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UK will aim for higher standards post-Brexit

Environmental and animal welfare standards will not be lowered as part of future trade deals, the environment secretary has pledged. Speaking at this week’s NFU conference, Michael Gove said that rather than lowering standards as part of any new trade deals, the UK should be aiming even higher. His comments followed a warning from outgoing…
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FSA summons meat industry for crisis talks

Regulators have held crisis talks with representatives of the meat industry following a spate of breaches of food hygiene regulations which culminated this week in the closure of Russell Hume. The meat supplier fell into administration with the loss of around 270 jobs after a recall of meat products related to processes around use-by-dates caused…
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Chicken to be destroyed following KFC fiasco

Chicken destined for KFC outlets will have to be destroyed as a result of supply problems caused by the fast food chain moving to a new delivery partner. On Wednesday, The Guardian reported that DHL, which has taken over the contract from Bidvest Logistics, was storing the chicken in an unregistered cold store in Rugby.…
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Plastic straws ban in Scotland

Scotland is planning to ban the use of plastic straws as early as next year, according to the country’s environment secretary Roseanna Cunningham. The “writing is on the wall” for plastic straws, she said in an interview with the Sunday Mail. “Legislation can’t be achieved overnight, which is why I don’t want to discourage people…
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Foie gras ban part of Labour’s animal welfare plans

Labour has launched what it calls a “radical” plan to improve animal welfare. This includes a ban on exports of live animals for slaughter, enshrining animal sentience in law and mandatory labelling of domestic and imported meat, including country of origin, method of production and slaughter (stun or non-stun). The 50-point draft policy, published for…
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Greenhouse gases down overall, but not in agriculture

In 2016, UK emissions of the basket of seven greenhouse gases covered by the Kyoto Protocol were estimated to be 467.9 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e). This represents a fall of 5% compared to 2015 and 41% below 1990 levels, according to new data released by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial…
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Foodservice helps organic hit new high

Sales of organic food and drink have recovered from a crash following the 2008 recession to hit a new all-time high in 2017. Total sales of organic rose 6% to £2.2bn last year eclipsing the £2.1bn recorded in 2008. Sales tumbled following the financial crisis but have been steadily recovering since 2012 and are now…
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Bio body calls for mandatory food waste collections

The UK government should make food waste collections obligatory in order to allow more compostable packaging to be recycled, according to an industry trade body. Responding to this week’s Footprint’s investigation that showed compostable straws were not actually being composted, David Newman, managing director of the Bio-based and Biodegradable Industries Association (BBIA), said a nationwide…
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Public worry about food safety when eating out

Almost half of UK consumers are worried about food safety in the out-of-home sector, according to new data from the Food Standards Agency (FSA). The FSA tracks public attitudes to food every two years. It found that 45% of people reported concern about food safety in UK restaurants, pubs, cafes and takeaways, compared with 42%…
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Food firms must get serious about feed

Retailers and foodservice companies must start scrutinising what is fed to the livestock in their supply chains, according to a new report by Forum for the Future. Nearly half of global agricultural land is used for livestock feed production and more than a fifth of wild caught fish is fed to animals. Feed contributes to…
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