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British entrepreneur Henry Dimbleby is the author of the National Food Strategy

National Food Strategy Part 2: reactions

By Rod Addy

The National Food Strategy Part 2 has provoked mixed reactions, with big grocery retailers backing calls for mandatory reporting of key information, while others have criticised sugar and salt tax proposals.

Dimbleby: 'We must now seize the moment to build a better food system for our children and grandchildren'

National Food Strategy Part 2: sugar and salt tax plans

By Rod Addy

The National Food Strategy Part 2 has been published, revealing proposals for a sugar and salt tax on all processed products, except ingredients for home cooking, and on foods sold through foodservice channels.

Food safety never sleeps

Food safety never sleeps

By Jerome Smail

In a world where COVID-19 has forced a readjustment of priorities in so many areas, food safety has rightly remained at the very top of the agenda for producers.

The EU did not opt to introduce border controls in phases

Brexit: food firms must prepare for phased border checks

By Andrew Northage & Claire Burrows

Legal experts at Walker Morris discuss what food businesses need to know about phases 2 and 3 of implementing checks at the Great Britain/EU border now the Brexit transition period has ended.

Leaving the EU has had a profound effect on the exportation of 'just-in-time' short shelf-life food, says CFA director Karin Goodburn

Chilled Food Association and vets battle Brexit red tape

By Rod Addy

The Chilled Food Association (CFA) is supporting vets battling the rising tide of costly red tape needed to allow Great Britain to transport short shelf-life composite foods of animal origin into the EU.

Green: 'Seeing regulators becoming more realistic' over infringements of COVID-19 compliance

Health & safety opinion

COVID-19 compliance one year on - cautious optimism?

By Chris Green

A year into the pandemic, we look back with the food and drink manufacturing industry reflecting the position of the wider sector, businesses in general and those employed in the industry.

Precautionary allergen labelling can act more as a disclaimer to cover manufacturers, rather than a help for consumers

Precautionary allergen label regulation 'desperately needed'

By Rod Addy

Regulation of precautionary allergen labelling (PAL), such as 'may contain ...' is 'desperately needed', according to Apetito's group technical manager Iain Mortimer, making the Food Standards Agency's (FSA's) review...

The Trade & Agriculture Commission's recommendations are intended to boost the UK food sector's competitiveness. Credit: robertmandel

Trade & Agriculture Commission: 'we are at a crossroads'

By Rod Addy

The UK Government must maintain high food standards for imports, rewarding countries who meet them with zero tariffs, and meet consumers' ethical expectations, the newly formed Trade & Agriculture Commission (TAC) claims.

Foyle: 'Wherever you see construction work going on in your factories, ask questions about how CDM is being managed'

Health & safety opinion

Managing construction in food manufacturing settings

By Craig Foyle

We often associate food manufacturing with clean environments under strict hygiene controls, which is how it should be. We need to acknowledge that to reach that point construction work will be required – and that presents its own challenges.

Johnson: 'We will not pull the rug out'

Chancellor 'should extend furlough and credit insurance'

By Rod Addy

Chancellor Rishi Sunak should extend the Government's furlough and credit insurance schemes in his March Budget announcement to support the food and drink industry and others hit by COVID-19-related lockdowns.

CBD is a chemical found naturally within the cannabis plant

Deadline approaches for CBD Novel Foods applications

By Rod Addy

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has warned the CBD industry the deadline is approaching for submitting Novel Foods applications for validation in order to continue to sell their products in England and Wales.

UK exports of meat and seafood have been dogged by delays; Credit: iStock Fevsiie Ryman

MPs press Eustice on Brexit meat and seafood delays

By Rod Addy

MPs have pressed food and farming minister George Eustice for details on Government aid for meat and seafood firms hit by Brexit-related border delays and launched an urgent inquiry into their impact.

Jenkins: export plans to include North America, the Far East and Australia

FOOD MAN TALKS

Somerdale director on Abergavenny Fine Foods deal and Brexit

By Rod Addy

Alan Jenkins, Somerdale International's director responsible for North America exports explains what the acquisition of Abergavenny Fine Foods's (AFF's) blended cheese assets means for his business and outlines the impact of Brexit.

Buttriss: 'New opportunities may emerge now the UK has left the EU'

Nutrition opinion

Omega 3 fatty acids from transgenic plants

By Judy Buttriss

Oily fish such as mackerel, sardines and salmon are our primary dietary source of the long chain omega 3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

Foyle: 'Where you use a third party you still have a responsibility to monitor what they do'

HEALTH & SAFETY OPINION

Health & safety: contractor competence in food factories

By Craig Foyle

Food manufacturers rely heavily on contractors for engineering design, installation, maintenance and construction work, so it's important they have robust processes to ensure that the contractors they appoint are competent.

