Measures brought in to curb the spread of avian flu last winter were lifted over the weekend, though the Chief Veterinary Officers of Great Britain are urging bird keepers to remain vigilant.
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In a keynote speech as part of Food Integrity, Chief Executive of the Food Standards Agency Emily Miles explains why transparency is such a crucial part of food regulation, and issues some stark reminders of what can happen when transparency is eroded.
Susan Brownlow explains why carbon labelling is important to consumers and outlines some of the barriers to widespread adoption.
The measures were brought in late last year after bird flu was detected in several areas of Great Britain, though the risk to human health remains low.
The BMPA claims the UK Government has made it “doubly difficult” to recruit new butchers as a result of Brexit and a lack of funding for education courses.
The news that the UK Government is set to better regulate contracts has been welcomed by bodies’ such as Diary UK and the NFU, as more formal pricing mechanisms were favoured by respondents.
Robin May, Chief Scientific Advisor at The Food Standards Agency (FSA), discusses DEFRA’s consultation into the regulation of genetic technologies and urges the public’s participation in the scheme.
A temporary control zone has been implemented on Anglesey, although this could be increased if lab tests confirm the strain is highly pathogenic.
The organic certification body fears that gene editing and genetic modification are not suitable solutions to what it has called the “ecological crisis”.
The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) is worried that without contingency plans, companies will not be able to get their products out of the country come 1 January 2021.
Trade associations have warned that without more vets to sign off on export health certificates, food trade between the UK and EU member states could suffer.
The largest certifier of UK organic land, OF&G (Organic Farmers & Growers), has stated that a holistic, cohesive approach is needed to redress the balance between productivity and thriving wildlife – both of which are essential to secure a sustainable and healthy system.