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Food Labelling

The Food Information for Consumers Regulation is adding millions of pounds to the labelling and packaging costs of manufacturers and retailers. We chart their progress in complying with the new EU rules – due to be enforced on December 13 2014.

Food innovation awards reflect clean-label trend

Food ingredients that exploit the trend towards clean labelling featured in the 2017 Food Expo Innovation Awards at the Institute of Food Technology’s (IFT’s) Annual Meeting and Food Expo.

Product origin labels ‘must be made clearer online’

Country of origin information for food and drink should be displayed by online retailers, just as it is on supermarket shelves, to help shoppers choose British produce, the National Farmers Union (NFU) claims.

Nestlé and Unilever lead call for EU nutrient profiles

Some of the world’s largest food firms – including Nestlé, The Coca-Cola Company, PepsiCo and Unilever – have called on the EU to create nutrient profiles for nutrition and health claims as a matter of urgency.

Halal certification body to launch defence fund

A legal “fighting fund” is planned by the Halal Food Authority (HFA), the certification body, to meet what it said were an increasing number of malicious attacks on the sector.

Food firm told to pay £44k for food hygiene offences

Food processor POE Ltd was ordered to pay almost £44,000 in fines and costs, after the company and the director were convicted of a series of meat hygiene offences.

Salt firm investigated for ‘deception of consumers’

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) is investigating Hebridean Sea Salt after claims revealing 80% of its salt was imported.

Survey: what does Brexit hold for UK food and drink?

The confidence of UK food and drink manufacture is under the spotlight in this year’s Food Manufacture Group state-of-the-industry survey.

Food waste targets ‘must be set for food businesses’

Big food manufacturers and retailers should be required to comply with food waste targets, according to a report by an influential committee of MPs.

Tesco wants traffic light labels to include exercise

Food and drink traffic light nutrition labels should be reviewed to make them more understandable by consumers in the battle against obesity, according to Tesco’s strategic adviser Tim Smith.

Pernod Ricard adds nutrition info link on labels

Drinks giant Pernod Ricard is to provide a link to nutrition information on the labels of all of its leading brands, following a move by the European Commission (EC) to allow alcohol firms to propose their own labelling guidelines.

Halal duo jailed for selling turkey as halal lamb

Two men have each been jailed for five years, after falsely supplying 116t of turkey thighs, labelled as halal lamb, to butchers and restaurants.

Rivington Biscuits’ brands put up for sale

Biscuit manufacturer Rivington Biscuits’ brands have been put up for sale, after the company entered into administration in December.

Cadbury branded ‘ridiculous’ by Theresa May over Easter egg hunt

Cadbury has been branded as “absolutely ridiculous” by Prime Minister Theresa May, over its decision to drop the word ‘Easter’ from a Cadbury and National Trust egg hunt.

Thorntons recalls chocolate Easter eggs for undeclared allergens

Thorntons has recalled its Dark Chocolate Easter Egg with a Personalised Iced Message, because the icing contained milk that was not mentioned on the label and this could present a health risk for anyone with an allergy or intolerance to milk or milk constituents.

Duo guilty of selling 116t of turkey as halal lamb

Two men have been found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud, after supplying 116t of turkey to butchers and restaurants, claiming it was halal lamb.

EU food safety body issues new health claim advice

An update on how to prepare a health claim application has been issued by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Groceries Code comes under scrutiny

The UK food supply chain is coming under scrutiny at two events examining transparency, competition and focusing on the roles of Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) and the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP).

Quorn’s metal fears leads latest food recalls

Quorn Foods and Tesco were among the food businesses that recalled products over the past month.

Food firms boost innovation by extending ranges

Food and drink product innovation will focus on extending product ranges and developing entirely new products in the food and drink sector over the next two years, a Campden BRI survey revealed.

Food safety recalls: planning prevents crises

It's crucial to prevent food and drink safety recall incidents becoming crises, as Michelle Knott discovers.

