Belgium

New VLAM director announced

New general director for VLAM unveiled

By Michelle Perrett

Filip Fontaine is set to take over as general director of VLAM, Flanders’ Agricultural Marketing Board, replacing Frans De Wachter who will retire on 1 July 2019.

UK animal welfare groups have called for an end to non-stun slaughter

Animal welfare firms urge DEFRA to end non-stun slaughter

By Ashley Williams

UK-based animal welfare organisations the RSPCA and the British Veterinary Association have sent an open letter to the UK’s Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to ban non-stun slaughtering of animals.

The international beef sector may benefit from the rise of African Swine Fever

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Beef to benefit from African Swine Fever epidemic

By Aidan Fortune

New reports of incidents of African Swine Fever (ASF) are being reported on a daily basis, with China and Belgium both being hit by the virus in recent weeks. However, the rising number of incidents is having a positive knock-on effect on other proteins,...

Group of Butchers will enter into the German market for the first time

Group of Butchers acquires Hartmann GmbH

By Ashley Williams

Dutch-based meat supplier Group of Butchers is set to make its debut in the German market after acquiring family-owned meatball and mince-based business Hartmann GmbH.

Belgian meat plant under investigation

Belgian meat plant under investigation

By Aidan Fortune

The Belgian Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC) has closed two sites run by processor Verbist over alleged fraud on labels.

Welsh sheep producers could be among the hardest hit by Brexit, according to trade reps

Welsh livestock farmers fear serious threats from Brexit

By Laura Syrett

Sheep farmers in Wales face “an extremely difficult future” after Brexit, if the UK government fails to negotiate a trade deal that secures tariff-free access to key European Union (EU) export markets, a leading trade body has warned.