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Greencore Grocery and 13 other food firms underpay staff by total of £36k

Greencore Grocery and 13 other food and drink firms failed to pay 64 employees their full wages, totalling more than £36,000, according to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Wyke Farms rethinks deal with pig farm after video emerges

Wyke Farms is reviewing its partnership with JMW Farms Ltd’s Lambrook Pig Farm, after video footage obtained by animal welfare and vegan lobbyist Viva! claimed to show the farm’s pigs...

‘Bad bosses should face jail’ over unpaid staff wages

Employers “should face jail” for failing to pay staff the minimum wage, the Unite union has claimed, after the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) named and shamed 360 companies...

Tesco could be prosecuted for out-of-date labels

Tesco’s failure to remove out-of-date promotional labels from its shelves is a criminal regulatory offence, which could lead to fines – and even imprisonment of individuals found guilty, a law...

Salmonella sparks Sainsbury stir-fry recall

Sainsbury recalled a number of its stir-fry products last week, after testing found the possible presence of salmonella in them.

Hand lacerations cost butchery firm £18k

A butchery firm has been fined £18,000 for safety failings, after a worker suffered deep lacerations to his hand.


Food safety recalls: planning prevents crises

It's crucial to prevent food and drink safety recall incidents becoming crises, as Michelle Knott discovers.

Food sector’s UK workers need Brexit assurances

The GMB union has urged the government for assurances that the food sector’s UK workers won’t be caught in the crossfire of Brexit, while food manufacturers and farmers compete harder...

Food packaging firms fined for safety failings

Two packaging firms which manufactured cardboard boxes used by the food and drink industry have been fined for health and safety failings.

Heineken pays £160k for river pollution

Drinks producer Heineken has been ordered to pay £160,000 for breaching environmental laws enforced by the Environment Agency (EA), after a pollution incident killed fish.

Brexit White Paper response focuses on trade and labour

The government has been warned against relying solely on World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules to ensure Britain’s export success after Brexit.

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Food allergens: the cost of inaccurate reporting

The rapid change in consumer expectations when it comes to product labelling has had a palpable effect on retailers and is changing the way the food and drinks manufacturing industry...

Poundland fined £134k for mice infestation

Discount retailer Poundland has been fined more than £130,000 for food safety offences, after mice were found at two of its Birmingham stores. 

Plastic contamination sparks Waitrose soup recall

Waitrose has been forced to recall batches of its own-label Hearty Minestrone Soup, after small pieces of plastic were discovered in them.

Warburtons fined £2M for worker’s fall

Warburtons has been fined £2M for health and safety failings, after a worker was hospitalised after sustaining life changing injuries following a fall from a mixing machine.

University fined £400k for near fatal experiment

The University of Northumbria in Newcastle has been fined £400,000, after a botched caffeine experiment nearly killed two students.

More regulation may be needed after the sugar tax

More sugar regulation might be necessary after the introduction of the sugar levy in April 2018, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has claimed, after research showed...

Plastic in chocolate Santa sparks recall

Plastic contamination has sparked a recall of chocolate Santas from confectionery manufacturer Thorntons.

EU health claims process comes under fire

A lack of transparency behind the EU health claims approval process is stifling innovation and proving costly to businesses, the director of a global ingredients firm has claimed.

Manufacturers see fraud rise in 2016

Up to 89% of global manufacturing businesses – including food and drink manufacturers – have been affected by fraud in the past 12 months, according to analyst Kroll.

Food industry’s cautious welcome to PM’s Brexit speech

Food industry organisations have cautiously welcomed Prime Minister Theresa May’s assurances about the right of non-UK EU workers to continue working in the UK after Brexit, in a keynote speech...

Morrisons leads product recalls – in pictures

Morrisons recalled batches of cupcakes for undeclared allergens last week, ahead of a recall of illegally repackaged frozen fish and chicken products in Scotland.

Gangmasters Licensing Authority in ‘negligence’ court case over ‘worst UK gangmaster ever’

The Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) will face legal action in March, after it was accused of “negligence” and “breaching the Human Rights Act” by a lawyer representing six Lithuanian men who worked for a...

‘Potentially unsafe’ repackaged meat in FSA recall

A number of “potentially unsafe” frozen fish and chicken products were recalled over the weekend, after they had been repackaged in unapproved premises.

2 Sisters owner ‘cleared’ over Bernard Matthews deal

Boparan Private Office has “welcomed” the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA’s) decision to clear its acquisition of turkey processor Bernard Matthews, after it was probed over the takeover....