Regulatory News

UK: Co-op to start selling food beyond best before date

05 Dec 2017 --- The Co-op supermarket is cracking down on food waste with its pioneering new initiative to sell food after its “best before” date. The East of England Co-op says it is the first major retailer to start selling products beyond their best before date with the aim of significantly reducing food waste in its stores.

 

New acrylamide legislation to come into force from April 2018

01 Dec 2017 --- The clock is counting down to April 2018 when new EU legislation will come into force requiring food businesses to put in place practical steps to manage acrylamide within their food safety management systems. The new laws describe practical measures based upon best practice guidance developed by the food industry to mitigate acrylamide formation in a range of foods. 

UK: Parliamentary inquiry finds 2 Sisters problems “are not a one-off”

21 Nov 2017 --- British MPs have ruled that problems at the English poultry and food manufacturing group 2 Sisters – which suspended operations last month due to hygiene concerns following an undercover operation – were "not a one-off”. The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee launched its inquiry into 2 Sisters and poultry standards following an expose by The Guardian and ITN which found evidence of 2 Sisters workers altering the slaughter date of poultry, raising the risk that shoppers could end up buying meat past its use-by date. 

West Africa food security: Greenpeace calls for urgent action on overfishing and illegal fishing

21 Nov 2017 --- Vessels arrested for illegally fishing in West African waters are still carrying on with business as usual, claims a Greenpeace Africa report released today on World Fisheries Day. The report, “The Cost of Ocean Destruction”, details how West African fishermen and communities continue to suffer from the consequences of overfishing and illegal fishing in this region and it provides specific recommendations for Governments on how to solve the crisis. 

Organic farming: European Council endorses new rules

21 Nov 2017 --- The agreement on new rules for organic farming endorsed yesterday by European Council representatives will simplify and harmonize many of the rules covering organic food production both within the European Union and in non-EU countries, says Commissioner for Agriculture, Phil Hogan said. The agreement will go to vote in the European Parliament. Once adopted, the new rules will enter into force on January 1, 2021. This will give enough time for producers, operators and trade partners to adapt to the new framework.

Two-thirds of global cocoa supply agree on actions to eliminate deforestation

16 Nov 2017 --- At the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23), top cocoa-producing countries Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana announced far-reaching Frameworks for Action with leading chocolate and cocoa companies to end deforestation and restore forest areas.

Neonicotinoid pesticides: EFSA to update risk assessment to bees early next year

15 Nov 2017 --- There are just a few months to go before the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) updates its risk assessment on the potential risks to bees from neonicotinoid pesticides. The assessments for clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam will be finalized next February, following a final round of consultation with pesticide experts in the Member States.

FDA guides food establishments through menu labeling maze

09 Nov 2017 --- The US Food and Drug Administration has drafted a guidance document to help food businesses navigate the complexities of the new menu labeling regulations which will come into force next May. The eating-out sector and other businesses that sell food and will be subject to the new laws have previously expressed concern over what they need to do to comply with menu labeling rules. 

UK: Chicken production resumes at scandal-hit factory

06 Nov 2017 --- The UK chicken plant at the center of a safety scandal is restarting production this week following the expose last month which revealed poor hygiene standards and serious food safety breaches. The 2 Sisters plant is resuming production from today (November 6) with the majority of Britain’s supermarkets due to take chicken supplies following a suspension of several weeks since the scandal first broke. 

Nestle announce plans to source only cage-free eggs by 2025

03 Nov 2017 --- Nestlé has set a goal to source only eggs from cage-free hens for all its food products globally by 2025. This includes all shell eggs and egg products directly sourced as ingredients by Nestlé. In Europe and the US, Nestlé will make the transition by the end of 2020. For the rest of the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania it will happen by 2025, with the move in Asia to be completed in the same transition period, as conditions allow.

