Scottish beef action plan welcomed

A 23-point action plan aimed at revitalising Scotland’s beef sector has been unveiled by an industry expert group. The recommendations are contained in the Beef 2020 final report, published this week. The report, which was produced by a short life industry group, chaired by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) chairman Jim McLaren at the request of […]


Japanese Wagyu beef imports officially launched

The Japanese embassy has hosted an event to introduce premium quality authentic Wagyu beef produced in Japan to the food industry in London. The event marked that authentic Wagyu can now be imported into the EU after the BSE ban. Keiichi Hayashi, ambassador of Japan and Yasuhiro Pzato, parliamentary vice-minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries […]

‘Further studies on toxoplasma needed’

A risk profile on toxoplasma in the food chain by the Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food (ACMSF) has recommended that further studies are needed to establish the importance of foodborne routes of infection and identify the highest risks. The suggested studies include work to assess the prevalence of toxoplasma in UK livestock […]


Meat processing units to close

A continuing decline in cattle and sheep numbers in Scotland has claimed another victim, with farmer-owned agri-businesses ANM announcing the closure of two meat processing units, with the loss of around 50 jobs. ANM, which owns Aberdeen & Northern Marts, is closing Scotch Premier Meat’s lamb slaughter plant at Dornoch and Highland Country Foods’ meat […]


New food chain rules reminder

The Food Standards Agency is reminding slaughterhouse operators and livestock keepers that they will soon have to ensure that Food Chain Information (FCI) is provided for all cattle, sheep and goats sent for slaughter. The new requirement under European Union legislation comes into force from 1 January 2010, and will apply to all slaughter animals, […]

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Organic food not healthier, says FSA

Eating organic food does not provide any significant nutritional or health benefits, according to a study published this week. An independent review commissioned by the Food Standards Agency found there were no important differences between organic and conventionally produced food. The conclusion was reached after a team of researchers at the London School of Hygiene […]


Red meat should carry a warning says WWF

Packs of red meat should carry warning labels advising shoppers to eat no more than three portions a week, amid claims that livestock production is killing the planet. The proposals come from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), which also wants Britons to switch to milk substitutes as part of a move away from dairy farming. […]


GM soya approval but warning lights for animal feed shortage

The Agricultural Industries Confederation has welcomed the approval of a new genetically modified (GM) soya as a step in the right direction, but remains concerned about future shortages of protein for animal feed in the European Union. The leading voice for the UK’s agricultural supply industry has echoed the concerns of the European Feed Manufacturers […]

Looming crisis in meat supply chain

Red meat supplies are tightening across Europe and unless retailers desist from keeping prices artificially low, meat supply could be in danger. This stark warning came from Peter Barr, Meat and Livestock Commission chairman, during the last ever MLC board meeting before it is replaced with a new statutory levy board. He said,“There is a […]


Joint campaign against bluetongue

With the end of the vector-free period and the threat of more cases of bluetongue, organisations from across all elements of the livestock sector have come together to launch a Joint campaign Against Bluetongue (JAB). The 12 organisations involved, which represent livestock farmers, livestock markets, meat processing, dairy processing and the veterinary profession, all fully […]


Beef exports hit £100 million

British beef is back with a £100 million bang. In its first year back on international markets, beef exports from the UK have hit 60,000 tonnes in the first year – double the original 30,000 tonne estimate from the Meat and Livestock Commission. Of that figure over 70 per cent of the beef – around […]


Exports soar past £1 billion

Exports of British meat and livestock products have crashed through the £1 billion barrier for the first time in more than ten years. Preliminary figures released by the Meat and Livestock Commission (MLC) show beef and lamb exports both increasing with sales of lamb abroad reaching £230 million and beef at £90 million while pork […]

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