EFRA chair Neil Parish calls for funding

Trade groups: Brexit report underlines our fears

By Michelle Perrett

Trade groups have backed a report on Brexit from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee that warns of a potentially “significant impact” on UK agriculture and the knock-on impact on consumers.

NFU president Meurig Raymond called for more action

Industry dissatisfied about GCA decision

By Michelle Perrett

The government decision not to extend the remit of the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) has provoked mixed views from suppliers, with some dissatisfied with the outcome.

Grocery Code Adjudicator: No extended remit

Government rejects calls to extend remit of GCA

By Michelle Perrett

The government has rejected calls to extend the remit of the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA), but has pledged to introduce measures to protect smaller suppliers, including a £10M collaboration fund.

Quorn has recalled its Tikka Masala over fears of rubber contamination

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Rubber contamination sparks Quorn recall

By Gwen Ridler

Meat-free food manufacturer Quorn has recalled packs of its chilled Tikka Masala with Basmati Rice, because they may contain pieces of rubber.

While advertising had a big influence, there were other more important factors at play: Hilary Ross

TV ad ban would be a ‘sticking plaster’

By Noli Dinkovski

Focusing on advertising alone in the battle against obesity would act as a “sticking plaster”, a leading lawyer has claimed, following the publication of a new report from Cancer Research, which found teenagers who watch more than three hours of TV a...

Scotch whisky is legally protected from copies in China for the next 10 years

Scotch whisky trademark secured in China

By Gwen Ridler

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has secured a 10-year trademark for Scotch whisky in China, during a three-day trade visit to the country with Prime Minister Theresa May.

Potassium report: the potential benefits ‘outweigh’ the risks

Potassium report welcomed by salt lobby group

By Noli Dinkovski

A report that concluded using potassium-based salt replacers instead of sodium in food would have a positive impact on public health has been welcomed by lobby group Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH).

The FSA believes third-party hygiene audits need to be more robust

Food Standards Agency reforms are not a ‘secret mission’

By Rick Pendrous

The Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) reforms under its Regulating Our Future (ROF) programme are about making the Agency “fit for purpose” and not a “back door” way of shifting the full cost burden of inspecting food businesses onto the industry while...

Brexit has focused the need for more NFCU powers, says food crime boss Andy Morling

Food Crime Unit needs up to £5M more to investigate fraud

By Rick Pendrous

The National Food Crime Unit (NFCU) would only take on investigatory powers on top of its intelligence gathering activities if it received ministerial support and between £4M and £5M a year of extra government funding, it emerged at the Food Standards...

Food and drink recalls in the UK more than doubled in 2015/16

Food and drink recalls more than double in 2015/16

By Michelle Perrett

The number of food and drink product recalls in the UK grew by 62% in 2015/16 driven by the impact of new EU labelling legislation, the Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) report has revealed.

Brexit trade talks: a bumpy road or war?


Brexit trade talks: a bumpy road or war?

By Rick Pendrous

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose, as our French neighbours might say. It’s a quote that could have been made to reflect my comments here: given all the arguments and posturing that have occurred over the past year, what has really changed?

The Farmer’s Son has recalled packs of haggis over food poisoning fears

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Haggis recalled over food poisoning fears

By Gwen Ridler

Scottish meat processor The Farmer’s Son has recalled packs of haggis and black pudding, due to concerns over the company’s procedures to prevent food poisoning.

Cost-cutting has led to a rise in food and drink recalls, claimed Lockton

Cost-cutting sparks rise in food and drink recalls

By Gwen Ridler

Cost-cutting by food and drink manufacturers has sparked a rise in product recalls over the past six years, as the number of foods recalled for being contaminated with foreign bodies has more than tripled, claimed insurance broker Lockton.

Minimum unit price for alcohol: ‘unlikely’ in England

England ‘unlikely to get minimum booze price’

By Noli Dinkovski

The adoption of a minimum unit price (MUP) for alcohol in Scotland is unlikely to be replicated in England under the current government – but Wales and Northern Ireland are expected to follow suit – a leading academic behind the research into its effectiveness...

UK wants a Brexit transition deal that protects fishermen and fish processors


Michael Gove bullish on transition deal for UK fisheries

By Rick Pendrous

The UK is seeking a reduced post-Brexit transition period of nine to 10 months for fisheries ending in January 2020 when it hopes to adopt the status of Independent Coastal State in law to protect the UK fishing industry.

Metal contamination sparked a recall of Greencore wraps

Metal contamination sparks Greencore recall

By Gwen Ridler

Convenience food manufacturer Greencore has been forced to recall wraps from three supermarkets, after they were contaminated with small pieces of metal.

The Apprentice winner Alana Spencer has been forced to recall cakes from her Ridiculously Rich brand

The Apprentice winner ‘mortified’ after cake recall

By Gwen Ridler

Alana Spencer, winner of the hit BBC TV show The Apprentice last year, has been left “mortified” after she was forced to recall cakes and bars from her Ridiculously Rich brand, over a labelling error.

Iceland has avoided a ban on an advert for its luxury bread range

Iceland bread ad escapes ban from watchdog

By Gwen Ridler

Frozen food retailer Iceland has avoided a ban on one of its adverts, after the Advertising Standards Authority dismissed a claim it was misleading.

Sharing intelligence should become the food industry norm: Food Manufacture editor Rick Pendrous


Intelligence sharing must become the norm

By Rick Pendrous

The findings of the report from the House of Commons’ Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee inquiry into the alleged food safety failings identified by the undercover press investigation into 2 Sisters Food Group’s West Bromwich poultry...

The Food Standards Agency’s remit should be expanded in the run up to Brexit: DWF

Stronger FSA needed to avoid Brexit ‘quagmire’

By Noli Dinkovski

The remit of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) should be expanded to stop the industry sleepwalking into a “regulatory quagmire” after the UK has left the EU, a leading food lawyer has claimed.

Packaging firm Euro Packaging UK ltd was fined £100k, after a worker’s arm was crushed in machinery

Food packaging firm fined £100k for hand crush

By Gwen Ridler

A company that manufactures packaging for the food and drink industry has been fined £100,000 for health and safety offences, after a worker’s hand was crushed.

Fears have been raised over enforcement of ‘non-traditional’ trade marks

Fears raised over trade marks rules

By Noli Dinkovski

New European rules thought to offer manufacturers a greater opportunity to register ‘non-traditional’ trade marks may not be as straightforward as first anticipated, a law firm has warned.

The alleged food safety breaches at 2 Sister’s West Bromwich plant should serve as a ‘wake-up call’

2 sisters food safety incident should act as ‘wake-up call’

By Gwen Ridler

The alleged food safety incident at 2 Sisters Food Group’s West Bromwich chicken cutting plant was not a “one-off” for the company and should act as a “wake-up call” for food regulators and accreditation services, according to a House of Commons report.

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