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Beer sector urges chancellor to cut duty in Budget

Drinks industry trade bodies have called on chancellor George Osborne to cut beer duty for a fourth consecutive year in next month’s Budget.

Four tips on avoiding new tougher food safety fines

Food and drink manufacturers have been given four top tips on how to avoid tougher fines for safety offences, as new sentencing guidelines take effect on Monday (February 1).

Tesco’s ‘scandalous situation’ provokes anger

Tesco’s mistreatment of suppliers has been slammed as a “scandalous situation” after the publication of findings by the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA).

Tesco apologises for grocery code abuses – again

Tesco boss Dave Lewis has apologised for a second time to suppliers, after the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) ruled Britain’s biggest retailer had breached the Groceries Supply Code of Practice...

Kent fruit firm fined for safety failings

A Kent-based fruit business has been fined for safety failings after it allowed a contractor to access a door for repair by standing on an apple box raised at height...

NHS to impose hospital sugar tax

The National Health Service (NHS) plans to introduce a sugar tax in its hospitals in an attempt to help combat the UK’s obesity crisis.

‘Modern day slavery’: traffickers jailed for labour exploitation

Two human traffickers have been jailed for three and a half years each for forcing a pair of food factory workers to endure squalid conditions and hunger with almost no...


Sugar reformulation: can the industry learn from salt?

Alongside the now-familiar call for a 20% tax on sugary soft drinks, the recent House of Commons Health Select Committee report on child obesity proposed other measures, including centrally-led reformulation...

Mizkan fined £120k over asbestos failings

Mizkan Euro – the manufacturer of Branston Pickle – has been fined £120,000 for health and safety failings in relation to asbestos.

Soup-maker Campbell switches to GMO labelling

The world’s largest soup-maker has responded to calls for more food transparency by announcing it is to label the genetically modified organism (GMO) content on all of its US products....

Tough new alcohol guidelines get mixed response

New guidelines on the amount of alcohol people should drink in a week have received a lukewarm reaction from scientists and lobby groups.

Copycat ruling causes grief for brand owners

Food producers can still protect their intellectual property rights, despite the Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) ruling that it would not grant firms the power to seek civil...

Sugary drinks study slammed by food industry

A new study that claims reducing the sugar content of sugar-sweetened drinks could prevent 1.5M cases of obesity and overweightness has been dismissed  as “fanciful” and “contrary to the evidence”...

Just one-in-six people claim to be unhealthy, study finds

Many UK consumers deny they are part of the nation’s obesity epidemic – a problem recently dubbed as serious a threat as terrorism – new data released by Mintel has revealed.

Illegal food manufacturer must pay £35k

A repeat offender has been ordered to pay £35,000 for running an illegal food manufacturing unit and shop without the necessary approval.

Trade bodies give guidance on use of 'free-from' claims

Guidance on making free-from claims has been published by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and the British Retail Consortium (BRC), with the support of Anaphylaxis Campaign and Coeliac UK.

Chair of MPs’ group on obesity calls for government regulation

Food industry self-regulation has failed and government intervention could create a “level playing-field” among manufacturers, a Conservative MP and obesity campaigner has claimed.

Lancashire Farm Dairies: no sales impact after probiotics ruling

Having to remove the word ‘probiotics’ from its products was costly in the short-term, but hasn’t impacted long term sales, the boss of a family-run yogurt producer has claimed.

Biocide restrictions cause safety fears

Food manufacturers and retailers are up in arms about changes to EU legislation which threatens the use of factory cleaning chemicals containing biocides and could seriously jeopardise food safety.

Food and drink focus for child obesity strategy

Product reformulation, an advertising ban and restrictions on promotions are expected to be the main focus of the government’s childhood obesity strategy.

Tougher fines for most serious food crimes

Businesses found guilty of corporate manslaughter and the most serious food crimes will face tougher fines under new guidelines published today (November 3).


Novel foods set for EU overhaul

Novel foods and ingredients are defined as those that have not been sold in the EU to a significant degree prior to 1997, when the novel foods regulation was enacted,...

Heart failure link slammed by soft drinks boss

The soft drinks sector has hit out at national media claims that a new study proves a clear link between sweetened drinks and an increased likelihood of heart failure in...

Hotel Chocolat fined after worker’s finger torn off

Luxury chocolate maker Hotel Chocolat has been fined £25,000 after a worker’s hand was dragged into a stirrer, ripping off his finger.

Morrisons staff to sue retailer over massive data leak

More than 2,000 Morrisons employees are preparing to sue the supermarket over a huge leak of their personal details.