Law and Food Safety

Poultry firm’s transport licence suspended

Birmingham poultry firm Adam Halal Foods has had its transport licence suspended for two weeks following the discovery of illegal vehicle operations. 

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. 

Scandal stings Boparan as credit rating takes hit

Moody’s has downgraded Boparan Holding Limited’s credit rating, warning the food giant’s ability to pay for short-term obligations could “weaken”. 

Mandatory CCTV in abattoirs to be introduced in 2018

CCTV recording will become mandatory in all slaughterhouses in England next year, Environment Secretary Michael Gove said following a public consultation on the issue. 

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. 

FSA and AIMS agree on carcase standard proposals

Slaughterhouses that do not hand over carcases that have been declared unfit by the Official Veterinarian (OV) may face a two-stage appeals system. 

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. 

Schools must listen to students’ halal demands’

School governors have been told to take into consideration the religious needs of pupils before making decisions that could compromise their faith. 

Live animal export restrictions: your say

Following on from the announcement that the government plans on restricting exports of live animals, we threw the question over to you and asked should they be restricted? 

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.

‘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.

New service helps retailers curb food safety risks

The meat industry has been encouraged to utilise digital strategies in combating food safety threats.

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.

Chorizo recalled from Costcutter due to health risk

Retailer Costcutter has issued a recall on its Independent Sliced Chorizo amid fears of health risks.

RSPCA ‘encouraged’ by proposal on restricting live animal exports

Michael Gove, Secretary of State of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has spoken out against live animal exports, claiming that Brexit provides an opportunity to restrict the practice. 

Animal cruelty sentences to be extended

Those who have been found guilty of animal abuse, including pain inflicted on livestock, could face sentences of up to five years. 

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

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.

Tulip and workers’ union battle continues

Members of the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) working at the Tulip processing plant in Coalville, Leicestershire have called for industrial action over pay concerns.

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.

Trade union at loggerheads with Tulip over pay rates

Meat processor Tulip has come under pressure from the Bakers Food and Allies Workers Union (BFAWU) for allegedly not providing its members with a pay increase in three years at its Coalville facility. 

Police appeal over 200 stolen pigs

Cheshire Constabulary is appealing for information after nearly 200 pigs were stolen from a commercial farm near Frodsham. 

Poultry processor fined for hygiene offences

Birmingham-based poultry processor Adam Halal Foods Ltd has been ordered to pay more than £68,000 after being convicted of five charges relating to failures of hygiene controls at its premises. 

Pig industry ‘alarmed’ by suggested migrant policy

The National Pig Association (NPA) is the latest industry body to speak out against government proposals to restrict migrant labour.

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. 

Public confidence in food safety low

The horsemeat scandal continues to affect the UK food industry, with many still unsure about the safety of their food. 

Industry slams leaked government plan to cut migration

A government plan to curb the flow of low-skilled EU migrants entering Britain after Brexit could raise food prices and damage meat exports, critics have warned. 

Industry partnership tightens supply chain security

A Belfast-based transparency and food security firm has announced a partnership that will help strengthen food integrity.

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. 

Industry plays down Hepatitis E scare stories

The meat industry has played down national newspaper reports this weekend, linking consumption of pork products sold by one UK supermarket to consumers contracting Hepatitis E (Hep E).

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. 

Fire victim receives industry support

A pig processing plant has been receiving support from the industry after it burnt down in the early hours of Saturday, 5 August. 

Mixed response as government backs soft Irish border

The government’s plan for a soft border between Northern Ireland and the Republic has received a mixed reaction from the meat sector. 

More Cornish Charcuterie manufactured products recalled

Further products manufactured by Cornish Charcuterie have been recalled due to food poisoning controls. 

Pâtés and rillettes recalled due to food poisoning fears

A selection of pâtés and rillettes have been recalled by Cornish Charcuterie. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has warned that consuming the listed products could lead to potentially fatal food poisoning.

Creamy Leek and Bacon Cooking Sauce recalled by Tesco

Retailer Tesco has recalled a batch of its Creamy Leek and Bacon Cooking Sauce as it contains eggs that are not mentioned on the packaging. This may cause harm to consumers that have an egg intolerance. 

Glass fragments cause Peter’s recall

Peter’s Food Service has recalled meat and vegetarian pasty products due to the potential presence of glass fragments. 

Government set five tests to rewrite agriculture policy

High standards for animal welfare, the environment and labour cannot be watered down post-Brexit as they need to be the bedrock of Britain’s new food and farming vision, the Soil Association has claimed.

Norwich-based halal butcher victim of hate crime

Witnesses have been called to come forward following criminal damage to a halal butcher’s in Norwich. 

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. 

Horsemeat culprits sentenced to jail

Two men have been jailed and another has received a suspended sentence for fraudulently adding horsemeat to the food chain. 

Treatment of administration-hit firm criticised

The Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) decision to suspend production at Stockton-on-Tees-based wholesaler Cleveland Meat Company, following which it entered into administration with 68 job losses, has been slammed.

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. 

‘Prioritise food safety’ says butcher amid chlorine-washed chicken spat

Government must put food safety first in trade talks for Brexit and beyond, amid a dispute that imports of US chicken rinsed in chlorine could undermine British producers, a butcher has warned. 

Guilty verdict in horsemeat trial

Three men have been found guilty of fraudulently adding horsemeat to the food chain following a three-week trial. 

Farmers’ Union takes on rural crime in new report

Combating rural crime has become an area of focus for the National Farmers’ Union’s (NFU) Cymru branch. 

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