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An example of the effluent found by Thames Water

Fine Lady Bakery fined £180,000

By Helen Gilbert

An Oxfordshire bakery has been ordered to pay a record £180,000 fine after allowing waste material to illegally enter the local sewer network.

 Hancock: ‘I am as ambitious as ever to deliver a modern regulatory system’

New regulatory system will ‘need to be paid for’: FSA

By Noli Dinkovski

Food and drink manufacturers will have to bear the “cost of regulation” to ensure they comply with the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) new sustainable funding model, its chair Heather Hancock has reiterated.

On-pack cooking instruction work hand-in-hand with BRC Global Standards

BRC 8 benefits on-pack cooking instructions

By Greg Hooper

Campden BRI instruction services manager and microwave specialist Greg Hooper discusses the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety and its implication on manufacturers.

EU regulations will be passed into UK law from day one of Brexit

EU laws retained in no-deal Brexit scenario

By Gwen Ridler

EU legislation and regulation on food and nutrition will carry over into UK law from exit day in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the Government has confirmed.

Dr Tedstone: ‘UK manufacturers and retailers have already shown they are capable of innovation and creativity’

OPINION

Do more to improve the nation’s health: Tedstone

By Dr Alison Tedstone

Public Heath England chief nutritionist Dr Alison Tedstone discusses why food and drink manufacturers need to up their game when it comes to reducing sugar and calories in their products.

Bakery boss calls for level playing field in obesity battle

Greggs boss: no unlevel playing-field in obesity battle

By Noli Dinkovski

Targeting larger companies only in the out-of-home (OOH) sector, as part of the Government’s drive to combat obesity, risks “squeezing the balloon” in favour of independent operators, the boss of the UK’s largest bakery chain has warned.

The gangmaster was served with a Labour Market Enforcement Undertaking, effective for one year

Devon gangmaster barred from unlicensed activity

By Helen Gilbert

A man supplying food processing staff via a recruitment agency has been prevented from putting forward workers without a licence following investigations by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) in Devon.

The FSA has called for full ingredients lists for products in store

FSA: list all ingredients in store

By Gwen Ridler

Food outlets should list all ingredients to prevent allergy related incidents, as part of strict new rules proposed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Supplier payments could be further delayed by the failed Sainsbury's/Asda merger

Failed Sainsbury’s/Asda merger to delay supplier payments

By Gwen Ridler

Suppliers may be forced to wait even longer for payments from supermarkets in the wake of the Competition and Markets Authority’s rejection of the proposed Sainsbury’s/Asda merger, as delays continue to rise.

Pret is rolling out ingredients labelling on all its products nationwide

Pret launches nationwide ingredients labelling

By Gwen Ridler

Pret A Manger is to roll out a full list of ingredients for all the fresh food it sells in stores, following the deaths of two customers that suffered allergic reactions from eating its sandwiches.

Health and safety failings have cost Braegate Produce Ltd £50k and C H Cole & Sons £30k

Potato processing firms fined for safety failings

By Gwen Ridler

Potato processor Braegate Produce has been fined £50,000 for health and safety failings, while a separate potato processing line accident has cost one Essex firm more than a £30,000 penalty.

The Soft Drinks Industry Levy helped to boost the performance of its Robinsons squash brand, Britvic said

Soft drinks levy does industry a favour

By Rod Addy

The Soft Drinks Industry Levy (SDIL) helped to boost sales for the industry, rather than dampening performance, according to Britvic’s 2018 Soft Drinks Review, which was made public on 11 April.

Exports of live animals and animal products can continue, but businesses will have to keep on top of red tape

‘Relief’ as no-deal meat exports hurdle cleared

By Rod Addy

Meat trade representatives have expressed 'relief' that EU Member States have agreed the UK’s listed status to export live animals and animal products as a third country in a no-deal Brexit scenario.

The database underpins research that informs current Public Health England dietary policy

Nutrition of thousands of recipes made available online

By Noli Dinkovski

The nutrient levels of thousands of the most commonly eaten foods and recipe dishes in the UK has been made available online following a tie up between Public Health England (PHE) and the Quadram Institute.

2 Sisters Food Group was fined £1.4m after a worker sustained crush injuries

2 Sisters fined £1.4m for worker crush

By Gwen Ridler

2 Sisters Food Group has been fined £1.4m for health and safety offences, after a worker suffered crush injuries at its Scunthorpe site.

Dunbia was handed a record fine for non-compliance of TSE regulations at its Preston site (stock image)

Dunbia given £266,000 fine by FSA

By Aidan Fortune

Red meat processor Dunbia has been fined more than £266,000 by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) for the failure to remove parts of the animal designated specified risk materials.

