pending

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is asking UK food businesses that sell edible insects to begin preparing for new amendments to EU regulations that may mean some insects will need approval for sale as food. 

Meat firm misled Asda in food fraud case

Freeza Meats Ltd has been fined £42,500 after pleading guilty to 12 offences, including claiming products containing non-halal components were halal. 

FSA finds campylobacter in 73% of chickens

Campylobacter has been found in 73% of fresh chickens, a Food Standards Agency (FSA) survey has revealed. 

AIMS accuses FSA of ruining Farmbox Meats business with investigation

The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) has slammed the Food Standards Agency (FSA) following the Farmbox Meats verdict over the mislabelling of goat meat as lamb or mutton, earlier this week. 

FSA unannounced inspections reveal mostly good animal welfare standards in UK slaughterhouses

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has unveiled the results of its unannounced inspections of slaughterhouses across Britain. 

Abattoir fined for lack of staffing controls

A turkey abattoir in Essex has been prosecuted for not upholding consumer safety.

FSA to make unannounced abattoir visits

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has begun the process of making unannounced visits to slaughterhouses in Great Britain, following the recent video footage from Bowood Lamb and S Bagshaw and Sons abattoirs.

Possible human bird flu cases linked to Hants outbreak

Three people were tested for bird flu after showing symptoms following a confirmed case of the H7 strain on a chicken farm in Hampshire.

Which? takes further action on campylobacter

Consumer watchdog Which? has re-energised it’s campylobacter campaign with a written letter to seven major supermarkets asking them to publicise the action they are taking against “scandalously” high levels of the bug in retail chicken.

Farming minister accused of complacency on campylobacter

Food and farming minster Minister George Eustice has been branded a “mouthpiece for poisoners” by a Labour MP as the campylobacter debate reaches the Commons.

Campylobacter – after the storm

norman bagleyI get the impression that, before releasing the campylobacter poultry meat supermarket statistics to an expectant world, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) looked over the parapet and had a slight change of heart. It was as if it had suddenly realised that it was set up to prevent food scares by scientifically assessing and communicating food-related risks, not to start hares running.

Chilling technology could solve campylobacter issue, claims Bernard Matthews

Bernard Matthews’ rapid surface chilling technology could be the answer to the poultry industry’s campylobacter problem, but retailers are hesitant to adopt it, due to cost.

FSA agrees discount reforms

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has answered calls for modernisation by agreeing to go ahead with discount reforms at its recent board meeting.

Bagley accuses Unison of "scaremongering" in latest blog post

Norman Bagley, policy director at the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) accuses Unison of “scaremongering” in his latest blog post for Meatinfo.co.uk.

A shot in the foot?

norman bagleyWell, well, how to misjudge the public mood! Unison, having spent weeks scaremongering the public about threats to public health by those awful abattoirs who would knowingly ignore oceans of contamination on carcases now look as if they have shot themselves and their members slap bang in the foot.

Trade body plays down ‘row’ on bacon smoking

The Provision Trade Federation (PTF) has played down the alleged row between UK bacon producers and Europe over bacon smoking.

FSA publishes figures on campylobacter

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published its report into the prevalence of campylobacter in fresh chicken.

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.

FSA gets set to introduce new audit system

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) plans to launch its new audit system for meat plants in August 2014, subject to approval at its next board meeting on 23 July.

Butchery federation ready to meet future challenges

John Mettrick, president of the National Federation of Meat and Food Traders (NFMFT), discussed successes and future challenges in a speech at the organisation’s AGM on 22 June.

Moy Park adds new instruction label on chickens

Moy Park is printing ‘No need to wash’ labels on its whole birds in support of the Food Standard’s Agency (FSA) campaign, ‘Don’t wash your chicken’.

FSA under fire over abattoir radio programme

The Association for Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) has accused the Food Standards Agency (FSA) of “scaremongering” in a recent BBC radio programme.

Moy Park takes proactive role on campylobacter

Moy Park has made a £1m investment into campylobacter research, to help the poultry industry combat the bacterium.

Modernising meat inspection

Andrew RhodesThe Food Standards Agency (FSA) sometimes gets a bad press in Meat Trades Journal and it is often challenging for us, keeping consumers safe and implementing regulations. This is the first blog I’ve written for MTJ and there are many things I could have picked as a topic, but I thought I would start with an important issue that has had a long journey.

New FSA board appointments

Three new board members have been appointed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Leicester removes halal products from schools, following kebab discovery

Halal meat products have been taken off Leicester school menus, after one lamb product – a lamb sheek kebab – was found to contain more than 50% beef.

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.

Scots to welcome new food standards body

The Scottish Meat industry has welcomed news that a new food standards body for Scotland will be in full operation by April 2015.

Union says pig inspection changes will bring ‘infected’ meat to UK

Unison, which represents food inspectors, has again hit out at planned pig inspection changes, saying they will result in ‘infected’ meat ending up on UK dinner plates.

Cam Catering Butchers invests in new expansion

Cam Catering Butchers in Dursley, Gloucestershire, is to invest £600,000 in the expansion of their premises in order to meet Food Standards Agency (FSA) requirements.

FSA embarks on pig inspection consultation

Ahead of the new EU pig inspection rules, which come into play in June, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has started a six-week consultation period in order to discuss and explore how the changes will be practically applied.

Eleven E.coli cases in Glasgow ‘possibly linked to burgers’

A total of 11 cases of E.coli O157 have been reported by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC), all linked to the SSE Hydro concert venue in Glasgow and the consumption of burgers.

FSA begins study on geographic origin of foods

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is due to begin its study into the geographical origin of food, in a bid to ensure products with UK labels are correct.

Bpex works with FSA to ensure CCIR responsibility

Bpex is currently working with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and meat inspectors to tackle collection and communication of inspection results (CCIR).

Bpex launches new abattoir dates
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Bpex reveals pig health assessment dates

Bpex has launched new dates for abattoir assessments involving the Bpex Pig Health Scheme (BPHS) from July through to the end of December this year.

Audit change reaction

When the Food Standards Agency (FSA) announced last week that it was launching a new auditing system, it was no doubt expecting an enthusiastic response from industry representatives, who had slammed the previous audit system for its impenetrable scoring system, misleading wording, level of subjectivity and inconsistency.

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