Food and agribusiness blog

Our food and agribusiness law blog offers you regular updates on the latest legal and policy decisions affecting the food and agribusiness industry.


    Food & Agri Update - Friday 19 May

    Food Supply edition! A look at the Downing Street Summit and summary of measures announced. The Competition & Markets Authority announces a review of the grocery sector. The House of Lords moves to restrict ministerial powers to revoke or amend laws on food safety. Ireland challenged on further alcohol labelling. Food waste and collection an overview on measures coming into force. ASA crackdown on carbon neutral claims, what to be aware of. Finally, bird flu and modern slavery update.
    12 min read

    Food & Agri Update - Fri 12 May

    The sunset clause in the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill (REUL) is amended and the bonfire of EU legislation may become a smoulder. The Windsor Framework is challenged for labelling guidance at House of Lords Select Committee. Are HFSS restrictions a damp squid - reports show the enforcement budget is not there. Fairness in the Food Supply Chain an enquiry is launched. Massive fine in food hygiene underlines its' importance to companies reputation, customers and bottom line. Protected Designation of Origin strengthened in EU cases for Parma. Max levels of contaminants in food EU regulation expected this month.
    10 min read

    Food & Agri Update – Friday 5 May – Coronation & 'Marketing' Edition

    Coronation edition, Marketing special! A look at Kit Kat Cereal HFSS food and global website 'nutritious' claim based on B vitamins and minerals brought down by Henry Dimbleby tweets. Illustration of the difficulty of compartmentalising advertising in a global marketplace. Aldi vs M&S in the Caterpillar cake saga, winning the PR war? Border control consultation ends 19 May and FSA looks again at whistleblowing. Finally new precautionary listeria recalls.
    7 min read

    Food & Agri Update - Friday 28 April

    EU environmental/food/reporting Directives & Regs looked at: corporate sustainability reporting Directive (CSRD), Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism, Deforestation Free Product Regulation, EU pesticide monitoring regulation has Ethylene Oxide added. (NB EU 'greenwashing' Directive considered last week.) The Windsor Framework and scope of 'not for EU' labelling - Is Defra going to stipulate this UK wide? Finally, regulatory cases this time: Environmental - landowner imprisoned for 12 months & £600k fine for river dredging. Health &safety - fall from height - need to assess the risk and have a safe system of work. Dairy farm was fined over £60k despite provision of crawling boards on shed roof for gutter clearance. #food #sustainability #environmental #safety #csrd #deforestation #ethyleneoxide #windsorframework #labelling #healthandsafety #fallfromheight #dredging
    14 min read

    Food & Agri Update - Friday 21 April

    Food & Agri Update Friday 21 April - Inflation in food and record levels of stock, Scotland postpones deposit Return Scheme until My arch 2024 and shelves alcohol advertising restrictions. Meat Industry working group brainstorms solutions to recent scandals with FSA and National Food Crime Unit. Ludl vs Tesco results of trade mark dispute. Extended Producer Responsibility Scheme in packaging postponed a year. ASA rulings in weight loss claims and misleading discount claims. Finally, bird housing restrictions are lifted
    12 min read

    Food & Agri Update Friday 14 April

    The Border target operating model is published for goods and foods entering Northern Ireland. update sessions listed on our blog. FSA consulting on a modernised food hygiene model. Deposit Return Scheme for Scotland criticised. Scandal in the pork industry with 'washed ham' and origin labeling. Cheese recall continues. UN sets food safety priorities. Italy rejects lab grown meat. ASA rulings on infant and follow on formula. Defra updates on grants including slurry, water. Plans to ensure fairness and consistency in the pig industry. The EU Green Claims Directive published. EU sustainable food systems on the horizon. #foodsafety #consulting #asa #fsa #defra #sustainable #greenclaims #infantformula #health #pork #foodfraud #borders
    15 min read

    Food & Agri Update 31 March 2023

    CPTPP trade deal, winners and losers. A look at food safety and food fraud with the origin labelling of beef and listeria in cheese. The EC looks at honey and food fraud control measures. Gene Editing Precision Breeding Act passed. An overview on agri standards and new grants for animal welfare. Finally a look at the latest ASA ruling on Franks' Ice Cream and the use of health claims.
    10 min read

    Precautionary Labelling and Allergens - More Robust System is demanded 

    Clarity on thresholds and use of precautonary labelling would assist food producers and consumers alike.  There should be options for proportionate use of precautionary labelling to ensure safety and consistency. The FSA is due to provide a review of international guidelines for allergen thresholds by the end of 2023, the Grocer publication is informed, after industry writes an open letter to demand a more 'robust' system following the coroner's inquest of Celia Marsh last year.
    3 min read

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