The FSA's guidance on the shelf-life of meat products has been questioned by BMPA and MLA research

Shelf-life guidance comes under fire

By Aidan Fortune

Research into the shelf-life of meat products has found that the ’10-day rule’ may no longer be appropriate for the industry.

Tacon's verdict found the Co-op Group had breached two counts of the GSCOP

£1.3m bill for Co-op Group grocery code breach

By Rod Addy

The Co-op Group must overhaul its processes and face costs of £1.3m after Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) Christine Tacon announced it had breached the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP).

Cannabidiol is generating interest in the food and drink industry

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Legislation on products containing cannabidiol

By Helen Arrowsmith

With increased media coverage and social media interest leading to rising consumer awareness of hemp derivatives, in particular cannabidiol (CBD), many in the food and drink industry are looking to develop new products containing this compound. But the...

The best outcome would be continued tariff-free and frictionless trade between the UK and the EU

Trade body counters calls for import tariff cut

By Rod Addy

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has stressed the importance of two-way tariff-free trade after Brexit, in contrast to one consumer group advocating unilateral abolition of UK import tariffs.

Guidance over raw milk production was discussed by Food Standards Scotland, Scottish Food Enforcement Liaison Committee and Specialist Cheesemaker’s Association

Food bodies meet over raw milk guidance

By Aidan Fortune

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) and the Scottish Food Enforcement Liaison Committee (SFELC) recently met with the Specialist Cheesemaker’s Association (SCA) to discuss the concerns over guidance for the production of cheese made from raw, or unpasteurised,...

EU law states a food business must provide information on 14 specific allergens

Food Standards Agency defends allergen stance

By Rod Addy

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has rejected claims it should require foodservice firms to print full allergen labelling on packaged foods displayed to consumers under allergen labelling guidelines.

AIMS and the FSA will battle it out in the Supreme Court over challenging Official Veterinarians' decisions (Photo credit UK Supreme Court)

AIMS challenges FSA in Supreme Court

By Aidan Fortune

The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) is to take on the Foods Standards Agency (FSA) in the Supreme Court over its refusal to allow Official Veterinarians’ (OV) decisions to be challenged.

Red Tractor's Jim Moseley reiterated the benefits of a modular assurance scheme

Red Tractor cracks down on standards

By Gwen Ridler

Assurance scheme Red Tractor removed more than 200 members in 2017 for not meeting standards, according to chief executive Jim Moseley.

Health and safety shouldn’t be gambled on, especially with the threat of huge fines should it fail

FEATURE

Avoid rolling the dice on health and safety

By Alyson Magee

With safety-first equipment and IT systems able to reduce the risk of workplace incidents and help manufacturers avoid severe penalties, can companies really afford not to invest in them?

Batters: 'I absolutely don’t want it written in blood, I want it written in ink.'

Deeds not words: NFU boss demands commitment from Gove

By Gwen Ridler

National Farmers Union (NFU) president Minette Batters has called on secretary of state Michael Gove to commit to securing the high standards of British food production after the UK leaves the EU next month.

Gove is speaking to colleagues in Government about delaying consultations involving departments other than DEFRA

More called for as Gove delays food consultations

By Rod Addy

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has welcomed the extension of deadlines pledged by environment secretary Michael Gove on some food industry consultations amid Brexit chaos, but believes others may also have to be delayed.

Food Standards Scotland has issued a Public Information Statement on the dangers of STEC in food

FSS issues STEC food safety advice

By Aidan Fortune

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has issued a Public Information Statement to make clear its position regarding the presence of a group of harmful E.coli bacteria called STEC in food.

Moy Park was fined £866,650 for an accident involving a forklift truck

Moy Park fined for forklift accident

By Gwen Ridler

Poultry processor Moy Park has been fined more than £850,000, after a worker suffered life-changing injuries in a forklift truck accident at its Ashbourne site.

Pay gap reporting will be top of the legal agenda this year

Pay gap to dominate law agenda

By Aidan Fortune

Pay gap reporting is set to be top of the employment law agenda for 2019, according to legal firm Howes Percival.

Products of animal origin will be able to display the EC identification mark for a transitional period

‘No control’ on export labelling rules post-Brexit: Defra

By Noli Dinkovski

The Government is aiming “wherever possible” to allow a transition period for food labelling changes if the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 29 March – but warned it had “no control” over how changes will be enforced overseas for exporters.

A relaxation of modified atmosphere-packed foods legislation has been urged by the industry

Call for FSA to relax MAP guidance

By Rick Pendrous

Food safety experts have called for a relaxation of guidance governing the controls on vacuum and modified atmosphere-packed (MAP) chilled foods, which has been claimed to place UK manufacturers at a distinct disadvantage compared with overseas competitors.