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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.

Retailers make commitment in campylobacter transparency

Nine of the top retailers have made a commitment to publish their own results on campylobacter on consumer websites.

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. 

Keeping it clean

Putting the right hygiene and cleaning systems in place may prove pricey, but can safeguard meat processors from greater financial and reputational costs in the event of a recall or prosecution 

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. 

Defra launches mandatory CCTV consultation

Defra has launched a consultation on implementing mandatory CCTV in all slaughterhouses.

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. 

Treatment of administration-hit firm criticised

The Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) decision to suspend production at Stockton-on-Tees-based wholesaler Cleveland Meat Company, following which it entered into administration with 68 job losses, has been slammed.

FSA confronts Brexit vet risk

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is investigating worst-case scenarios for its veterinary workforce should non-UK EU nationals not be given working visas when Great Britain leaves the European Union.

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. 

FSA to engage more with meat industry

New Food Standards Agency (FSA) chief executive Jason Feeney has pledged to work together more with the meat industry on key issues, including the development of a voluntary protocol structure for the use of CCTV in abattoirs. 

Jason Feeney unveiled as new FSA chief executive

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

University study identifies campylobacter preventative measures

A three-year study into the factors influencing campylobacter in chicken broiler houses has been published by the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences. 

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.

Vet association welcomes results of antibiotic resistant bacteria testing

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has labelled the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) risk assessment on MRSA and LA-MRSA as “very positive news”.

FSA hits back at meat inspection report

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has responded to a report into hygiene levels at UK slaughterhouses published by The Observer and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. 

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. 

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”. 

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. 

FSA chief executive Catherine Brown to step down

Food Standards Agency (FSA) chief executive Catherine Brown has announced she is to step down from her current role. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Meat industry faces rush to cut campylobacter

Supermarkets could lose half their customers to rival retailers for stocking above-average quantities of chicken at ‘high risk’ of campylobacter contamination, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) reports. 

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. 

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. 

National Food Crime Unit sets up reporting service

The Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) National Food Crime Unit has launched a reporting facility for those concerned about crimes in the food industry.

AIMS makes progress on judicial review

The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) has taken a massive step forward in securing a judicial review of the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) refusal to allow appeals against Official Veterinarian’s (OV) decisions. 

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. 

FSA meat incidents so far this year

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published its entire list of food incidents for the first three months of 2016. 

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. 

Hill’s Pet Nutrition cat food pouches recalled due to high levels of iron

Hill’s Pet Nutrition is withdrawing certain packs of cat food pouches due to high levels of iron. According to the Food Standards Agency (FSA), the error was made by the ingredient supplier. 

FSA to appeal against Newby Foods ruling

Newby Foods is bracing itself for a Food Standards Agency (FSA) appeal against the high court ruling exempting it from UK restrictions on desinewed meat (DSM) and mechanically separated meat (MSM). 

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. 

Genetic developments help ensure food safety

Food safety and authenticity issues could be assisted by developments with whole-genome sequencing, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA). 

Top fraud threats to red meat supply chain

The four top food crime threats to the red meat supply chain have been highlighted by the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) National Food Crime Unit (NFCU) in a report just published.

FSA seeks comments on rare burger production advice

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is looking for comments on new consolidated advice for the food industry and local authorities on the production of rare burgers. 

FSA sets out new campylobacter goals

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has set out new targets for tackling campylobacter, including a focus on transparency and smaller processors. 

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.

FSA reveals latest campylobacter results

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has revealed a decrease in the highest band of campylobacter in birds from July to September of this year, compared to the same time period in 2014. 

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.

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%.

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. 

Let’s not solve one problem in bacon by creating another

Terry JonesAhead of the forthcoming negotiations in Brussels on the use of nitrites in meat products, discussions between the FSA and industry are in full swing.

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. 

FSA puts forward rare burger guidance

The increased popularity of burgers served rare has prompted the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to look at how businesses can meet consumer demand while ensuring public health remains protected. 

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. 

FSA wins beef carcase judicial review

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has won a judicial review brought against it by the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) and Cleveland Meat Company Limited regarding a beef carcase that had been deemed unfit to enter the food chain. 

FSA finds campylobacter in 73% of chickens

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

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. 

Free meat supply chain event organised

Pork and red meat levy bodies Bpex and Eblex are offering meat industry professionals a free conference set to discuss the use and flow of information in the supply chain.

Scottish food safety body takes the reins from FSA

Stand-alone organisation Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has taken over the functions of the Food Standards Agency in the Scottish market as of yesterday (1 April).

Abattoir boss fined in first horsegate prosecution

Peter Boddy has been fined £8,000 and ordered to pay costs after failing to comply with food traceability regulations, in what is being described as the first prosecution from the 2013 horsemeat scandal.

Campylobacter webinar gets to heart of the bug

A successful ‘Cracking down on Campy’ webinar, a joint project between MTJ and the Food Standards Agency (FSA), saw a range of experts discuss what the industry is doing, and needs to do, to combat the bacteria. A recording of the webinar can still be accessed by following the link at the bottom of the story.

FSA issues burger cooking advice

As we edge towards the barbecue season, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued advice for the public on how best to prepare home-cooked burgers.

Sign up for today’s exclusive campylobacter webinar

There is still time to register for today’s (18 March 2015) webinar: Cracking down on Campy – what should the industry be doing?

Scottish food standards body gets ready for launch

The new Food Standards Scotland (FSS) – the Scottish arm of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) – has moved into its new home in Pilgrim House, Aberdeen.

MEP calls for EU limits on campylobacter

In the wake of the release of the latest results from the FSA campylobacter survey, a Liberal Democrat MEP has called on EU limits to be set for levels of the bacteria in poultry meat.

FSA reveals latest campylobacter results

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published the latest results from its year-long survey into campylobacter, showing 73% of retailed raw chicken tested positive for the bug.

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.

MTJ links with FSA to stage online campylobacter forum

The poultry sector is being given the opportunity to get online in a bid to get to grips with the problems of campylobacter and take part in a unique new webinar.

FSA investigates alleged abuses at Staffordshire abattoir

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has announced that it has launched an immediate investigation into the alleged animal abuse at the S Bagshaw and Sons abattoir, and stopped any further processing at the site.

Halal industry condemns slaughterhouse animal ‘cruelty’

The halal industry has disassociated itself from the alleged animal cruelty at the Bowood Lamb slaughterhouse, stating it is “disappointed with biased behaviour towards halal meat”.

Hillside claims ‘cruelty’ at Staffordshire abattoir

Just days after the Bowood Lamb abattoir scandal, another slaughterhouse has been accused of “barbaric” cruelty to animals after more covert footage was released apparently showing sheep and pigs being kicked and hit. 

FSA testing reveals undeclared meat in lamb takeaways

In an Food Standards Agency (FSA) survey on lamb takeaway dishes, almost a quarter of samples tested contained undeclared meat, the body has revealed. 

Advocates of slaughterhouse CCTV gain increasing support

Support for compulsory CCTV in slaughterhouses seems to be growing, with a number of industry and government reviews backing the installation of the surveillance equipment in recent days.

FSA launches e-newsletter on campylobacter

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched an Acting on Campylobacter Together (ACT) e-newsletter.

Slaughterhouse ‘cruelty’ footage condemned by animal groups

An animal rights group has released footage of alleged cruelty at a non-stun slaughterhouse in Yorkshire.

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.

Halal body criticises FSA on animal welfare report

The Halal Food Authority (HFA) has criticised the latest Animal Welfare Survey by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) as “wholly inaccurate and misleading”.

Campylobacter campaign launched

Lurking unseen in fridges throughout the country, campylobacter has become the number one source of food poisoning in the UK. Yet from a consumer perspective it is relatively unknown.

Poultry sales see negligible effect from campylobacter coverage

While fresh whole chicken volumes are down, popular fresh cuts are still buoyant, suggesting that media focus on campylobacter has not put consumers off buying poultry.

