Regulation

The Food Standards Agency needs to build more trust with businesses, says Heather Hancock

FSA aims for ‘right touch’ regulation

By Rick Pendrous

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) needs to develop more trusting relationships with the food businesses it regulates if it is to get them to share more information, its chairman Heather Hancock acknowledged in her Campden BRI lecture last month.

Beware a shotgun trade deal that compromises UK standards, warns Barry Gardiner

FDF Convention

Food firms should beware a ‘shotgun US trade deal’

By Michael Stones

Food and drink manufacturers should beware the threats of “shotgun trade deals” with the US and other trading partners, warned Barry Gardiner, shadow secretary of state for international trade.

Warburtons was fined £1.9M for safety failings

Warburtons fined £1.9M for trapped arm

By James Ridler

Warburtons has been fined £1.9M for safety failings, after a worker’s arm was trapped against a running conveyor belt – its second fine of more than £1M this year.

The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority now has more powers to protect workers in the food supply chain

Gangmasters’ body gets policing powers

By Rick Pendrous

New police-style powers have been given to the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) to tackle modern slavery and labour exploitation in the agri-food supply chain.

Christine Tacon: ‘The collaborative approach that I have promoted has been a real engine of change’

Complaints to Groceries Code Adjudicator fall

By Rick Pendrous

Far fewer food and drink suppliers are complaining of abuses from their big retailer customers, according to the results of the annual online survey published by the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) today (June 26).

The IFT hopes the Food Evolution film will combat prejudices against GM technology

Reports from IFT17

IFT film aims to ‘fight myths about food science’

By Michael Stones

Fighting myths about food science is the aim of a new film commissioned by the US-based Institute of Food Technology (IFT). Ahead of the IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo, which starts today (June 26), Food Manufacture talked to Professor Colin Dennis,...

Bans on commonly used pesticides and herbicides threaten to jeopardise the UK’s supply of cost-effective food

Pesticide regulation talks threaten UK food supply chain

By James Ridler

Poor EU decision making about the future of crop protection products could jeopardise the UK’s supply of cost-effectively produced food and cost farmers more than £1bn, warned the National Farmers Union (NFU).

Sugar tax must be extended beyond soft drinks, says Food Standards Scotland

FSS backs extending sugar tax beyond soft drinks

By Matt Atherton

Advice to extend the sugar tax beyond soft drinks, order the reformulation of products to cut sugar, fat and salt, and lower portion sizes, has won the support of Food Standards Scotland (FSS).

Free school meals are said to be a key weapon in the battle against obesity

Free school meals ‘help in fight against obesity’

By Noli Dinkovski

Obesity levels in children continued to be a “disaster”, but the opportunity to improve their nutritional needs through free school meals remained huge, a public health professor has argued.

A project to boost food safety and fraud in the EU and China has been launched

Food safety and fraud £8.75M project launched

By Matt Atherton

A £8.75M (€10M) project to boost food safety and fraud prevention in the EU and China, while facilitating trade partnerships, has been launched by Queen’s University Belfast.

Global Brands's VK Facebook add has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority

Facebook vodka ad banned by ASA

By James Ridler

An advert for Global Brands’s pre-mixed vodka drink VK that appeared on social media site Facebook has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for promoting excessive drinking.

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