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Manufacturers see fraud rise in 2016

Up to 89% of global manufacturing businesses – including food and drink manufacturers – have been affected by fraud in the past 12 months, according to analyst Kroll.

Food industry’s cautious welcome to PM’s Brexit speech

Food industry organisations have cautiously welcomed Prime Minister Theresa May’s assurances about the right of non-UK EU workers to continue working in the UK after Brexit, in a keynote speech...

Morrisons leads product recalls – in pictures

Morrisons recalled batches of cupcakes for undeclared allergens last week, ahead of a recall of illegally repackaged frozen fish and chicken products in Scotland.

Gangmasters Licensing Authority in ‘negligence’ court case over ‘worst UK gangmaster ever’

The Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) will face legal action in March, after it was accused of “negligence” and “breaching the Human Rights Act” by a lawyer representing six Lithuanian men who worked for a...

‘Potentially unsafe’ repackaged meat in FSA recall

A number of “potentially unsafe” frozen fish and chicken products were recalled over the weekend, after they had been repackaged in unapproved premises.

2 Sisters owner ‘cleared’ over Bernard Matthews deal

Boparan Private Office has “welcomed” the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA’s) decision to clear its acquisition of turkey processor Bernard Matthews, after it was probed over the takeover....

Groceries adjudicator needs more powers: NFU

The Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) needs greater powers to crack down on unfair trading practices following “the increasing consolidation of suppliers and processors”, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU).

Crisp manufacturer fined £330k for hand slice

A crisp manufacturer has been ordered to pay more than £340,000 for safety failings, after an agency worker lost the tops of three fingers.

Food and drink export promotions need more support

The UK government needs to put more money and resources into supporting small food and drink manufacturers in export promotions – in a similar way that Bord Bia does in...

Arla boss urges industry solidarity for Brexit talks

The food and farming industries must work together to protect themselves against Brexit threats, while maximising its opportunities, urges Arla Foods’s md Tomas Pietrangeli.

Warburtons joins new gluten-free association

Warburtons, Genius Foods and Northumbrian Fine Foods are founder members of the Gluten Free Industry Association (GFIA), formed in response to the growth of the market for gluten-free products.

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Food industry red tape to end after Brexit: DEFRA

Brexit will bring an end to food industry red tape, promises George Eustice, minister of state at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Marks & Spencer slams unofficial third-party sellers

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has condemned the sale of its own-label food by unauthorised third-party sellers, after two of its pork stuffing products were part of a Food Standards Agency...

Müller fined £400,000 for roof fall

Müller UK and Ireland Group has been ordered to pay more than £400,000 for safety failings, after a worker fell 4.6m through a fragile roof panel.

Nutrition body unveils EU health claim guide

A best-practice guide to preparing EU health claims, aimed primarily at small and medium-sized enterprises, has been developed by the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) in conjunction with the EU-funded Bacchus...

Firm fined £20k for Iceland ceiling fall

A firm has been ordered to pay more than £20,000 for safety failings, after one of its workers fell through the ceiling of an Iceland Foods’s store.

Harmful chemicals force Lidl gravy recall

Discount retailer Lidl has recalled two batches of gravy granules, after harmful levels of a chemical found in paint stripper were discovered in them.

Nestlé loses Kit Kat trademark case

Nestlé’s four-finger Kit Kat chocolate bars are no longer covered by EU trademark protection, after a European court ruled the bars were not distinct enough.

Single Market access ‘unlikely’ due to migration talks

Food and drink manufacturers should prepare to lose free access to the EU’s 500M consumers, because of the government’s insistence on controlling immigration, Walkers Shortbread md James Walker has claimed....

Regulator bans two ‘superfood’ adverts

Two adverts for food products and supplements have been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), because they featured unauthorised health claims.

Food prices to rise without access to EU workers

Food prices will rise without access to non-UK EU workers, warned 32 food and drink organisations, including the Food and Drink Federation and the British Retail Consortium.

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Pie maker ‘hit with £7,000 equipment compensation’

Pastry maker Andrew Jones Pies (AJP) has allegedly agreed to pay £7,000 in compensation for using another firm’s equipment for transporting its products without permission.

Iceland vs Iceland: Start-ups must protect brands

Food and drink start-up businesses must use distinctive names and logos to protect their branding more effectively, urged Roythornes solicitor Lizzie Walters, after Iceland Foods’s row with the Icelandic government...

Children’s ‘junk food’ ad ban hailed by FDF

The decision to ban ‘junk food’ advertising across all children’s media, in a bid to tackle childhood obesity, has been welcomed by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

‘Complex’ sugar tax draft slammed

Draft legislation for the Soft Drink Industry Levy has been described as “complex” and raises “serious questions” if a sugar tax would work, said law firm DWF.