Food Labelling

Hotel Chocolat has withdrawn five products due to allergen fears

Hotel Chocolat withdraws products on allergen fears

By Michael Stones

Posh chocolate manufacturer and retailer Hotel Chocolat has withdrawn its ‘Milk Free Milk’ chocolates due to fears they may contain traces of milk, which were not mentioned on the product label.

Costing a packet: complying with the FIR labeling rules cost more than many firms predicted

FIR compliance ‘costs more than firms predicted’

By Michael Stones

Many food manufacturers are spending more than they intended on complying with the new EU labelling rules, set out in the Food Information for Consumers Regulation (FIR), after details about compliance arrived late and were confusing to interpret, claimed...

The next government must do more to improve Britain’s poor dietary habits: UK Coronary Prevention Group

Nutrient profiling key to public health policies

By Rick Pendrous

The next UK government must do much more to tackle Britain’s poor dietary habits, according to the UK Coronary Prevention Group (UKCPG), a charity dedicated to preventing heart disease through healthy lifestyles.

Manufacturers argue the cost of mandatory labelling of compound foods, such as lasagne, would be prohibitive

Mandatory meat origin labelling debate intensifies

By Rick Pendrous

Manufacturers have been urged to raise their voices in the fight against plans to introduce mandatory country of origin labelling (COOL) for meat used in processed food, which recently won the backing of the European Parliament but has yet to become law...

Food firms are cheating consumers with 'clean labels' claims Blythman

Industry launches attack on ‘shaming’ book

By Linda Groves

The food industry has slammed accusations made in a book, claiming the sector was knowingly misleading consumers about food ingredients and production processes. 

Unlabelled almonds have been discovered in fajita kits sold by Morrisons and Aldi

Almond Contamination

Food Standards Agency probes unlabelled nuts

By Michael Stones

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is probing the presence of unlabelled almonds in three food products recalled since the end of last month.

An EU membership vote would threaten the food industry, argue some commentators

Food industry could be ‘first hit’ by EU exit vote

By Michael Stones

The food and drink industry may be among the first sectors to be hit, if the UK votes to quit the EU in two years’ time and firms should start planning to minimise the disruption that may follow.

A successful trade deal would boost jobs and growth, enthusiasts claim. But some argue it could risk food safety and animal welfare

UK food exporters to benefit from US trade deal

By Michael Stones

UK food and drink exporters could benefit from a multi-million pound boost to US exports, following a successful outcome to the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) trade talks – but don’t expect extra sales anytime soon.

'I expect more improvement notices in April': Hilary Ross

Business Leaders' Forum

Firms face legal action for future FIR failures

By Nicholas Robinson

Food firms that fail to comply with the Food Information for Consumers Regulations (FIR) will feel the enforcers’ sting later this year, a leading food lawyer has warned.

Iceland were duped into selling the wrong kind of sea bass

FSA welcomes fish fraud conviction

By Rod Addy

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has welcomed the conviction of Michael Redhead, company director of Michael Redhead Associates Limited, for food fraud after hoodwinking Iceland Foods.

Allied Bakeries manufactures the Kingsmill brand

Kingsmill sources 100% sustainable palm

By Nicholas Robinson

Kingsmill manufacturer Allied Bakeries (AB) will use 100% sustainable palm oil and derivatives in its products, the bread giant announced on January 30.