Meat and Health

Diet rich in Omega-3 chicken could cut heart disease

Eating meat and eggs from chickens fed an algae-based Omega 3 nutrient could cut risk of brain and heart disease, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland has claimed. 

Avian Influenza: a guide to wild birds to look out for

With the nights getting longer and the winter chill bringing with it the buzz of Christmas, it will also be carrying a serious threat to the nation’s bird-keepers. 

Industry needs to communicate health benefits of meat

The meat industry has been told that it should be doing more to portray the health benefits of consuming red meat to the public. 

Lynx attack on sheep increases industry body tension

An escaped Eurasian lynx has been blamed for the death of seven Welsh sheep. 

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. 

Turkey quality scheme moves to Red Tractor

UK turkey producers will not be affected by the transfer of ownership of the Quality British Turkey (QBT) scheme to Red Tractor, the UK’s largest farm assurance certification body, its poultry chairman has said. 

Moy Park fumes probe underway

Investigations continue into the source of fumes at Moy Park’s Ashbourne factory that caused a temporary evacuation of the site and brought a short term, partial halt to production there. 

China to visit UK beef sites soon

China could launch a wide-ranging inspection of Britain’s beef industry this year, as progress to unlock the Asian market moves forward, Meat Trades Journal can reveal.

Multi-million euro campaign to boost lamb consumption

The UK has signed on as part of a cross-country campaign to boost lamb consumption in the EU over a three-year period. 

Vigilance urged following bluetongue near-miss

Farmers have been urged to remain vigilant for signs of bluetongue after the disease was detected in cattle imported from France. 

Brexit could result in 325% increase for vet certifications

As a consequence of the UK potentially being treated as a ‘third country’ post-EU, the demand for veterinary certifications could rise threefold.

EU avian influenza threat likely to come from the east

Migratory wild birds crossing the north-eastern and eastern border of the European Union is the most likely pathway for avian influenza (AI) to enter the territory, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

‘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.

Men’s Health to launch sous vide range

Magazine Men’s Health is set to launch a range of sous vide meat dishes into the UK this month.

2 Sisters boss to give evidence at Commons inquiry

2 Sisters Food Group boss, Ranjit Singh Boparan, has been summoned before a parliamentary inquiry following allegations of food safety offences at the meat processor’s poultry plant in West Bromwich. 

Scottish beef producers warn against Mercosur deal

Representatives from the Scottish beef industry have spoken out against a possible trade deal with the South American trading bloc Mercosur.

Grass-fed beef is not eco-friendly, report finds

Grazing livestock on grassy pastures is not as environmentally sound as the idyllic image suggests and assumptions that meat production must grow to meet rising protein demand needs questioning, a report has claimed.

Government launches TB-protection service

A new service has been introduced to offer support to farmers who are the most vulnerable to bovine TB.

Meat recipe channel caters to 21st century audience

A new recipe channel has been launched to showcase the versatility of Welsh Lamb and Welsh Beef and pork. 

2 Sisters suspends operations at West Bromwich site

2 Sisters Food Group has suspended operations at its West Bromwich site in the wake of allegations of food safety and hygiene breaches made by The Guardian and ITV

Pork sales return to growth

Sales of pork in the retail sector have returned to value and volume growth over the past 12 weeks. 

2 Sisters responds to tampering allegations

Poultry producer 2 Sisters Food Group has maintained that hygiene and food safety are priorities for its business following allegations of hygiene breaches and date tampering. 

School’s sausage roll ban draws backlash

A Bradford school has received criticism for banning sausage rolls in its pupils’ lunchboxes.

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.

Sheep flock insured against threat of lynx attacks

The Lynx UK Trust has secured a deal with Lloyds of London that will insure all sheep, pets and humans in the country against lynx attacks. 

Extension on organic derogations sought for pig and poultry sector

The industry has warned that an extension on two derogations for organic pig and poultry is vital to the sectors. 

Quarter of sheep and goat slaughtered pre-stunning

Research has indicated that the number of animals being killed without being stunned first is on the rise. 

KFC defends high standards of chicken welfare

Fast food chain KFC UK has said it is “proud” of the chickens it sources, after it found itself under fire from activist group World Animal Protection.  

Fall in pork production leads to less shelf facings

A decrease in domestic pork production has contributed towards a drop in British pork facings in UK supermarkets. 

Scottish cattle keepers to be punished for breaking TB safeguarding rules

The Scottish government is reviewing its terms on bovine TB movements, which could see keepers punished for illegal moves of restricted herds. 

Progressive companies must lead the way in farm animal welfare

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

UK lamb exports rise by a quarter

Figures from the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for the first half of the year have revealed a 25% increase in UK lamb exports, with figures reaching £177.3 million. 

Avian influenza ‘remains a threat’, warns government

With the summer months winding down, poultry-keepers are being warned to take action now to prevent the risk of avian influenza (AI). 

Chicken bucks fresh meat decline trends

Fresh chicken was the only protein in the fresh meat and poultry category to see a growth in both value and volume retail sales across the UK.

British meat industry impresses Canadian importers

A delegation of Canadian beef importers were impressed by the “high standards” of British meat plants in a recent study tour. 

Strong UK meat exports in first half of 2017

Meat exports from the UK for the first six months of the year have seen strong year-on-year growth with markets outside the EU showing success. 

Undeclared allergens triggers sausage recall

Frohwein’s is recalling a selection of beef products due to undeclared allergens. 

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. 

Pig producers reminded of eMB data deadline

Pig producers have been cautioned against waiting until the last minute before adding antibiotic usage into their eMB data. 

Low-fat burger proposals should be looked at in a wider context

Proposals to cut back on the calorie count in burgers should be considered in a wider context, Meat Trades Journal has been told. 

Industry video to highlight health benefits of meat consumption

A new video has been designed to showcase the health and nutritional benefits of eating red 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. 

French beef genetics to benefit from UK breed

A new agreement has been reached that will see UK cattle genetics used to enhance the French industry. 

Seven UK pork processors given China access

Seven businesses in England and Northern Ireland have been granted access to supply pork to China following the agreement of a new export deal. 

Save meat to save money and the environment, says HCC

The Welsh red meat levy board is encouraging consumers to make the most of leftover meat. 

Flexitarianism on the rise amongst UK consumers

Flexitarianism in the UK is predicted to grow further, according to a recent survey.

Nando’s launches investigation into chicken supplier

Chicken restaurant Nando’s has announced it will investigate a poultry farm that has been accused of animal abuse. 

Cattle disease surveillance dashboard launched

A new interactive map highlighting cattle disease across Great Britain has been launched by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA). 

Faccenda uses ‘holistic’ approach to antibiotic reduction

Poultry producer Faccenda Foods has cut its antibiotic usage by 70% over the past two years with the help of animal well-being experts St David’s Poultry Team.

Scotland’s BSE-free status to open up export opportunities

The news that Scotland is officially BSE risk-free has been welcomed by the red meat sector.

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