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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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Foodservice helps organic hit new high

Sales of organic food and drink have recovered from a crash following the 2008 recession to hit a new all-time high in 2017. Total sales of organic rose 6% to £2.2bn last year eclipsing the £2.1bn recorded in 2008. Sales tumbled following the financial crisis but have been steadily recovering since 2012 and are now…
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Bio body calls for mandatory food waste collections

The UK government should make food waste collections obligatory in order to allow more compostable packaging to be recycled, according to an industry trade body. Responding to this week’s Footprint’s investigation that showed compostable straws were not actually being composted, David Newman, managing director of the Bio-based and Biodegradable Industries Association (BBIA), said a nationwide…
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Public worry about food safety when eating out

Almost half of UK consumers are worried about food safety in the out-of-home sector, according to new data from the Food Standards Agency (FSA). The FSA tracks public attitudes to food every two years. It found that 45% of people reported concern about food safety in UK restaurants, pubs, cafes and takeaways, compared with 42%…
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Food firms must get serious about feed

Retailers and foodservice companies must start scrutinising what is fed to the livestock in their supply chains, according to a new report by Forum for the Future. Nearly half of global agricultural land is used for livestock feed production and more than a fifth of wild caught fish is fed to animals. Feed contributes to…
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Government backtracks on recycling despite plastics pledge

The UK government is opposing bold new EU recycling targets during negotiations in Brussels, according to confidential documents. Leaked notes from an EU delegation seen by Unearthed, Greenpeace’s investigative platform, reveal that UK officials told their counterparts the country will be unable to support an EU-wide target of recycling 65% of all municipal waste by…
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Health & Vitality Honours 2018 Winners Announced

Leaders of the health agenda in the Out Of Home sector gathered today for the annual Health & Vitality Honours lunch at the In & Out Club in St James' where the 2018 winners were announced.  Health & Vitality Honours is the platform for businesses to showcase best practice and help create a greater transparency…
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Industry warned that new meat scandal is brewing

Experts have suggested that a new meat scandal “could be brewing” following news that the Food Standards Agency is investigating meat supplier Russell Hume. FSA has raised concerns of “serious non-compliance with food hygiene regulations” at Russell Hume’s Birmingham site. It is now investigating all the company’s sites. All distribution has been stopped and a…
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