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Meat & poultry

Like the dairy sector, meat producers are coming under flak for the large carbon footprint of their raw materials and issues of animal welfare; while rising inspection costs and tight margins mean the sector is consolidating to take advantage of ‘vertical integration’ and economies of scale. Whether you’re in red meat, poultry or game, it’s important to avoid being skewered by unexpected change.

Halal duo jailed for selling turkey as halal lamb

Two men have each been jailed for five years, after falsely supplying 116t of turkey thighs, labelled as halal lamb, to butchers and restaurants.

Bakkavor to hire 86 staff in recruitment drive

Prepared foods producer Bakkavor is to hire 86 new staff at its Cucina Sano site in Lincolnshire, as it continues its nationwide recruitment drive that saw 250 vacancies posted last week.

Food safety conference: last week for early bird ticket

This is the last week to book your early bird ticket for Food Manufacture’s food safety conference 2017 on Thursday June 22 at Woodland Grange, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, before the...

Meat firm to pay nearly £380k for crushed hand

A meat business has been ordered to pay nearly £380,000, after a worker’s hand was crushed in a meat-separating machine.

Bernard Matthews seller denies pension claims

The former owner of Bernard Matthews, Rutland Partners, has denied claims made by a select committee, that it was more concerned with “lining its pockets” than safeguarding workers’ rights....

Bird flu restrictions cost poultry sector over £100M

Bird flu restrictions have cost the UK poultry meat sector more than £100M over the past two years, confirmed the British Poultry Council (BPC), ahead of the lifting of the...

Moy Park fined £200k after ‘deep laceration’ injury

Poultry processor Moy Park has been ordered to pay more than £210,000 after a worker suffered a “deep laceration” to his hand when testing the blades on one of its cutting lines....

Food safety conference: still time to book early bird ticket

There’s still time to book your early bird ticket for Food Manufacture’s food safety conference on Thursday June 22 at Woodland Grange, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, ahead of the deadline later...

Scottish food in £8.3M North American export deals

The Scottish food and drink sector has secured £8.3M of export sales to North America.

2 Sisters’ planned 630 job cuts sparks union ‘plan’

The Unite union has pledged to mitigate the impact of 2 Sisters’ 630 planned job cuts at its West Midlands chicken plant, by devising a plan to save as many...

Food and drink exporters to get government support

Support for UK food and drink exporters is going to be a key government policy as the nation moves towards an exit from the EU, following the triggering of Article...

Groceries code boss ‘has failed to deliver’

The future of the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) Christine Tacon and the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP) has been put in doubt because so few investigations had been undertaken...

2 Sisters plans 630 job cuts at ‘ageing’ chicken site

2 Sisters Food Group has revealed plans to close its “ageing” chicken processing site in Smethwick, West Midlands, putting 630 jobs at risk.

Bernard Matthews’ staff ‘let down’ over 128 job cuts

Bernard Matthews’ workers said they felt “betrayed and let down”, after the turkey producer confirmed 128 job cuts in chicken production and management at its Great Witchingham, Norfolk site.


Food exports face border delays after Brexit

The UK’s food industry faces severe delays and rising costs of exporting and importing foodstuff to and from the EU following Brexit, if the government fails to negotiate a favourable...

2 Sisters and Bakkavor make senior appointments

2 Sisters Food Group’s UK Poultry division has promoted Gill Pendergrast to the position of retail director working with Sainsbury.

Meat firm in jobs boost after £10M contract wins

A meat supplier is to create 25 jobs and invest £1M across its two sites following new contract wins worth in excess of £10M.

Active packaging agents have limited shelf-life benefits

The impact on food and drink shelf-life of active agents inside packs is rarely accurately predictable, according to packaging supplier Sirane.

Laboratory equipment spotlight

Retailers test for campylobacter

Intertek is working with many UK retailers in a bid to help reduce campylobacter, the UK’s most common form of food poisoning. Around four in every five cases of campylobacter...

Butcher jailed for ‘fake supplier letter’ in tax fraud

A butcher who faked a letter from a supplier about payments in order to steal more than £80,000 in tax fraud, has been jailed for two years.

Pie factory fire forces evacuation

A fire at a pie manufacturer in Shropshire forced the evacuation of the site this week.

Campylobacter vaccine needed to cut contaminated sales

Scientists have called for a vaccine against campylobacter, to cut the number of contaminated chickens in supermarkets.

Food and drink industry appointments – in pictures

The first halal meat manager recruited by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board and senior appointments at Graze and Greencore feature in our latest photogallery of people moving to new...

Vietnam is the fastest-growing convenience market

Asia’s fastest growing convenience market is Vietnam – which is set to achieve annual growth of 37.4% over the next four years – according to grocery think-tank IGD.

FSA accepts criticism over food hygiene variations

Warnings about wide discrepancies in food hygiene standards, from the consumer pressure group Which?, have been accepted by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).