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The south-east’s manufacturing industry has seen a steady erosion of jobs in sectors including food processing

10-year fall in south-east manufacturing workers

By Aidan Fortune

The number of manufacturing workers in south-east England has plummeted 16.6% over the past 10 years, according to trade union GMB’s southern regional office, which cited job cuts at Britvic and Colman’s.

Councils and schools have had to divert money from other budgets after Government failed

Government fails to fund free school meals

By Laurence Gibbons

Councils and schools have had to divert money from other budgets to ensure all pupils aged seven and under receive free school meals when the school year begins, because of lack of government funding.

The role of packaging in preventing food waste is not widely understood

‘We need leadership on food waste’

By Paul Gander

Ambitions to build on the UK’s 21% reduction in avoidable domestic food waste recorded since 2007, and recognition of packaging’s role in facilitating such change, are being undercut by lack of central government commitment, specific targets and funding,...

Inspections may only occur every 18 months

Food safety crisis could be on the horizon

By Paul Gander

With ever-tighter environmental health budgets and the looming threat both of greater cost recovery and of privatisation, some experts claim we have all the ingredients for a full-blown food safety crisis.

Owen Paterson is to meet food industry leaders today to discuss consumer confidence in beef

DEFRA accused of ‘disembowelling’ FSA over horse meat

By Mike Stones

The blame game over who was responsible for the deepening horse meat crisis intensified over the weekend, as a former chief adviser accused the government of “disembowelling” the Food Standards Agency (FSA), while the boss of supermarket chain Iceland...


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