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Levels of acrylamides in children’s diet a concern

The levels of cancer-causing chemical acrylamide found in infant and young children’s diets are concerning, according to a group of experts on toxicology.  

Life ban for flouting food hygiene regulations

A food factory owner has been banned from running another food business for life, after her site was found to be infested with mice and flies.

Consumers call for campylobacter reductions

Two thirds (66%) of consumers think the poultry industry should do more to reduce campylobacter contamination beyond the agreed current target of less than 10%.

Childhood obesity plan ‘fatigued’ claim retailers

Retailers have stepped up their objections to the childhood obesity strategy, arguing that the report isn’t comprehensive enough and the government has failed to provide leadership.

Distillery fined after worker was engulfed in flames

An Oldbury distillery has been ordered to pay £295,009 for safety failings, after an employee was engulfed in flames.

UK farming report slammed by National Farmers Union

Policy pressure group Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) was criticised for not considering food security in its paper, ‘New model farming: resilience through diversity’, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU)....

Health is the focus in Food Standards Scotland’s five-year plan

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) outlined measures to improve the safety of food and tackle the growing obesity problem north of the border, as it focused on health and nutrition in...

Potato recall costs manufacturer nearly £600k

Ready meal and potato salad recalls cost manufacturer Swancote Foods nearly £600,000, according to owner Produce Investments.

ASA bans ‘misleading’ Walkers ad

Crisp manufacturer Walkers Snacks’s Spell & Go holiday competition was deemed “misleading and likely to cause unnecessary disappointment”, by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

Cheese firm: E.coli link based on ‘malicious prejudice’ from HPS

The owner of Errington Cheese, whose Dunsyre Blue cheese was recently linked to an E.coli outbreak, has accused Health Protection Scotland (HPS) and Food Standards Scotland (FSS) of having a campaign against...

Manufacturers will struggle to replace EU staff post-Brexit

Food manufacturers face a “particularly challenging” time following the Brexit vote, as nearly 40% of the industry’s workforce are migrants and the overall damage to the economy is likely to reduce staff...

Coalition formed to block UK sugar tax

Business leaders in the food and drink industry have formed a coalition to oppose the UK soft drinks tax, following a report that claimed the tax would place 4,000 jobs...

Apprenticeship Levy is ‘poorly designed’

The Apprenticeship Levy is at risk of “turning back the clock” on progress and is “poorly designed” according to business leaders, as the government launched a consultation on the funding of...

Bisphenol A-free can coatings in limbo

As pressure increases on the supply chain to can coatings free of bisphenol A (BPA), the first wave of BPA-NI (non-intent) alternatives, where the chemical is not intentionally added, is...

Dr Oetker pizza ad banned after 2 Sisters’ complaint

A Dr Oetker’s frozen pizza Ristorante advert has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), after a complaint from rival manufacturer 2 Sisters Food Group.

FSA acts to ‘detriment’ of British meat producers

Meat industry representatives have complained the Food Standards Agency (FSA) is biased against them, in an open letter to Prime Minister Theresa May.

Soft drinks sugar tax to cost 4,000 jobs

The soft drinks sugar tax would threaten 4,000 jobs and cost £132M according to an Oxford Economics report.

Food firms ‘named and shamed’ for low pay

Food firms appeared on a list of nearly 200 businesses “named and shamed” for failing to pay the minimum wage to their staff.

Drones to play a big role in food chain

Drones are set to play an increasingly important role in the food and drink supply chain but firms should be aware that they come with a number of insurance liabilities,...

Top five ways to prevent food recalls

As food recalls become an ever-growing concern for food and drink manufacturers, we asked risk management firm Arthur J Gallagher for five tips to avoid recalls than could cost millions...

FDF signs letter calling for delayed apprenticeship levy

The government’s controversial Apprenticeship Levy should be put on hold, according to a letter signed by the leaders of the Food and Drink Federation and 11 other business groups.

Under-reported calorie intake is ‘misleading obesity policy’

The British public is under-reporting the amount of calories consumed, which could frustrate policy makers’ bid to combat obesity, according to new research.

Brexit creates fears over future of EU workers

The director at a UK pork processor has voiced his concerns over the impact of Brexit on his workforce and the wider sector.

Sprite’s ‘brutally refreshing’ ad sparks sexism row

Sprite’s latest advertising campaign sparked claims of sexism on social media, after the brand used slogans including ‘She’s seen more ceilings than Michelangelo’, and ‘You’re not popular, you’re eas’”....

Fewer promotions on less-healthy foods than healthy foods

Supermarkets place more promotions on less-healthy food and drink than on healthier products and should restore the balance, according to a new report from a consumer pressure group.