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Sainsbury agrees gangmaster partnership with GLA

Sainsbury’s has joined forces with the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) in a bid to prevent labour exploitation, in the same week that two men were convicted of exploiting migrant food...

Sugary drinks tax slammed by nutritionist

Renewed calls to attack health problems by taxing sugary drinks have been slammed by a leading nutritionist, who claims cutting portion sizes and sugar content and tackling irresponsible retail promotions...

Government funding proposals for SMEs fall short

Government action to improve cash support for small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is only a small step in the right direction, according to the Federation of Small Businesses.

Food manufacturers could be ‘forced out’ of the obesity debate

Food and drink manufacturers must emphasise the role of exercise in reducing obesity or risk being sidelined in the debate and hit with stricter regulation, according to new research.

£100k an item for Food Information Regulation errors

Retailers face bills of up to £100k per product line if they stumble over labelling changes required by the EU Food Information Regulation (FIR), which takes effect from December 13.

Food firms get top five guide to EU label rules

Food manufacturers have been issued with a five-point check list guide to the EU’s new food labelling rules, due to be implemented tomorrow (December 13).

Audits not full defence versus food safety damages

Regular audits don’t protect food firms at the centre of food safety incidents from facing substantial damages, David Young, Eversheds partner and head of its health and safety team, has warned....

‘Join together’ to solve hunger, food firms told

Food Manufacturers have been urged to join retailers and others in a bid to cut food waste, as part of a plan to create a national network of food banks.

Holiday pay claims could scupper food firms

Food companies face going under after being hit with massive claims for backdated holiday pay, with some already handling millions of pounds worth of bills, according to law firm Eversheds.

MEPs block plans to ease nanotech approvals

A moratorium blocking a proposal to simplify the authorisation procedure for nanotechnology in foods has been slammed by industry experts as “ridiculous”.

Labour plans tougher food regulation

Labour is about to set out its plans for improving public health if elected next year and while tougher regulation can be expected, sugar and fat taxes will not be...

Morrisons wine offer scores own-goal

A Morrisons wine promotion provoked outrage from shoppers after it failed to meet the demand it had created, provoking a reprimand from the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

Nutritionist spurns ASA verdict on ad challenging white bread

A leading nutritionist has slammed the Advertising Standards Authority’s (ASA’s) decision not to ban a toothpaste ad for suggesting white bread contained sugar and could harm teeth.

Nutritional policies and guidance labels ‘failing’

Nutritional policies and front-of-pack guidance on food products are failing to improve public health and curb the UK’s obesity epidemic, according to a leading expert.

Bird flu breaks out on Yorkshire duck farm

Britain’s first case of bird flu for six years has been confirmed on a duck farm in Yorkshire, after a contagious strain of bird flu was detected on a poultry...

Tobacco-style regulation needed on ‘unhealthy’ foods

A tobacco-style regulation should be introduced to reduce children’s exposure to “unhealthy” food products and help to protect and promote healthy diets, according to health campaigners and consumer advocates.

Online food information could fail new FIR rules

Food and drink firms could lose millions of pounds in online grocery sales in the run up to Christmas, if their products do not comply with Food Information for Consumers...

Sweet justice demanded for confectionery thieves

Thieves have stolen £50,000 worth of sugary treats from Yorkshire confectionery makers Confection By Design and The Serious Sweet Company and an appeal has been launched for information.

Premier Foods faces £4,370 hit after accident

Premier Foods has paid £4,370 in compensation to a worker who suffered a head injury after a loose pipe fell on him while he was cleaning machinery.

Calorie labelling on booze ‘could boost alcohol consumption’

Introducing calorie labelling on alcoholic drinks could boost alcohol consumption, according to a leading nutritionist. 

Diageo Scotland fined £18k after falls cause injuries

Drinks company Diageo Scotland has been fined for safety failings after two workers were injured in falls at separate plants in Moray.

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Labelling changes strike ‘fear’ into SMEs

Changes to food labelling rules have shaken small- to medium-sized food and drink businesses (SMEs), which fear being put out of business, a leading industry advisor has revealed.

Pig and poultry meat ruling slammed

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has slammed a European Court of Justice ruling that pig and poultry meat recovered under low pressure must be labelled as mechanically separated meat...

AAK reaffirms fat reduction pledge

European oils and fats business Aarhus Karlshamn (AAK) has reaffirmed its commitment to help food manufacturers reduce saturated fats in their products with reformulation advice.

New labelling rules likely to confuse consumers

The burden of the upcoming Food Information for Consumer Regulation (FIR) on food manufacturers and consumers will lead to an increased use of clean labels, according to an industry expert.

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