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ANTI-MEAT PROTESTS


CMO SPEAKS OUT But it’s one thing


for interest groups and ‘advisory’ committees to shake the industry and quite another when Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies reported by the Times, Daily Mail and Sky News speaks out to influence consumer buying habits.


Described as a danger to human health that she calls ‘apocalyptic’, the Chief Medical Officer is factually wrong and exceeds her remit. Shaken by the risk of


excessive use of antibiotics has stirred the industry to improve livestock husbandry and into using less antibiotics than any country in Europe and most meat producing countries across the World. There is no evidence that


Dame Sally Davies Stirring consumers to


buy organic or Red Tractor and high welfare meat to “help fight and combat the grave threat of antibiotic resistance in humans”.


animals produced in organic or high welfare systems urinate or defecate fewer antibiotic residues into the environment than animals in other systems. And although it is entirely within the duty of the Chief Medical Officer to raise awareness about such issues. It is beyond the Chief Medical Officer’s remit to make statements to influence demand in the commercial market. n


CRAFTBUTCHER l NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018


A NEW CASE OF


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BSE The meat and livestock


industry were dismayed last month to learn of a new case of BSE at a farm in Aberdeenshire. The case was discovered by routine testing and involved a five-year-old beast. BSE outbreaks have


declined rapidly in recent years. This was the first case in Scotland for 10 years - the last case in the UK as a whole was in 2015. Likewise, variant CJD has declined with only two cases since 2011. Investigations are


continuing but early indications are that this is just an isolated incident. Nevertheless, it will probably mean that SRM controls will remain in place for longer than we had all hoped. n


With a New Year in sight


NCB is looking to see how best we can help members in the coming months. With this in mind, we


will be holding a Spring Roadshow in March. Te event will be


dedicated to connecting members with a range of exhibitors. And with alfresco dining in mind the day will also include a BBQ competition. Perfect timing for picking up an award or two to promote summer sales.


Look


out for more details in the next issue of Craſt Butcher.


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