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18/08/2017 07:08
Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has this week released a new video – ‘The Meat We Eat’ - highlighting the importance of beef, lamb and pork in maintaining a healthy diet.

Available to view on QMS’s YouTube page (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kI_46CLadY&feature=youtu.be,) the video contains a wealth of information including the nutritional benefits and recommended daily intake of...

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Public Health England childhood obesity strategy Duncan Selbie
18/08/2017 07:08
One year on from the launch of the world leading childhood obesity plan, Public Health England (PHE) has been asked by government to tackle excess calorie consumption by children.

PHE will now consider the evidence on children’s calorie consumption and set the ambition for the calorie reduction programme to remove excess calories from the foods children consume the most.

Duncan Selbie, chief executive of PHE, said that ready meals, pizzas, burgers, savoury snacks...

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Izzi Seccombe Local Government Association childhood obesity
16/08/2017 10:08
A 14% rise in the number of children and teenagers being treated for Type 2 diabetes has prompted the Local Government Association (LGA) to describe the situation as a ‘hugely disturbing trend’.

“This is an important reminder of one of the biggest public health challenges the country faces, ahead of the first anniversary of the publication of the Government’s childhood obesity plan,” says Izzi Seccombe, chair of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board.

“This emphasises the urgency of...

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Industry
Linda Cregan Children's Food Trust closure CFT
15/08/2017 14:08
The Children’s Food Trust (CFT) will close later this year with the loss of up to 47 jobs. Charity Commission figures showed the CFT had an income of £5.6m in the year to 30 September 2016, but spent £5.8m in the same period.

The Trust, which is led by chief executive Linda Cregan and promotes healthy eating to children, announced in a statement on its website that it would close in September because of difficulties in maintaining existing levels of funding for its programmes.

Sally Shadrack, national chair of...

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15/08/2017 10:08
Meat Management Magazine has launched UK Sausage Week (30 October – 5 November), following the announcement that the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHBD) will not be running its annual British Sausage Week this year.

Designed to help boost trade through a range of ideas and activities, the event will take place from 30 October until Bonfire Night, 5 November, with a celebratory lunch on 30th October to crown the winners of its sausage competition. Companies can submit a total of four products...

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10/08/2017 09:08
As first announced earlier this year, the Welsh government has been providing free school meals during the summer holidays after putting £500,000 of its education budget into the scheme.

The meals are part of lunch clubs which feature all day activities, primarily targeted at school children living in deprived areas of Wales.

Welsh education secretary, Kirsty Williams, said: “These clubs will offer a positive environment for all our children during the summer holidays,...

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Industry
10/08/2017 09:08
A gathering of businesses and figures within the food industry are to discuss ways of promoting healthier food and drink consumption at the European Parliamentary Sugar Summit in Brussels on 6 September.

High profile retailers, charities and manufacturers will join members of the European Commission, MEPs and members of parliament to discuss ways of making lower sugar options more available, affordable and visible.

Key questions which will be tackled include what evidence is there to...

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07/08/2017 07:08
British children have eaten curry by the age of five, mussels by the age of six – and sushi by the age of seven, according to a new poll by Giraffe World Kitchen.

In comparison, on average, the 1,500 parents who took part in the study said they first tried curry at age 15, mussels at 18 and sushi at 22.

A third of parents said their children were adventurous when it came to their culinary tastes with 41% saying that their kids would happily try...

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02/08/2017 07:08
British purchasing company Beacon is advising operators to reconsider their menus, given the significant price increases in beef and pork.

Having recently revealed that the cost of beef is at an all-time high – up almost 40 pence per kg compared to July 2016, representing an 11% increase YOY – Beacon has also claimed that the price of pork is also on the rise - already up a third on 2016 - and is set to stay.

Alice Bexon,...

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01/08/2017 09:08
A new report from the Eating Better alliance has called on post-Brexit trade deals to lead to higher standards for British meat and dairy food production.

Campaign groups including WWF-UK, Friends of the Earth and Compassion in World Farming joined Eating Better in producing the report, which urges the government to use Brexit as an opportunity to reshape the food and farming system.

Together the groups have published ten ‘key’...

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