Less wind

Defra secretary of state David Miliband has backed away from hints a flatulence tax on farm animals could help control greenhouse gas emissions. Improvements in diet and genetics are being examined instead.

Finest results

Tesco has reported 55% growth in its Finest meat and poultry lines after a bumper Christmas period. Sales of its organic ranges were also up 39%, the store said.

Annan plant talks

T&G officials met Young's Seafood on Friday in a bid to save 120 jobs at the company's scampi plant in Annan, Scotland. The company plans to start processing its scampi products in Thailand.