Weather having an impact on lamb
Oct15

Weather having an impact on lamb

The harsh spring weather of 2018 has had an impact on this year’s lamb crop in Scotland. The June 2018 Agricultural Census published by the Scottish Government reveals there were 8% fewer lambs on Scottish farms than at the same point in 2017, with numbers sliding by 272,600 to 3.14m head. This left the Scottish lamb crop at a five-year low and 3.9% below its 2013-17 average level. An analysis of the data shows that the national...

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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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LMC to launch second year of advertising campaign
Oct11

LMC to launch second year of advertising campaign

The Livestock and Meat Commission for Northern Ireland (LMC) launched the second year of its advertising campaign this week. This aims to encourage local consumers to purchase more Northern Ireland Farm Quality Assured (NIFQA) beef and lamb. Showcasing a number of LMC’s beef and lamb recipes and increasing awareness of NIFQA beef and lamb products, advertisements will feature on television, radio, outdoor digital screens, online and...

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Meat testing in Scotland reports incorrect DNA
Oct10

Meat testing in Scotland reports incorrect DNA

According to a report from FSS, about 8% of meat tested in Scotland in 2017 was found to contain the DNA of an animal not listed on the labelling. The report alleges that processed foods such as Indian-style lamb dishes, kebabs and sausages were among the dishes found to be at fault. Information collected by Food Standards Scotland (FSS) showed that 631 tests were carried out last year. It said that 48 of the tests were ‘contaminated’...

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Handtmann Ltd appoints new managing director
Oct10

Handtmann Ltd appoints new managing director

Handtmann Ltd has appointed Anthony Daniels as the new managing director of the company, who will take over from Martyn Garrod. The company distributes filling and portioning equipment, and offers things such as vacuum filling machines, automatic linking, forming, depositing, conpro, and handling systems. The equipment helps for products such as sausage, cooked meat, fresh mince, ball forming, burgers and more. Daniels joined the...

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Sausage super-fan joins UK Sausage Week judging panel
Oct10

Sausage super-fan joins UK Sausage Week judging panel

UK Sausage Week welcomed Bedfordshire consumer Tom Rouse to its sausage judging panel following a contest seeking one lucky sausage consumer to assist with the campaign’s awards. This year, organisers Meat Management magazine ran a special competition ahead of UK Sausage Week. Consumers across the country were invited to apply to become a Sausage Judge for the day. Sausage fans across the land were asked to enter online, letting Meat...

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