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Campden BRI makes appointment ahead of new EU label rules

22-Apr-2014 - Campden BRI has appointed Melanie Ruffell as principal law advisor for its regulatory affairs team in order to meet growing demand for advice on matters such as the Food Information to Consumers Regulation (FIR), due to come into force in December 2014.

FSA to test lamb takeaways after adulteration cases

17-Apr-2014 - The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is to prioritise the testing of lamb dishes from takeaway restaurants across the UK, after its own research and a survey by consumer watchdog Which? revealed the meat was commonly replaced by cheaper chicken or beef.

Morrisons criticised for YouTube alcohol advert

16-Apr-2014 - Morrisons has been slammed by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), after its video advertisement, broadcast during a series of children’s nursery rhymes on YouTube, featured images of spirit bottles with the voice-over “These litre bottles of spirits are £15 each …”

Illegal Norfolk, Suffolk gangmasters targeted

07-Apr-2014 - Six people have been arrested in a police crackdown on illegal gangmasters exploiting workers in the vegetable processing sector in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Sweet victory for Nestlé in Mondelēz purple dispute

04-Apr-2014 - Nestlé has won final victory in a 10-year battle to prevent Mondelēz International from trademarking the Dairy Milk purple colour it uses for Cadbury milk chocolate bar and drinking chocolate packaging.

Opinion

Yet more burdensome regulation from the EU

31-Mar-2014 - From December 2014, under new EU labelling rules, allergens will have to be highlighted in the ingredients lists on food labels rather than in a separate box, which is common practice in the UK, but will no longer be permitted. For example, under the new regulations where cheese is an ingredient, this must be followed by the word ‘milk’, in bold.

Don't bear the cost burden of EU law

31-Mar-2014 - New rules requiring all large firms to undertake mandatory energy efficiency assessments could end up being a major cost burden unless the findings are used to introduce savings in the businesses, warns a leading environmental consultancy.

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Beware due diligence issues post-horsegate – lawyer

28-Mar-2014 - Due diligence has weaknesses and isn’t a perfect defence against food fraud, despite offering firms legal protection, Dominic Watkins, partner and head of food at law firm DWF has warned.

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‘It will be war on sugar and salt’: Michael Portillo

26-Mar-2014 - Food and drink manufacturers face “war” on sugar and salt, warns broadcaster and former cabinet minister Michael Portillo.

Aldi stung by Asda ad complaint

26-Mar-2014 - An Aldi ad has been banned for being misleading after rival grocery retailer Asda complained to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

Raspberry ketones on sale without novel foods approval

24-Mar-2014 - Novel foods such as raspberry ketones continue to be widely available for sale throughout the UK in weight loss products and dietary supplements, despite not being approved by the regulatory authorities, as the Food Standard Agency (FSA) has just confirmed they should be.

FIR webinar

FIR your questions answered part two – in pictures

14-Mar-2014 - The Food Manufacture Group assembled a crack-team of webinar speakers to help equip food and drink businesses with the information they need to prepare for the Food Information to Consumers Regulation, due to be enforced on December 13 2014.

FIR webinar

FIR your questions answered – in pictures

10-Mar-2014 - Last month the Food Manufacture Group assembled a crack-team of webinar speakers to help equip food and drink businesses with the information they need to prepare for the Food Information to Consumers Regulation, due to be enforced on December 13 2014.

Dairy firm told to pay +£72.5k after scalding accident

10-Mar-2014 - Dairy processor Meadow Foods has been ordered to pay more than £72,000 after two of its workers were badly scalded by hot water from a 600-litre tank.

Guest article

New food labelling rules: what we know

10-Mar-2014 - The European Commission has issued a regulation on Food Information to Consumers. We knew that as the FIC. The British government has issued a draft Food Information Regulation, which demands that the FIC be called the FIR. The European one defines what must (or must not) go with all foods, while the British one just amends all the British laws to meet the demands of Europe. Confused yet?

FIR webinar

New food labelling rules: authorities ‘not done enough’

07-Mar-2014 - The authorities in Brussels and London should have done more to explain the implications of the EU’s new food labelling rules, set out in the Food Information to Consumers Regulation (FIC), according to law firm DWF.

‘Worst UK gangmaster ever’ drops appeal

05-Mar-2014 - The Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) has branded DJ Houghton Catching Services the “worst UK gangmaster ever” after it withdrew an appeal against having its licence revoked.

Chief medical officer’s view on sugar challenged

05-Mar-2014 - Top nutrition scientists have been drawn into a row following comments made by England’s chief medical officer that sugar could be addictive and may need to be taxed.

FIR webinar

Trading Standards to be ‘proportionate’ on food labelling

05-Mar-2014 - Trading Standards will take “a proportionate view” when policing the EU’s new food labelling rules, to be implemented after the December 13 deadline.

Regulation calls grow to counter obesity ‘crisis’

03-Mar-2014 - Britain’s obesity “crisis” is leading to mounting calls by health groups for tougher regulation to counter the marketing and sale of foods high in fat, sugar and salt in the lead up to next year’s general election.

Banned food and drink advertising campaigns – in pictures

03-Mar-2014 - Captain Morgan became the second alcohol firm to have an advert banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) this year, after Heineken also had an ad banned last month.

British bacon threatened by added water rule changes

03-Mar-2014 - Bacon suppliers are protesting about late changes to meat labelling rules, which will force most firms to label their products as ‘with added water’ when they come into effect at the end of the year.

FIR webinar

New food labelling rules: key questions remain

03-Mar-2014 - Key questions about the EU’s new food labelling rules remain unanswered, according to speakers at the Food Manufacture Group's webinar on the Food Information to Consumers Regulation (FIR) last month.

Advertising expert blasts critics of kids’ food marketing regulators

28-Feb-2014 - An advertising expert has attacked campaigners’ efforts to restrict kids’ food and drink marketing without firm evidence as “reckless to the extreme”.

Diageo’s Captain Morgan TV advert made to walk plank

26-Feb-2014 - A TV advert for drinks giant Diageo’s Captain Morgan rum has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), after complaints that it linked alcohol consumption with adventure.

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