Meat and Health

Take part in Meat Trades Journal’s Green Survey

The industry has its chance to have its say on environmental issues, thanks to the annual Meat Trades Journal Green Survey.

Eating habits impact premium meats

Premium meat products could be impacted by consumers’ demand for convenience, according to Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC). 

Sharing of information in red meat is vital, says QMS

The open sharing of information across the different stages of the red meat supply chain has been urged by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). 

Stability seen in pig abattoirs

The long-term trend of the declining number of abattoirs slaughtering pigs in England may be stabilising, according to research by AHDB Pork. 

Welsh Beef campaign beats target

Research has suggested that a Welsh Beef marketing campaign has been a success. 

Farmers warned against bluetongue return

Livestock farmers are being urged by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) to talk to their vets, as the industry braces itself for a potential return of bluetongue disease. 

Workshops boost industry awareness

A series of courses have helped increase the red meat industry’s knowledge of shopper preferences and abattoir operations. 

Support urged for Great British Beef Week

The British beef industry has been called on to help educate consumers about getting the most out of beef products. 

Support urged for Great British Beef Week

The British beef industry has been called on to help educate consumers about getting the most out of beef products.

Bacon industry still threatened by cancer scare

The bacon market could be feeling a backlash from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) previous report that claimed processed meat causes cancer. 

Anti-meat agenda concerns for industry

A leading figure in the meat industry has warned of a growing anti-meat agenda and fears it may be the next food to be targeted by health bodies after sugary drinks and fatty snacks. 

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.

Classic bacon sandwich reaches new heights

Tim Peake has become somewhat of a national treasure since he hit the headlines after becoming the first British European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut, but six months floating around in outer space is a long time to go without any home comforts. 

Poland named as potential target market for British lamb

AHDB Beef & Lamb has recognised Poland as having the potential to become a major export market for Quality Standard Mark (QSM) lamb. 

Cattle rejection conditions tested in abattoirs over two-week trial

A two-week trial is currently taking place in nine cattle abattoirs across England and Wales in order to validate a new list of post-mortem rejection conditions. 

Meat adulteration webinar fast approaching

It’s less than one week to Meat Trades Journal’s webinar on meat adulteration. 

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. 

Food labelling workshops assist industry

The first workshop helping small producers to understand and comply with the current Food Information Regulations has been positively received by participants across the UK. 

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. 

UK export strategy on beef cuts pays off

UK levy board AHDB Beef & Lamb has said its strategy to shift from exporting carcases to pricier cuts of meat has been rewarded as global trade of the latter rose by 11% last year. 

Goat gammon goes on sale in Ireland

Shoppers in Northern Ireland looking for an alternative twist to their eggs, ham and chips are in for a treat, thanks to Broughgammon Farm.

BVD testing welcomed in Northern Ireland

The British Veterinary Association (BVA), alongside its Northern Ireland branch, welcomed the commencement of the Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) education programme in Northern Ireland on Tuesday 1 March. 

Northern Irish consumers encouraged to shop local

The Northern Ireland Pork and Bacon Forum is urging consumers to make buying local a priority. This can be achieved by ensuring customers buy pork with an NI ‘Assured Origin’. 

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. 

Corries launches new Himalayan salt product

Northern Irish meat business Corries has developed a Himalayan salt product for cooking at home. 

The Co-operative cuts meat prices

The Co-operative Group’s food division has today announced that it will be cutting the cost of over 200 of its own-brand British-sourced meat and poultry products.

Foodborne illnesses in focus at international workshop

The meat industry, alongside other food sectors, is set to benefit from the first International Workshop for Foodborne Viruses, which saw more than 130 experts on viruses in the food chain gather to tackle the problem. 

Majority of Brits claim to eat the right amount of red meat

Research from the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has revealed that the majority of British consumers believe they eat the correct amount of red meat and do not need to cut back. 

Hannan Meats wins Hong Kong market

Northern Irish catering butcher, Hannan Meats, has won its first business in Hong Kong and Macau with its premium Himalayan salt aged beef. 

ASF-resistant pigs detected

The ground has shifted in the fight against African swine fever (ASF) after scientists in Scotland used advanced genetic engineering to potentially create ASF-resilient pigs. 

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.

Television presenter and farmer Adam Henson is supporting the Meaty Issues campaign
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£260m-worth of beef thrown out every year

More than 34,000 tonnes of beef is thrown away in Britain every year, according to figures released by Love Food Hate Waste. This is the equivalent of 300 million beef burgers or £260 million.

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. 

McDonald's UK study helps farmers get greener and richer

Fast-food chain McDonald's has launched one of the largest independent studies of UK and Irish beef farms, which it says identifies measures that can help farmers meet government standards for Co2 reduction and boost profits. 

Tesco cuts campylobacter in fresh chickens

Tesco has revealed a further reduction of levels of campylobacter in its fresh chickens. 

Flexitarians on the rise, according to City Food Lecture

New ways of eating meat were addressed at this year’s City Food Lecture at the Guildhall in London. 

Swine flu diagnosed in Leicester

Fourteen cancer patients on three wards at Leicester Royal Infirmary are being treated for swine flu. 

Human health threatened by antimicrobial resistance

A new study has shown that bacteria in humans, food, and animals continue to show resistance to the most common antimicrobials. 

New Acoura chairman appointed

David Gregory has been announced as chairman of food safety and compliance specialist Acoura. 

Organic meat boasts more nutrients, report finds

Eating organic meat instead of non-organic meat could provide consumers with double the number of essential nutrients and lower the risk of heart disease, a study by Newcastle University has found. 

NFU calls summit on beef and lamb promotions

Processors, retailers and levy boards have been asked to come up with new and innovative methods or marketing beef and lamb by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU). 

Marketing campaign boosts sales of PGI Welsh Lamb

Consumers are spending more on promoted prime quality lamb cuts, according to the latest independent data available to Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC). 

Meat adulteration webinar launched by Meat Trades Journal

To learn more about protecting the supply chain in the UK food industry, be sure to register for Meat Trades Journal’s webinar on meat adulteration. 

Campden BRI tackles contamination in the food industry

A new service has been designed with the purpose of evaluating the effectiveness of surface decontamination within the food sector. 

Ham and deli bacon saw an increase in price
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Deli bacon and ham bucks the trend in falling grocery prices

Although grocery prices in January fell to their cheapest level in over a year, deli bacon and ham saw a rise of 4%. That is according to latest figures from mySupermarket.co.uk. 

Chicken tikka sandwiches recalled

Lytham Foods has recalled Taylors of Lytham Chicken Tikka Sandwiches due to the potential threat of salmonella. 

Nigel Logan outside Hillstown farm shop
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Beer-infused beef hits Northern Ireland

Northern Irish artisan meat processing business Hillstown Farm has developed its own Wagyu-style beef.

Food safety regulations could lead to imprisonment

New guidelines that came into effect yesterday (Monday 1 February) for England and Wales mean that professionals within the food industry whose actions result in harm or risk of harm to consumers could lead to custodial sentences. 

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