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Why can't the UK solve food insecurity? Episode four

By Bethan Grylls

Episode four finds Bethan Grylls in Leicester where she hears from cooperative-run cheese manufacturer, Long Clawson Dairy and one of its affiliated farmers, Paul Eggleston, on the link between sustainability and food security.

Under a no-deal or unless smooth export terms are included in a deal, customs and tariff arrangements would lead to the scrappage of vast quantities of NI dairy products

No-deal impact on NI dairy sparks environmental woes

By Dan Colombini

Significant environmental concerns linked to the impact of a ‘no-deal’ on the Northern Ireland (NI) dairy sector have been raised after the EU agreed an extension to Brexit negotiations.

The two sides have been debating the legal text of a deal, but the agreement will still need the approval of both the UK and European parliaments.

Food industry cautious on Brexit deal

By Dan Colombini

Food firms have welcomed an apparent deal between the Government and the EU, but experts and opposition MPs have warned that the industry’s worries are far from over at this early stage.

Digitilisation gives consumers the ability to authenticate products

UK food sector is lagging behind on pack digitalisation

By Paul Gander

While the UK pharmaceuticals sector and US food and drink have seen the benefits of pack digitalisation, UK food and drink has so far dodged both regulatory and supply-chain pressures in this direction, technology provider Kezzler has claimed.

The health claims process and the deadlock on botanicals has come under particular scrutiny

Current EU regulation ‘unhelpful’, say one-in-three

By Noli Dinkovski

Dissatisfaction over the EU regulatory framework has risen sharply over the past year – with the health claims process and the deadlock on botanicals under particular scrutiny, research has found.

Meat exports from the UK to the EU post-Brexit could be subject to veterinary checks

EU meat exports could be hit by veterinary checks

By Noli Dinkovski

The threat of having to deal with veterinary clearance and checks on exports to the EU post-Brexit should be a “priority” concern for the meat industry, a leading meat association boss has claimed.

Novel foods: applications will now be submitted to the European Commission

EU novel foods overhaul gets cautious welcome

By Noli Dinkovski

The EU’s new centralised process for the approval of novel foods has been welcomed by the food industry – but there are fears over the implications on intellectual property.

Mutagenesis – or gene editing – can occur both naturally and artificially

Exempt gene editing from GMO rules

By Noli Dinkovski

Gene-edited crop production could be set to become more widespread after a leading EU lawyer claimed the technique should be exempt from genetic modification organism (GMO) rules.

The audit is intended to help consumers understand how the EU food safety model works

EU auditors to examine food safety policy

By Michelle Perrett

An EU-wide audit of food safety policy, with particular focus on chemical hazards, has been announced by the European Court of Auditors (ECA).

FoodDrinkEurope has committed to the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals

FoodDrinkEurope commits to sustainability goals

By Gwen Ridler

Euro food and drink manufacturers’ organisation FoodDrinkEurope and its members have pledged to cut food waste as part of a set of sustainability goals, mapped out by the United Nations (UN).

Food firms will need healthy balance sheets to cope with increased costs

Business Leaders’ Forum

Be warned: prepare for a hard Brexit

By Rick Pendrous

Food and drink manufacturers have been urged to plan ahead to ensure their businesses are financially robust enough to cope with the extra costs and barriers to trade they are likely to encounter following a hard Brexit.

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

Brexit

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.

The EC has yet to authorise recycling processes for food-contact plastics

Plastics recycling suffers from a lack of regulation in the EU

By Paul Gander

European plastics recycling bodies have criticised the European Commission’s (EC’s) delay in conferring legal authorisation on recycling processes for food-contact plastics, nine years on from the initial regulation and despite more than 140 positive...

Two-thirds of EU businesses expect to move their supply chain out of the UK due to Brexit

Two-thirds of food businesses to move supply chain out of UK

By Gwen Ridler

Up to two-thirds of EU businesses, including food and drink manufacturers, expect to move their supply chain out of the UK due to Brexit, according to a survey from the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS).

FDF boss Ian Wright sought reassurances from the government over whether EU migrants could remain after Brexit

FDF boss calls for reassurance on EU migrant workers

By Gwen Ridler

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has repeated calls for the government to confirm whether EU workers will be allowed to remain after Brexit, following the fifth round of Brexit talks in Brussels.

Food Manufacture editor Rick Pendrous: the FSA needs more resources to cope with a hard Brexit

Supply chains opinion

More FSA resources to meet hard Brexit

By Rick Pendrous

Given Boris Johnson’s continued hotly contested assertion that repatriation of the UK’s £350M weekly contribution to the EU could provide a huge additional spending boost to the NHS, that won’t leave much left for the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

FDF director general Ian Wright highlighted three key challenges for food manufacturers after Brexit

FDF boss highlights three challenges of Brexit

By Gwen Ridler

Food and drink manufacturers would face three key challenges after Brexit, warned the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF’s) director general Ian Wright, speaking at the Processing and Packaging Machinery Trade Association show 2017.

Prime Minister Theresa May has set out plans for a two-year Brexit transition period, in which the terms of trade should remain unchanged

Food industry welcomes PM’s transition period plan

By Michael Stones

The food and drink industry has welcomed Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan for a two-year transition period, in which the terms of trade should remain unchanged, to ease Britain’s exit from the EU.

Food and drink manufacturers’ competitveness is being stifled by unaddressed policy challenges: FoodDrinkEurope

Euro food firms warn on ‘renationalising food policy’

By Michael Stones

The European Commission (EC) should resist the renationalisation of food policies, such as country of origin labelling measures, urges euro food and drink manufacturers’ representative FoodDrinkEurope.

Exports have grown, but manufacturers have little confidence in the UK’s economy

Exports rise as confidence in UK economy drops

By Gwen Ridler

Manufacturers’ exports have continued to rise over the past year, according to a survey conducted by the EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation and business advice firm BDO, while their confidence in the UK’s economy sinks lower.

The food and drink sector welcomed Brexit secretary David Davis's trade proposals to the EU (Flickr/Southbanksteve)

Industry welcomes government’s Brexit trade plan

By Matt Atherton

The government’s latest plans, to ensure goods already available in the UK and EU markets can remain on sale after Brexit, have been welcomed by Dairy UK and business leaders.

Poultry and chicken recalls in Europe are at there highest since 2002

Poultry recalls hit a 15-year high across Europe

By Gwen Ridler

Recalls of chicken and poultry meat products across Europe are at a 15-year high, according to a report from business consultancy Stericycle Expert Solutions, with bacterial contamination accounting for more than 90% of food alerts.

Members of the beef and lamb industry have called for a review of the carcase classification system

Industry calls for carcase classification review

By Gwen Ridler

Challenges to carcase classification by members of the beef and lamb industry have sparked calls for views on the system by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

The European Commission's proposal to set a legal limit for acrylamide in food has been agreed

EU agrees to set legal limits on acrylamide in food

By Helen Gilbert

Food manufacturers will be required to reduce the presence of acrylamide in food after EU Member States voted in favour of the European Commission’s (EC’s) proposal to set legal limits.

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