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Lack of information over non-stun exports, BVA warns

The BVA is raising serious concerns about the lack of information on UK exports of non-stunned meat.

In response to a parliamentary question, Defra recently admitted that it does not hold data on how much of this meat is exported.

Furthermore, a trade deal with Saudi Arabia was recently announced, which could greatly increase exports of British lamb and other meat, some of which may be from animals that were not stunned before slaughter.

BVA is calling for information on non-stun exports, firstly to find out how much meat the UK is exporting from these sources, and secondly to ensure supply for non-stun meat does not exceed demand. BVA president John Fishwick said that with Brexit looming, there is a “pressing need for clarity” on these exports.

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Sale of microbeads now banned

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 The sale of products containing microbeads is now banned across England and Scotland, Defra has confirmed.

As part of government efforts to prevent these plastics ending up in the marine environment, retailers can no longer sell rinse-off cosmetics and personal care products containing microbeads. These tiny plastics were often added to products including face scrubs, soaps, toothpaste and shower gels.

Just a single shower is thought to send 100,000 of these beads down the drain and into the ocean, where it can cause serious harm to marine life. A ban on manufacturing products containing microbeads previously came into force in January this year. 

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George Eustice announces funding for Bovine Viral Diarrhoea

Farming minister George Eustice has announced a 5.7million funding package to help farmers tackle Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD).

The funding will be available in England for three years through the Rural Development Programme and farmers will be able to apply for one-to-one farm advisory visits by a veterinary practitioner.

The project will recruit local vets who will then work with keepers of breeding cattle to tackle BVD on their farms.