Industry fears meat tax would affect consumers’ health
Nov08

Industry fears meat tax would affect consumers’ health

The meat industry is continuing to respond to the University of Oxford’s calls on the Government for a ‘meat tax’, and is pleased to see Dr Carrie Ruxton promoting the health benefits of red meat. Yesterday, Meat Management published a comment from Dr. Ruxton of the Meat Advisory Panel which in which she responded to the proposed meat tax. Dr. Ruxton explained that meat consumption levels are now well below NHS guide lines and...

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FSA gives out lamb cooking message
Oct22

FSA gives out lamb cooking message

Consumers are being reminded to take care when handling raw meat following a rise in Salmonella Typhimurium allegedly linked to lamb. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) along with Food Standards Scotland (FSS), Public Health England (PHE) and Health Protection Scotland are reminding the public about how they can avoid Salmonella infection (salmonellosis), a common bacterial disease that affects the intestinal tract. There has been a rise...

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Isolated BSE outbreak confirmed in Scotland
Oct18

Isolated BSE outbreak confirmed in Scotland

A case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) has been confirmed on a farm in Aberdeenshire, Scotland and The Animal Health Agency (APHA) has confirmed it is now investigating the source of the outbreak. In line with the normal disease prevention response plan, precautionary movement restrictions have been put in place at the farm, while further investigations to identify the origin of the disease occur. This is standard procedure...

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Draft review of UK meat processing identifies improvements
Oct12

Draft review of UK meat processing identifies improvements

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Food Standards Scotland (FSS) have published a draft review looking at meat processing, outlining a series of recommendations for both the regulators themselves and industry. The six-month review was launched in the wake of a number of various non-compliance issues identified at some cutting plants. The review took a look at how current arrangements and regulations could work better and focused on...

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International Meat Trade Association reacts to updated ‘no-deal’ Brexit notices
Sep25

International Meat Trade Association reacts to updated ‘no-deal’ Brexit notices

The International Meat Trade Association (IMTA) has reacted to the Government’s updated ‘no-deal’ Brexit Technical Notices, saying there are still questions which need to be answered. An updated list of scenarios show how the Government would deal with issues should there be a ‘no-deal’ Brexit. The most relevant to the meat and wider food industry are as follows: Importing animals and animal products if there’s no Brexit deal The EU...

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UK to remain vigilant on bluetongue detection
Sep24

UK to remain vigilant on bluetongue detection

Meat producers are being urged to remain vigilant after bluetongue virus was picked up in cattle imported from France through the routine post-import testing regime. The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) and the Pirbright Institute identified the disease in the animals when they were brought to North Yorkshire in England from an assembly centre in Central France, where bluetongue continues to slowly spread. The virus is...

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