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Liam Fox warned not to ‘undermine’ British poultry industry

Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox has been told to trust food producers from the UK in the same way that the public do.

Welsh red meat industry makes ‘notable success’ in new markets

Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales’ (HCC) new chairman has praised the success Welsh red meat has had in new international markets, but warned that it would be for nothing should exports be lost after Brexit is complete. 

FSA confronts Brexit vet risk

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is investigating worst-case scenarios for its veterinary workforce should non-UK EU nationals not be given working visas when Great Britain leaves the European Union.

Food Standards Agency: firms will pay for audits

Charging food businesses for audits will be part of an overhaul of the way food safety and hygiene regulations are implemented, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has confirmed.

Macsween recalls products due to food poisoning fears

Macsween of Edinburgh Ltd has recalled a large number of its products due to inadequate procedures to control Clostridium botulinum. 

Horsemeat trading group taken down by police

An investigation, linked to the horsemeat scandal, has led to the arrest of 66 people and the dismantling of a horsemeat trading ring.

Post-Brexit antibiotic usage fears raised by campaign group

The UK government has been called upon to work with EU member states to end routine preventative on-farm antibiotic use. 

Tesco recalls chicken salad over campylobacter fears

Superstore Tesco has issued a recall notice for two of its chicken salad products as they have been found to contain campylobacter. 

Moy Park fined £118,420 for causing ‘avoidable pain’

Moy Park’s Lincolnshire slaughterhouse has been fined a total of £118,420 on four counts of causing distress and unnecessary pain to chickens. 

Proposed lynx reintroduction sparks fears

The farming community has expressed concerns surrounding proposals to reintroduce lynx into the British countryside. 

UK to regain control of fishing access post-Brexit

The government has announced plans to withdraw from the London Fisheries Convention in a move it called an “historic” step in delivering a fairer deal for the UK’s fishing industry. 

Farm minister ‘understands’ Brexit labour fears

The government hopes to offer work permits to EU meat factory staff but has stressed its priority remains controlling immigration, farming minister George Eustice said. 

Hard Brexit could lead to 80% tax on premium beef

Luxury beef could face tariffs of up to 80% if the government fails to clinch a post-Brexit free trade deal with the EU, forcing the industry to adopt World Trade Organization (WTO) rules. 

Theresa May’s EU citizen offer ‘falls short’

EU veterinarians and veterinarian nurses living in the UK deserve better than the Prime Minister’s proposals for ‘UK settled status’, according to the British Veterinary Association (BVA). 

Meat industry voices post-Brexit labour fears

The British meat and farming industries have again raised concerns about access to EU workers following Brexit as the government outlined its legislative plan in the recent Queen’s address to Parliament. 

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). 

Moy Park facing charges over welfare allegations

Poultry processor Moy Park is facing a court hearing over allegations that its chickens were mistreated prior to slaughter. 

Retailers respond after JBS supplier slave labour link

Supermarkets have voiced their concerns after allegations emerged that corned beef they stocked from Brazilian meat supplier JBS came from meat supplied by farms mistreating workers. 

Livestock producers advised on farm break-ins

Farmers have been warned of break-ins, following an increase in the industry being targeted by animal rights protestors. 

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. 

Calls made to ban Brazilian meat imports, amid scandal

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

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). 

Bread basket case costs poultry companies thousands

Two poultry firms face paying £50,000 in costs and charges after using bread baskets and other equipment from another company without permission. 

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. 

Meat industry sets out demands for next government

With just under three weeks until the general election, industry bodies have laid out their expectations from the UK’s next government, with Brexit remaining a key topic of discussion. 

Butchers warned of fraudulent ‘utility company’

The butchery industry has been told to remain “vigilant” in the face of a scam involving fake utility companies. 

Tender process for Isle of Man meat plant to start soon

The tendering process for the meat plant on the Isle of Man is set to begin within the year, according to Environment, Food and Agriculture Minister Geoffrey Boot. 

Spar recalls chicken tikka over glass contamination

Retailer Spar has issued a recall of its chicken tikka chunks over fears they may contain small pieces of glass, presenting a safety risk. 

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. 

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.

Fraud could lead to £12 billion loss annually

FTSE food businesses have been told they could double their profits by reducing fraud losses.

Butcher’s shop boss fined after man loses fingers

The boss of a Lancashire butcher’s faces a £3,500 fine and must pay £2,500 towards prosecution costs after one of his employees severely injured his right hand in a faulty mincing machine. 

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.

Bacon-sellers sentenced for fraudulent activity

Two businessmen have been sentenced for selling misleading bacon products.

Halal industry condemns ‘barbaric’ slaughterhouse CCTV footage

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

Contamination and labelling issues cause product recalls

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has issued a recall for its chicken and vegetable soup as it may be tainted by chemical contamination. 

Red meat education programme aimed at teaching future generations

Around 70 teachers attended an event last week aimed at helping them educate students about the red meat industry. 

Farmers’ union highlights importance of trade deals amid Brazil meat scandal

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has emphasised the importance of securing trade deals and the high standards of British food production. This comes after allegations that Brazil has been selling and exporting rotten meat. 

Meat products recalled due to the presence of plastic

Douglas Willis Ltd has issued a recall for a variety of meat products on a precautionary basis as they may contain small pieces of hard plastic. This recall affects Wales only. 

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. 

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.

FSA makes appointments to Science Council

Eight members have been appointed to the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) Science Council, including the council’s new chair.

Proposed halal assurance standards would raise certification standards

The potential introduction of assurance standards for stunned and traditional halal sheepmeat has been welcomed by the industry.

Tesco recalls beef bolognese

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

Pub manager fined after food poisoning death

A food business operator and the manager of a public house in Cornwall has been fined following the death of an elderly lady.

Simplified food safety rules proposed to benefit butchers

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has proposed new simplified guidelines to food safety management in small retail businesses. This includes butchers, alongside bakeries and grocery shops.