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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.

Police charge eight in gangmaster crackdown

Eight people have been charged from Plymouth and Cornwall as part of a major investigation into forced labour, human trafficking and illegal gangmaster activity in the UK food chain....

Hilton Food hits delay with Tesco contract

Hilton Food Group has hit a speed bump in its drive to boost supply volumes with Tesco after announcing a deal to grow that business, according to analysts.

Elliott Review: Food Crime Unit underway

Food Standards Agency budget slashed by £22M

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) will have seen £22M cut from its budget from the beginning of the horsemeat scandal to the end of the 2015/16 financial year.

Heck’s £1M investment to boost sales

Premium sausage manufacturer Heck Foods has received £1M of investment from the equity firm Panoramic Growth Equity.

Freedom Food ditches logo

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has ditched its original Freedom Food logo in a bid to attract more food businesses and consumers, the charity...


Moy Park’s manager raises output by a fifth

Moy Park’s Ben Carrigan has found a way to raise output by a fifth at the company’s Anwick site, he tells Nicholas Robinson

FSA to name and shame campylobacter stores

Plans to name and shame retailers that sell chicken contaminated with high levels campylobacter have been confirmed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), nearly a year after they were first...

Elliott Review

MPs press for food fraud prosecutions

Authorities must be able to trace food fraud cases back to source and prosecute offenders properly, according to MPs commenting on Professor Chris Elliott’s Review into the horsemeat scandal.

Hilton Food Group invests £21.3M to build capacity

Tesco meat packer Hilton Food Group is investing significantly in its facilities at Huntingdon to meet increased demand from the retailer, which it announced in its results today (September 9)...

Elliott Review

Speed and cash crucial to food fraud strategy

The Elliott Review may count for little in preventing a similar scandal to ‘horsegate’ unless its proposals are implemented swiftly and funded properly, according to experts.

FSA restructures to ensure food crime unit capability

The Food Standards Agency is undergoing “major restructuring” creating an estimated 50 new jobs as it sets up the food crime unit (FCU) following the publication of Professor Chris Elliott’s report...

Meat firm gets £20k bill for ‘fault-ridden’ forklift

A meat wholesaler has been ordered to pay more than £20,000, after operating what the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) described as “a fault-ridden forklift truck” and forging records in a...

Breaking news

Food Crime Unit still key to Prof Elliott’s horsemeat report

A new Food Crime Unit remains at the heart of Professor Chris Elliott’s eight-point plan to combat fraud set out in his final report into the integrity of food supply...

Food groups welcome Elliott’s final report – mostly

Food industry groups have broadly welcomed Professor Elliott’s final report into the integrity of food supply chains and his eight-point plan to tackle fraud.

Breaking news

Shadow minister slams retreat on Elliott Review’s FSA proposals

The government is facing criticism after calls to reunite responsibility for food authenticity and safety under the Food Standards Agency (FSA) were dropped in the final Elliott Review into the...

News in brief

2 Sisters Food Group appoints Wayne Morley

Chicken processing giant 2 Sisters Food Group has recruited Wayne Morley as group head of technical innovation.

Food exports to drive 10,000 new Scottish jobs

Up to 10,000 new food and drink industry jobs could be created over the next five years thanks to Scotland’s rapidly rising exports, predicts a report from Bank of Scotland....

Sales soar at egg processor

Egg processor LJ Fairburn and Son has seen annual sales rocket by 42% after clinching a contract with top supermarket Asda and going independent and is now approaching turnover of £40M.

Eco-friendly plan blooms at Tulip

Meat processor Tulip has launched a packaging overhaul in an effort to slash waste and greenhouse gas emissions, signalling its commitment to the Waste & Resources Action Programme’s (WRAP’s) Courtauld...

Source of UK food poisoning outbreak still unclear

Food safety authorities have not yet confirmed a common source for the 156 outbreaks of Salmonella enteriditis food poisoning across Europe and the 247 UK cases.

GM feed warning from anti-GM campaign group

GeneWatch UK has called on supermarkets to wake up to the environmental harm caused by genetically modified (GM) animal feed, imported from North and South America.

Timeline shows 2 Sisters turbulent journey

2 Sisters Food Group (2SFG) has been forced to cut more jobs than it has created at a number of the production sites it has acquired over the past four years.

Egg processor plans Noble investment

Noble Egg Innovations plans to invest £3M in its egg processing facilities now that its acquisition of Manton’s two factories at Gainsborough and Harrogate has been cleared by competition authorities....

Meat inspectors strike to go ahead

A strike by workers employed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) set down for this week will go ahead, trades union Unison has confirmed.

Evidence links salmonella outbreak to imported eggs

Health and food safety authorities have confirmed the salmonella outbreak in Europe publicised earlier this week has been linked to eggs.

03:43 pm 16 September 2014