Food allergens: the cost of inaccurate reporting

The rapid change in consumer expectations when it comes to product labelling has had a palpable effect on retailers and is changing the way the food and drinks manufacturing industry is operating.

The Apprentice winner’s cake firm re-brands

The Apprentice winner Alana Spencer has completed her bakery firm’s brand transition to Ridiculous Rich by Alana, as January proves to be its busiest month so far.

Sustainable food brands offer £837bn opportunity

Food and drink manufacturers could benefit from a £837bn opportunity by making their brands’ sustainability credentials clearer, Unilever revealed, after researching global consumers’ buying habits.

Chris Elliott to present City Food Lecture

Food fraud threats will be the focus of the prestigious City Food Lecture 2017 to be presented by Professor Chris Elliott at London’s Guildhall next month (February 21).

Danes launch project to prevent allergic reactions

A new €2M project, led by the National Food Institute (NFI) at the Technical University of Denmark, will focus on developing new products to treat or prevent allergies.

Premium own-label sales rise 13%

Premium own-label food and drink sales revenue increased 13% in the 12 weeks to December 4, compared with the same period last year, Kantar Worldpanel has revealed.

Recalls sparked by milk and food poisoning fears

Food manufacturers Boost and Boom, Source Foods, Monolith UK and Alivini recalled a number of food products last week, sparked by fears of lactose intolerance, poor food hygiene and food poisoning.

Red meat sales may be boosted by innovative labels

Food manufacturers could boost sales by including more information about nutrition and recipes on red meat packaging labels, claims the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

Iceland vs Iceland: Start-ups must protect brands

Food and drink start-up businesses must use distinctive names and logos to protect their branding more effectively, urged Roythornes solicitor Lizzie Walters, after Iceland Foods’s row with the Icelandic government threatened to reach boiling point.

Four chocolate trends to help manufacturers

Exploiting four top chocolate trends – indulgence, premium, healthy and sustainability – will help manufacturers make the best of changing consumer trends, it was revealed in a Cargill report this week.

Ingredients firms should battle to bust consumer myths: Innova

Food and drink ingredients makers should do more to fight bad science and misinformed consumer opinion, a leading trends analyst has claimed.

Food Crime Unit launches confidential hotline

A confidential food crime hotline has been launched by the National Food Crime Unit (NFCU), which it hoped would encourage industry insiders to report offences.

Consumers often misled by origin of processed meat products

Consumers in the UK continue to be misled that pork products, such as bacon, sold in some supermarkets and foodservice outlets is of British origin, when in fact it is sourced from countries overseas where animal welfare standards may be lower, the boss of the organisation representing UK pig producers has warned.

Bernard Matthews blasts off with Thunderbirds range

Bernard Matthews has agreed to a licensing deal with ITV to produce Thunderbirds Are Go turkey products, as the turkey producer blasts off it’s first-ever licensed range.

Many small food firms are using illegal labels

Many small food and drink manufacturers could soon be breaking the law – if they are not already – by putting misleading and, therefore, illegal information on their packs.

‘May contain’ labels to be reassessed

‘May contain’ precautionary labelling of foods for the accidental presence of allergens could become far more useful for those suffering allergies, as scientists develop a “risk management toolbox” for industry, covering threshold dose allergen action levels for specific allergens.

World’s first canned real ale, cheered by CAMRA

Moor Beer’s canned beer is the first in the world to be granted accreditation from the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

Beware mandatory country labelling for processed meat and dairy

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has rejected calls for mandatory country of origin labelling for meat and milk in processed products.

Meat and milk origin labelling ‘should be mandatory’

The government should introduce mandatory origin labelling for meat and milk in processed products, urges a group of farming organisations.

‘Fake’ farm brands spark complaint from NFU

Retailers’ use of “fake” farm brands has sparked a formal complaint from the National Farmers Union (NFU) to the Chartered Trading Standards Institute.

