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28-Feb-2013 - The Scottish government has launched a consultation on the roles, responsibilities and functions of Scotland’s new food safety body.
28-Feb-2013 - Finsbury Food Group has sold its free-from business to Genius Foods for £21M to focus on its core bread and cake business ̶ and reduce debt.
28-Feb-2013 - Chancellor George Osborne could spring a huge surprise when he announces his budget on March 20 by raising short-term borrowing to stimulate much needed growth in Britain’s stagnant economy, the head of economics at the HSBC has said.
28-Feb-2013 - The Edrington Group – the maker of Famous Grouse whisky – has been ordered to pay a £40,000 fine, after safety breaches forced two workers to flee a warehouse fire.
28-Feb-2013 - The government should cap VAT for beers sales in licensed premises at 5% in order to boost trade and “create thousands of jobs”.
27-Feb-2013 - The boss of Tesco Philip Clarke has promised to buy more British meat and to introduce more stringent testing procedures, as the National Farmers Union (NFU) warned the horsemeat scandal had brought the UK food industry to “a pivotal moment”.
27-Feb-2013 - A worker has been airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after falling through the roof of Nestlé’s beverages factory in Dalston, Cumbria.
27-Feb-2013 - The boss of the world’s biggest food company Nestlé, Paul Bulcke has blamed the horsemeat scandal on a criminal minority, who threatened to undermine trust between consumers and the food industry.
27-Feb-2013 - Tesco has denied union claims and widespread media reports that plans to reorganise its distribution network will put up to 1,600 jobs under threat.
27-Feb-2013 - Associated British Foods (ABF) is locked in row with Oxfam about what the charity claims is the “veil of secrecy” the food manufacturing giant allegedly uses to hide the “human cost” of its supply chain.
27-Feb-2013 - Higher food prices and food price speculation should be welcomed, the boss of the world’s biggest food company Nestlé told the audience at the City Food Lecture at London’s Guildhall this week.
26-Feb-2013 - Pork producer Tulip has appointed Chris Thomas as its new ceo, with effect from May 15.
26-Feb-2013 - Food firms which make vegetarian ready meals are battling to meet retailer demand in the wake of the horsemeat scandal.
26-Feb-2013 - The product recall in mid-January when equine DNA was found in supermarket burgers has rapidly turned into an international scandal exposing complex cross-border supply chains.
25-Feb-2013 - Ethnic food manufacturer and wholesaler Euro Foods was fined £6,000 and ordered to pay £12,000 costs after being found guilty of potentially fatal food adulteration in court recently (February 12).
25-Feb-2013 - Furniture giant IKEA has become the latest retailer to be drawn into the horsemeat scandal, after tests in the Czech Republic revealed traces of horsemeat in a consignment of meatballs made in Sweden.
25-Feb-2013 - Confectionery manufacturer Thorntons plans to close a further 40 stores in this financial year, as it continues to focus on “significant growth” in multiple-channel sales via supermarkets and Thorntons Direct online.
25-Feb-2013 - The continuing horsemeat scandal could benefit premium food retailers at the expense of value outlets, according to city analyst Shore Captial.
25-Feb-2013 - The vast majority of food and drink manufacturers expect to lift staff wages this year, but a growing proportion of their employees rate a positive working environment above money, according to a survey by recruitment consultant Michael Page.
25-Feb-2013 - A Huddersfield pie manufacturer has been found guilty of health and safety breaches that killed a factory worker in a gas oven explosion.
25-Feb-2013 - 2 Sisters Food Group is getting its business ready to create up to 500 new jobs throughout 2013 as a result of winning significant new business, including a multimillion-pound contract to supply poultry to Sainsbury.
22-Feb-2013 - The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has revealed that 99% of nearly 3,600 tests for the presence of horse DNA on processed meat products have proved negative.
22-Feb-2013 - Celebrity chefs, including Loyd Grossman, Albert Roux and Heston Blumenthal, have backed a report from pressure group Sustain, which warns the government has wasted more than £54M on failed schemes to improve hospital food.
22-Feb-2013 - A mid-Wales beef burger producer, whose website boasts “full traceability”, has told FoodManufacture.co.uk he was “gutted” to learn his beef burgers contained 1% or more of horse meat.
22-Feb-2013 - A sweet manufacturer has been ordered to pay £6,375 after a worker’s hand was crushed when he tried to clear a jammed machine.
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