British Meat Processors Association
British Meat Processors Association

Animal health & welfare

BMPA members take their responsibility for the welfare of animals in their care extremely seriously and all follow stringent rules governing how animals are treated.

Many of our member sites are the forefront of abattoir design with facilities designed to house the animals and help them move around the site with ease and without any pain, distress or suffering. 

As part of ensuring the welfare of animals at abattoirs, BMPA wrote the red meat industry Guide to Good Practice: Welfare at Slaughter. The Guide can be downloaded below and is based on the requirements of the current EU regulations as well as regulations specific to each of the UK devolved administrations, links to all of which can be found below.

In addition, DEFRA has published a guide which explains the specific requirements of EC Regulation 01/2005. This document is particularly useful as it clarifies what transporters, farmers, and slaughterhouses should be doing including the requirements for formal training and competence certification.

Responsibility for animal health lies primarily with the farmer, but both the Food Standards Authority and abattoirs take a role in passing information back to farms about any animal diseases or problems that were found after they entered the abattoir.  They also play a big part in ensuring that any animals with health problems that may endanger public health do not move into the human food chain. 

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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