Meat Industry Brexit Impact Report

British Meat Processors Association
British Meat Processors Association

Vaccine could help keep food supplies rolling

News of a new covid-19 vaccine immediately raises the question of how best to allocate the first batches of doses when they become available. 

In a letter to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, the British Meat Processors Association, along with the Northern Ireland Meat Exporters Association, AIMS, SAMW and the British Poultry Council are calling on Government to consider placing the key workers in meat factories on the list of early recipients.

It’s been well documented that the meat industry globally has had its share of challenges during the pandemic; and meat companies in the UK have invested significantly in measures to keep their staff safe and keep the food supply chain moving.

Nick Allen, CEO of BMPA explains: “The nature of food processing means that we have a cold factory environment which is challenging. In addition, the rural locations of many meat plants means that workers often opt for house-sharing and car-sharing in the absence of other types of accommodation and transport. These two factors that were once simply part of the job, mean that our key workers face extra challenges and a higher risk of contracting covid-19.”

Mr Allen voiced this plea: “Once sufficient supplies of a proven vaccine have been made available to at risk-groups like health and social care workers, we are calling on Government to then extend prioritisation for vaccinations to include meat factory workers. This would provide much needed protection and comfort to this at-risk group and the communities in which they live as well as ensuring that the critical food supply chain continues to run smoothly.”

About BMPA

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) is the leading trade association for the meat and meat products industry in the UK.

On today's business podcast @IanKingSky speaks to the CEO of @BMPA_INFO about new #COVID19 isolation rules - plus we hear from an industry expert about how many people are really returning to the office.

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The Government's handling of track and trace self-isolation exemptions is 'worse than useless', says British Frozen Food Federation boss Richard Harrow, with many confused over which food factory employees it applies to: https://bit.ly/3kNIOPt @BFFF_Tweets @BMPA_INFO

We still only have half a picture of Government's 'pingdemic' exemptions for food businesses.
You can read our thoughts on this in this morning's press release which highlights what we know, what we don't know and what needs to happen next.
https://bit.ly/3y4j5pM