Russia relents

Russia has called off its threatened embargo on imports of meat from the European Union, after commissioner Markos Kyprianou flew out to Moscow for a top-level meeting with Russian food safety officials.

Grants up for grabs

BPEX grants worth up to £20,000 are again available to processors, farmers and foodservice companies in the pork sector. Applications are due in by 23 January and must be match-funded.

Skewers recalled

Findus has recalled 17,400 packs of salmon skewers because the Chilean product is contaminated with a low level of crystal violet - a chemical used in dyes and other antifungal treatments.