Herbs and spices guide to help fight fraud

A guide designed to protect manufacturers from buying adulterated or substituted herbs and spices could herald a new era of collaboration between food industry organisations, its authors have claimed.

FSA to consider freezer advice on food labels

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) plans to consider whether to expand its guidance to food manufacturers to cover food storage and freezing advice for consumers. 

Rice starch in clean-label first

A ‘clean-label’ rice starch that is said to perform well under harsh processing conditions such as low pH, high temperature or high shear, has been introduced by Beneo.

Hygiene offences cost kebab manufacturer over £9,000

A kebab manufacturer was ordered to pay more than £9,000 for illegally manufacturing cooked doner meat last week.

Label awareness is the biggest habit change

A high level of shopper awareness over the proposed sugar tax on soft drinks has not yet translated into any comparable change in shopper behaviour – but concern over sugar intake has increased – a new survey has revealed.

Asda recalls burgers after plastic contamination

Burgers contaminated with plastic, salmon products infected with listeria and mislabelled soup sparked three food recalls last week by Asda, OT (Smoked Salmon) and Waitrose.

Undeclared allergens cause food recalls

Salmon skewers, cheese snacks and breakfast snacks were some of the products recalled last month over reports of undeclared allergens, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Monsanto rejects Bayer’s $62bn takeover bid

Monsanto, the international agriculture and seeds company, said it was still open to “constructive conversations” after rejecting an offer from German chemicals company Bayer, which would have reportedly created the world’s biggest agriculture supplier.

Advertising watchdog ruling ‘disappointing’: RBC

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has been accused of failing to protect the bakery industry from misleading information by the lobby group Real Bread Campaign (RBC).

Food firms warned after allergy death conviction

Food manufacturers have been warned to ensure comprehensive risk management over allergens, after an Indian restaurant owner was sentenced to six years in prison this week following the death of a customer from anaphylactic shock.

Activity-based labels are on the move

A proposal to introduce activity-equivalent calorie labels from the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), has been met with a cautious welcome from the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Lidl recalls three products after allergy fears

Discount retailer Lidl has recalled three of its products on fears that undeclared allergens were present in some of its foods.

Country of origin labelling for meat and milk ‘should be mandatory’

Country of origin labelling (COOL) should be made mandatory for meat and milk, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have again highlighted.

Top 10 US food and drink trends – in pictures

The rise of single male households and an ageing population are the top two of 10 key food and drink trends from the influential Chicago-based Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), portrayed in this photogallery.

Food firms ‘suffer red tape allergen product recalls’

UK food manufacturers are losing millions of pounds, due to a big rise in EU red tape concerning unreported allergens on food packaging forcing up product recalls, warns new research from law firm EMW.

Leicester football win celebrated in crisps and rum

Snack food manufacturer Walkers has released special edition Salt & Victory crisps to mark Leicester City Football Club’s shock Premier League win, while Morgan Rum is to pay tribute to team captain Wes Morgan.

Food firms slam ‘sneaky’ shrinking products claim

Food and drink manufacturers have denied claims made by consumer pressure group Which? that shrinking the pack size of products was a “sneaky way of increasing prices”.

Change needed to ensure EU has safe food in 2050

The food environment in Europe in 2050 will look very different to what it is today as issues of food security and food safety increasingly overlap and present new challenges for the supply chain, according to the deputy director-general for the food chain at DG Santé.

FSA will use science and evidence to raise consumer trust

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has set out how it will use science, evidence and information to deliver food consumers can trust in three documents published today (February 23).

Confusion about origin and added water labelling

EU legislation designed to avoid consumers being mislead about the country of origin of ingredients contained in compound foods they purchase is likely to cause headaches for food manufacturers, according to a legal expert.

FSA board calls for more ‘pace’ on rare burger advice

The rising popularity of rare burgers in the UK continues to worry food safety experts who fear that, unless proper controls are introduced on their sale in UK restaurants and their consumption at home, it will inevitably lead to more food poisoning outbreaks.

