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GMO law change will lead to glut of imports

Any deregulation of food made with genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in the UK after Brexit is likely to result in a huge rise in imports of GM products from Asia and...

Lack of Brexit plans a ‘huge threat’ to food industry

The food industry faces a “huge threat” due to the environment secretary Andrea Leadsom’s lack of an effective Brexit plan, claims the GMB union.

Boparan’s Bernard Matthews deal probed by CMA

The acquisition of turkey processor Bernard Matthews by 2 Sisters Food Group owner Ranjit Boparan is under investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

Consumers often misled by origin of processed meat products

Consumers in the UK continue to be misled that pork products, such as bacon, sold in some supermarkets and foodservice outlets is of British origin, when in fact it is...

Brexit: top three challenges for food manufacturers

Food manufacturers will face three key challenges after the UK quits the EU, reveals research by farm business consultant Andersons.

Rooftop fall costs Tesco more than £500k

Tesco Stores Ltd and Tesco Maintenance Ltd have been ordered to pay more than £500,000 for safety failings, after an employee fell through a skylight.

Food fraud fears on nutritional labels

Thousands of small food and drink manufacturers, including many of the 40,000 artisan producers in the UK supplying directly to consumers, could be breaking the law for illegal nutritional labelling...

EU vegetable pickers detained at Irish border

Eight workers were prevented from harvesting leeks in the Republic of Ireland for a Northern Ireland vegetable producer, after the Gardai Irish police detained them at a checkpoint.

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PTF boss: ‘Uncertainty is the biggest challenge’

The biggest challenge facing the UK in the wake of the Brexit vote is the level of uncertainty over what leaving Europe means, the new head of the Provision Trade...

National Minimum Wage to impact food firms: FDF

Food and drink manufacturers are preparing to manage the impact of the National Minimum Wage boost, which came into force on Saturday (October 1), said the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Supply chain the key to Modern Slavery Act

Food manufacturers were advised to review their supply chain traceability before the first report deadline under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 came into force last week (September 30).

Euro grocery boss idea divides opinion

European food and drink manufacturers’ organisation FoodDrinkEurope has failed to back calls for a European-wide Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA).

Recalls sparked by wood and glue contamination

Convenience store Spar’s Midget Gems are the latest food product to be recalled in the UK, after it was discovered they may contain small pieces of wood.

Baxters fined £70k after worker mutilates hand

Soup firm Baxters Food Group was fined £70,000 on September 22 after it admitted serious health and safety failings had caused a worker’s hand to become mutilated in a pie machine.

Alpro and TV presenter told to remove tweet by ASA

An advert by plant-based food manufacturer Alpro has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

Beware mandatory country labelling for processed meat and dairy

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has rejected calls for mandatory country of origin labelling for meat and milk in processed products.

E.coli fears spark cheese ban in Scotland

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has banned the sale and ordered a recall of all Errington Cheese Ltd’s products following a fatal outbreak of E.coli.

‘Mary Poppins Act’ needed to reduce sugar intake

The UK will probably strengthen rules governing the front-of-pack nutrition labelling of food and drink packs – something it has been restricted from doing as part of the EU –...

Meat and milk origin labelling ‘should be mandatory’

The government should introduce mandatory origin labelling for meat and milk in processed products, urges a group of farming organisations.

Fishermen sentenced for illegal shellfish gathering

Two men received suspended prison sentences last week for illegal shellfish gathering, after an investigation by North Wales Police and the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA).

E.coli fears raised in second Scottish cheese case

Fears of E.coli contamination in a second unpasteurised cheese brand made by a Scottish producer have prompted a government agency to order its withdrawal from sale.

Unsafe workplaces are rife, claims new survey

Unsafe working conditions among British manufacturers are putting the health of workers in serious danger, a new report has claimed.

Salmonella and metal contamination lead food recalls

Sesame seeds contaminated with salmonella sparked several food recalls recently, while metal contamination in ice cream caused another.

The big interview

Groceries code boss says progress made

With a decision on the future of the Groceries Code Adjudicator looming, Christine Tacon believes progress is being made. 

Bakery fined £36,000 for safety failings

Bakery company Arnaouti Pitta Bread Bakery Ltd has been fined £36,000 for safety failings, linked to failure to comply with improvement notices.


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