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Baxters fined £70k after worker mutilates hand

Soup firm Baxters Food Group was fined £70,000 on September 22 after it admitted serious health and safety failings had caused a worker’s hand to become mutilated in a pie machine.

Recalls sparked by wood and glue contamination

Convenience store SPAR’s Midget Gems are the latest food product to be recalled in the UK, after it was discovered they may contain small pieces of wood.

Alpro and TV presenter told to remove tweet by ASA

An advert by plant-based food manufacturer Alpro has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

Beware mandatory country labelling for processed meat and dairy

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has rejected calls for mandatory country of origin labelling for meat and milk in processed products.

E.coli fears spark cheese ban in Scotland

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has banned the sale and ordered a recall of all Errington Cheese Ltd’s products following a fatal outbreak of E.coli.

‘Mary Poppins Act’ needed to reduce sugar intake

The UK will probably strengthen rules governing the front-of-pack nutrition labelling of food and drink packs – something it has been restricted from doing as part of the EU –...

Meat and milk origin labelling ‘should be mandatory’

The government should introduce mandatory origin labelling for meat and milk in processed products, urges a group of farming organisations.

Fishermen sentenced for illegal shellfish gathering

Two men received suspended prison sentences last week for illegal shellfish gathering, after an investigation by North Wales Police and the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA).

E.coli fears raised in second Scottish cheese case

Fears of E.coli contamination in a second unpasteurised cheese brand made by a Scottish producer have prompted a government agency to order its withdrawal from sale.

Unsafe workplaces are rife, claims new survey

Unsafe working conditions among British manufacturers are putting the health of workers in serious danger, a new report has claimed.

Salmonella and metal contamination lead food recalls

Sesame seeds contaminated with salmonella sparked several food recalls recently, while metal contamination in ice cream caused another.

The big interview

Groceries code boss says progress made

With a decision on the future of the Groceries Code Adjudicator looming, Christine Tacon believes progress is being made. 

Bakery fined £36,000 for safety failings

Bakery company Arnaouti Pitta Bread Bakery Ltd has been fined £36,000 for safety failings, linked to failure to comply with improvement notices.

Shelf-space payments face GCA scrutiny

Food and drink manufacturers are being urged to participate in a consultation that aims to find out whether retailers are asking their suppliers to pay for better positioning of goods...

€50M of cocaine found at Coca-Cola plant

Almost 400kg of cocaine – with a reported street value of about €50M (£42M) – was found at a Coca-Cola factory in southern France on Friday (August 26).

FTA warns of violence after Calais blockade

Today’s blockade of the main motorway into Calais has made drivers a sitting target, warned the Freight Transport Association (FTA), whose membership includes lorry drivers of food and drink manufacturers....

Antibiotics in pigs next to be tackled

Antibiotic use in the pig sector looks set to become the next focus of attention nationally, following reductions achieved by the UK poultry sector.

Opinion

Obesity strategy gets the thumbs down

Prime Minister Theresa May hasn’t pleased anybody with the childhood obesity strategy, which was slipped out during the parliamentary recess while she was on holiday walking in Switzerland.

Grocery regulator: ‘I am dependent on suppliers’

The woman in charge of regulating the relationship between retailers and suppliers says she is “totally dependent” on food and drink firms telling her about unfair practices.

‘Irresponsible’ Diageo ad banned by ASA

A TV commercial for Diageo’s rum brand Captain Morgan has been banned after the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled it implied drinking alcohol could boost popularity and confidence.

Levels of acrylamides in children’s diet a concern

The levels of cancer-causing chemical acrylamide found in infant and young children’s diets are concerning, according to a group of experts on toxicology.  

Life ban for flouting food hygiene regulations

A food factory owner has been banned from running another food business for life, after her site was found to be infested with mice and flies.

Consumers call for campylobacter reductions

Two thirds (66%) of consumers think the poultry industry should do more to reduce campylobacter contamination beyond the agreed current target of less than 10%.

Childhood obesity plan ‘fatigued’ claim retailers

Retailers have stepped up their objections to the childhood obesity strategy, arguing that the report isn’t comprehensive enough and the government has failed to provide leadership.

Distillery fined after worker was engulfed in flames

An Oldbury distillery has been ordered to pay £295,009 for safety failings, after an employee was engulfed in flames.