Sainsbury recalls chicken after packaging blunder

Sainsbury has recalled a chicken product on fears a packaging blunder may result in it containing undeclared milk and wheat, three days after recalling bread, which may contain metal pieces.

Black pudding recall over wrong use by date

The Real Lancashire Black Pudding Company has recalled black pudding slices because the wrong use by date was printed on the labels.

Six top trends to drive food and drink packaging

The inexorable rise of digital printing is the first of six key trends set to influence the global food and drink packaging industry next year, according to a new report from Mintel.

Heart health ingredients: Can consumers be won over?

Suppliers of heart-health ingredients need to pursue new strategies if they are going to convince consumers that they have a place in their diets.

Trade bodies give guidance on use of 'free-from' claims

Guidance on making free-from claims has been published by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and the British Retail Consortium (BRC), with the support of Anaphylaxis Campaign and Coeliac UK.

Waitrose recalls mint sauce that may contain glass

Waitrose has been forced to recall jars of mint sauce that may contain shards of glass, as a number of supermarkets were hit by recalls this week.

IGD targets consumer understanding of nutritional labelling

Grocery think tank IGD is planning a range of new activities designed to help consumers improve their understanding of a nutritionally balanced diet and encourage healthier eating as it takes a more prominent role in trying to curb the UK’s obesity epidemic.

Top 10 food and drink trends for 2016: Innova

Clean labelling, free-from products and part-time vegetarian diets are among the top 10 food and drink trends for 2016, according to Innova Market Insights.

‘Allergen Safe’ scheme is solution to ‘may contain’ confusion

A new scheme to cut through the confusion of ‘may contain’ labelling is being proposed to help both manufacturers and consumers.

Baby food recalled due to moth larvae

Moth larvae found in muesli for babies and mouldy chicken snacks have sparked food recalls over the past week.

Tesco recalls garlic bread produced by Bakkavor

Tesco has withdrawn 66,000 packs of garlic bread produced by Bakkavor after a number of packets were found to be underweight.

Top snacking trends: Texture, flavour and on the go

Texture and flavour were among the top six snacking trends that promised opportunities to manufacturers, according to Innova Marketing Insight.

Labour call for action on food fraud, waste and labels

Despite the horsemeat scandal, the government has weakened the Food Standards Agency (FSA) which tackles food fraud, the shadow environment secretary claimed today (September 29).

British Food Fortnight wins French chef support

British Food Fortnight – the annual celebration of food and drink which begins tomorrow – has enlisted big name backing, including French chef Raymond Blanc, to promote the nation’s finest produce.

Changes to food colour labels needed before time runs out

The deadline to implement the European Commission’s (EC’s)guidance on the classification of food extracts with colouring properties will end soon.

Colin Dennis appointed IFT president for 2015–16

Professor Colin Dennis, who is to chair Food Manufacture Group’s food safety conference: Safer food and drink – from the harvest to the home – later this month, yesterday became the 76th president of the US Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).

What prospect for food should Corbyn win?

Jeremy Corbyn, who is leading the other candidates in the polls to become the next leader of the Labour Party, divides opinion. Those on the right see him as an unreconstructed leftie who would make Labour unelectable. His fans – including many young people – see him as a man of principle whose views haven't been swayed in pursuit of popularity

Give us clearer alcohol labels: drinkers

Nearly half of British drinkers want clearer labelling of alcohol contents, while one in five people in the over 65 age group who drink alcohol consume “unsafe” levels, according to new research.

Gluten-free food makers blow Dragons’ Den offer

Business partners wanting to develop a range of gluten-free products received an offer on Dragons’ Den last night (August 9) and then blew it.

Online sales cause FIR compliance headaches

Explosive growth in internet sales of food and drink is causing big problems for manufacturers and regulators when it comes to ensuring compliance with the European Food Information for Consumers (FIC) regulation, also known as FIR in the UK, a senior government official has claimed.

Revealed: what shoppers want from food labelling

Consumers around the world are more label-conscious than ever before, according to new research from global colouring foods firm GNT.

