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Political Print: Foodservice on the fringes yet again

The government’s latest policy forum is a gathering of the same old, same old. It’s time for the sector to stand up and be heard, writes Nick Hughes. The government’s new Food and Drink Sector Council met for the first time at the end of January, an occasion DEFRA marked by sharing a convivial picture…
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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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DEFRA’s waste strategy: fill in the blanks

Westminster’s plan to tackle plastics is big on promises but short on detail – for now. By David Burrows. The government has hit the food sector with a whirlwind of announcements relevant to the future of waste in the past three months. The Clean Growth Strategy and new Industrial Strategy kicked things off late last…
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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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High-street health alliance needs to show its muscle

A code of conduct signed by firms including Costa and McDonalds is welcome – but worryingly vague. By Nick Hughes. The foodservice sector is not known for its willingness to put competitive instincts aside and collaborate for the greater good. For this reason alone, the announcement that 10 of the UK’s best-known high-street food brands…
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Political Print: ultra-processed foods can be a casualty of Brexit

Britain’s appetite for ready meals and sugary cereal has made headlines this week - just as ministers are considering the future of farm subsidies. By David Burrows. The average household availability of “ultra-processed” foods in the UK is 50.4%. In other words, half of all the foods bought here are about as far from “real…
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