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Food safety warning as sampling rates fall again

The UK could be on the brink of a “devastating” food safety scandal if local authority testing rates continue to fall, according to a leading food fraud expert. In a comment for New Food, Professor Chris Elliott, who led the government’s inquiry into the horsemeat scandal, noted the “immense work and resources” that large companies…
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Strict fish farm laws proposed following pollution evidence

Scotland is to tighten up the regulations for salmon farming given that medicines, animal waste and uneaten feed are polluting the environment. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has just completed “one of the largest and most comprehensive marine research projects into aquaculture”. The environmental impacts from eight Scottish fish farms were assessed, with 302…
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Government still unsure of post-Brexit environment laws

Concerns intensified this week that Brexit would create huge gaps in UK environment law. MPs from the House of Commons environmental audit committee said the government had offered only a “woolly response” to their assessment of the government’s 25-year environment plan. The committee found that the plan lacked specific actions and legislation, with few measurable…
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Hammond’s plastics tax divides opinion

A proposed new tax on plastic packaging has received a mixed response with business groups claiming it will lead to cost hikes and campaigners claiming it doesn’t go far enough in tackling pollution. Chancellor Philip Hammond announced the tax on packaging which does not contain at least 30% recycled plastic as part of this week’s…
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Food system driving ‘astonishing’ species loss

Land conversion driven by demand for food is contributing to an “astonishing decline” in the global wildlife population, according to WWF. The biannual Living Planet Report published this week shows a 60% decline in wildlife populations over the past 40 years driven largely by the pressure placed on habitats by the food system and in…
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Pret hires Smith to shore up safety

Pret A Manger has moved to tighten its allergies and policies procedures by hiring former FSA chair and Tesco quality director Tim Smith to set up a new advisory panel. Announcing the move in a blog post titled ‘Pret’s next steps on allergy safety’, CEO Clive Schlee said Smith had been hired to set up…
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Defra seeks views on straws ban

Defra has launched a consultation on its plan to ban plastic straws, drinks stirrers and cotton buds as part of the war on single-use plastics. The consultation, which will run for six weeks, follows an announcement of plans for a ban on the distribution and sale of certain single-use plastics by Theresa May in April.…
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Visitor attractions slammed for serving ‘dodgy, junk food’

Legoland and the National Gallery have been ranked among the UK’s worst visitor attractions for providing healthy, sustainable food for kids. Although the Soil Association’s latest Out to Lunch league table found some attractions serving good food at reasonable prices it also uncovered what it described as “unhealthy pre-packed lunchboxes, dodgy ingredients, and a lack…
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New powers failing to restrict takeaways

The concentration of takeaways on UK high streets is at its highest level in almost a decade, according to new analysis. An investigation by the BBC found that despite moves to limit the spread of fast food outlets, in most areas the number of takeaways per 100,000 people is greater than at any time since…
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Government policies to reduce meat are insufficient

There are almost no public policies in place to support the transition to a low carbon food sector, according to a new report published this week. In many EU countries and in the US, meat consumption is more than double the recommended levels for healthy diets. Meanwhile, animal agriculture is responsible for around 16.5% of…
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