Pic: Getty Images

Muller hits back at Government minimum wage shaming

By Jerome Smail

Müller Corner and Frijj supplier Müller UK & Ireland Group has hit back at inclusion in a Government list highlighting firms failing to pay their workers the National Minimum Wage.

From 21 September half the plastic in CCEP's core portfolio comes from recycled sources

Coca-Cola eyes Costa Coffee, Topo Chico, energy NPD

By Rod Addy

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) is gearing up for further growth and launches focused on ready-to-drink Costa Coffee products, Topo Chico Hard Seltzer and energy drinks among other areas in 2021.

NewCold's cold storage facility in Wakefield

Refrigeration: cooling the climate, not just the food

By Rod Addy

The temperature controlled supply chain is one of the most energy intensive areas of the food industry, but the sector is working hard to lessen its environmental impact, cutting costs in the process.

Left to right: Robin Hancox, managing director of FreshLinc, and Mike Parr, managing director of PML

Details of Spalding Border Control Post outlined

By Gwen Ridler

Details of an approved Border Control Post (BCP) at Spalding – furthering Government plans for ten such inland sites to support post-Brexit food import checks – have been revealed by perishable cargo specialist PML.

Smith: 'There are significant costs involved in sponsoring employees and complex rules'

Legal opinion

Brexit and UK immigration and employment law

By Charlotte Smith

After the UK Immigration Act received Royal Assent, what are the upcoming changes to the UK’s immigration system and employment laws?

A sweeping ban on junk food ads online could threaten takeaway sector

'Junk food' ad ban 'could not come at worse time'

By Gwen Ridler

Food and drink firms have not been given enough time to prepare for the Government ban on online ads for foods high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS), according to one trade body.

The NPA is calling for more urgency and engagement from Government 'before it is too late'

Pork producers on Brexit: 'time is running short'

By Rod Addy

A long list of questions about exports to the EU from 1 January 2021 remain unanswered, according to producer body the National Pig Association (NPA), which is calling for 'more urgency' from Government.

Rodda's says the new GI scheme would strengthen the global status of its Cornish clotted cream

Food firms back British GI labelling scheme

By Rod Addy

Processors including Rodda's Creamery and Anglesey Sea Salt have welcomed the British Geographical Indications (GI) scheme launched by the Government to help safeguard provenance and replace the EU system post-Brexit.

Miles: 'local authority food teams went into the pandemic already 20% below full strength'

COVID-19 depletes local authority food safety staff

By Rod Addy

The coronavirus pandemic has slashed local authority food safety staff numbers, which were already significantly below where they needed to be, according to Food Standards Agency (FSA) chief executive Emily Miles.

Policing the pollution of watercourses is fraught with difficulties

Food processors face environmental permit probe

By Gwen Ridler

A total of 52 companies with permits to discharge effluent from food into rivers and streams are being investigated by the Environment Agency (EA) for possibly polluting watercourses.

The webinar will address the perfect storm facing food manufacturers confronted with Christmas, Brexit and COVID-19

Webinar highlights lean thinking in COVID-19 world

By Rod Addy

Lean manufacturing, efficiency and cost saving have become even more vital as food processors face off against the disruption caused by the pandemic and the end of the Brexit transition period.

The webinar will include an extensive Q&A discussion to allow registrants to pose specific questions

Two days to register for Food Safety Briefing

By Rod Addy

Food Manufacture's free-to-access Food Safety Briefing webinar, which covers topics ranging from food fraud and detection and inspection to allergen and pathogen management, goes live in just two days.

The Anaphylaxis Campaign has warned vending machine manufacturers and operators have to understand their legal responsibilities

Vending machine drinks pose allergen risk

By Rod Addy

'Serious failings' in allergen information relating to hot drinks vending machines and cross-contamination of non-milk products dispensed by them with milk has been flagged by a trading standards report just published.

OVs will have to sign EHCs for all consignments of products of animal origin exported to EU from 1 January 2021

'Chronic' vet shortage threatens meat and dairy exports

By Rod Addy

Meat and dairy exports to the EU remain threatened by the lack of vets needed to implement food safety checks and sign export health certificates (EHCs), claims the British Veterinary Association (BVA).

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