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.


    Is your supply chain at risk? Virus Update & Key Recommendations

    There have been 2 updates on virus in cattle in recent weeks, with bird flu being found in cattle in the US for the first time and an update on Bluetongue in the UK.  It is recommended that all livestock producers and those involved in the supply chain keep abreast of regulatory updates and put in place precautionary measures where applicable according to a risk assessment as well as having a fully prepared crisis management plan. Key points are provided in the blog.
    5 min read

    Food and Agri Update - 7 May

    Wine Reforms - next stage of developments being consulted on. Corporate Sustainability 'Due Diligence' Directive passed by EU Parliament. Bird Flu (again) but this time in cattle in America with inactive virus found in grocery store milk. Viral warning for Bluetongue in UK. Are your cattle at risk? Recommendations for crisis planning and precautionary measures available in blog. 'Strathvale Farm' removed from Lidl webpages, ongoing origin scrutiny for food. Deposit Return Scheme to be launched Oct 2027. Extended Producer Responsibility update. CBD could there be movement in regulated authorisations? Finally, don't forget food hygiene! A deli gets a £32k fine.
    19 min read

    Food and Agri Update - 19th April

    A summary round up of the last couple of weeks. New research published by the ASA on environmental claims in the food sector and key recommendations for the future; regenerative farming and eco-label consultation referenced. Recent ruling also looks at 'subject to availability' in ads. FSA looks at the cost of living crisis for consumers. Scottish consultation on colony caged chickens may divide the UK for eggs. PFAS chemicals in our fruit and veg and CBD judicial review. April is stress awareness month for health and safety and a reminder on keeping rights of way safe from livestock.
    11 min read

    ASA Environmental Claims in Food advertising – Further Scrutiny expected from July 2024

    An overview of recent research findings and recommendations is provided. Although the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) concluded there was no widespread need for enforcement action to bring claims into compliance with the advertising rules in the food sector, they would none the less be providing for additional monitoring and follow-up engagement from July 2024. Guidance was also to be provided on the use of the term 'regenerative farming' and preparation towards a consultation on a food eco-labelling scheme.
    5 min read

    Agricultural Landlord and Tenant Code of Practice – are there lessons to be learned from over the hedge?

    Defra recently published the Agricultural Landlord and Tenant Code of Practice for England, which seeks to promote positive relationships between landlords and tenants and called for evidence on the need for a tenant farming commissioner. With this in mind, Emily Horn, an Associate in the Agriculture team, explores the role of the Scottish Tenant Farming Commissioner.
    3 min read

    Food & Agri Update - 5 April 2024

    The CMA publishes undertakings provided by ASOS, Boohoo and George at Asda on green claims that have useful parallels for food products re 'clear and prominent' and use of explanatory information. Europe's Empowering consumers (Greenwashing) Directive is in force. Consultation on Fairer Labelling and authorisation process for regulated foods. SFI capped to 25% by Defra, common user charges to be introduced and GIs to be strengthened in Europe. Finally, ASA adjudications -is your #ad in the right place? The scrutiny on eco claims continues and gender stereotypes. Two contrasting rulings compare and contrast the interpretation of this rule - Carlo the topless butler anyone?
    24 min read

    Assured Agricultural Occupancies

    There are different categories of tenancies that can arise from an agricultural worker being offered accommodation as part of their contract of employment. Dawn Chapman, a Senior Associate in the Agriculture team, explores the legislation governing these tenancies and how they evolved over the years.
    3 min read

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