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Celebrity campaign to highlight pig welfare

Animal welfare lobby group Farms Not Factories has launched a series of videos featuring celebrity chefs and the high welfare farmers who provide their pork. 

‘Antibiotic-free’ messages could confuse consumers, warns NPA

The pork industry has been warned of spreading confusing messages about the use of antibiotics after the launch of a new ‘antibiotic-free’ bacon brand. 

Flexitarianism offers opportunities, says industry rep

Flexitarians offer the meat industry opportunities, rather than posing a threat, according to the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA). 

Jamie Oliver’s commitment to high-welfare meat recognised

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has been rewarded for supporting animal welfare by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ (RSPCA).

Queen recognises food industry in birthday honours

Several members across the meat, animal welfare, and agriculture sectors have been awarded for their services to the food industry in the Queen’s Birthday Honours this weekend. 

ABP scores hat-trick of Carbon Trust standards

ABP Food Group has been awarded the Carbon Trust standard for a third consecutive time, the first food processor to achieve the hat-trick. 

Fire & Smoke uses social media to drive awareness

Kerry Foods is heavily targeting Millennials via social media and outdoor events as part of a nationwide road show for its Fire & Smoke branded cooked meats, bacon and snack pots. 

Partnership tackles food fraud on international level

Belfast-based Arc-net has entered into a partnership that aims to fight food fraud by utlising innovation and technologies. 

Retailers show further progress in chicken bug war

Retailers battling Campylobacter are gaining ground in their fight against the food poisoning bug’s contamination of raw whole chickens, according to the latest figures from the Food Standards Agency (FSA). 

Industry fights to narrow meat origins education gap

The meat industry has highlighted its work with children to raise awareness of where their food comes from, amid British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) results highlighting worrying gaps in their knowledge.

Drop in Colistin usage in pigs welcomed by industry

The pig sector has praised figures suggesting there has been a significant drop in the use of Colistin in the pig sector. 

Imported foods could have ‘devastating’ impact on livestock industry

Northern Ireland’s chief veterinary officer has warned of the damaging implications importing foods can have on the livestock industry. 

Farmers praised for rising to organic challenge

Farmers rearing organic animals have been commended by the Soil Association for meeting demands for organic meat.

Calls made to ban Brazilian meat imports, amid scandal

The Northern Irish farming industry has demanded that Brazilian meat imports be banned completely. 

Pain recognition system designed to help sheep welfare

A new artificial intelligence system has been developed to detect whether or not a sheep is in pain judging by facial expressions. 

Keepers warned of importing European animals amid Bluetongue fears

Herd keepers in Northern Ireland have been told to consider the risks of importing animals from Continental Europe as Bluetongue closes in on Britain. 

Northern Irish pork receives Bake Off finalist’s backing

Great British Bake Off finalist Andrew Smyth has thrown his support behind Northern Irish pork. 

Animal health organisation calls for government support

The next government has been called on to provide the necessary tools to the animal health industry to ensure it is able to flourish post-Brexit. 

Avian Influenza prevention zone lifted in Northern Ireland

The Avian Influenza (AI) prevention zone in Northern Ireland will not be renewed once it is lifted today. 

Political parties praised by British vets

The inclusion of animal health and welfare in the main political parties’ manifestos has been commended by the British Veterinary Association (BVA). 

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.