Progress is being made by restaurants and bars to improve their farm animal welfare standards although they still lag behind retailers.This is according to the latest Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare, supported by Compassion in World Farming.
The UK’s network of small local abattoirs is near collapse. Without urgent action there will be a huge loss of consumer choice because the marketing of locally-produced, traceable meat will no longer be possible in many parts of the country.
Wildlife and Countryside Link have published a detailed analysis of animal welfare standards post-Brexit. The report is supported by more than 40 organisations and a number of MPs and Peers.
Battery cage eggs will no longer be allowed to be sold in French supermarkets after 2022. Compassion in World Farming think the ban doesn’t go far enough.
In a coalition deal agreed on 7 February the German government sets out its food and farming plans.
Sustain's chief executive Kath Dalmeny welcomes Labour's proposals for a raft of new animal welfare measures, published in today's Guardian newspaper.
Farmers are using thousands of tonnes of colistin on healthy chickens to boost their weight.
The Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics warn post-Brexit deal-makers not to lower UK farm standards to match US - where antibiotic use is five times higher than in the UK
Currently the National Food Crime Unit (NCFU) only gathers intelligence on food fraud. It said it needed ministerial support and £4m - £5m more in funding before it would be able to start proactively investigating food fraud.
The Government is told to take action on cruel puppy trade, live farm animal exports, foie gras and fur imports to ensure UK can maintain its role as pioneer for animals.
Sustain responds to the Russell Hume steak and gammon recall, expressing concern about food safety, and also the recent decline in meat hygiene inspectors, public health laboratory services and the Food Standards Agency. How can we trust the meat on our plates?
Investigation reveals that more than a million chickens die before reaching the slaughterhouse, with hundreds of thousands more found to have bruising, fractures or respiratory disease, or being in an emaciated condition. Sustain calls for action to improve British meat standards.
The Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics is calling on the Government to ban farm use of antibiotics that are critically important for human medicine, following a Food Standards Agency survey revealing record levels of anti-microbial resistance in supermarket chicken.
2017 was a big year in the world of antibiotics and agriculture. Global concern about the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance was on the up, whilst antibiotic use on UK farms overall was down. The Alliance to Save our Antibiotics reflects on the key developments of 2017 and looks forward to what we can expect in 2018.
According to a report from Bloomberg Politics (which you can read here) the US is ‘sick and tired’ of us going on about chlorine-washed chicken, claiming that they don’t really use chlorine washes in their farming any more. Read Sustain's response.
The University of Nottingham have developed a new free tool to reduce the use of antibiotics on dairy farms. It is hoped this will help combat antimicrobial resistance in the farming industry and beyond.
The British Government has reportedly demanded total secrecy in its free trade talks with the US for a post-Brexit deal, in an exclusive story from The Independent newspaper.
The Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics has welcomed decisions by leading supermarkets M&S and Waitrose to publish data on antibiotic use in their supply chains. This will enable better targeting of action to reduce farm antibiotic use.
Feedback are calling out supermarkets who sell meat under fake farm brand names. They have given Tesco a ‘Total Bull’ award for their fictitious ‘Woodside Farms’ brand - and the farmer on a real Woodside Farm is threatening Tesco with legal action.
The farming charity are looking for a new chairperson to replace John Meadley who is stepping down. The PFLA is the ‘go to’ organisation for farmers interested in feeding their animals entirely out in pasture.
Are antibiotics a threat to public health and how is British farming responding? The Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics and the Royal Society of Medicine are holding an event to discuss antimicrobial resistance.
The UK’s approach to food sustainability is lagging behind our European counterparts. A report by the Food Ethics Council using data from The Food Sustainability Index found that the UK is near the bottom of the table - only ahead of Russia and Greece.
Compassion in World Farming have visited Italian dairy farms and discovered the cruelty behind Parmigiano Reggiano (also known as parmesan) and its sister product Grana Padona cheese. The investigation discovered zero-grazing systems with cows permanently kept indoors.
The campaign aims to appeal to a younger audience to inspire them to buy only high animal welfare pork
The film by The Pew Charitable Trusts tells the story of Chris Linaman who got an antibiotic-resistant infection. Two million Americans get antibiotic-resistant infections each year.
