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Tax on sugary drinks may be extended after review

The sugar tax on soft drinks, which was passed by parliament on Tuesday [April 25] and will come into force next April, could be extended to a raft of other...

UK food policy is urgently needed

Government has been slammed by policy experts for its failure to publish clear direction for the future of UK farming and food.

Noodle firm fined for ‘life changing’ injuries

A noodle manufacturer has been fined £30,000, after a worker suffered “life changing hand injuries” while operating machinery.

Halal duo jailed for selling turkey as halal lamb

Two men have each been jailed for five years, after falsely supplying 116t of turkey thighs, labelled as halal lamb, to butchers and restaurants.

Meat firm to pay nearly £380k for crushed hand

A meat business has been ordered to pay nearly £380,000, after a worker’s hand was crushed in a meat-separating machine.

Bernard Matthews seller denies pension claims

The former owner of Bernard Matthews, Rutland Partners, has denied claims made by a select committee, that it was more concerned with “lining its pockets” than safeguarding workers’ rights....

Sugar and sodium cuts lead global reformulation

More than 180,000 consumer goods were reformulated in 2016, with sugar and sodium the most targeted for removal by the food and drink industry, a global report has found.

Dairy sector fights back against ‘demonisation’

The dairy sector is being unfairly targeted by the recommendations of public health bodies, as they attempt to reduce the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, according to...

EU plans total ban on ‘bee-killing’ pesticides

The EU’s pesticide regulation – which could include a blanket ban on the insecticides feared to kill bees – is flawed, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU).

First health claim in sight for vitamin B12 probiotic

The first probiotic to gain a health claim from the EU has moved a step nearer, after a Dutch firm claimed it had managed to modify bacteria to produce substantial...

Hand slice injuries cost bakery more than £70k

A bakery firm has been ordered to pay more than £70,000 for health and safety failings, after two workers suffered hand injuries while operating machinery.

Moy Park fined £200k after ‘deep laceration’ injury

Poultry processor Moy Park has been ordered to pay more than £210,000 after a worker suffered a “deep laceration” to his hand when testing the blades on one of its cutting lines....

Crushed worker costs freight firm thousands

A freight transport company has been fined more than £40,000 for health and safety failings, after a worker was crushed by machinery.

Butcher jailed for ‘fake supplier letter’ in tax fraud

A butcher who faked a letter from a supplier about payments in order to steal more than £80,000 in tax fraud, has been jailed for two years.

Prioritise food, urges industry as Brexit triggered

The food and drink sector should receive priority in the forthcoming Brexit talks – which will begin after Article 50 is triggered today – urges a range of industry organisations.

Childhood obesity: ‘cut unhealthy food promotions’

Childhood obesity could be remedied by halting some food promotions – including cut-price, multi-buy offers on unhealthy foods – claims Parliament’s Health Committee.

Food sector reveals core aims in Brexit trade talks

The food and drink industry has urged government to deliver a Brexit trade deal that would ensure stability and continuity for the sector, ahead of the triggering of Article 50...

M&S soup recalled over chemical contamination

Chemical contamination has forced retailer Marks & Spencer to recall a batch of its own-label chicken and vegetable soup.

Hearing loss protection advice launched

Guidance aimed at giving staff training and protection against hearing loss has been unveiled by a workplace safety provider.

Undeclared allergens spark food recalls – gallery

A number of food recalls have been sparked by undeclared allergens this month, covered in this photogallery.

Duo guilty of selling 116t of turkey as halal lamb

Two men have been found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud, after supplying 116t of turkey to butchers and restaurants, claiming it was halal lamb.

Grain silo death results in £50k fine

A fatal accident in a grain storage facility resulted in a £50,000 fine for farming firm Maurice Mason Ltd last week (Friday March 10).

News in brief

EU food safety body issues new health claim advice

An update on how to prepare a health claim application has been issued by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Advertising watchdog bans vodka adverts

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned three advertisements from vodka producer Pure Milk Vodka, for promoting excessive drinking and linking alcohol to sex.

Supermarket forecasting errors and ‘pay to stay’ hurt suppliers

Supermarkets charging for forecasting errors, consumer complaints, margin maintenance, payments to remain listed – or being delisted without sufficient notice – or for better positioning instore and delayed payments, are...