Scottish salmon crawling with sea lice, says conservation group

31 Oct 2017 --- Scottish reared salmon – the flagship food product for the country and one of the UK’s most coveted exports – is contaminated with unacceptable levels of sea lice. Data collected by the Salmon and Trout Conservation (S&TC) Scotland reveals “astonishingly” high sea lice levels and claims the Scottish Government’s regulation of salmon farms is proving to be “wholly inadequate.”

Dairy UK details “hopes and fears” over Brexit

26 Oct 2017 --- Dairy UK has published a White Paper report which details the “game changing” opportunities and challenges which the industry is facing over issues such as Brexit and consumer confidence in dairy foods. Some of the concerns center around the future of trading agreements with EU countries, specifically whether new tariffs will be introduced, and how UK dairy farmers could lose out to European competitors if a solid deal is not put in place.

Welsh government wants to legislate against cheap booze sales

23 Oct 2017 --- The Welsh government plans to introduce new laws that enforce a minimum price on alcohol in a bid to cut down on sales of cheap booze. Politicians and health experts believe introducing a minimum unit on alcohol will lead to a reduction in alcohol-related deaths, health problems and therefore save the National Health Service millions down the line. 

Jamie Oliver sugar tax success: Drop in sugary drinks sales at his Italian chain

17 Oct 2017 --- Introducing a small levy to the price of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) sold in Jamie Oliver’s Italian restaurants across the UK is likely to have contributed to a significant decline in SSB sales, according to new research published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. The celebrity chef and food campaigner has collated the results of a study that has been running in his 37 Italian restaurants exploring the effects a 10 pence sugar tax had on sales of sugar-sweetened beverages. 

DSM: 47 percent of consumers are more concerned about sugar consumption than 3 years ago

16 Oct 2017 --- DSM has published a new report in its Global Insight Series focusing on consumer attitudes and behavior around the labeling of sugar content. The report, based on an international survey, shows that concern about sugar is on the rise globally, with nearly half of all consumers saying they are more concerned about overall sugar consumption than they were three years ago. In most countries, label reading has become the norm with more than 50 percent of global consumers say they check the sugar content of foods before they buy.

Ireland plans 30 cents per liter sugar tax

12 Oct 2017 --- Ireland is proposing to bring in a sugar tax similar to the levy to be introduced in the UK amid concerns the country is facing an escalating obesity crisis. As the Finance Minister of Ireland, Paschal Donohoe set the country’s 2018 Budget, he  announced measures for a new sugar tax of 30 cent per liter on drinks with over eight grams of sugar per 100 milliliters, with a reduced rate of 20 cent per liter on drinks with between five and eight grams of sugar per 100 milliliters.

Greencore shares fall on US listeria scare

03 Oct 2017 --- Shares in Irish company Greencore have dropped after the company voluntarily initiated a recall of products in the US. The sandwich maker, which is listed in London, recalled batches of sandwiches issued towards the end of last month over fears that they could contain listeria, it emerged late last week.

Nutrition Facts Label: US FDA proposes extending compliance dates to 2020

02 Oct 2017 --- In a move hailed by the food industry but decried by lobby groups, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed to delay until January 1, 2020 the deadline for companies to update their Nutrition Facts labels to more prominently display calories and total sugar content and amend serving sizes.

Sainsbury's suspends business with 2 Sisters on food safety breach scandal

02 Oct 2017 --- UK retailer Sainsbury's has joined Marks and Spencer, Lidl and Aldi in suspending taking fresh chicken from 2 Sisters plant in West Bromwich (UK) featured in an investigation by ITV News and The Guardian, which uncovered a series of potential breaches of food safety rules. 2 Sisters accounts for one-third of all chicken processed in the UK. 

UK's biggest chicken supplier embroiled in food safety breach

29 Sep 2017 --- Supermarkets in the UK have been warned that they could be selling chicken that is past its sell-by date after an investigation found that the largest supplier of chicken to UK supermarkets may be tampering with food safety records. An investigation by The Guardian newspaper and ITV News recorded undercover footage of workers altering the slaughter date of poultry being processed at a 2 Sisters Food Group plant. 

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