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Takeaways targeted in London food plan

The Mayor of London will consult on a wide-ranging new food strategy for London which includes restrictions on hot food takeaways opening near schools. The draft London food strategy is built around six ambitions: to reduce food insecurity and hunger; to improve London’s food environment to make healthy, affordable options more widely available; to serve…
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Parliament sets out plan to purge plastics

Disposable coffee cups and plastic bottles will be eliminated from the House of Commons and House of Lords as part of a range of measures aimed at drastically reducing Parliament’s consumption of single-use plastics. From this summer, the UK Parliament will stop purchasing non-recyclable disposable cups, replacing them with a compostable alternative. It currently disposes…
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Scottish plan to halve obesity by 2030

Scotland’s forthcoming obesity plan will include tough new measures to tackle junk food promotions, including a clampdown on multi-buy offers that encourage overconsumption. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon outlined the measures during a meeting with chef and campaigner Jamie Oliver in London this week, in which she also pledged to cut childhood obesity in half in…
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Junk food ad rules are a “sham”

Industry-led regulations that are supposed to reduce exposure to junk food marketing are a “shocking sham”, according to advertising executive turned health campaigner Dan Parker. The advertising of unhealthy food is currently self-regulated by the Committee of Advertising Practice. The rules state that brands are not permitted to market products high in fat, salt and…
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Fish and chips under pressure

Devaluation of the pound, expensive eco-packaging and problems with potatoes could result in the price of fish and chips rising this summer. Six months ago a kilo of haddock or cod frozen at sea cost around £4 and £5.20 respectively, the Observer reported. Now it’s £5.60 and £5.80. The drop in value of the pound…
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Strike over wage “abuses” at TGI Fridays

Workers at some TGI Friday’s outlets will this month take their first strike action in a dispute over tips and “minimum wage abuses”, according to the union Unite. The American dining chain, which has 81 restaurants in the UK, will be hit with a series of 24-hour walkouts starting on Friday May 18th and continuing…
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Government failing to get to grips with modern slavery

The Home Office has no way of knowing whether laws introduced to combat modern slavery are working, according to a new report. Parliament passed the Modern Slavery Act in 2015, which requires all commercial organisations with an annual turnover of more than £36m operating in the UK to publish a slavery and human trafficking statement…
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Marketing fund to tackle veg consumption “crisis”

A new marketing fund has been launched to make veg “cool and contemporary” and encourage more children to eat their greens. Four in five children don’t eat enough veg, according to the Food Foundation. The new VegPower scheme promises to “transform children’s current attitude towards vegetables”. A crowdfund was launched this week in a bid…
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Pay less for staff seeking a purpose

More than a quarter of managers (27%) in British companies would be likely to accept a salary cut to work for a company that has a clear purpose beyond profit, according to new research.  The YouGov survey, commissioned by Danone UK, also showed that around a third (32%) of the 2,001 managers quizzed would actually…
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Supply chain unites to tackle plastic pollution

Over 40 businesses from across the packaging supply chain have pledged to eliminate single-use plastic packaging under a new WRAP-led coalition. The UK Plastics Pact will see the likes of Tesco, Pizza Hut and Coca Cola join forces with packaging suppliers such as Plastipak and waste processors like Veolia to tackle the scourge of plastic…
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