The damning inquiry into the 2 Sisters plant in West Bromwich shows systematic failings with the way our food is inspected. It says that “unannounced visits” are not a surprise and therefore don’t give a true picture of the violations occurring.
A new report by the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics discloses which supermarkets routinely use antibiotics in their meat production.
China is speeding the introduction of the country’s first ever comprehensive animal welfare legislation, having worked closely with Sustain member the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ international advocacy team.
UNISON argue that we shouldn’t believe the FSA when they say there are no plans to scrap independent meat inspectors.
The Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics welcomed the 17% cut in the year-on-year sales of antibiotics for use in farm animals, announced today by Defra’s Veterinary Medicines Directorate.
A petition to stop the Food Standard Agency’s proposals to change who carries out meat inspections has reached the milestone of 100,000 signatures.
A whistleblower who worked for the Food Standards Agency reveals that meat inspectors are routinely bullied, and sometimes assaulted, while doing their jobs in slaughterhouses.
A coalition of organisations in the US is using the formidable buying power of America's fast food industry to leverage reductions in antibiotic use along meat supply chains.
New research by the Alliance to Save our Antibiotics shows that US farm antibiotic use is roughly twice as high per animal as it is in the UK.
As part of its 25-year strategy to eradicate bovine TB, Defra has issued 11 new badger culling licences and announced plans to re-launch its badger vaccination scheme.
The recognition that farm animals are sentient beings was a hard-won battle for Sustain member Compassion in World Farming, and has formed the basis of EU-wide animal welfare rules ever since. Following questions from CIWF, the government has now confirmed that the recognition will not be carried over into UK law post-Brexit.
The Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics has raised serious concerns over plans to build one of the UK’s biggest pig farms in Limavady in Northern Ireland. Such farms are often reservoirs of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
The first of the big Brexit Bills is now upon us. On Thursday September 7, the EU (Withdrawal) Bill (also known as the Repeal Bill) will have its second reading in Parliament. It will establish the new foundations of how UK law will in future be created, governed, scrutinised and enforced.
Regulation of farm antibiotics, to protect these important medicines for human use, has previously been led by the EU. What must the UK government now do to take leadership on reducing farm antibiotics, in preparation for the UK leaving the EU, ask Cóilín Nunan of the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics.
What should Labour fight for in the post Brexit farm policy era? We will be exploring this at an event on 24th September alongside SERA, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT), the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) and The Land Workers' Alliance.
Defra has announced two important consultations on animal welfare -- one proposing to install CCTV cameras in abattoirs in England, the other updating statutory Codes of Practice on animal welfare, starting with chickens bred for meat.
Exiting the EU may leave farm animals exposed to inhumane treatment unless a key legal definition is transposed into UK law -- and it is currently missing from the Bill.
The fast food giant's US restaurants already serve chicken raised without the use of those antibiotics that have been categorised by the World Health Organisation as critically important to humans. McDonald's now plans to extend the policy to markets in the rest of the world, and to other meat supply chains.
The European Commission has launched a new Action Plan to tackle Antimicrobial Resistance, increasingly seen as an urgent threat to human health, and an issue with major implications for the factory farming of animals.
A report from the Eating Better alliance urges policy makers to seize the opportunity to forge a policy for British meat and dairy that would benefit humans, animals, the climate and the environment.
An advert criticising dairy practices for being 'inhumane' has been approved by the Advertising Standards Authority, despite complaints from the dairy industry.
The latest report from the House of Lords committee looking at the impact of Brexit focuses on animal welfare standards, and warns against dilution of the standards in post-Brexit trade deals.
Dairy farming groups have launched a new, industry-wide Antimicrobial Stewardship Group, which will set targets on antibiotic use and develop a strategy for reaching them.
The UK Government must adopt high regulatory standards for farm antibiotics when the UK leaves the EU, The Repeal Bill, published on 13th June 2017, is just the start.
More than 120 delegates from scientific organisations, EU bodies, researchers, beekeeper and farmers’ groups, and NGOs have pledged to create a European Bee Partnership, which could transform the way bee health is assessed across the EU.
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