British Meat Processors Association
British Meat Processors Association

Policies & guidelines

BMPA together with the Food Standards Agency and other meat industry participants have produced a number of detailed best-practice guidelines to help food operators understand their responsibilities.

These are the main policies and guidelines that all meat industry businesses should familiarise themselves with. They are a valuable reference for anyone involved in compliance and maintaining standards within plants.

Preparing for a ‘no deal’ EU exit

Released by the British Customs authorities, this document provides a high-level guide to Customs processes and procedures that are likely to apply in the event of a “cliff edge” or “hard” Brexit scenario. It brings all guidance on customs into one document.

Meat Industry Guide

A comprehensive guide to assist meat plant operators whose premises require approval and veterinary control under the European Union Food Hygiene Regulations. The Meat Industry Guide sets out the legal obligations that apply to food business operators and provides advice on how these obligations can be met.

Manual for Official Controls

To complement The Meat Industry Guide, companies should also familiarise themselves with the Manual for Official Controls. It provides details of the tasks, responsibilities and duties that Food Standards Agency staff and veterinary contractors undertake in approved establishments including inspection, verification and audit, sampling procedures and monitoring and surveillance programmes.

CCTV in abattoirs

In summer of 2017 the BMPA led the development and agreement with the Food Standards Agency of an industry wide protocol on giving access to CCTV footage from meat plants to the official vet. This voluntary protocol is being implemented by BMPA members from November 2017. The work on allowing official access led on from the earlier BMPA Statement on the use of CCTV in Abattoirs.

Processor Code of Practice for the Purchase of Cattle

The BMPA, together with the National Farmers Union have developed a code of practice to enhance transparency and trust between processors and livestock producers.

We encourage all operators in the beef supply chain (whether or not they are members of BMPA) to sign up to the code and commit to the principles and spirit of open and clear terms and conditions of trading.

BMPA Industry Guide to Pigmeat Traceability Best Practice

The BMPA Industry Guide to Pigmeat Traceability Best Practice has been developed in consultation with BMPA members who produce fresh pork, sausages, ham and bacon. The Guide contains what was considered by them to be leading practice to ensure an efficient and effective way of maintaining traceability both up and down the supply chain. 

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New Zealand livestock farmers are being asked to reduce methane emissions based on an international report despite the report's authors saying it should not be used on an individual country basis.

We must differentiate between different farming systems.

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A potted primer on the 'Global Warming Potential' of different greenhouse gasses including methane from cows.

Turns out they're not all the same, and we must be careful we're using the right calculations when comparing the environmental impacts of cows vs cars, for example.

New consumer trends report cites interesting Nielsen figures showing that 'US sales of meat with health or environmental claims are growing rapidly, led by “organic” up 13.1%
and “grass-fed” up 12.2%'https://bit.ly/2PRg8pc

Good news for the UK's high-standards, grass fed meat!