Food fraud will hit vulnerable firms

Many food manufacturers are not yet up to speed with vulnerability assessments – a focus of the new British Retail Consortium (BRC) standard, version 7, which came into force last month – a leading certification body has warned.

Lidl features in recent food safety recalls

Lidl UK features in our roundup of recent food safety recalls, after the discount retailer recalled its Italiamo Cream of Potato & Spinach Soup, after discovering, due to a packaging error, some packs contained minestrone soup.

Calorie labelling of booze needed to cut obesity

Calorie labelling on alcohol should be introduced urgently to help stem the soaring rise in levels of obesity, according to the chief executive of the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH), which launched a campaign last year to see it enshrined in law.

Clearer health claims wording is needed

Urgent action is needed to amend the Nutrition and Health Claims Regulations (NHCR) to allow food and drink (F&D) manufacturers to make better use of them, a legal expert has claimed.

Meat firm to pay £144k for food fraud offences

A meat processing firm in Northern Ireland has been ordered to pay more than £114,000, after its prosecution for serious food fraud offences.

UK frozen food sector wins EC date labelling battle

The UK’s frozen food sector is celebrating a partial victory with the European Commission (EC) over a disagreement relating to the date labelling of frozen meat products required under the Food Information for Consumers (FIC) Regulations, which came into force last December.

Lidl in food safety recall last week

Discount retail Lidl was one of two firms forced to recall products on food safety fears last week.

New Scottish dairy brand launched to wow shoppers

A new Scottish dairy brand has been launched to unlock to unlock premium market opportunities for Scottish dairy sector.

Porn ketchup link leaves Heinz red faced

Heinz has been left red faced after a promotional quick response (QR) code on a bottle of ketchup sent a customer to a hardcore pornography website.

Dairy food labelling: shoppers have right to know, says DEFRA

Consumers deserve the right to know the cheese and milk they buy is British, farm minister George Eustice will tell fellow agriculture ministers in Brussels today (June 16).

Food Standards Agency sets out new five-year plan

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published its latest five-year plan to protect food safety in a document headed: ‘Food we can trust’.

Push for mandatory COOL in the UK: Dairy UK

Dairy UK has slammed the European Commission’s (EC’s) rejection of mandatory country of origin (COOL) labelling for dairy in the EU and has vowed to push for national implementation instead.

Self-diagnosed intolerance may harm clinical allergy sufferers

The explosive growth in people “self-diagnosed” as suffering from food intolerances and those avoiding certain nutrients, such as gluten and dairy, for lifestyle reasons could be harmful, the head of the Anaphylaxis Campaign, which represents those with severe clinically diagnosed allergies, has warned.

Food firms asked to share views on industry's future

As the food and drink manufacturing sector considers the impact of the Conservatives’ election victory, the Food Manufacture Group invites you to share your views about the industry's future.

Sainsbury jail sentences top our headlines

Jail sentences for Sainsbury’s chief executive Mike Coupe and its former boss Justin King lead our Good news, bad news sideways look at this week’s top food industry headlines.

Beefed up Food Standards Agency would ‘boost safety’

A beefed up Food Standards Agency (FSA) – will full powers restored to oversee food standards, hygiene and safety – is the centre piece of consumer pressure group Which?’s wish list from the next government.

Latest allergy recalls in pictures

Nine potentially dangerous products were recalled or withdrawn by food businesses in April over allergy fears stemming from undeclared ingredients, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Big data is future for better food safety

Food giant Nestlé has suggested that the huge amount of data collected by companies such as itself and regulatory authorities like the Food Standards Agency (FSA) should be shared so that it can be ‘mined’ for information about emerging food safety problems.

Recalled this week: cheese, chicken and chocolate

Three cheddar, chicken and chocolate products were recalled this week because of fears they may endanger consumers’ safety.

Iceland recalls salmon on undeclared almond fears

Frozen food chain Iceland has recalled its Blackened Salmon Portions, after it disclosed they may have become contaminated with undeclared almonds.

