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Risotto rice is targeted by fraudsters

Fraudsters are targeting risotto rice sold in UK supermarkets by substituting expensive varieties with cheaper ones, the boss of Italy’s biggest rice processor 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...

Veg gangmaster pair jailed for illegal £1.6M business

A Lithuanian couple who built an illegal £1.6M gangmaster business “based on fraud, lies and deception” – involving the supply of labour for field scale vegetable crops – has been jailed....

Trade deal could be torpedoed by German GM fears

A transatlantic trade deal – worth billions of pounds to European food and drink manufacturers – could be derailed by Germany’s fears of genetically modified (GM) products, according to a...

Bakery fined after worker’s finger tip trauma

A Newcastle Bakery has been fined after one of its workers lost the tip of his middle finger in an incident with an unguarded machine.

Food waste policy would be as accepted as seatbelts

Legislation banning food businesses from throwing away fit-for-purpose surplus food would be as accepted as policy surrounding seatbelts, according to the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Lobbyists: Popcorn’s ‘health’ claims ‘misleading’

Popcorn manufacturers are pumping too much salt into their products, while leading consumers to believe they are a healthy snack, campaigners have claimed.

Canadian horsemeat imports ‘should be banned’

The European Commission (EC) has again been urged to ban EU imports of Canadian horsemeat, following a report which raised fears about the meat’s safety for human consumption.

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).

Industry welcomes deregulation plans

Plans to cut red tape, announced by the new Conservative government and the European Commission (EC), have been welcomed by the business community, including representatives of food and drink manufacture.

Spot food fraudsters with new training plan

Specialist training is now available to help companies in the grocery supply chain from being caught up in food fraud, following the collaboration between an academic expert in the field...

Tesco admits to Groceries Code breaches

Tesco has admitted to a “number of probable breaches” to the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP) in its annual results, leaving the retailer open to rebuke from the watchdog.

Sugar tax pushed by Scotland doctors

A call for a tax on sugary food and drinks from the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh today will hike the pressure on industry to help tackle the UK’s...

Food manufacturers deserve more notice on energy policy

Food manufacturers are missing out on cheaper energy costs because of a lack of notice on energy policy and regulation, according to nPower.

AoS ‘wrong about fruit-based snacks’ – nutritionists

Action on Sugar’s (AoS’s) latest research into fruit-based snacks masks useful nutritional information, confusing parents and potentially stopping children from having healthier treats, nutritionists have warned.

Queen’s Speech heralds support for small suppliers

Small to medium-sized food firms will gain greater support from the Enterprise Bill introduced in the Queen’s Speech today (May 27), according to organisations welcoming the move.

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....

‘Don’t take our sugar away,’ manufacturers urged

Food manufacturers should not reformulate sugary food and drinks to make them healthier, but consumers should instead be more accountable for what they eat.  

Tesco’s sugar slash provokes retailer pressure

Anti-sugar campaigners have called on the UK’s biggest retailers to follow Tesco’s lead and slash sugar across their own-label soft drinks ranges.

Retailers reject more dodgy deals claims by Which?

Retailers have rejected further claims by consumer pressure group Which? that they mislead shoppers with dodgy deals and confusing pricing.

Checks for radioactive food need toughening

The UK’s food regulations are not tough enough to prevent products produced around the Fukushima nuclear disaster area from making it onto supermarket shelves, experts have warned.

Jail threat now for Sainsbury’s ex boss Justin King

Sainsbury’s former boss Justin King now faces the threat of imprisonment in an Egyptian jail, after it emerged earlier this week that current chief executive Mike Coupe was sentenced to...

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...

Sainsbury boss sentenced to jail in Egypt

Sainsbury chief executive Mike Coupe has been sentenced to two years’ imprisonment in an Egyptian jail, after his conviction by a court in Giza for attempted embezzlement.