Campylobacter bug stabilises in Europe

Despite the headlines in the UK, the amount of illness caused by campylobacter has stabilised, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

BVA non-stun petition reaches 100,000 signature goal

The British Veterinary Association’s (BVA) e-petition on calling for an end to non-stun slaughter has reached its target of 100,000 signatures, it was announced today (29 January).

Andrew Rhodes is to move to the Department for Work and Pensions
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New boss for the FSA

The Food Standards Agency has announced the arrival of a new chief operating officer following the departure of Andrew Rhodes.

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.

Can the FSA deliver a Food Crime Unit?

Concern over whether the Food Standards Agency (FSA) can deliver a Food Crime Unit by the end of the year have been heard at a recent Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee.

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.

Bagley blog reacts to campylobacter results

In the wake of the FSA's latest quarterly campylobacter survey results, the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers' (AIMS) Norman Bagley gives his reaction in our latest blog post.

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.

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.

FSA names and shames retailers in chicken campylobacter study

Seventy per cent of retailed raw chicken is infected with campylobacter, with none of Britain’s biggest supermarkets meeting end-of-line production targets.

Which? survey reveals consumer concern on campylobacter

Six in 10 consumers are concerned about high levels of campylobacter in chicken, according to a survey by retail magazine, Which?

Industry awaits ‘name and shame’ campylobacter results

Retailers are bracing themselves ahead of the release of the next quarterly FSA campylobacter survey results tomorrow, which will ‘name and shame’ poor performers.

Campylobacter website launched for consumers

A new consumer website which offers advice on preventing campylobacter has been launched by poultry bodies.

Co-op tackles bacteria with new roast-in-the-bag initiative

The Co-operative has announced plans to change to ‘roast-in-the-bag’ packaging for all of its whole chickens to reduce the instances of campylobacter.

BIRD FLU UPDATE: Yorkshire bird flu strain identified

Defra has confirmed the bird flu outbreak at a Yorkshire farm has been identified as the highly contagious H5N8 strain found recently in the Netherlands.

UK to come into line with EU on trichinella

New pig testing requirements, to bring the UK in line with EU trichinella regulations, are due to be enforced by the end of October, said Bpex.

Faccenda embarks on campylobacter prevention trials

Poultry processor Faccenda Foods is launching full-scale trials of the campylobacter prevention technology SonoSteam, it has announced.

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 slammed over dropped prosecution against abattoir workers

A farming lawyer has accused The Food Standards Agency (FSA) of being “over-zealous” in charging five horse abattoir workers, in case which has now been dropped due to insufficient evidence.

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.

Industry needs support on campylobacter, claims AIMS conference speaker

Addressing food hygiene issues, such as campylobacter, and frustrations with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) were just two of the topics discussed at the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) annual conference.

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 to name and shame in November campylobacter update

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has said it will name and shame retailers as part of its next set of campylobacter survey results in November.

Horsemeat detection methods up to scratch

The various horsemeat detection methods used for beef authenticity tests are reliable and of equal sensitivity, according to a recent government study.

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.

FSA inspectors take second strike action

The second day of Unison strikes went ahead yesterday (27 August) as Food Standards Agency (FSA) meat inspectors walked out over pay.

FSA brings barbecue hygiene into focus

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published a statement urging consumers to “uphold hygiene standards” when barbecuing during the remaining days of summer.

BREAKING: Meat inspectors prepare for strike action

Food Standards Agency (FSA) meat inspectors are set for two four-hour walkouts on 26 and 27 August over pay disputes.

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.

CHICKEN SCANDAL UPDATE: FSA changes stance on hygiene at 2 Sisters poultry plant

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has admitted that 2 Sisters Food Group did breach hygiene regulations at its Scunthorpe facility.

STRIKE UPDATE: Union accused of bringing meat industry into ‘disrepute’

Union leaders have come under attack from meat bosses which have accused the organisation of attempting to bring the industry into “disrepute” with its latest move for industrial action.

Meat inspectors vote in favour of strike

Meat inspectors have voted for strike action over pay, with up to 130 slaughterhouses across the UK expected to be affected.

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.

