SAMW points to focus for Scottish meat industry in 2015

Optimising the Beef 2020 and the Food Standards Scotland (FSS) facility should be the focus for the Scottish meat industry this year, according to an industry body.

Speaking at the New Year Seminar in Edinburgh, Alan McNaughton, president of the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW), said: “Delivering practical results from last year’s Beef 2020 Report and the commissioning in April of Food Standards Scotland (FSS) are the development highlights which we believe can give fresh impetus to Scotland’s meat chain this year.”

Beef 2020 is a sustainability plan, which aims to deliver long-term growth to the Scottish beef industry and the Scotch beef brand. The 23-point action plan was welcomed across the industry, including SAMW and creator of the plan Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Meanwhile, McNaughton said he was looking forward to building a “constructive, fruitful and beneficial relationship” with the Scottish arm of the Food Standards Agency, the FSS.

McNaughton added: “On both fronts, there are extremely positive opportunities which government and the food and farming industry need to grasp with both hands this year,” he said. “SAMW will certainly be playing its part in seeking to maximise the impact of these two key developments.”

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