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MPs demand mandatory calorie labelling

An influential committee of MPs has called on the government to make calorie labelling mandatory in out of home food settings as part of a raft of new measures to tackle obesity. In a report on childhood obesity published this week, the health and social care select committee noted that current progress on labelling in…
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Morrisons publishes plastic plan

Shoppers at Morrisons will be encouraged to bring their own containers to take home fresh meat and fish as part of the supermarket’s new plan to tackle plastic pollution. By 2019, the retailer will also phase out the hard to recycle black plastic trays currently used for meat and fish. There will also be a…
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Tesco bins ‘Best Before’ dates to cut food waste

Tesco is removing “Best before” dates from almost 70 lines of fruit and vegetables. Best before labels are a quality indication, showing products are no longer at their best but are still good to eat. “Use by” labels have to be put on all foods where there is a safety risk if they are eaten…
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New report highlights sugar, salt and fat reduction

Food manufacturers have reduced sugar in the average shopping basket by 12% over the past five years, according to a new report from the Food and Drink Federation (FDF). The Feeding Change report sets out how reformulation efforts by FDF members have also reduced energy in the average basket by 5.5% and salt content by…
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Meat-free Monday mayhem

Edinburgh City Council has come under fire for joining the Meat-free Monday campaign. Edinburgh is the first local authority in Scotland to drop meat from its Council-run lunch menus every Monday, joining others across England and Northern Ireland, as well as schools as far afield as Brazil, South Korea and USA. The move is designed to…
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Major food brands linked to deforestation – again

A palm oil supplier to Mars, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever is destroying rainforests in Papua, Indonesia, according to Greenpeace International. Photos and videos taken in March and April 2018 show “massive deforestation” in PT MJR, a palm oil concession controlled by the Hayel Saeed Anam Group (HSA), including in an area zoned for protection by…
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Ground-breaking minimum pricing becomes law in Scotland

Prices of some of the highest strength lagers, ciders and spirits are set to increase in Scotland when new minimum pricing legislation comes into effect next week. From 1 May, anyone with a licence to sell alcohol won't be allowed to sell it cheaper than 50p per unit, meaning a can of lager or cider…
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Packaging doesn’t cut food waste, report claims

Plastic packaging is failing to reduce food waste, and in some cases may be fueling it, according to research by Zero Waste Europe and Friends of the Earth Europe. The study showed that 37% of all food sold in the EU is wrapped in plastic, making it the most widely used packaging material. The annual…
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Sainsbury’s backtracks on chicken welfare commitment

Sainsbury’s has formally withdrawn from the Good Chicken Award, which recognises companies that have committed to use higher welfare chicken. The move has raised concerns that animal welfare is “slipping down the agenda” in the UK. Sainsbury’s was amongst the first supermarkets to receive the award in 2010. The company committed to provide more space…
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Government performs U-turn on recycling targets

The government has dropped its opposition to more stringent recycling targets and has suggested it may even go beyond EU targets once Britain leaves the EU. The U-turn comes after an investigation by the Guardian and Greenpeace’s Unearthed unit found that UK officials were opposing an EU-wide target of recycling 65% of all municipal waste…
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