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

The Brexit trade tangle

Brexit / 22 Dec /

Are you ready for Brexit sign

Brexit / 16 Dec /

A millennial on a phone

Diet / 04 Dec /

Parked lorries stuck at the port

Trade / 03 Nov /

David Lindars from @BMPA_INFO said over 120 🚛 carrying 🇬🇧 meat were sat at Rotterdam port, incl one transporting 🐖 which had been stuck there for nearly 3 weeks since 1 Jan.

“There are huge issues with a system that is fundamentally not designed for a short shelf-life food.”

The scale of the unfolding crisis at borders for British meat exporters is explained by BMPA's @DavidLindars in this @politicshome article. The system is already creaking under the strain and companies are losing hundreds of thousands of pounds every day.
https://bit.ly/3o2vLr3

Writing in the @Daily_Express Nick Allen, CEO of BMPA explains some of the hidden problems British Meat companies are facing as a consequence of the new post-Brexit border protocols and a customs system that's not fit for purpose.
https://bit.ly/3sDs1jv