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.
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.
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 …”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
26-Mar-2014 - Food and drink manufacturers face “war” on sugar and salt, warns broadcaster and former cabinet minister Michael Portillo.
26-Mar-2014 - An Aldi ad has been banned for being misleading after rival grocery retailer Asda complained to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.