Hotel Chocolat withdraws products on allergen fears

Posh chocolate manufacturer and retailer Hotel Chocolat has withdrawn its ‘Milk Free Milk’ chocolates due to fears they may contain traces of milk, which were not mentioned on the product label.

FIR compliance ‘costs more than firms predicted’

Many food manufacturers are spending more than they intended on complying with the new EU labelling rules, set out in the Food Information for Consumers Regulation (FIR), after details about compliance arrived late and were confusing to interpret, claimed law firm Roythornes.

‘Dull’ health claims lead many to miss £27bn market

Thousands of European food and drink firms are missing out on the £27bn global functional food market because of restrictive health claims wording, leading nutritionists have complained.

Nutrient profiling key to public health policies

The next UK government must do much more to tackle Britain’s poor dietary habits, according to the UK Coronary Prevention Group (UKCPG), a charity dedicated to preventing heart disease through healthy lifestyles.

Industry launches attack on ‘shaming’ book

The food industry has slammed accusations made in a book, claiming the sector was knowingly misleading consumers about food ingredients and production processes. 

Mandatory meat origin labelling debate intensifies

Manufacturers have been urged to raise their voices in the fight against plans to introduce mandatory country of origin labelling (COOL) for meat used in processed food, which recently won the backing of the European Parliament but has yet to become law in the EU.

Food Standards Agency probes unlabelled nuts

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is probing the presence of unlabelled almonds in three food products recalled since the end of last month.

EU Parliament backs country of origin meat labels

Country of origin meat labelling (COOL) for processed food has won the backing of the EU Parliament, which is urging the European Commission to enshrine it in legislation.

Food industry could be ‘first hit’ by EU exit vote

The food and drink industry may be among the first sectors to be hit, if the UK votes to quit the EU in two years’ time and firms should start planning to minimise the disruption that may follow.

UK food exporters to benefit from US trade deal

UK food and drink exporters could benefit from a multi-million pound boost to US exports, following a successful outcome to the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) trade talks – but don’t expect extra sales anytime soon.

Firms face legal action for future FIR failures

Food firms that fail to comply with the Food Information for Consumers Regulations (FIR) will feel the enforcers’ sting later this year, a leading food lawyer has warned.

FSA welcomes fish fraud conviction

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has welcomed the conviction of Michael Redhead, company director of Michael Redhead Associates Limited, for food fraud after hoodwinking Iceland Foods.

Kingsmill sources 100% sustainable palm

Kingsmill manufacturer Allied Bakeries (AB) will use 100% sustainable palm oil and derivatives in its products, the bread giant announced on January 30.

Rare burger consumption forces FSA to revise advice

The growing trend for serving rare burgers in restaurants across the country has raised serious concerns by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) about the increased risk of food poisoning through minced beef patties that haven’t been cooked sufficiently to kill off dangerous pathogens they may contain.

First person to face jail over horsemeat scandal

The boss of Peter Boddy Licensed Slaughterhouse is the first person to face jail after admitting criminal charges connected to the horsemeat scandal.

First EU edible insect food safety guide published

Food safety guidelines for insects destined for human consumption have been created for the first time in response to their likelihood of becoming widely consumed in Europe.

'Best-before' could be destined for waste bin

Costs are set to rise as a result of new EU legislation designed to simplify food date labelling and reduce food waste.

Probiotic term could reappear on yogurt in UK

The term ‘probiotic’ could make a re-appearance on pots of yogurt on sale in UK supermarkets, if Italy is successful in getting approval for its use as a ‘generic descriptor’.

The Food Manufacture Group’s year in pictures

It’s been another busy year for the Food Manufacture Group. We travelled the country to bring you the latest news and views online and in print and event formats about the hottest topics facing UK food and drink manufacturers in 2014.

Boozy calorie counting

The Royal Society of Public Health’s call for calorie labelling of alcoholic drinks is a timely reminder that drinks contribute to energy intake.

