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‘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.

Iceland vs Iceland: frosty talks, as retailer hits back

Iceland Foods has claimed the Icelandic government had “no interest” in reaching a compromise over use of the word ‘Iceland’, after talks failed to reach a resolution on Friday (December 2)....

FDF holds anti-soft drinks levy stance despite member apathy

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has maintained that a soft drinks sugar tax wouldn’t improve public health, after some of its members claimed they have “no position” on the levy....

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Scotch whisky to appeal on alcohol pricing

The Scotch Whisky Association’s (SWA’s) decision to appeal to the UK Supreme Court, following the ruling from the Court of Session on minimum alcohol pricing in Scotland, has been met...

Food coalition calls for Brexit Single Market access

Some of Britain’s biggest food businesses – including 2 Sisters, Müller and Wyke Farms – have urged the government to ensure continued access to the EU’s Single Market and labour...

Iceland vs. Iceland: Retailer to fly to country for talks

Iceland Foods is preparing to fly to Reykjavik to begin talks with the Icelandic government over its legal challenge on the retailer’s name.

BRC Global Standards acquired by LGC

Scientific testing specialist LGC Group has acquired a majority share in food safety and quality standards programme provider BRC Global Standards, for an undisclosed sum.

Iceland government launches legal action against Iceland Foods

The Icelandic government has taken legal action against Iceland Foods over the use of its name, claiming Icelandic businesses were “caused harm” as they couldn’t promote themselves with their place of origin....

Heinz ‘Can Song’ ad banned over safety concerns

A Heinz Beanz ad has been pulled from television screens, after it was judged to encourage behaviour that was dangerous and unsafe by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

Food export plan ‘must be delivered quickly’: BFFF

The British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) has urged the government to deliver quickly its food and drink export plan, after a survey revealed less than half its members thought Brexit...

Food Crime Unit should get more power: review

The National Food Crime Unit (NFCU) should be given more powers and resources to investigate food crime, according to a Food Standards Agency (FSA) review.

Brexit Latest

PM’s Brexit plans thwarted after key court ruling

Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plans have been thrown into confusion after she lost a High Court battle to trigger Article 50 without a vote in Parliament – causing a...


So, who should pay for nutrition research?

Concern is growing that the science underpinning nutrition is being attacked by some public health researchers and lobbyists who refuse to accept a role for industry in commissioning nutrition research,...

Tesco in £100M investor damages claim storm

Tesco is facing damages claims totaling more than £100M, after around 125 institutional investors claimed the supermarket’s 2014 accounting irregularities cost them millions of pounds, it was revealed this week.

Food waste firm fined £300k after shredding injury

Food waste recycling firm Countrystyle Recycling has been fined £300,000 and ordered to pay £9,000 in damages after an employee was injured while repairing a shredding machine.

Two plead guilty to conspiracy in horsemeat fraud case

Two men have pleaded guilty of conspiracy to defraud in selling horsemeat instead of beef.

Food firms: fatal injuries and prosecutions

Over the past year, more than 20 food and drink firms have been fined for health and safety failings. Four of these prosecutions were for fatalities.

ASA bans Hooch advert for appealing to under-18s

A Hooch advert featuring social media star Joe Charman has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), after it ruled the juvenile behaviour depicted in the ad would appeal...

Metal wire forces food recall – photogallery

Metal wire in breakfast cereal and chemical contamination of dried fish lead this photogallery of recent food and drink recalls.

GCA remit extension would ‘paralyse’ progress: FDF

Extending the Groceries Code Adjudicator’s (GCA’s) powers would be unimaginably complex and would “paralyse the progress” that’s already been made, claimed the Food and Drink Federation (FDF)....

Apprenticeship levy plan is a ‘step forward’: EEF

The government’s final funding proposals for the apprenticeship levy have been welcomed by EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, which said it was “a significant step forward”.

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...

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