Meat and Health

Farmers warned as Bluetongue nears Great Britain

Farmers are being warned to be vigilant of the Bluetongue virus (BTV), as the disease edges its way closer to British shores. 

Poultry farmers and buyers welcomed back to Scottish mart

For the first time since the avian flu restrictions were enforced across Scotland in December, poultry farmers and buyers made their return to Lawrie & Symington’s Lanark mart. 

Scotland welcomes BSE progress

The granting of negligible risk status for BSE has been praised by the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW). 

Hepatitis E in sausage fears allayed

The meat industry has reassured consumers that the risk of contracting hepatitis E (HEV) in sausages and other processed pork products remains low. 

Allergen threat sparks NI burger recall

Musgrave NI has recalled its Gourmet Cheese & Bacon Burgers because they contain unlabelled soya, an allergen. 

Pig farmers pledge commitment to animal health

Scottish pig farmers have shown their loyalty to animal health and welfare by signing up to the Scottish Pig Health Charter. 

MuscleFood bulks out for summer with frozen chicken range

Health and fitness retailer MuscleFood.com has launched seven flavours of chicken ready meals in time for summer.

Initiative to help poultry farms become self-sustainable

Energy regulator Ofgem has said that combined heat and power plants that run on poultry litter will benefit from the optimum tariff under Renewable Heat Incentive legislation. 

Lead poisoning prevention scheme set to help farmers save money

A new initiative has been designed to help Scottish farmers prevent lead poisoning in their livestock. 

HCC collaborates with Welsh vets to deliver lamb management strategies

The Welsh red meat levy board has been working in conjunction with Welsh vets to deliver information on red meat-related issues. 

Welsh strongman attributes success to butchery background

David Todd, of Hugh Phillips Butchers in Swansea, has been making the most of working in a butcher’s and abattoir, leading him to become an award-winning strongman. 

New avian influenza case confirmed in Lancashire

Defra has confirmed that another case of H5N8 avian flu has been found at a farm in Lancashire.

Asda recalls Szechuan Chicken

Retailer Asda has issued a recall on its limited edition Szechuan Chicken because the product failed to declare the presence of barley as an allergen in the product.

Halal industry condemns ‘barbaric’ slaughterhouse CCTV footage

The halal industry has spoken out against footage showing the mistreatment of animals in an abattoir. 

RSPCA awarded grant to grow China animal welfare standards

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has received a bursary from the US foundation, the Open Philanthropy Project, to support its long-term work in China to improve animal welfare standards. 

Roundworm resistance initiative to help sheep breeders

Lleyn sheep producers will be able to select animals for their resistance to roundworm, based on an estimated breeding value (EBV). 

Welsh food sector gets £21m cash injection

A £21m investment programme for Wales’ food and drink sector, designed to deliver £100m of growth for the Welsh economy, was announced at the Taste Wales conference in Newport today (23 March). 

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. 

Human cases of campylobacter drop by 17%

Figures from UK surveillance bodies show a 17% decline in the number of laboratory reports of human cases of campylobacter in 2016. 

Poultry confusion continues following multiple AI outbreaks

Confusion reigns over how to market poultry meat from UK suppliers in lockdown due to bird flu restrictions, as the disease continues to hit international trade.

HCC to support nutrition education programme

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has joined with the Welsh Joint Education Committee (WJEC) in providing training and resources for schoolteachers delivering the new GCSE in Food and Nutrition. 

Tesco recalls beef bolognese

Tesco has issued a recall notice for its frozen beef Tesco Spaghetti Bolognese 400g, due to undeclared egg. 

Government to review avian influenza prevention methods

The UK “still faces the threat of epidemic of bird flu” despite poultry keepers no longer being required to keep birds indoors, according to Nigel Gibbens, chief veterinary officer for the officer. 

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. 

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”.

Government wants cut to ‘unnecessary’ antibiotic use

The government wants to lead a global fight against antimicrobial resistance, the “biggest threat” to human and animal health, according to environment secretary Andrea Leadsom. 

