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Biocide restrictions cause safety fears

Food manufacturers and retailers are up in arms about changes to EU legislation which threatens the use of factory cleaning chemicals containing biocides and could seriously jeopardise food safety.

Food and drink focus for child obesity strategy

Product reformulation, an advertising ban and restrictions on promotions are expected to be the main focus of the government’s childhood obesity strategy.


Novel foods set for EU overhaul

Novel foods and ingredients are defined as those that have not been sold in the EU to a significant degree prior to 1997, when the novel foods regulation was enacted,...

Heart failure link slammed by soft drinks boss

The soft drinks sector has hit out at national media claims that a new study proves a clear link between sweetened drinks and an increased likelihood of heart failure in...

Tougher fines for most serious food crimes

Businesses found guilty of corporate manslaughter and the most serious food crimes will face tougher fines under new guidelines published today (November 3).

Hotel Chocolat fined after worker’s finger torn off

Luxury chocolate maker Hotel Chocolat has been fined £25,000 after a worker’s hand was dragged into a stirrer, ripping off his finger.

Morrisons staff to sue retailer over massive data leak

More than 2,000 Morrisons employees are preparing to sue the supermarket over a huge leak of their personal details.

PM has turned his back on food poverty pledge

The UK government has been accused of turning its back on its promise of an ‘all-out assault’ on food poverty to prevent hungry people relying on food banks.

Supermarket pricing probe welcomed by Which?

A government probe into supermarket price comparisons has been welcomed by consumer pressure group Which?

Tougher rules on food sustainability needed

More legislation is needed to compel companies to develop sustainable food security, according to food business executives. 

Potato gangmaster loses licence over dangerous van

A gangmaster has lost her licence after underpaid workers were taken in a “dangerous” van to farms where they graded potatoes and picked daffodils.

Food safety conference

Organised food crime: time to face the threat

The UK food and drink industry should start preparing now to beat the challenge of organised crime, which could plague the industry in “a few years’ time”, warns the head of food...

Pork processor fined £28k for safety failings

Scottish meat firm Quality Pork Processors Limited has been fined £28,000 following a prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive, after a worker suffered “severe injuries” to his fingers.

Jamie wins 100k signatures to force sugar tax debate

The government will be forced to consider debating whether to tax sugary drinks after a petition calling for the move by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver gained more than 100,000 signatures.

Jamie slammed by food manufacturers over obesity

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has been slammed by food and drink manufacturers for “over-simplifying” the obesity debate and of having double standards surrounding nutritional information in his restaurants.

Healthy foods ‘unfairly miss out’ on VAT break

Government rules on the taxation of healthy and unhealthy foods have been slammed by a health food producer, which claimed the system was confusing and unfair.


What prospect for food should Corbyn win?

Jeremy Corbyn, who is leading the other candidates in the polls to become the next leader of the Labour Party, divides opinion. Those on the right see him as an...

Jamie Oliver’s tax on soft drinks ‘useless’

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s call to put sugary soft drinks “on the naughty step” with a 20% tax has been slammed by industry as ’pointless’.

Online sales cause FIR compliance headaches

Explosive growth in internet sales of food and drink is causing big problems for manufacturers and regulators when it comes to ensuring compliance with the European Food Information for Consumers...

How Modern Slavery Act affects food and drink firms

Big businesses – including food and drink manufacturers – will soon be forced to set out their plans to guarantee their supply chains are free from modern slavery, following new...

Morrisons data leak auditor jailed for eight years

A former Morrisons auditor has been jailed for eight years after leaking the personal data of 100,000 of the company’s employees in a revenge attack on the firm.

SACN report

Twitterati: industry should lower sugar after SACN

Manufacturers must do more to help consumers halve their overall energy intake from free-sugars to less than 5%, commentators on Twitter have urged after the release of the Scientific Advisory...

SACN report

Industry: SACN report says ‘nothing new’

There’s “nothing new about sugar” in the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition's (SACN’s) report on carbohydrates, but more needs to be done to increase fibre intake, food and drink manufacturing...

Supermarket pricing tactics ‘misleading’, says CMA

The competition watchdog has ruled that some supermarkets have misled consumers in pricing, just a day after the German discounter Aldi pledged not to force manufacturers to fund its promotions.

20% sugary drinks tax ‘ineffective’, says industry

The food and drink industry has slammed the British Medical Association’s (BMA’s) calls for a tax on sugary drinks to fight the UK’s growing obesity crisis, claiming it would be...