British Meat Processors Association
British Meat Processors Association

Our committees

Our Committees are the driving force behind our work to improve the standards, sustainability and profitability of the British meat industry.

The volunteers who work on them are drawn from our member companies and provide invaluable insights and experience to help shape policy and initiatives.

Coupled with our strong working relationships with government and other organisations across the whole food industry and supply chain, our committees play a central role in the industry to uphold standards and drive change from the inside.

Members understand that playing an active part in how our industry is shaped benefits everyone involved from the companies that supply high quality meat products to the people that buy them. It’s for this reason that they continue to support our work by putting forward experienced representatives who know their subject to contribute to the work of our committees.

Our committees

Beef and Sheepmeat Committee

Key Areas of Work

  • Supply chain issues
  • Timely market updates
  • Assurance scheme standards
  • Breeding issues
  • Strategy development
  • Public health
  • Animal welfare
  • Import/Export issues

Pigmeat Committee

Key Areas of Work

  • Updates on key pigmeat issues
  • Cooperation with overseas trading partners
  • Cooperation with other food standards bodies
  • Export market development
  • Assurance scheme standards
  • Pig health and welfare
  • Improving traceability in the industry

Pigmeat Technical Advisory Committee

Key Areas of Work

  • Monitoring and updating standards
  • Reviewing testing and audit protocols
  • Shaping traceability audits
  • Working with certification bodies
  • Monitoring plant inspections & compliance
  • Transport issues
  • Technical issues surrounding processing

Legislation and Technical Committee

Key Areas of Work

  • Food Authenticity
  • Labelling
  • Animal welfare
  • Processing and testing
  • Standard setting
  • Collaboration with Government and industry groups
  • Providing Guidelines to industry
  • Organising training

Meat Products Advisory Groups

 Key Areas of Work

  • Monitoring availability and price of meat for processing
  • Contributing to standards development
  • Cross-industry co-operation
  • Monitoring public health and wellbeing issues
  • Liaison with food industry participants
  • Technical advisory

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Environment / 07 Jan /

Nick Allen and Tom Kirwan giving evidence at the EFRA Committee

24 Oct /

pencil erasing the UK's EU membership

Brexit / 10 Oct /

On first reading of the Ag Bill it's hard to see that the balance is correct; food production does not seem to have an equal priority.
As a policy it will fail if it delivers on the environment but then leaves the UK dependant on importing more food from other parts of the world

A cautionary article about the unintended consequences of our lifestyle choices. If we want to tackle climate change, we need to be armed with the facts first. We're presenting them at Rethink on 17 March. https://rethinkforums.org/

An example of how some journalists/activists work. Anna quotes George Monbiot as saying: 'It’s an idealised position. I know we won’t get things to change as far as that...I then make it easier for others to find the political space in which change can take place'. Common ground?