Meat survey

The Food Standards Agency has launched a survey to gather information on the type and amount of bacteria present on the surface of joints and cuts of raw red meat on sale in the UK. Samples will be tested for bacteria that can cause problems with contamination and may cause food poisoning if food has not been prepared properly.

Production down

Fish farmers in Scotland expect production levels to have fallen again last year, according to the most recent figures from the Scottish Executive. The production of Atlantic salmon rose year-on-year since 1992 to a high of 169,736 tonnes in 2003. The tonnage fell 7% to 158,099 tonnes in 2004, with prices firming as a result.