FSA publishes guidance for firms planning re-opening
May18

FSA publishes guidance for firms planning re-opening

The Food Standards Agency has published guidance on how to adapt food manufacturing operations and work safely during the Covid-19 pandemic. It says that while this guidance is more geared towards those who have closed and are looking to reopen, firms still operating may also want to review it. This guidance is to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely in the food manufacturing sector during the...

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Birmingham abattoir ordered to pay over £11,000 for hygiene offences
May04

Birmingham abattoir ordered to pay over £11,000 for hygiene offences

Birmingham Halal Abattoir Limited has admitted responsibility for hygiene offences and been ordered to pay more than £11,180, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA). The business pleaded guilty to multiple instances of failing to prevent potential cross-contamination between carcases before their post-mortem inspection between March and April 2019. The carcases were held on a rail system in the slaughterhouse which was moving...

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Covert investigation by Animal Equality UK alleges poor conditions at Moy Park farms
Jun26

Covert investigation by Animal Equality UK alleges poor conditions at Moy Park farms

Animal protection charity, Animal Equality, has revealed what they describe as ‘horrifying conditions’ and animal suffering on three Red Tractor certified chicken farms in Lincolnshire. Footage released online by Animal Equality claims to show double-decker chicken sheds, with what it believes house over 30,000 birds, crowded on each floor. It further alleges that many chickens are suffering from leg injuries, with some unable to...

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HallMark Meat Hygiene restates commitment to high standards after separating from FSS
Jun23

HallMark Meat Hygiene restates commitment to high standards after separating from FSS

Following the protracted discussions and negotiations, HallMark Meat Hygiene will be released from its contract with Food Standards Scotland (FSS) for the delivery of meat industry official controls in Scotland. This will take effect from 16th September following the required three months’ notice. HallMark has however restated its commitment to continue ensuring implementation of the highest possible welfare and hygiene standards...

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92% of Northern Ireland adults continue to enjoy red meat
Jun14

92% of Northern Ireland adults continue to enjoy red meat

An omnibus survey completed on behalf of the Livestock and Meat Commission for Northern Ireland (LMC) has shown that the vast majority of local consumers continue to eat red meat. Out of 1,024 respondents representative of the population and completed in April this year, 92 per cent said they still incorporate red meat as part of their diet. “This statistic is very encouraging,” said LMC’s industry development manager, Colin Smith....

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Science confirms what industry has been telling regulators all along – meat safe to eat for up to 50 days
Apr18

Science confirms what industry has been telling regulators all along – meat safe to eat for up to 50 days

New scientific findings show that new packaging could keep meat fresh for up to 50 days, and will mean Sell-By dates on meat are finally to be reviewed. The study, reported in The Daily Telegraph, was commissioned by The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) at Campden BRI. Technical director at BMPA, David Lindars, said: “The shelf-life of fresh red meat held at 3°C and 8°C is of great significance to the industry. “These new...

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