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Indulgence Patisserie moved into a new £2.5m factory in 2014

Desserts maker fined £50k after factory fall

By Noli Dinkovski

An Essex-based desserts maker has been fined £50,000 after the managing director’s mother seriously injured her pelvis falling through fragile ceiling tiles.

The FSA has launched a consultation into food law after the UK leaves the EU

FSA launches post-EU law consultation

By Noli Dinkovski

A consultation on the potential amendments to food and animal feed law after the UK leaves the EU has been launched by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Industry bodies have questioned revisions to rules on food advertising aimed at children

Industry bodies query proposed food advertising changes

By Rick Pendrous

Food and drink industry groups have challenged several changes proposed under the revised Nutrient Profiling Model (NPM) used to control the advertising and promotion of ‘less healthy’ products to children.

Your legal questions are answered by or experts in food legislation

LEGAL Q&A

Your food manufacturing legal questions answered

By Food Manufacture

From the implications of current legislation covering energy use to compliance with international rules governing nutrition labelling, we pose your legal questions to experts in food law.

Errington was forced to lay off its last two members of staff, as the council refused to release stocks of its cheese

E.coli death linked cheesemaker lays off staff

By Gwen Ridler

Errington Cheese, the Scottish cheesemaker linked to a fatal outbreak of E.coli O157 in 2016, has made the last of its remaining staff redundant, as sales dropped in spite of a ruling that cleared the company of breaching hygiene regulations.

Coca-Cola Zero Sugar is to undergo a redesign to bring it in line with the classic variant

New design unveiled for Coca-Cola range

By Aidan Fortune

Coca-Cola Great Britain has revealed a new design for the Coca-Cola range, featuring new packaging for its Coca-Cola original and Coca-Cola Zero Sugar variants.

Three Lithuanian men have been fined for gangmaster offences in the seafood sector

Seafood sector illegal gangmasters fined

By Gwen Ridler

Three Lithuanian men have been convicted of gangmaster offences in Northern Ireland, following an investigation by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA).

Food and drink recall photo gallery

Recalls led by metal contamination and fermentation

By Gwen Ridler

This weekend saw a number of food and drink products recalled from store shelves for contamination by foreign objects, spoilage and undeclared allergens, featured in this photo gallery.

Nestlé has vowed to continue its fight to trademark the shape of Kit Kats

Nestlé continues fight for Kit Kat shape trademark

By Gwen Ridler

Nestlé will keep fighting to secure an EU-wide trademark for the shape of its four-finger Kit Kat chocolate bar, after the European Court of Justice dismissed its appeal against a prior ruling preventing this.

Child obesity levels have hit a record high, according to a Public Health England report

Child obesity trends hit record high

By Aidan Fortune

Public Health England (PHE) is continuing to focus on calorie and sugar reduction as levels of severe obesity in children aged 10–11 have reached the highest point since records began.

A Heinz Beanz ad has been banned for a second time by the ASA

Heinz TV ad banned for a second time

By Gwen Ridler

A TV ad for Heinz Beanz has been banned for a second time by watchdogs, after breaching rules for health claims in food advertising.

A no-deal Brexit could threaten the UK's food security, according to policy experts

Food security threatened by no-deal Brexit

By Gwen Ridler

The Government is at risk of threatening the security of food in the UK if it doesn’t factor the agri-food industry in Brexit negotiations, according to a new report from food policy specialists.

The HMRC should do more to educate small firms on the intricacies of pay laws, according to Ananda Foods and Image on Food

HMRC ‘demonises’ small firms who underpay staff

By Gwen Ridler

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) should do more to educate small and medium-sized businesses on staff payment regulations, instead of “demonising them” for underpayment.

The Government’s Brexit white paper was published on Thursday (12 July)

Brexit free-trade paper met with mixed response

By Gwen Ridler

The UK Government’s white paper, proposing a free-trade area for goods to create frictionless trade post-Brexit, has been met with mixed responses from across the food and drink industry.

The Chequers agreement also involved the proposal to treat UK and EU borders as combined customs territory

FDF backs Chequers ‘soft’ Brexit agreement

By Rod Addy

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) was “greatly encouraged” by the Cabinet agreement on a ‘soft’ Brexit struck at Chequers on 6 July, urging a swift resolution from the UK and EU27.

More time seems to be needed to secure a EU-UK trade deal post-Brexit, warned Creed

Minister: Brexit trade talk extension looks advisable

By Rod Addy

Clinching an EU-UK trade deal by the original working deadline of October is now “a highly challenging timescale” and an extension looks advisable, according to Irish minister for agriculture, food and the marine Michael Creed.

Manufacturers must now pay at least 18p extra per unit for soft drinks containing 5g or more of added sugar

MPs back sugar tax hike as obesity plan unfolds

By Rod Addy

Political appetite to increase ‘sugar tax’ on soft drinks and extend the levy to other products is growing, a Populus survey seen exclusively by Food Manufacture has revealed.

HSE: “tragic and wholly avoidable incident”

Bakkavor fined £176k after food tray death

By Rod Addy

Bakkavor has been fined £176,000 after an employee was killed at its Caledonian Produce site in Bridgeness, Scotland as a result of being struck by empty food trays.

Fedima has urged producers to avoid ‘free-from’ claims on their food

Fedima: avoid ‘free-from’ claims

By Rod Addy

Free-from claims need careful consideration under allergen labelling regulations and should ideally be avoided, the European trade body representing bakery, confectionery and patisserie suppliers has advised.

Suppliers are kept waiting 50 days for payment, claimed Moore Stephens

Payment terms tough for suppliers

By Rod Addy

Food suppliers are being kept waiting for payment by the top supermarkets, with a maximum delay 50 days, Duncan Swift, partner and head of Moore Stephens’ food advisory group has claimed.

Leverton Brothers was fined a total of £10,000 for an arm crush incident

Potato producer fined for arm crush

By Gwen Ridler

Producer Leverton Brothers has been ordered to pay more than £10,000 for safety failings, after a worker’s arm was seriously injured in a potato grading machine.

AG Barr has recalled 750ml glass bottles of its drinks

AG Barr recalls bottles for cap error

By Gwen Ridler

Soft drinks manufacturer AG Barr has recalled a number of its bottled drinks, because a fault in the packaging process could cause the caps on these drinks to pop off unexpectedly and cause injury.

Book now: spaces are still available for the conference, which takes place in Birmingham next month

FOOD SAFETY CONFERENCE 2018

Food Safety Conference: FSA’s plans to be debated

By Noli Dinkovski

Risk-based compliance’s impact on the food industry is set to be a key theme at Food Manufacture’s Food Safety Conference, which takes place in Birmingham next month.