Meat, poultry & seafood

EU meat hygiene rules state carcasses should be chilled immediately in the slaughterhouse at a temperature throughout the meat of not more than 7°C

FSA rejects claims of ‘over-zealous’ prosecution

By Mike Stones

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has rejected claims that it acted “over-zealously” in pressing for the prosecution of Somerset meat firm A C Hopkins (Taunton) for breaking meat hygiene regulations.

Casings: Abattoir appeal

Casings: Abattoir appeal

Natural casings manufacturers are appealing to processors to take more care of delicate sheep intestines, saying some operators may even have to slow down their lines a little to achieve better quality. The manufacturers are looking for better value-for-money...

Chickens are a key reservoir for Campylobacter

FSA study aims to cut poultry Campylobacter

By Freddie Dawson

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) aims to cut campylobacteriosis by commissioning research to trace the sources of Campylobacter infection – often linked to poultry.

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WWF slams government on sustainable food

By Freddie Dawson and Mike Stones

Environmental pressure group WWF has slammed the government for its “woefully inadequate” record in helping meat processors cut meat waste and consumers eat less meat and fewer livestock products.

This lamb escaped the new countryside killer Schmallenberg, which causes birth defects in cattle and sheep

Schmallenberg virus: key questions for food firms

By Freddie Dawson

Food manufacturers will have to wait until the results of a government survey are published this summer to discover if the Schmallenberg livestock disease is likely to cut beef and lamb supplies and push up prices.

Export growth will help the firm lift its turnover to £50M within the next five years, said Colin Burke

Scots salmon firm to boost exports after acquisition

By Mike Stones

The Edinburgh Salmon Company (ESC) predicts export growth will lift its turnover to £50M within the next five years, after its acquisition by French equity firm Merinvest earlier this month for an undisclosed sum.

Former GVS vets and meat hygiene workers protested outside the FSA's London headquarters on Friday (April 13)

Unison slams FSA in agency payment row

By Dan Colombini

The row between meat hygiene workers and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has escalated today (April 18) after the union Unison demanded answers over missing pay for hundreds of agency workers.

The advert from Peta has been met with anger from the meat industry and the NOF

Meat industry slams PETA’s obesity death poster

By Dan Colombini

An anti-meat poster from campaign group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) linking meat to death from obesity has been slammed by the meat industry and labelled “shoddy scaremongering”.

Welcome to his world: Social media allows Jones to connect with his consumers

How food manufacturers make Facebook and Twitter pay

By Mike Stones

Social media-savvy food manufacturers use Facebook and Twitter to forge links with customers that boosts sales in ways that large firms cannot, claims Wilfred Emmanuel Jones, founder of the Black Farmer brand.

The anti-microbial coating could improve hygiene and reduce waste

Meat coatings to replace plastics

By Freddie Dawson

Plastic packaging around fresh meat could become a thing of the past if new research into the use of edible anti-microbial coatings proves successful.

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