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Fox faces chicken challenge

The Government’s wish for the UK to become a global leader in free trade is “not necessarily compatible with its desire to maintain high animal welfare standards”, according to a new report published by the House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee. The committee said there was evidence that the “greatest threat” to farm…
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More than 2,500 products have shrunk, says ONS

Chocolate bars, packets of sweets and fruit juices are amongst the 2,529 products that decreased in size between January 2012 and January 2017, according to figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). So-called “shrinkflation” occurs when manufacturers of household goods cut the size of their brands but keep prices the same. Mostly it…
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Ethical standards important to UK workers

Nearly half (47%) of UK workers believe companies can achieve higher environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards without sacrificing profitability, according to new research.  Another one in eight (12%) say profits should be impacted if necessary to raise such standards but a quarter (24%) say they would be unwilling to accept sacrificing profitability for the…
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Low-risk businesses to be spared food inspections

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has set out a new approach to enforcing food regulation which places more onus on businesses to ensure they are compliant and will see some businesses face no inspections. The regulator said the time had come to create a modern, risk-based, proportionate, robust and resilient regulatory system to keep up with…
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British cod gains first MSC certification

North Sea cod officially designated as sustainable will soon be sold in supermarkets and restaurants for the first time in 20 years after English and Scottish cod boats were awarded MSC certification. Over a decade since North Sea cod stocks came close to collapse, North Sea cod has passed an independent assessment against the MSC’s…
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Allergen laws boost confidence in eating out

People who suffer from food allergies have greater confidence when eating out of home since the introduction of new EU laws, a survey has found. In December 2014, EU legislation was introduced requiring retailers of non-prepacked foodstuffs to provide customers with information relating to the presence of 14 specified allergens including peanuts, milk and cereals…
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New ‘craft’ beer logo offers greater transparency

There’s a bitter battle brewing at the heart of the UK’s beer industry as the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) launched a new kitemarking scheme called the Assured Independent British Craft Brewer seal. “It's a simple accreditation which can be instantly recognised by beer drinkers on bottles or cans on supermarket shelves or on pump…
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Consuming less meat one of top four ways to cut emissions

A new study has identified “eating a plant-based diet” as one of the four actions that would have the greatest impact on an individual’s greenhouse gas emissions. The experts from Lund University in Sweden analysed 39 peer-reviewed articles, carbon calculators and government sources to quantify the most high-impact personal lifestyle choices in developed countries. “There…
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New sustainable cotton logo for linen

The Tonrose Group has become the first trade company to display a new Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) mark on the linen it sells into the hospitality sector. The company, which owns brands including Tonrose (hotel and leisure linen supply) and Tradelinens (luxury linen division), hopes the new scheme will help influence others to join BCI.…
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High street brands put fish stocks at risk

Restaurants and pub chains are failing to serve sustainable seafood and must do more to prevent overfishing, campaigners have warned. More than a third of high street restaurant and pub chains rated by Fish2fork and the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) failed to meet the two organisations' expectations on sustainability. Eleven restaurant and pub chains were…
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