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‘Dull’ health claims lead many to miss £27bn market

Thousands of European food and drink firms are missing out on the £27bn global functional food market because of restrictive health claims wording, leading nutritionists have complained.

Groceries Code Adjudicator has made industry more professional

The food and drink industry has become more professional since the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) was appointed a little over two years ago, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU).

£8,000 food fraud fine the first of its kind

Peter Boddy has been fined £8,000 at Southwark Crown Court after he admitted failing to comply with food traceability regulations, the first horsemeat food fraud sentence pronounced following the scandal.

Nutrient profiling key to public health policies

The next UK government must do much more to tackle Britain’s poor dietary habits, according to the UK Coronary Prevention Group (UKCPG), a charity dedicated to preventing heart disease through...

Beat fraud with tough penalties, as fines unveiled

Calls for tougher food fraud penalties have been backed by food safety software company Qadex, as a new law allows magistrates to impose unlimited fines for serious offences.

Food fraud fines to soar as a deterrent to criminals

Fines for food fraud and food poisoning are rising dramatically in an attempt to deter criminals who see it as a profitable but low-risk route to making easy money.

EU/US trade talks

TTIP trade deal could save firms millions

New business rules agreed as part of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) could simplify EU legislation and save manufacturers millions of pounds in needless costs.

News in brief

GM maize ‘should be banned’ by EU states

Environmental group Friends of the Earth Europe has called on the UK government and those of all other EU Member States (MSs) to ban cultivation of all genetically modified (GM)...

News in brief

Three charged over illegal people trafficking

Three people have been charged for illegal people trafficking as part of a joint operation between Norfolk Police, Suffolk Police and the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA). 

Insider dealing conviction

Ex Morrisons’ boss jailed for insider trading

Morrisons former group treasurer Paul Coyle has been jailed for 12 months, after being convicted of two counts of insider dealing.

Mandatory meat origin labelling debate intensifies

Manufacturers have been urged to raise their voices in the fight against plans to introduce mandatory country of origin labelling (COOL) for meat used in processed food, which recently won...

Dairy Crisis

Scottish committee ‘horrified’ by dairy abuse claims

Milk suppliers have complained of retailer abuse to Groceries Code Adjudicator Christine Tacon, according to a letter sent to Scotland’s rural affairs, food and environment secretary Richard Lochhead.

Almost 2,500l of fake booze seized

Almost 2,500l of fake wine and spirits were seized by Interpol and Europol as part of a pre-Christmas enforcement campaign involving more than 50 countries.

Less ‘silly legislation’ needed to beat food waste

Food manufacturers and retailers need leadership from an EU level, less “silly legislation” and more data sharing in order to tackle food waste.

Dairy working at height verdict secures £18k fine

The director of a Shropshire dairy farm has been prosecuted after he failed to protect both himself and others while working at height.

Low animal welfare firms named and shamed

Mars, Müller, Mondelēz International and 2 Sisters Food Group are four of 21 companies named and shamed as having very low or no animal welfare priorities by Compassion in World...

EU Parliament backs country of origin meat labels

Country of origin meat labelling (COOL) for processed food has won the backing of the EU Parliament, which is urging the European Commission to enshrine it in legislation.

GCA constrained over Tesco probe

Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) Christine Tacon’s investigation of Tesco will be limited by a lack of cash and the period of time she can examine, one food industry commentator has...

EU changes open door to more GM

New legislation allowing EU Member States (MSs) to regulate the growth of genetically modified organisms (GMO) in their territories will change the face of the UK food industry, according to...

Business Leaders' Forum

Firms face legal action for future FIR failures

Food firms that fail to comply with the Food Information for Consumers Regulations (FIR) will feel the enforcers’ sting later this year, a leading food lawyer has warned.

GLA revokes Dudley gangmaster’s licence

A gangmaster has lost her licence after what a judge described as “a serious dereliction of duty” in her treatment of workers picking peas and Brussels sprouts.

GCA faces catch-22 over Tesco probe

Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) Christine Tacon faces as much pressure as Tesco from the results of her investigation into the supermarket’s relationship with suppliers, according to a leading food analyst....

Tesco faces groceries code probe for ‘supplier abuse’

Claims that Tesco treated its suppliers unfairly are to be probed by the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) Christine Tacon, but no financial penalties can be imposed if evidence of wrong...

Fake booze needs action from Food Crime Unit

Alcohol fraud has to be given more attention and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) must take action to tackle the crime with its new £2M Food Crime Unit (FCU) soon,...

Safe havens to protect food fraud whistleblowers

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is working closely with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to create a system of ‘safe havens’ for whistleblowers and others who disclose cases of...