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Millions of pounds in fines for supermarkets: Tacon

Fines of hundreds of millions of pounds could be imposed on retailers if they are found to be in breach of the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP).

Groceries code boss asks Tesco to review supplier policy

Tesco has been asked to examine its behaviour towards suppliers by the Groceries Code Adjudicator Christine Tacon.

Former Morrisons’ boss charged with insider dealing

Morrisons’ former treasurer and head of tax, Paul Coyle, has been charged with two offences of insider dealing by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

Brewmeister’s Snake Venom beer marketing blasted

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned an online beer advert for misleading consumers over its alcohol content and placing “undue emphasis on the alcoholic strength” of the product.

UK competition authority shelves British Sugar probe

British Sugar has temporarily avoided a costly and time-consuming investigation into its market practices, with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) confirming it will not pursue the probe for now.

Police charge eight in gangmaster crackdown

Eight people have been charged from Plymouth and Cornwall as part of a major investigation into forced labour, human trafficking and illegal gangmaster activity in the UK food chain....

ASA bars smoothie web claim

An internet smoothie ad has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for misleadingly exaggerating the amount of fruit portions it contained.

Freedom Food ditches logo

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has ditched its original Freedom Food logo in a bid to attract more food businesses and consumers, the charity...

Kellogg ad banned after PepsiCo complaint

A Kellogg’s ad has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for making a ‘30% less fat’ claim that broke comparative nutrition rules, prompting 15 complaints, including one from PepsiCo.

Government targets labour exploitation

Two Portadown men appeared before magistrates in Northern Ireland (NI) last month charged with a total of 50 offences, following a joint investigation into suspected human trafficking and labour exploitation...

Meat firm gets £20k bill for ‘fault-ridden’ forklift

A meat wholesaler has been ordered to pay more than £20,000, after operating what the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) described as “a fault-ridden forklift truck” and forging records in a...

Health claims law trips up tea firm

A company promoting healthy teas has been slammed by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) after falling foul of the EU's nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR).

Government’s hospital food standards ‘woefully inadequate’

A new set of mandatory standards for healthier food in NHS hospitals have been described as “woefully inadequate” by the Campaign for Better Hospital Food.

Wells & Youngs escapes ban over Estrella ad

An Estrella beer advert was slammed by the Youth Alcohol Advertising Council (YAAC) for encouraging irresponsible drinking among young people and linking alcohol to sex.

Small brands play catch up with food labelling rules

Small brands are reacting to food labelling changes more slowly than larger peers and risk a last-minute scramble to meet Food Information for Consumers (FIC) Regulation requirements, according to GS1...

Foodservice faces £200M bill for new allergen rules

Changes to food allergen rules could cost £200M for foodservice operators, with smaller businesses among those set to struggle the most, according to the British Hospitality Association (BHA).

Dairy firm fined after ‘life-changing’ fall

Lanchester Dairies has been fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £1,690 in costs for safety failings after a worker suffered “life-changing” injuries following a fall at its site.

Neonic ban threatens UK mustard crop

UK mustard production could be at severe risk, causing problems for manufacturers of brands such as Unilever’s Colman’s mustard, if a ban on neonicotinoid pesticides is enforced in the UK,...

Solway Foods pays £6,773 after workers’ fingertips severed

A food company has been fined after an agency worker had the tips of two fingers ripped off in unguarded machinery at a Newport bakery.

Forklift accident costs food packaging firm £33k

A food packaging firm was fined £30,000 and must pay costs of £2,979 after an employee suffered severe injuries to his leg when he was struck by a forklift truck.

GM isn’t scary, says SOFHT chairman

Genetically modified (GM) foods should not be scary and a balanced debate about the science must take place for the food industry to provide consumers with more choice.

Firm must pay £17,885 for accident at Fox’s Biscuits

A steel fabricator contracted by Fox’s Biscuits faces costs of £17,885 after a worker was horrifically burned after deviating from agreed safety procedures.

Smoked bacon faces a ban on using 'natural'

A row has broken out between the UK’s bacon producers and the European Commission (EC) over proposals contained in the latest draft of EU guidance on labelling of flavourings, which...

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Morrisons claims animal welfare milestone

Morrisons is the first supermarket whose staff have gained Welfare of Animals at the Time of Killing (WATOK) qualifications.

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Morrisons ad banned for promoting poor diet

A Morrisons ad has been banned for encouraging children to eat less healthily.