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Plastic packaging – worst polluters named and shamed

Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Nestlé were the most frequent companies identified in 239 litter clean-ups and brand audits spanning 42 countries and six continents, according to campaign group Break Free From Plastic. Teams audited over 187,000 pieces of plastic waste, identifying thousands of different brands. The worst offenders, in order of most frequent brands collected in…
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Aldi doesn’t care about workers, but its customers do, says Oxfam

Aldi customers care more about fair working conditions in the supply chain than those who shop at other major supermarkets. However, Aldi came bottom of an independent scorecard this year that assessed human rights policies in the food chain. The new YouGov poll, commissioned by Oxfam, showed that 87% of Aldi shoppers believe it is…
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Super-sizing faces ban in Scotland

Supermarkets and fast-food outlets face restrictions on promoting ‘junk’ foods under new proposals put forward by the Scottish Government. Outlawing super-sizing and free refills of sugary soft drinks, clamping down on multi-buy promotions, and restricting junk food at checkouts are among actions being considered to improve Scotland’s health. Other restrictions on foods high in fat,…
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Brits reject far-fetched food claims

Almost half of British consumers mistrust fanciful claims made about the benefits of food products, according to new analysis. Marketplace OnBuy.com analysed data from the NFU Mutual’s Food Fraud Report 2018 to find the food product features consumers trust the least. It found that “far-fetched claims about benefits” and foods with a “label text in…
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Acrylamide – the hot topic consumers don’t know about

Consumers are largely unaware of acrylamide and its potential effects, with only around one in five having heard of the contaminant. Acrylamide is generated when the sugar and amino acids in starchy foods transform during heating. The changes enhance the taste of the cooked food and will often give it a brownish colour. However, the…
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Packham launches plan to save wildlife

A new People's Manifesto for Wildlife has put forward 200 proposals to revive the natural world and prevent an “ecological apocalypse”. The manifesto is the brainchild of naturalist and TV presenter Chris Packham and includes a number of measures to reduce the impact of the food chain on the natural environment. They include a focus…
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Brits worry about dodgy food labels

Nearly half (48%) of British adults are less likely to buy meat if they cannot be sure it has been produced in the UK, while around two in five (42%) place the risk of food mislabelling among their top three concerns for imported food standards following Brexit. The survey commissioned by Oritain, a forensic traceability…
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Poorest families cannot afford a healthy diet

Low income families would need to spend almost half of their after-housing income on food in order to eat a healthy diet, new research has found. Analysis by the Food Foundation compared the estimated cost of Public Health England’s (PHE) Eatwell Guide with household income. It found that the bottom 20% of families would have…
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Sales grow, but organic farmers could go bust after Brexit

Sales of organic food and drink increased 4% in the year to the end of June 2018, according to new figures compiled by Nielsen Scantrack. Fresh produce and dairy were the standout performers, with sales up 5.3% and 3.5% respectively, said the Soil Association. The figures are impressive given that they come on the back…
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Campaigners demand mandatory meat labelling

Animal welfare campaigners are calling on the government to make method of production labelling compulsory for all meat and dairy products. Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) launched a petition this month calling on the government to introduce “honest labelling” on products, arguing that consumers are currently “left in the dark” about how animals farmed for…
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