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

Articles All articles

Computer screen with beef price falling

Industry / 29 Jul /

Couple dancing the tango

Trade / 22 Jul /

Container ship heading into port

Brexit / 09 Jul /

illustration of big fish eyeing small fish

Trade / 09 Jul /

Dr Michael Mosley's article makes for a good read and cuts through the mis-information surrounding the meat debate.

The scapegoating of meat is dangerous and will see us ignoring things like fossil fuel use and ultra-processed foods, things that are actually hurting our health and the planet - @fleroy1974

Listen to Prof. Leroy's thoughts on the scapegoating of meat 👇

https://t.co/sJnavSRT8S

Land in the UK is highly suited to livestock. Our established grasslands are the 2nd largest store of carbon in the UK – unlike livestock production abroad that relies on clearing existing forests. We won’t stop climate change by downsizing this kind of UK production.