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Complaints to Groceries Code Adjudicator fall

Far fewer food and drink suppliers are complaining of abuses from their big retailer customers, according to the results of the annual online survey published by the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA)...


IFT film aims to ‘fight myths about food science’

Fighting myths about food science is the aim of a new film commissioned by the US-based Institute of Food Technology (IFT). Ahead of the IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo,...

Meat factories ‘risk closure’ after FSS inspection charge rise

Meat processing plants in Scotland risk closure after “excessive” increases in hygiene inspection charges by Food Standards Scotland (FSS), says the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW).

FSS backs extending sugar tax beyond soft drinks

Advice to extend the sugar tax beyond soft drinks, order the reformulation of products to cut sugar, fat and salt, and lower portion sizes, has won the support of Food...

Pesticide regulation talks threaten UK food supply chain

Poor EU decision making about the future of crop protection products could jeopardise the UK’s supply of cost-effectively produced food and cost farmers more than £1bn, warned the National Farmers...

Free school meals ‘help in fight against obesity’

Obesity levels in children continued to be a “disaster”, but the opportunity to improve their nutritional needs through free school meals remained huge, a public health professor has argued.

Food safety and fraud £8.75M project launched

A £8.75M (€10M) project to boost food safety and fraud prevention in the EU and China, while facilitating trade partnerships, has been launched by Queen’s University Belfast.

Food promotion controls to protect kids ‘are flawed’

Pressure is mounting for the next UK government to introduce much tougher controls on the promotion and advertising of foods high in fat, sugar and salt to children.

Facebook vodka ad banned by ASA

An advert for Global Brands’s pre-mixed vodka drink VK that appeared on social media site Facebook has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for promoting excessive drinking.

New DEFRA boss Gove is a ‘heavy hitter’: FDF

“Heavy hitter” Michael Gove’s appointment as new environment secretary will be a big boost for the food and drink sector, says the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Nestlé and Unilever lead call for EU nutrient profiles

Some of the world’s largest food firms – including Nestlé, The Coca-Cola Company, PepsiCo and Unilever – have called on the EU to create nutrient profiles for nutrition and health...

Science must underpin regulation after Brexit

Science, rather than emotion, should underpin any future revisions to the UK’s regulatory regime governing crop production after Brexit, the head of crop protection at Rothamsted Research has warned.

‘Misleading’ Arla milk ad banned

An advert for Arla organic farm milk has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), after it ruled the advert contained misleading environmental claims.

Halal certification body to launch defence fund

A legal “fighting fund” is planned by the Halal Food Authority (HFA), the certification body, to meet what it said were an increasing number of malicious attacks on the sector.

Ale and cheesecake recalled after labelling errors

Labelling errors have sparked a number of food and drink product recalls recently, including gluten-free ale, cheesecake and Quorn sausages.


Agri-food must not be a Brexit sacrificial pawn

In just a few days’ time the nation will decide who will be walking through the door of No 10 and taking charge of the Brexit negotiations with Europe –...

IFST highlights its three food policy priorities

The Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST) has called on the new government to focus on food science, develop policies for a sustainable food system and the challenges of...

Food firm told to pay £44k for food hygiene offences

Food processor POE Ltd was ordered to pay almost £44,000 in fines and costs, after the company and the director were convicted of a series of meat hygiene offences.

Chicken firms to pay £19,216 for equipment misuse

Two chicken processing businesses have been ordered to pay almost a combined £20,000 in damages and costs to bakery equipment maker Bakers Basco, for using its equipment without permission.

Fish processor to pay £15,000 for hygiene offences

Fish processor Oban Fish Selling Co Ltd has been ordered to pay more than £15,000 for food hygiene offences, after inspectors found cigarette ends in food storage areas, and inadequate...

Food sector must lobby harder over Brexit

The UK’s food and drink supply chain stakeholders have been advised to unite in making sure the industry’s interests take centre stage during the tough Brexit negotiations that will take...

Glass and metal contamination spark food recalls

Glass contamination has sparked the recall of packs of chicken tikka chunks, while a batch of mints was recalled for containing small pieces of metal.

Salt firm investigated for ‘deception of consumers’

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) is investigating Hebridean Sea Salt after claims revealing 80% of its salt was imported.


Food firms face bigger fines for workplace safety offences

Stiffer sentencing for workplace safety failings means some firms need to up their game when it comes to health and safety compliance. 

Health and safety fines ‘could top £10M soon’

Health and safety fines in food manufacturing could soon reach more than £10M for a single offence, after a “seismic shift” in the size of penalties since the beginning of last year,...

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