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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 sets 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. 

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.