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Supermarkets ‘right to fight’ super complaint

Supermarkets should defend themselves against the ‘super-complaint’ issued by consumer group Which? following an investigation into apparently misleading supermarket pricing practices.

Supermarket pricing ‘misleads’ shoppers: Which?

Supermarkets’ ‘misleading pricing policies’ have been referred to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in the form of ‘a super complaint’ by the consumer pressure group Which?

Election 2015

Manufacturers to politicians: stop bickering and talk about growth

Political parties should stop narrow-minded bickering and blame-driven politics and instead focus on boosting manufacturing skills and jobs, manufacturers have claimed.

Campaigners renew call for fresh supermarket bread

Campaigners have renewed calls for tougher regulation of supermarket bread after Australian supermarket Coles was fined AU$2.5M (£1.3M) for making misleading claims about its par baked bread.

Secrecy of Food Crime Unit will be essential

The Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) new Food Crime Unit (FCU) is likely to remain secretive about much of its activities for fear of alerting criminals currently under investigation, said Steve...

First jailing in horsemeat scandal: but not in UK

A Dutch meat trader became the first person to be jailed yesterday (April 7) for offences in connection with horsemeat scandal, prompting the author of two key government reports on...

Food industry resists inspection charges

Charging for hygiene inspections – so-called official controls – of food businesses within the EU is under consideration, which could have a big impact on costs, especially if full cost recovery is...

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Illegal gangmaster arrested in Northern Ireland

Police have arrested a Romanian gangmaster suspected of supplying fruit pickers without a licence to farms in County Armagh, Northern Ireland.

Food Vision

Tougher rules likely to curb UK obesity levels

UK food and drink manufacturers could be hit by more stringent regulation in a bid to curb rising obesity levels and reduce the burden on the National Health Service, experts...

FIR compliance ‘costs more than firms predicted’

Many food manufacturers are spending more than they intended on complying with the new EU labelling rules, set out in the Food Information for Consumers Regulation (FIR), after details about...

‘Dull’ health claims lead many to miss £27bn market

Thousands of European food and drink firms are missing out on the £27bn global functional food market because of restrictive health claims wording, leading nutritionists have complained.

Groceries Code Adjudicator has made industry more professional

The food and drink industry has become more professional since the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) was appointed a little over two years ago, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU).

£8,000 food fraud fine the first of its kind

Peter Boddy has been fined £8,000 at Southwark Crown Court after he admitted failing to comply with food traceability regulations, the first horsemeat food fraud sentence pronounced following the scandal.

Nutrient profiling key to public health policies

The next UK government must do much more to tackle Britain’s poor dietary habits, according to the UK Coronary Prevention Group (UKCPG), a charity dedicated to preventing heart disease through...

Beat fraud with tough penalties, as fines unveiled

Calls for tougher food fraud penalties have been backed by food safety software company Qadex, as a new law allows magistrates to impose unlimited fines for serious offences.

Food fraud fines to soar as a deterrent to criminals

Fines for food fraud and food poisoning are rising dramatically in an attempt to deter criminals who see it as a profitable but low-risk route to making easy money.

EU/US trade talks

TTIP trade deal could save firms millions

New business rules agreed as part of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) could simplify EU legislation and save manufacturers millions of pounds in needless costs.

News in brief

GM maize ‘should be banned’ by EU states

Environmental group Friends of the Earth Europe has called on the UK government and those of all other EU Member States (MSs) to ban cultivation of all genetically modified (GM)...

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Three charged over illegal people trafficking

Three people have been charged for illegal people trafficking as part of a joint operation between Norfolk Police, Suffolk Police and the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA). 

Insider dealing conviction

Ex Morrisons’ boss jailed for insider trading

Morrisons former group treasurer Paul Coyle has been jailed for 12 months, after being convicted of two counts of insider dealing.

Mandatory meat origin labelling debate intensifies

Manufacturers have been urged to raise their voices in the fight against plans to introduce mandatory country of origin labelling (COOL) for meat used in processed food, which recently won...

Dairy Crisis

Scottish committee ‘horrified’ by dairy abuse claims

Milk suppliers have complained of retailer abuse to Groceries Code Adjudicator Christine Tacon, according to a letter sent to Scotland’s rural affairs, food and environment secretary Richard Lochhead.

Almost 2,500l of fake booze seized

Almost 2,500l of fake wine and spirits were seized by Interpol and Europol as part of a pre-Christmas enforcement campaign involving more than 50 countries.

Less ‘silly legislation’ needed to beat food waste

Food manufacturers and retailers need leadership from an EU level, less “silly legislation” and more data sharing in order to tackle food waste.

Dairy working at height verdict secures £18k fine

The director of a Shropshire dairy farm has been prosecuted after he failed to protect both himself and others while working at height.