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FSA issues festive turkey preparation advice

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued guidance for consumers planning to prepare turkey over the festive season. 

Poultry industry urges safeguarding of welfare standards

British poultry farmers have called for public procurement of British food and no dilution of health and welfare standards in Brexit trade deals. 

Government scheme to ‘reduce burden’ for Welsh meat industry

A new memorandum of understanding (MOU) will enable the reduction of animal feed inspections of farms across Wales by local authority trading standards. 

Poultry body welcomes government stance on quality standards

The British Poultry Council (BPC) has applauded the government’s attitude of refusing to accept lower food standards in any new trade deals with the US. 

‘Priorities need to become promises’, BVA warns government

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has urged the government to act on its commitments to support the EU workforce post-Brexit.

Progressive companies must lead the way in farm animal welfare

Investors have a responsibility to promote high standards of farm animal welfare.

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. 

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.

Brexit provides opportunity to promote ‘high-standard Britain’

Britain is in a position to demonstrate its high standards of animal welfare upon leaving the European Union, according to the Eating Better alliance. 

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. 

High animal welfare standards should be supported

The RSPCA has called on the government to help support and strengthen high animal welfare practices post-Brexit. 

Liam Fox warned not to ‘undermine’ British poultry industry

Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox has been told to trust food producers from the UK in the same way that the public do.

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.

Red Tractor employs Facebook, Twitter in barbecue contest

Red Tractor aims to wield Facebook and Twitter to drive a hunt for ‘Britain’s Best BBQ-er’, a first for the farm assured standards brand. 

National Farmers' Union calls on retailers to avoid ‘long and complicated’ supply chains

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has called for the avoidance of “long and complicated” supply chains.

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. 

Jason Feeney unveiled as new FSA chief executive

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

UK livestock sector vows to support trade post-EU

As Prime Minister Theresa May signed the papers triggering Article 50 this morning, the livestock industry has vowed to protect trade and welfare standards as the UK leaves the European Union. 

Pig welfare report warmly greeted by industry

A new welfare report on pig health has provided evidence for the high level of pig rearing standards in the UK. 

Free-range poultry industry debate heats up

The British poultry industry has hit back at suggestions that welfare standards of non-RSPCA-Assured chickens are below acceptable levels. 

Food Standards Scotland slams ‘sensationalist’ beef press report

Food Standards Scotland has criticised a press report that inferior meat from Eastern Europe, Ireland and England was being imported and repacked with a premium Scottish label, calling it ‘sensationalist’. 

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. 

Food Standards Scotland launches Pink Chicken BBQ Food Safety Campaign

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has launched its Summer BBQ food safety campaign: ‘Nothing spoils summer like Pink Chicken’. 

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. 

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. 

British Poultry Council to publish animal welfare guidance

The British Poultry Council (BPC) is to publish industry-led guidance in the poultry sector, following the government’s decision to repeal official guidance on animal welfare standards. 

Food Standards Scotland launches festive safety campaign

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has launched a cheeky safety campaign in an effort to reduce the number of people contracting food poisoning over the festive season. 

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. 

Unison warns against changes to inspection laws

Trade union Unison fears possible changes in European law will jeopardise independent meat inspections for both white and red meat, putting food standards at risk. 

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. 

Scottish standards body urges meat industry to improve compliancy

The newly formed Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has urged the meat industry to improve its compliancy in order to be “best in class”, at this year’s Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) conference in Glasgow last weekend.

Blog discusses halal slaughter

Rizvan Khalid, halal expert and senior director of Shropshire abattoir Euro Quality Lambs, has posted a new blog for meatinfo.co.uk entitled “Halal – know your market!”.

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).

Report illustrates animal welfare progress in UK

The government has made considerable progress on improving animal welfare in the UK, according to its five-year progress report.

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.

Poultry council expresses TTIP fears

Trade negotiations with the US have the potential to undermine the British poultry industry, according to the National Farmers’ Union (NFU).

2 Sisters defends stance after poor animal welfare review

Chicken giants 2 Sisters Food Giants have scored in the lowest tier of companies for animal welfare standards, according to the global annual farm welfare audit, supported by Compassion in World Farming and World Animal Protection.

Feature: Quality promise

Arabella Mileham finds that increasing interest in quality assurance is pushing organisers to refine and enhance their schemes, but that this throws up some unavoidable challenges

Study suggests a limit to consumers’ willingness to pay for sustainability

Consumers may not be willing to pay food companies a premium for high standards of social and environmental responsibility, according to a new report.

BPC defends UK chicken rearing standards, following BBC report

The British Poultry Council (BPC) has responded to a BBC article. Do people know where their chicken comes from?, which looks at intensive chicken farming in the UK.

Company fined over horse meat sausage

Trading standards bosses have fined food importer Expo Foods Ltd after a pork sausage was discovered to have almost 50% horse meat.

RSPCA highlight poultry welfare with ‘Chicken Challenge’

The RSPCA is encouraging people to stand on a piece of A4 for 20 minutes to campaign for poultry welfare, but the industry has defended British welfare standards.

Pig industry brings in whistleblowing hotline

Pig leaders are introducing a new whistleblowing service to beef up animal welfare and counteract bogus claims by animal activists over mistreatment on farms.

FSA publishes figures on campylobacter

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

Chicken scandal update: Union joins call for stricter food inspection

Union bosses are calling for food inspection services to be ramped back up in the wake of headline claims in The Guardian over chicken production.

Wales seeks improvement in animal welfare

The Welsh government has announced plans to improve animal health and welfare over the next 10 years.

British farmers to benefit from public procurement plan

Prime Minister, David Cameron has announced a potential £400m boost for British food businesses in a move that has been backed by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU).

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