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 and Agri update – 27 November

    All change at Defra will Steve Barclay u-turn on food waste? The Global Food Summit looks at food security. Horticulture report calls for urgent action. Precision bred consultation issues controversy. Glyphosate has a reprieve and PFAS are to be banned in EU. Food safety lack of resources and first 'swine' flu found in humans in the UK. Copyright, is Aldi at it again? Thatchers takes them to the high court. Health and Safety and suspended sentences and big fines for lack of guarding of machinery. Finally, ASA looks at fantastical ads and rules they should still be responsible.
    15 min read

    Christmas Ads are Coming!

    The ASA has updated guidance for Christmas Ads this season of goodwill. A summary with links is provided in this article but also additional pointers for those advertising food products, including HFSS foods and alcohol.
    3 min read

    Food & Agri Update - 4 Nov

    Food Supply - theft and vets strikes causing disruption - make sure you register for the M&R Food Supply webinar on Tues 7th Nov 20-10.45am with Rachel McDonnell and myself. CBD update, egg consultation, use of 'wholemeal', recall due to choking hazard and ASA looks at TS & C's for competitions. Finally, Christmas ads are coming! Get links to advice via our blog and your marketing strategy fleet of foot (as evidenced by M&S this week.)
    9 min read

    Food Supply, Food Security & Civil Unrest

    Vulnerabilities in the food supply chain and the risk of civil unrest arising from food shortages has been examined by researchers from York and Anglia Ruskin Universities. It is equally important for businesses to consider risks to the supply chain for suppliers and customers and their own processes in order to build in resilience and recovery planning.
    3 min read

    Confusion continues for the CBD Market

    It has been and continues to be a difficult market for CBD food products to thrive. The removal of legally marketed products by retailers on the back of revised ‘guidance’ provided by the FSA should be of concern to all food producers. Whilst guidance on diets and health should be used to inform the consumer the restriction of products legally placed on the market is a worrying trend and it is hoped that this ‘temporary’ removal is reversed by retailers.
    5 min read

    Food & Agri Update - 17 Oct

    Consumer Insights Tracker looks at the top 5 consumer concerns. FSA causes further confusion for the beleaguered CBD market and retailers clear shelves of marketable product. Food fraud hotline launched. Processes drive food recall for Moonshine products. The CMA investigates green claims. Is your business following the 6 principles set out for environmental claims? New Red Tractor green accreditation - a good or ad thing? Finally, food supply and civil unrest! Have you risk assessed your supply chain? Come to the Mills & Reeve food supply seminar on 7th November to help ensure it is as resilient as possible.
    12 min read

    Food & Agri Update - Friday 6 October

    The Cambridge annual food dinner focussed on food security and data, this importance was reflected in the EFRA report on food security. The single use plastic ban has come into force but with wide ranging exemptions applicable. The Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill will make major changes to the way consumer protection law is enforced. What should you be doing? Electronic bills of lading introduced and consultation on legislative reform to Nutrition and Health claims regulations - a move to improvement notices - good or bad? Kellogg's judicial review and the power of the state. Cheese ad pulled on Transport for London for being HFSS and internal sabotage, malicious tampering and crisis management.
    13 min read

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