uPIGGING out. Diners eating out chose to eat pork rather than beef in the first three months of this year, according to latest figures from the Meat and Livestock Commission. The amount of beef used by caterers dropped by 11.8% but the amount of pork was up by 5.4%, lamb up by 2% and sausages by 1.2%.
uALMOST 70 countries outside the EU have now agreed to lift their bans on imports of British beef, according to MAFF. The latest country to decide to lift its ban is Ghana. The decision was welcomed by junior agriculture minister Joyce Quin, who said the country was previously an important market for UK produced beef.
uA FARM-HAND whose spleen had been removed after a car accident has become the first person in Britain to die from a rare infection contracted from pigs, an inquiry in Wakefield, West Yorks, has been told. John Forrest picked up a rare variety of Streptococcus suis bacterium which causes meningitis in pigs, one month after starting his job. The coroner recorded a verdict of misadventure. *