BMPA report offers solutions to workforce challenges
Jul01

BMPA report offers solutions to workforce challenges

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has published a report which offers a number of solutions to the challenges facing meat processors in terms of labour shortages. The report follows a survey conducted by the BMPA of its members which found that, while the reliance on overseas labour has come down since 2018, it is still very high with EU workers typically making up over 60% and in some cases over 70% of workforces. It...

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Government to create Trade and Agriculture Commission post Brexit
Jun29

Government to create Trade and Agriculture Commission post Brexit

A Trade and Agriculture Commission to help inform a post-Brexit trade policy has been announced by international secretary, Liz Truss. Truss said the new Commission would not be another quango or regulator and would be strictly time-limited. In a letter to NFU president she said: “I propose that once the Commission has finished its work, it produces a report in line with its terms of reference that will be presented to Parliament by...

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More than one million people sign NFU food standards petition
Jun19

More than one million people sign NFU food standards petition

Over one million people have signed the National Farmers Union’s (NFU) petition which urges the Government to protect UK food standards in future trade deals. The campaign gained its support in just over two weeks, with more than 78,000 people also writing to their MP urging them to support the introduction of a Trade, Food and Farming Standards Commission that can review trade policy and develop solutions that can hold all food...

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Clarity needed from Government to prevent loss of EU orders
Jun17

Clarity needed from Government to prevent loss of EU orders

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) says meat companies will start losing orders from EU customers from September onwards unless the Government clarifies what export certification and tariff arrangements will be in place after the Brexit transition period. This is because orders, particularly from European retailers, are planned 3-4 months in advance to allow for pricing, barcoding and any promotions that need to go on the...

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CIEH urges Government to stick to food standards promises
Jun16

CIEH urges Government to stick to food standards promises

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) is the latest organisation to urge the Government to keep its word on maintaining the UK’s high food standards. Organisations across the food industry have called on the Government to prevent food being imported into the UK at a standard that would be illegal for British producers. This comes after MPs voted against amendments to the Agriculture Bill. Concerns have grown following...

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Unions call for support to protect food standards post-Brexit
Jun10

Unions call for support to protect food standards post-Brexit

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has called for public support for domestic food production as concern continues to grow around food imports to the UK post-Brexit. The NFU launched a petition on its website after the Government voted against changes to the Agriculture Bill which would prevent food produced to lower animal welfare and environmental standards than is required of UK producers from being imported into the UK after the...

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