Restrictions eased

Defra has lifted the specific protection zone restrictions imposed in the wake of the Suffolk bird flu outbreak. Poultry no longer has to be kept indoors, although permission is still required for farm-to-farm movements of birds within 10km of Holton.

Love for pork

More than 100 million on-pack Love QSM Pork stickers promoting the BPEX Quality Standard Mark are now appearing in the multiples and co-operative societies.

Vion overtaken

Vion has been knocked off its spot as Germany's biggest pork processor. The Dutch-based supplier of bacon to UK multiples has been overtaken by Tönnies, which killed 10 million pigs last year.