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Frozen fish firm fined £500k for fatal injuries

A frozen fish firm has been ordered to pay more than £500,000 last week (June 24) after an employee suffered fatal injuries.

Morrisons says ‘sorry’ for breaching groceries code

Supermarket chain Morrisons has said “sorry” after it was found guilty of breaching the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP) in 2015.

Unhygienic turkey manufacturer told to pay over £400,000

A turkey manufacturer and its director were ordered to pay more than £400,000 last week, after an investigation revealed the firm’s turkeys were left outside to defrost in dirty water....

Food and drink industry ‘delaying’ UK obesity plans

Food and drink manufacturers have “delayed and eroded” government plans to tackle obesity, claimed the lobby group Action on Sugar (AoS), after the publication of a new report by the Obesity...

Regulations focus to avoid food industry non-compliance penalties

Government agencies are hoping that a redrafted version of the 2007 Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations, incorporating subsequent amendments, will focus industry attention on the requirements and avoid the...

Brexit debate

Food industry ‘blighted until 2020’ if Brexit wins vote

The UK economy – including its largest manufacturing sector, food and drink – will be blighted until 2020 if the country votes for Brexit, claimed The Economist Intelligence Unit.

FDF and Action on Sugar row over reformulation

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has refuted claims from Action on Sugar that it had warned members not to engage with charities over product formulation.

Poultry workers win High Court damages for slavery

British food companies should ensure that all forms of slavery have been eradicated from their supply chain after a groundbreaking High Court ruling, a leading lawyer has warned.

New toolkit aims to help firms tackle modern slavery

A best practice toolkit to help businesses tackle modern slavery in their global supply chains has been launched today by industry alliance Stronger Together.

Food waste disposal firm to pay nearly £290,000 for toxic gases

A food waste disposal and recycling firm was ordered to pay nearly £290,000 last week for safety failings, after a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found three employees were...

Listeria and salmonella force product recalls

A listeria-infected cheese and coriander potentially infected with salmonella are two of the latest food recalls reported by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Insurance Act creates new duty to disclose

Food and drink manufacturers will need to disclose more information that could have a material impact on their insurance policies or risk them not paying out in the event of...

Grocery Code Adjudicator warns against widening powers

The adjudicator responsible for good retailer practice has claimed any extension of the code to include suppliers would require a “totally different scale of job” that was impossible to achieve under her...

Food packaging plant accident severs fingers

A London-based food packaging company has been fined £7,000 for safety failings, after an employee lost two fingers in an accident.

Cured meat firms fear EC nitrite cuts

Processed meat producers worry that the European Commission (EC) could reduce the maximum level of nitrites that are allowed to be used as a preservative in cured meat products such...

‘Breakthrough’ global food waste standard to save industry millions

A new global food waste standard aimed at saving consumers and the food industry money, while alleviating pressure on natural resources, has been described as a “breakthrough” by its backers.

Trade associations monitor US plans to cut sodium

UK exporters are watching developments across the Atlantic closely, following the US publication of ambitious sodium targets for food manufacturers.

Coca-Cola could face £226M sugar tax

The Coca-Cola Company could face a bill as high as £226M a year under the sugar tax, if it doesn’t pass on the increased charge for its sugary drinks to...


Brexit will ‘damage UK food manufacturing’: survey

Most respondents (60%) in a ‘state-of-the-industry’ survey, conducted by this website, fear a vote to leave the EU on June 23 will be bad for their businesses, increasing the costs...

Sugar tax is destined to fail, claims legal expert

The proposed sugar tax on soft drinks is likely to fail in its intended aim of reducing calorie intake as consumers will simply trade down to cheaper, own-label variants, a...

Scots ‘bottle tax’ fears for UK drinks industry

Drinks companies would suffer “very significant financial implications” if the Scottish government were to implement a ‘bottle tax’ through a nationwide deposit return system on beverage containers, the head of...

Undeclared allergens cause food recalls

Salmon skewers, cheese snacks and breakfast snacks were some of the products recalled last month over reports of undeclared allergens, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Food Crime Unit review could see radical change

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is about to commission an independent review of its National Food Crime Unit (NFCU), set up in December 2014 in the wake of the 2013...

NHS calls for minimum price on Scottish alcohol

Rising alcohol sales in Scotland has strengthened the case for introducing minimum unit pricing, according to Scotland’s public health minister Aileen Campbell.

Food leaders need to ‘up game’ over human rights supply chain

Leaders in the food manufacturing sector need to “up their game” over their commitment to human rights, a legal expert has claimed.

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