The Irish Services, Industrial, Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU) has called for a taskforce for the meat industry to investigate the spread of coronavirus following a series of cases at processing plants.
The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has warned that unless retailers reinstate their full range of meat products, there will be an abundance of other cuts leading to falling prices for producers.
An illegal gangmaster and his wife have been jailed for exploiting at least 41 workers at a catering butchers in the Merseyside area, following an investigation by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA).
Lab-grown meat has moved a step closer to becoming commercially viable after US researchers successfully grew rabbit and cow muscle cells on edible gelatine ‘scaffolds’ to mimic the texture and consistency of natural meat.
Meat production in the UK makes the best use of the country’s agricultural land and greatly aids biodiversity and countryside management, according to British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) chief executive Nick Allen.