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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All meat production around the world is not 'created equal'. The UK is the source of some of the world's most sustainably produced meat.

Read Peter Hardwick’s latest Industry Outlook in @MeatManagement print magazine. He demonstrates (using 2018 stats) that all 164 WTO member nations trade on some sort of bilateral trade deal with their nearest neighbours, NOT just on WTO rules.

Listen out for Peter Hardwick on @bbcradioulster Inside Business Sun 1:30pm and Mon 6:30pm.
He’ll discuss tariffs, trade and the impacts of a no-deal Brexit on N. Ireland food and agribusinesses. https://t.co/7C17gPyjJO