Bank of England to launch consultation on polymer notes

The Bank of England will launch a full consultation on 30 March about the content of polymer substrate to be used in future banknotes. 

Survey shows lack of commitment to antibiotic reduction in food outlets

Food outlets are being called on to demonstrate a commitment to reducing the use of antibiotics in company supply chains. 

New bird flu measures pose serious risk to industry

Poultry keepers are now facing “significant threats” to their businesses with the introduction of updated measures to prevent the spread of bird flu. 

Retailers urged to support British poultry amidst AI crisis

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) is calling on British retailers to continue their support for producers that have had to keep poultry indoors due to the bird flu crisis. 

Chicken sandwich recall over blue discolouration

Great Northern Sandwich Co Ltd is recalling six products containing chicken because of a blue discolouration on the meat. 

Red Tractor launches pig antibiotic-recording scheme

Pig producers that are Red Tractor-certified will be required to use the electronic medicine book (e-MB) to record the total collated antibiotics used on their herds every three months. 

Muscle Food launches new meat-based meals

Online retailer MuscleFood.com has introduced a Live Clean ready meal range – each containing fewer than 500 calories and entirely free of additives and preservatives. 

Poultry producers at risk of going out of business over free-range status

British poultry producers have been warned that their businesses may be at risk of closure if the free-range status of their poultry is not extended.

Alternative meat preservatives to increase food safety

A new natural, formulation-specific preservative designed to lower the risk of cancer and extend the shelf-life of chilled meats has been launched. 

Innovative solutions called for to curb antimicrobial resistance

Alternative methods in preventing and treating infections in animals are required to overcome antimicrobial resistance (AMR), according to industry experts. 

Calls made to improve rabbit farming methods

Alternative methods have been called upon to phase out conventional battery cages for farming rabbits. 

Brexit to provide improved animal welfare opportunities

Leaving the European Union could lead to higher animal welfare standards for the UK. 

‘Vampire’ horse farm claims downplayed by pig industry

News that blood from pregnant horses is being injected into other animals to boost meat production “would never be used for pigs destined for meat”, said the National Pig Association (NPA). 

Industry concerns as Schmallenberg cases increase

Livestock producers are being encouraged to submit lambs with suspected Schmallenberg virus (SBV) for post-mortem inspection. This call for action follows on from a rise in confirmed cases of the disease. 

Asia Pacific tipped as ‘important’ pork market

UK pork exporters have been told to consider the Far East as a potential market.

Pork exports see value rise, though volumes decrease

Shipments of pigmeat sent from the UK experienced a fall in volume for November last year. Despite this, sterling’s weakness has meant that the value of shipments remained higher compared to the same period the previous year. 

New incident of avian influenza found in Lincolnshire

The UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer has confirmed another incident of H5N8 avian influenza in a flock of turkeys at a farm in East Lindsey, Lincolnshire. 

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. 

Marks & Spencer introduces low-calorie pork sausage

To help people stick to their New Year’s diet, Marks & Spencer (M&S) has launched a Skinny Sausage, containing as few as 78kcals. 

Innovation at the forefront of Northern Irish meat industry

Northern Ireland’s red meat, pork, poultry and fish sectors have been encouraged to embrace innovation in developing their industry. 

Northern areas labelled high-risk for liver fluke

Farmers in North Wales, north-west England and Scotland have been warned to be on the lookout for liver fluke this winter.

Funding for antibiotic action tripled as part of five-year plan

Funding for the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture (RUMA) Alliance has more than tripled as part of a new five-year plan which will help UK farming reduce antibiotic use across animal and human medicine. 

Veterinary associations urge poultry keepers to keep animals safe after Avian Influenza scare

British poultry-keepers are being encouraged to protect their flocks with practical biosecurity measures. 

Government extends Avian Influenza Prevention Zone

The government has extended an Avian Influenza (AI) Prevention Zone, first implemented on 6 December 2016, until 28 February. 

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