UK and Irish foods stand up to origin test

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has not found any misleading information in a study looking at foods which have UK and Ireland country of origin claims.

2 Sisters reports positive outcome on hygiene audits

2 Sisters has reported that, in the wake of the recent scandal, Food Standards Agency (FSA) audits of two of its factories have returned positive results.

Chicken scandal update: Health secretary orders factory probe

The secretary for health Jeremy Hunt has stepped into the chicken factory food safety scandal and ordered an immediate investigation at two 2 Sisters Food Group plants at Llangefni and Scunthorpe.

FSA backs down from campylobacter name and shame

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has done a U-turn over naming and shaming retailers and processors using results from a major campylobacter survey.

FSA staff to be balloted for strike action

A proposed strike by meat hygiene inspectors and supporting staff could cause disruption to the meat supply chain, processing bosses have warned.

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’.

AIMS hits back at FSA over suggested U-turn on SRM

The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) has reacted to claims by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) that it has done a U-turn over specified risk material (SRM) controls.

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.

FSA launches campylobacter campaign aimed at poultry supply chain

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched a campaign, Acting on Campylobacter Together (ACT), to get the poultry supply chain to work together to combat the bacterium.

BMPA presses Defra on new pig inspection regime

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) is calling on Defra to seek approval from third countries on the new post mortem visual pig inspection system, which comes into force this month.

Defra and FSA investigate undeclared blood and offal

A scientific study has found undeclared blood and offal to be mixed into meats, which has sparked a Defra and Food Standards Agency (FSA) study into the issue.

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.

Supply chain integrity stressed at BMPA conference

Meat processors need to work with their regulatory and retail partners to help protect the integrity of the supply chain, delegates to the British Meat Processors Association’s (BMPA) annual conference were told.

New FSA board appointments

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

Jamie Oliver butchery pulled up on hygiene practices

Jamie Oliver’s butchery was temporarily closed in order that issues with food hygiene could be addressed, it has emerged.

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.

Scottish conference debates meat industry’s future

This year’s Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) conference discussed the future of the Scottish meat industry, with new European food hygiene regulations and reform to the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) at the top of the agenda.

Meat fraud discovered in takeaways

Consumer magazine Which? has found shocking evidence of food fraud in lamb takeaway dishes, with 40% of meat tested contaminated with other meats.

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.

Industry looks towards change in meat inspection system

Speaking at the Eblex Processor Conference last week, representatives from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and a leading farm animal diagnostics company emphasised the need to move away from traditional meat inspection, and towards a modern visual system.

Suspected illegal meat operations discovered in the Midlands and Northern Ireland

Suspected illegal meat operations were discovered and products seized in separate investigations in the Midlands and Northern Ireland.

Measures to reduce levels of campylobacter stepped up

A host of industry associations have committed to implement practical measures to help combat the issue of campylobacter in raw poultry meat.

2 Sisters to hold workshops to combat campylobacter

In line with a national £4m initiative to reduce the risk of campylobacter, 2 Sisters has announced that it will hold 20 biosecurity workshops from the beginning of February to communicate best practice. 

Eblex conference to look at meat quality and hygiene

Eblex is hosting a processor conference on 6 March, at which meat quality and hygiene regulations will be discussed.

FSA to research new meat inspection system

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is seeking a contractor to carry out research to explore a new system where plant staff would act as spotters, flagging up carcase and offal defects before inspection by Official Veterinarians or Meat Hygiene Inspectors.

Bennett to chair FSA for another year

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) announced last week that Tim Bennett‘s appointment as chair of the FSA will be extended until December 2014, or until a permanent appointment is made.

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).

Halal’s hot potato

Following incidences of pork contamination, the UK halal sector has had a turbulent year and the issue of who should be responsible for monitoring the sector is not yet resolved, as Nicholas Robinson reports.

Rooker to step down as FSA chair

Jeff Rooker has confirmed that he will step down as chair of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in July 2013.

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.

DSM debacle

Pressure is mounting on the government to urge the European Commission to lift the moratorium on desinewed meat (DSM), following the publication of results from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Select Committee inquiry on 23 July.

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