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AIMs won its challenge against the FSA, but is not seeking a remedy for 'illegal fees' gathered by the standards body

AIMS members seek reparations from ‘Illegal charges’

By Gwen Ridler

The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) is seeking reparations for ‘illegal charges’ levied against its members by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), after successfully challenging the body on the lack of transparency on the calculation of...

The FSA has added 6,000 items to its public list of CBD products

Nearly 12,000 products on the CBD public list

By Michelle Perrett

Almost 6,000 CBD products have been added to the Food Standards Agency (FSA) public list of Cannabidiol (CBD) products that can be marketed in England and Wales.

GI's hold untapped potential for British food, claimed a new report

Geographically protected foods represent 'untapped potential'

By Michelle Perrett

The UK has missed out on important opportunities because of how geographical indication policy is used, a new report called Entitled Untapped Potential: Protected Food and Drink Name Policy in the United Kingdom, produced by a group of MPs, has claimed....

The Government has pushed back restrictions on HFSS promotions in stores

Government delays restrictions on HFSS promotions

By Gwen Ridler

The Government’s delay in the implementation of restrictions on advertising and volume promotions for high fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) foods has been criticised for contradicting its levelling up ambitions and escalating the cost of treating obesity.

Leese: 'A judicial review may yet arise as a result of the Cleveland Case'

Legal Opinion

Have courts seen the last of Cleveland Meat Company?

By Hannah Leese

The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) has been involved in a protracted dispute concerning the infamous Carcass 77 slaughtered at Cleveland Meat Company Limited back in 2014.

Martin: 'There is currently no legal definition of what a vegan product is in the UK or EU'

Legal opinion

Plant-based food labelling: what the law says

By Pete Martin

The meteoric growth in sales and the variety of plant-based foods has been so fast that the thinking on how such products are labelled has barely kept up. Here, Pete Martin, regulatory director at product information specialist Ashbury explores the latest...

Edible insects sold in the UK are done illegaly, according to Horizon Insects

Edible insects left in legal limbo

By Gwen Ridler

Producers of edible insects in the UK have been left in legal limbo, after the Food Standards Agency (FSA) failed to notify producers of new regulations on novel foods post Brexit transition period, according to Horizon Insects.

Confusion over best-before and use-by dates needs to be adressed in order to prevent food waste, according to Marcel Koks

Dynamic best-before and use-by dates to curb food waste

By Marcel Koks

Marcel Koks, Industry & Solution Strategy Director for Food & Beverage at Infor, asks how food manufacturers can lead the way when it comes to reducing the huge amounts of food wasted by consumers each year.

Muneer: 'Businesses need to ensure they have the necessary permissions to bring workers into the country'

Legal opinion

HGV driver, poultry worker and pork butcher visas: what we know

By Shabana Muneer

In an effort to tackle supply chain issues, the Government backtracked on its refusal to allow 'unskilled' labour into the UK and announced a temporary visa scheme for overseas HGV drivers, poultry workers and now pork butchers. The situation...

Mark White revealed a new best practice statement for future audits

GCA announces best practice statement for audits

By Gwen Ridler

A new best practice statement to respond to suppliers’ concerns about the way the large supermarkets are carrying out audits was unveiled by the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) today (30 September).

Saiban: 'the key challenge will be how these targets are actually met'

The food industry's climate change challenge

By Jason Saiban

You would think the UK food sector has enough to deal with right now - upwards of 10% of the UK workforce deciding to remain in mainland Europe causing severe labour shortages, supply chain issues and stock delays.

Freeman: Feeding a global population of nine billion by 2050 'a massive opportunity' for UK science and agri-tech leadership

How a UK regulatory overhaul could benefit food firms

By Rod Addy

A report calling for an overhaul of the UK's entire regulatory framework argues the move could unlock innovation in the food industry - Food Manufacture talked to MP and co-author George Freeman about that vision.

Glebe Farm has won its legal battle with Oatly

Glebe Farm wins legal battle with Oatly

By Gwen Ridler

Glebe Farm has won its legal battle with Swedish oat drinks manufacturer Oatly, after the judged dismissed all claims of copyright infringement.

Reinders: 'a company registering a single product under Novel Food guidelines would need to invest between €350,000-€500,000'

CBD opinion

Hemp food firm wants quality marks, not Novel Food approval

By Mark Reinders

Driving CBD food producers down the Novel Foods route is unnecessary and expensive, argues Mark Reinders, HempFlax boss and former president of the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA) in this opinion piece.

The Association for the Cannabinoid Industry has opened a new EU office

CBD regulatory group opens EU office

By Gwen Ridler

The Association for the Cannabinoid Industry (ACI) has opened a new Brussels office as it expands its membership offering into the EU.

Small businesses will be exempt from the Government's junk food ad ban

Small businesses exempt from junk food ad ban

By Gwen Ridler

Small business are to be exempt from the Government’s ban on junk food advertising, as sweeping bans on ads for foods high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) come into force next year.

EU officials have rejected a ban on dairy descriptors for vegan and plant-based alternatives

EU officials reject plant-based dairy ban

By Gwen Ridler

European officials have rejected changes to food regulation that would have banned the use of dairy terminology and imagery in the description of plant-based cheese and milk alternatives.

The EU did not opt to introduce border controls in phases

Brexit: food firms must prepare for phased border checks

By Andrew Northage & Claire Burrows

Legal experts at Walker Morris discuss what food businesses need to know about phases 2 and 3 of implementing checks at the Great Britain/EU border now the Brexit transition period has ended.

Leaving the EU has had a profound effect on the exportation of 'just-in-time' short shelf-life food, says CFA director Karin Goodburn

Chilled Food Association and vets battle Brexit red tape

By Rod Addy

The Chilled Food Association (CFA) is supporting vets battling the rising tide of costly red tape needed to allow Great Britain to transport short shelf-life composite foods of animal origin into the EU.

New rules of HFSS foods risk damaging the sports nutrition industry, claimed ESSNA

Sports nutrition at risk from HFSS guidelines

By Gwen Ridler

Poorly defined restrictions on products high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) in the Government’s obesity regulation efforts could risk damaging the sport nutrition industry, the European Specialist Sport Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) claims.

CBD producers have until 31 March to submit novel food applications

CBD ‘key market’ in post-Brexit UK

By Gwen Ridler

Concessions enabling more CBD products to meet the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) novel food application deadline suggest the UK could be becoming a major player in cannabis edibles, according to law firm Fieldfisher.

CBD is a chemical found naturally within the cannabis plant

Deadline approaches for CBD Novel Foods applications

By Rod Addy

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has warned the CBD industry the deadline is approaching for submitting Novel Foods applications for validation in order to continue to sell their products in England and Wales.

Müller UK & Ireland has been fined for an accodent at its factory involving an agency worker

Finger amputations cost Müller UK & Ireland £66k

By Gwen Ridler

Müller UK & Ireland has been ordered to pay more than £66k for health and safety failings after an agency worker suffered severe injuries when their fingers were caught in machinery.

Smith: 'There are significant costs involved in sponsoring employees and complex rules'

Legal opinion

Brexit and UK immigration and employment law

By Charlotte Smith

After the UK Immigration Act received Royal Assent, what are the upcoming changes to the UK’s immigration system and employment laws?

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