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Amazon drone tests set to take off

Amazon is to test the viability of drone delivery in the UK, in partnership with the UK government.

Act now to make most of the apprenticeship levy

Food and drink manufacturers have been advised to start putting strategies in place now to make the most of the government’s apprenticeship levy, which comes into force in April 2017...

Hand slice accidents cost packaging firm over £2M

A firm that manufactures steel for food packaging has been ordered to pay more than £2M for safety failings, after two workers suffered injuries to their hands in two separate...

Wraps recalled over potentially fatal bacteria

Lytham Foods has recalled a number of its Freshbite wraps after concerns over the company’s safety procedures to prevent harmful levels of bacteria in its products.

Oppo Ice Cream breaches advertising code

Oppo Ice Cream has been forced to amend content on its website by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), for not backing up a claim about the ice cream’s health benefits....

Kellogg nutrition claims slammed by ASA watchdog

Cereal manufacturer Kellogg has been banned from claiming its Special K range was ‘full of goodness’ and ‘nutritious’ by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

Staff cuts planned to pay for Apprenticeship Levy

Almost one-in-five businesses are likely to cut employee numbers to meet the costs of the Apprenticeship Levy, finds an industry-wide survey by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and Pearson...

PM reveals food and farming ministerial roles

George Eustice has retained his position as food and farming minister in the latest ministerial appointments by new Prime Minister Theresa May. 

‘Fake’ farm brands spark complaint from NFU

Retailers’ use of “fake” farm brands has sparked a formal complaint from the National Farmers Union (NFU) to the Chartered Trading Standards Institute.

Sugar tax unlikely after Brexit: pressure group

The UK sugar levy – due to be introduced in April 2018 – has little chance of implementation after the UK’s decision to leave the EU, according to an obesity pressure group.

Greg Clark named business minister in reshuffle

Former communities and local government secretary Greg Clark has been named the new business minister, as new Prime Minister Theresa May announced her revitalised cabinet.

Drinks firm fined for hand slice accident

A drinks manufacturer has been ordered to pay more than £15,000 after an employee’s hand was severed while cleaning a blending machine.


Brexit: 80 organisations call for food and farming support

More than 80 organisations have signed a letter to the government to stress the implications of Brexit on the food and farming industry.

Brexit impact

Brexit to change food buying habits: Nielsen

Consumers fear food prices will rise after Brexit and plan to change their buying habits accordingly, reveals new research from Nielsen. 

Brexit: Greater risk of cyber-crime after leaving EU

Cyber-crime will pose a bigger threat to food and drink manufacturers once the UK leaves the EU warn lawyers, after a US food chain suffered a devastating online attack last...

Herbs and spices guide to help fight fraud

A guide designed to protect manufacturers from buying adulterated or substituted herbs and spices could herald a new era of collaboration between food industry organisations, its authors have claimed.

Fatality at food firm costs construction firms £286k

Two construction firms – Premier Roofing Systems Ltd and A-Lift Crane Hire Ltd – have been ordered to pay more than £286,000 last month (June 29), after a fatality at a food distribution centre.

Risk-based focus for hygiene audits will grow

Third-party hygiene audits will feature much more prominently under the changes planned for the way food businesses are regulated by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), following a review.

Brexit impact

FDF launches six-step manifesto to ease Brexit

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has launched a six-step manifesto to help Britain’s biggest manufacturing sector cope with Brexit – the “UK’s most significant peacetime challenge ever”, according to its director...

News in brief

Gene sequencing helps poisoning detection

New analytical whole gene sequencing (WGS) techniques are speeding up the detection and accuracy of isolating the sources of food poisoning outbreaks, according to Public Health England (PHE).

Safety failings cost horticultural firm £30k

A horticultural firm was ordered to pay more than £30,000 by Bolton Magistrates court last week (June 27) for safety failings at two of its sites, after investigations by the Health...

Frozen fish firm fined £500k for fatal injuries

A frozen fish firm has been ordered to pay more than £500,000 last week (June 24) after an employee suffered fatal injuries.

Morrisons says ‘sorry’ for breaching groceries code

Supermarket chain Morrisons has said “sorry” after it was found guilty of breaching the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP) in 2015.

Unhygienic turkey manufacturer told to pay over £400,000

A turkey manufacturer and its director were ordered to pay more than £400,000 last week, after an investigation revealed the firm’s turkeys were left outside to defrost in dirty water....

Food and drink industry ‘delaying’ UK obesity plans

Food and drink manufacturers have “delayed and eroded” government plans to tackle obesity, claimed the lobby group Action on Sugar (AoS), after the publication of a new report by the Obesity...