Regulation

Food Manufacture's Business Leaders' Forum is held every January and takes the form of a morning's debate on key industry topics

Business leaders prepare for industry summit

By Rod Addy

Food industry leaders are preparing for Food Manufacture’s Business Leaders’ Forum on 21 January, with a packed programme set to address key issues and frame the agenda for 2020.

Staff need to be encouraged to use electrical equipment correctly and report any faults they see so that they can be rectified promptly

Opinion

Six tips to help prevent electrical hazards

By Mick Liddle

Electrical safety should be a crucial part of the everyday life of any business, no matter how large or small, regardless of what is being produced.

Coca-Cola said the adverts are designed to encourage shoppers to recycle

Coca-Cola hits back at ad complaint

By Rod Addy

Coca-Cola European Partners has rejected criticism of Christmas advertising promoting the green credentials of its packaging for not being 'single use'.

Beechdean Farm has been fined for an accident that left a worker blind

Beechdean Farm fined after worker blinded

By Gwen Ridler

Beechdean Farm Limited, part of the Beechdean Group, has been ordered to pay more than £19,000 for health and safety failings, after a worker was left permanently blinded by an accident.

Geoff Eaton is to chair next year’s Business Leaders’ Forum

Business Leaders’ Forum

Geoff Eaton to chair Business Leaders’ Forum

By Rod Addy

Geoff Eaton, New England Seafood International chairman and chairman of the judges for the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards, is to chair Food Manufacture’s Business Leaders’ Forum on 21 January next year.

The food industry has responded to the governments consultation on a National Food Strategy

National Food Strategy: industry submissions

By Gwen Ridler

The UK food and drink industry has called for the Government’s National Food Strategy to focus on the length and breadth of the industry and to uphold the high level of standards currently enjoyed in the UK.

Listeria outbreaks have claimed lives across the UK, Spain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands this year

Court Order backs phage use against listeria

By Rod Addy

Food firms can keep using phages to fight listeria on ready-to-eat foods in the absence of a developed EU legal framework, according to a European Court of Justice Court Order.

Food manufacturers are having to gamble on their insurance, but could there be a better way?

IN-DEPTH

Insurance: roll the dice and take cover

By Rod Addy

Food manufacturers are having to decide increasingly where to place the focus when it comes to insurance – and the decision can be a real gamble.

Batters: 'If unfair practices are found to pervade this market then they must be dealt with.'

Beef prices reach crisis point

By Michelle Perrett

The National Farmers Union (NFU) and NFU Cymru have said that low beef prices are putting pressure on farmers and the situation is reaching crisis point.

The webinar, which is free to attend, will exclusively reveal the results of Food Manufacture’s annual food safety survey

Food Safety Briefing to explore allergen issues

By Rod Addy

Food Manufacture’s Food Safety Briefing will cover emerging allergen issues in the wake of Natasha’s Law coming into force earlier this month, alongside a range of other essential topics.

The FSA has issued two unrelated product alerts on listeria and hygiene issues

Food Standards Agency issues listeria and hygiene warnings

By Rod Addy

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued two alerts warning of potential listeria contamination and a processor supplying products “that have not been produced in accordance with food hygiene and legislative requirements".

Chlorine washing is used to disinfect chicken in the US

Academics raise post-Brexit chlorinated chicken fears

By Noli Dinkovski

The Government has been accused of trying to “soften up” the public for lower food standards post-Brexit after one of its chief scientific advisers claimed imports of chlorinated chicken and beef reared with artificial hormones should be decided by “consumer...

Placing higher tariffs on food that doesn't meet UK standards will help deter them from entering the country

Government to use tariffs to maintain food standards

By Gwen Ridler

The UK will have systems in place to prevent food that does not meet high standards from entering the country in the event of a no-deal Brexit, according to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

The range is composed of three functional products: Focus, Amplify and Balance, each with a unique flavour profile

Former Danone R&D director helps launch CBD shots

By Rod Addy

Former Danone research and development director Dr Ketan Joshi has worked on the development and launch of a range of ready-to-drink (RTD) shots infused with cannabidiol (CBD).

David Edwards has criticised the FSA’s plans for certified regulatory auditors

Auditing expert hits out at FSA’s reforms

By Rick Pendrous

The Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) flagship Regulating Our Future (ROF) programme has been criticised for being “on a wobble”, by a leading food hygiene auditing expert.

FSA’s Hancock: ‘This is about strengthening regulations; making it better’

FSA will carry on work with EU safety body

By Rick Pendrous

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is confident that its plans for risk-based regulatory change under the Regulating our Future initiative will not be “knocked off course” by the outcome of the Brexit negotiations, currently underway.

The cost of official inspections will eventually fall on food businesses

FSA lays out plans for regulatory change

By Rick Pendrous

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has set out plans for a fundamental transformation in the way the UK food and drink industry is policed in a document released this week (July 19).

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.

Too trusting: that was Owen Paterson's verdict on European food regulations in our exclusive video interview

Exclusive video interview

EU food regulations ‘too trusting’: DEFRA boss

By Mike Stones

The European system of food regulation is “too trusting”, environment secretary Owen Paterson told FoodManufacture.co.uk in the second part of our exclusive video interview.

Without tougher legislation, childhood obesity will worsen, say experts

Government under pressure as obesity rises

By Rick Pendrous

Mounting calls for Britain's food and drink manufacturers to be more closely regulated to cap the levels of salt, fat and sugar in their products are likely to lead to a government consultation to delay making any difficult decisions before the next...

FSA Board rejects meat inspection proposal

FSA Board rejects meat inspection proposal

By Rick Pendrous

Proposals to examine a move to a privatised system of third-party inspection of primary meat premises were rejected by the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) Board early last week.

'Striking a Balance' Does DEFRA's task force report mark a new regulatory dawn or a missed opportunity?

DEFRA task force has failed fresh produce, FPC

By Ben Bouckley

The Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC) says that a prominent DEFRA task force appointed to cut red tape for farmers and food processors has ignored oppressive regulations facing its sector.

Better safe than sued

Better safe than sued

New sentencing guidelines make the penalties for breaching health and safety regulations even harsher to ensure firms take risk seriously

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