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Defra launches mandatory CCTV consultation

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

Gove: UK has historic opportunity to review animal welfare

The UK has a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to review animal welfare policy, according to environment secretary Michael Gove.

Safety ruling on meat additives welcomed by BMPA

Levels of nitrate and nitrite in processed meat do not expose consumers to dangerous amounts of the additives, food safety experts have claimed in a ruling welcomed by the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA). 

Flexitarianism offers opportunities, says industry rep

Flexitarians offer the meat industry opportunities, rather than posing a threat, according to the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA). 

Election result compounds fears over Brexit trade deals

Meat trade leaders' fears are deepening about the UK’s lack of preparedness for Brexit trade negotiations in the wake of the General Election results.

New BMPA president announced

Isla Roebuck has been announced as the new president of the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA).

BMPA partners with Acoura to develop Pork Scheme

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has teamed up with food safety and certification provider Acoura to give its Pork Scheme members a wider choice of audit providers and an increased range of combined services. 

Industry expresses concerns over PM’s Brexit plan

The Prime Minister has said a “bold and ambitious free trade agreement with the European Union” will be a priority in Brexit negotiations, although this has received a less-than-popular reaction from the meat industry. 

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.

Beef's jerky future

The fresh beef market is valued at £2.1bn. This is slightly less than poultry and, unlike white meat which is in marginal growth, fresh beef is in decline. 

High Court ruling will delay Brexit clarity says industry

The High Court ruling that Parliament must vote on whether the UK can begin the process of leaving the European Union, will delay “clarity”, according to industry trade body British Meat Processors Association (BMPA).

Member engagement a top priority for BMPA in chief executive search

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) is on the hunt for a new chief executive. 

Labour's living wage pledge "a burden for consumers"

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has criticised Labour’s promises of an increased living wage, saying it will led to a “higher cost burden” for consumers. 

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BMPA advisor questions calls for mandatory origin labels

A representative of the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has cautioned against latest calls for mandatory country of origin labelling (COOL) across all meat products.

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. 

Uncertain future following referendum leave decision

The meat industry has warned of future “uncertainty” following Great Britain’s decision to leave the EU. 

CCTV footage call ignites debate

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Veterinary Public Health Association (VPHA)’s recent call for mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses and that official veterinarians (OV) to have unrestricted access to footage has divided the sector. 

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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. 

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. 

Roberts takes temporary role at BMPA

Former AHDB Beef & Lamb chair Stuart Roberts has taken up a role at the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA). 

Industry mourns the passing of Anthony Saxby

Anthony Saxby, a much-liked and respected figure in the meat industry, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday 5 November.

BMPA director announces retirement

Stephen Rossides, director of British Meat Processors Association (BMPA), has announced his retirement. 

Importance of working together and good supply chains highlighted at BMPA conference

Good supply chains are vital to the success of the meat industry, said the president of the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) Peter Mitchell, at its annual conference last week. 

Conservative Party wins 2015 General Election

The Conservative Party has achieved a majority in the 2015 General Election.

BMPA to launch revised Pork Scheme

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) is to launch its new BMPA Pork Scheme on Friday (1 May), following a comprehensive review of its existing pork quality standards. 

New processor code slammed

The new processor code of practice, aimed at improving relationships between processors and livestock producers, has come under fire, being described as “ineffective” and “a nonsense”. 

Processor code of practice finalised

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) and the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) have finalised a processor code of practice, which is now set to be introduced.

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.

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.

Newby Foods loses long-running legal battle on MSM

Northallerton meat processor Newby Foods has lost a long-running court battle in which it fought for its products to be classified as a meat preparation.

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.

Meat bosses react to environmental attack

Trade experts have defended the meat industry after a BBC article reported that meat consumption needs to fall in order to protect the environment.

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.

Beef industry gathers to tackle ‘perfect storm’

A “perfect storm” was responsible for the crisis affecting the beef industry as leaders and politicians gathered to find solutions with farming minister George Eustice this week.

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.

Eustice: we need more time on stun law changes

The government needs more time to consider the ramifications of imposing new welfare regulations, food and farming minister George Eustice told meat processors this week.

Farming minister highlights careers in food

The meat industry, along with the wider food sector, is the UK’s largest manufacturing business and should not be overlooked, food and farming minister George Eustice told delegates to the British Meat Processors Association’s (BMPA) annual conference.

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.

Consultation on Meat Products Regulation nears end

Butchers, meat processors, and manufacturers have only two days left to submit their views as part of the government’s consultation on changes to the Meat Products Regulation.

Defra launches consultation on English meat regulation

A new Defra consultation is seeking views on whether England should retain national legislation to uphold the quality of its meat products when new EU food laws come into effect at the end of the year.

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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