Meat, poultry & seafood

Risk-based meat inspection scheme could soon be reality

Risk-based meat inspection scheme could soon be reality

By Rick Pendrous


A lower-cost, risk-based meat plant inspection regime could become a reality much sooner than previously thought, following the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) strong lobbying behind the scenes in mainland Europe.

Bakkavör and the curious incident of the 'butter yellow that wasn't'

Bakkavör and the curious incident of the 'butter yellow that wasn't'

By Rick Pendrous

Good traceability systems helped prepared foods giant Bakkavör avoid a potentially costly recall earlier this year, when it experienced a problem with contaminated meat marinades supplied to other processors, according to the company’s group food safety...

Pork provenance code of practice gains momentum

Pork provenance code of practice gains momentum

By Elaine Watson

All the leading supermarkets, 13 caterers (including McDonald’s), 14 processors/suppliers and eight branded food manufacturers have now signed up to a voluntary code of practice on country of origin labelling (COOL) on pork and pork products.

DEFRA to draw up new COOL guide by end of November

DEFRA to draw up new COOL guide by end of November

By Elaine Watson

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is aiming to draw up a new voluntary code of practice on country of origin labelling (COOL) by the end of November.

MEP hails ‘constructive’ mackerel war conference

MEP hails ‘constructive’ mackerel war conference

By Ben Bouckley

A Scottish MEP who represented the EU Parliament at a conference in The Faroe Islands to resolve the ongoing ‘Mackerel war’ has hailed talks as "constructive", ahead of further meetings between key stakeholders in the dispute.

CBI: New 40% threshold would thwart Vion strike

CBI: New 40% threshold would thwart Vion strike

By Elaine Watson

Next week’s strike at Vion’s Llangefni chicken processing plant would be illegal if changes to labour laws proposed by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) were to make it onto the statute books.

RSPCA is ‘too hasty’

RSPCA is ‘too hasty’

The Royal Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has been too hasty in its call for action to address broiler chicken welfare, according to the British Poultry Council (BPC).


Organic Bacon

Soil Association seeks 'indefinite delay' on nitrate ban

By Ben Bouckley

The Soil Association and other industry bodies are seeking to indefinitely delay an EU regulation that would ban the use of nitrates and nitrites in organic cured meats from 2011, and potentially ruin some producers.

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BPEX embarks on novel pig welfare scheme

By Freddie Dawson

The British Pig Executive (BPEX) has launched a new project that takes a novel approach to pig welfare by focusing on outcomes rather than inputs.

Ecclefechan Tart

Ecclefechan Tart and Ayrshire bacon perfect for PGIs?

By Elaine Watson

Ecclefechan Tart, shortbread, Scottish wild venison, Ayrshire bacon and several regional preserves and speciality cheeses are all prime candidates for EU protected name status, according to a new report.

Neil Court-Johnston

Interim manager still in charge at Holland's Pies

By Elaine Watson

Former Holland’s Pies md Neil Court-Johnston is still out of the business almost three months after being suspended in the wake of allegations that he had talked with third parties regarding a management buyout without the consent of company bosses.

Steve McGrath, FSA

Loophole keeps unsafe slaughterhouses open

By Rick Pendrous

Some slaughter houses and meat cutting plants that are in breach of food safety controls and present potential hygiene hazards are still operating – despite the refusal or withdrawal of approval by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) – because of a loophole...

UK is missing out on lucrative overseas market for offal

UK is missing out on lucrative overseas market for offal

By Rick Pendrous

Britain’s meat processors are missing out on lucrative overseas demand for offal, it has emerged. This is particularly the case with tripe (large stomach lining) – and other so-called ‘fifth quarter’ by-products of carcass ‘deconstruction’.

Retailers launch plan to stem campylobacter in poultry

Retailers launch plan to stem campylobacter in poultry

By Rick Pendrous

Retailers are behind a core part of the Food Standards Agency's (FSA's) latest five-year strategy of targeting the UK's biggest source of foodborne illness. They have come up with a plan to work with their suppliers to substantially reduce...

Moy Park Chicken Kiev

Moy Park to expand capacity at Derbyshire site by 25%

By Elaine Watson and Ben Bouckley

A £10m extension to increase production capacity at Moy Park’s Ashbourne poultry processing site by 25% is due for completion this autumn, FoodManufacture.co.uk understands.

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First quarter sales leap 19% at Cranswick

By Elaine Watson

Pork products giant Cranswick has posted a 19% rise in first-quarter sales to £198m driven by "substantial gains" in fresh pork, bacon and sandwiches.

Nestlé: COOL extension is impractical and unwelcome

Nestlé: COOL extension is impractical and unwelcome

By Elaine Watson

Lobbying to prevent the extension of country of origin labelling (COOL) to all meat and poultry products - even when used as minor ingredients in complex processed foods - has stepped up a gear as major food manufacturers have continued to question its...

EU preservative ban to hit organic meat

EU preservative ban to hit organic meat

By John Dunn

UK producers of organic bacon and cured meat products look set to be hit by a proposed EU ban on the use of sodium nitrite and potassium nitrate in organic foods. These preservatives are essential to traditional UK bacon.