Stop misusing natural, expert urges

Manufacturers must avoid misleading consumers into thinking natural products are intrinsically healthier for them, an industry expert has urged.

£100k an item for Food Information Regulation errors

Retailers face bills of up to £100k per product line if they stumble over labelling changes required by the EU Food Information Regulation (FIR), which takes effect from December 13.

Food firms get top five guide to EU label rules

Food manufacturers have been issued with a five-point check list guide to the EU’s new food labelling rules, due to be implemented tomorrow (December 13).

Nutritional policies and guidance labels ‘failing’

Nutritional policies and front-of-pack guidance on food products are failing to improve public health and curb the UK’s obesity epidemic, according to a leading expert.

Tobacco-style regulation needed on ‘unhealthy’ foods

A tobacco-style regulation should be introduced to reduce children’s exposure to “unhealthy” food products and help to protect and promote healthy diets, according to health campaigners and consumer advocates.

Half of food products labelled ‘may contain’ are allergen free

Nearly half of products labelled with a ‘may contain’ allergen warning were allergen free in survey of more than 1,000 pre-packaged processed food samples conducted by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Labelling changes strike ‘fear’ into SMEs

Changes to food labelling rules have shaken small- to medium-sized food and drink businesses (SMEs), which fear being put out of business, a leading industry advisor has revealed.

Pig and poultry meat ruling slammed

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has slammed a European Court of Justice ruling that pig and poultry meat recovered under low pressure must be labelled as mechanically separated meat (MSM).

Marks & Spencer to launch gluten-free beer

Marks & Spencer is believed to be investigating the UK launch of a gluten-free (GF) beer, to complement its range of GF foods. 

Freedom Food ditches logo

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has ditched its original Freedom Food logo in a bid to attract more food businesses and consumers, the charity has revealed.

Seafood traceability concern prompts free global resource

Seafood industry bosses have developed a seafood traceability and financial tool in response to industry concerns about food fraud.

FSA restructures to ensure food crime unit capability

The Food Standards Agency is undergoing “major restructuring” creating an estimated 50 new jobs as it sets up the food crime unit (FCU) following the publication of Professor Chris Elliott’s report into last year’s horsemeat scandal.

Small brands play catch up with food labelling rules

Small brands are reacting to food labelling changes more slowly than larger peers and risk a last-minute scramble to meet Food Information for Consumers (FIC) Regulation requirements, according to GS1 UK.

Foodservice faces £200M bill for new allergen rules

Changes to food allergen rules could cost £200M for foodservice operators, with smaller businesses among those set to struggle the most, according to the British Hospitality Association (BHA).

Caterers need individually wrapped free-from foods

Individually wrapped portions of free-from foods will be needed in restaurants and other catering outlets to meet increasing numbers of consumers with allergies and food intolerances, a leading expert has claimed.

Country of origin labelling study clears retailers

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) found no slip-ups over country of origin labelling on the part of retailers and wholesalers in results of a UK and Ireland study published today (July 29).

Confusion reigns over EU labelling legislation

Draft guidance on the Food Information for Consumers Regulation 2014 was issued by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) last month.

Europeans challenge UK traffic light scheme

The European Commission (EC) is investigating the UK's voluntary front-of-pack traffic light nutrition labelling scheme, following complaints from Member States (MS), which argued it influenced consumer choice and was an infringement of the internal market.

Agreeing frozen fish dates sparks hot debate

Consumers could be put off eating fish, if new EU rules governing the labelling dates of frozen fish are not better defined, the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) has warned.

‘Display until labels’ face increased criticism

The food industry must continue to remove ‘display until’ food and drink labels, as they are confusing shoppers and fuelling needless waste, the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) claims.

Food firms likely to miss FIR labelling deadline

Supermarkets and manufacturers are struggling to make the labelling changes required on the tens of thousands of products they sell to comply with the new Food Information for Consumers Regulation (FIR), which will come into force on December 13.

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