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Health department’s obesity focus moves to calories

The government is set to move away from sugar and towards a total calorie approach in the battle to combat childhood obesity, one of its key strategists in the area...

‘Millions of pounds of drugs’ found at frozen store

Suspected class A drugs, worth millions of pounds, have been discovered by police at Yearsley Logistics’ frozen food storage site in Bilsthorpe, Nottinghamshire.

Food exports: ‘government must do more to help’

The UK is “open for business” with the rest of the world, but government needs to do more to promote food and drink exports before and after Brexit, a senior...

Dairy drink ad banned by watchdog

An advert for Bio-tiful Dairy’s kefir drink has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for making unsubstantiated health claims. 

FDF cautiously welcomes interim customs deal plan

The UK government’s plan for an interim Customs Union, to avoid a “cliff-edge” Brexit, has been cautiously welcomed by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Labelling errors spark food recalls

Incorrect date labelling has forced the recall of two cooked meat products sold by Waitrose, while the unmarked presence of gluten and mustard led to the recall of a number...

Compulsory slaugherhouse CCTV ‘to benefit industry and consumers’

Plans to introduce compulsory CCTV in all slaughterhouses in England would benefit both the food and farming industry and consumers, claims the government.

Contaminated egg scandal ‘likely to intensify’

The contaminated egg scandal, which resulted in at least 700,000 eggs tainted with the insecticide fipronil being imported into the UK, is likely to intensify, claims Professor Chris Elliott.

FSA will carry on work with EU safety body

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is confident that its plans for risk-based regulatory change under the Regulating our Future initiative will not be “knocked off course” by the outcome of...

Food firm fined for forklift accident

A manufacturer of prepared meals has been ordered to pay more than £100,000 for safety failings, after a worker fell 6m off the back of a forklift truck.

The Big Interview

Food firms need to show honesty: research boss

Food manufacturers need to show “transparency, honesty and clarity” if they are to overcome public misconceptions about the food industry, the boss of a leading research organisation has claimed.

Two men jailed for adding horsemeat to food chain

Two men have been jailed for their roles in a conspiracy to pass off horsemeat as beef in a bid to bolster company profits.

Industry calls for carcase classification review

Challenges to carcase classification by members of the beef and lamb industry have sparked calls for views on the system by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

Opinion

How Brexit can remove the novel foods roadblock

In a deep, dark hole on the Food Standards Agency (FSA) website is the consultations section – home of poorly publicised, important documents that could change the whole dynamics of...

Vegan ‘inhumane’ milk ad passed by watchdog

An advert that criticised dairy practices as ‘inhumane’ has escaped being banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), despite complaints from workers in the dairy industry. 

Man found guilty of adding horsemeat to food chain

A London businessman has been found guilty of conspiring to defraud the public, after adding horsemeat to minced meat, sausages, pies and ready meals that were labelled as 100% beef.

EU agrees to set legal limits on acrylamide in food

Food manufacturers will be required to reduce the presence of acrylamide in food after EU Member States voted in favour of the European Commission’s (EC’s) proposal to set legal limits....

Suspected fake vodka factory raid: 2,000 litres seized

A suspected fake vodka factory has been raided in Aintree, with almost 2,000 litres of potentially toxic alcohol seized.

FSA lays out plans for regulatory change

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has set out plans for a fundamental transformation in the way the UK food and drink industry is policed in a document released this week...

Food suppliers ‘must open up about retailer abuse’

Food and drink manufacturers need to be more honest about retailer malpractice if they want supply arrangements to improve, the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) has warned.

Industry survey

Food Manufacture survey reveals Brexit fears

Food and drink manufacturers are even more concerned than last year about the impact that Brexit will have on their businesses.

Sector bodies issue government 10-point Brexit checklist

Leading food and drink manufacturing representatives have signed an open letter to government, outlining 10 priorities that they claim are needed to protect the supply chain during the Brexit talks.

Cooking fat maker to pay £6k+ for hygiene offences

The owner of a cooking fat processor has been ordered to pay more than £6,100 after pleading guilty to food hygiene offences, including failure to ensure workers had received adequate...

Forklift accident costs packaging firm £80k

A company that makes packaging for the food and drink industry has been fined £80,000 for health and safety failings, after a forklift truck struck a worker.

UK is ‘unprepared for Food Brexit and risks chaos’

UK food policy risks descending into chaos because the government has failed to prepare for Brexit, a report warns.

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