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Brewery denies responsibility for Facebook sex ad

A brewery boss has complained to this website his firm’s reputation had been unfairly tarnished by a Facebook advert banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for foul language, sexual...

Sex, drunkenness and foul language result in ad ban

A Facebook advert attributed to Camerons Brewery, trading as the bar Trocaderos South Shields, has been banned after complaints about its foul language and invitations to drunkenness and promiscuous sexual...

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...

Poultry firm and contractors fined £84k for safety failures

A Lincolnshire poultry firm and four of its contractors have been ordered to pay more than £84,000 for repeated safety failings in prosecution brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Mushroom firm fined £14k after worker is crushed

Littleport Mushroom Farm has been fined £12,000 and ordered to pay £2,700 in costs for safety failings after a worker suffered crush injuries when his arm was caught in unguarded...

It’s yo, ho, No for banned Captain Morgan advert

A social media advert linking the drinking of Diageo’s Captain Morgan rum to the ending of boredom has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

News in brief

Latest round of horsemeat tests negative – FSA

Tests for horse DNA on nearly 6,000 meat products carried out by UK local authorities were negative, according to a new report from the Food Standards Agency (FSA).


Drinks manufacturers must reduce sugars: PHE

Drinks manufacturers must work to reduce the amount of sugars in their products to lower the nation’s calorie intake, according to Dr Alison Tedstone, Public Health England’s (PHE) chief nutritionist....

Sugar reduction summit

Labour: taxing unhealthy foods ‘not fair’

Labour has shunned sugar tax plans in favour of working collaboratively with the food industry to make foods healthier, according to shadow health minister Luciana Berger.


Report supermarket abuse, urges grocery adjudicator

In as many weeks, two polls have sent me a strong message that I still have a big job to raise awareness of what I can do for groceries suppliers...


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Draft guidance on the Food Information for Consumers Regulation 2014 was issued by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) last month.

Supermarket abuse needs more action

Suppliers remain unconvinced that the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) Christine Tacon is doing enough to stop the big supermarkets abusing their power.

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.

Nichols may appeal against £8M legal hit

Nichols may appeal against paying £8M in damages – way beyond precautionary funds it had reserved to cover itself – after being sued by a company in Pakistan.

Retailer watchdog will go without supplier support

Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) Christine Tacon has criticised food and drink suppliers for failing to complain about supermarket abuses of power, warning her office was threatened unless they were more forthcoming....

Health and safety comes before cost: 3M

Supermarket price wars and cost-cutting should not interfere with food and drink businesses’ health and safety practices, products and services company 3M has warned.

Coconut snowball tax melts away

VAT no longer applies to coconut covered snowballs made by Thomas Tunnock and Lees of Scotland because they are cakes, an Edinburgh tribunal has ruled in a long-running saga.


Vast majority of food firms unprepared for FIR

The vast majority (80%) of food manufacturers are not prepared for the labelling changes needed before the Food Information to Consumers Regulation (FIR) takes effect on December 13 2014, according to Campden BRI.

Factory slip costs bakery worker his fingertips

A Leeds-based bakery company has been ordered to pay more than £9,000 after a 26-year old worker lost two finger tips in the drive chain of a conveyor.

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...

Modern Slavery Bill should include food supply chain

The government’s Modern Slavery Bill should include provision to scrutinise the food supply chain, according to the Labour Party and the Association of Labour Providers.

European RSPO 2014

Sustainable palm oil pressures worrying to emerging economies

Food businesses and consumers don’t understand the impact emerging economies could face if pressure to source 100% sustainable palm oil builds too quickly, Marks & Spencer’s (M&S) sustainable development manager...

Meat processors rail against inspection costs

The cost of official food hygiene inspections remains a contentious issue for many primary meat processors that would like to see the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) monopoly on inspecting abattoirs...

Labelling policy will not be returned to FSA

The government is unlikely to return authenticity and labelling policy to the Food Standards Agency (FSA) as recommended by Professor Chris Elliott’s interim report into last year’s horsemeat scandal....

Morrisons slammed for breaching the groceries code

Morrisons has breached the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP) by overcharging suppliers, according to the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA).