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Radical changes to diets needed to save planet and lives

Global consumption of sugar and red meat needs to fall by 50%, whilst that of nuts, fruits’ vegetables and legumes needs to double, according to a report by the EAT-Lancet Commission. The commission is a three-year project bringing together 37 experts from 16 countries with expertise in health, nutrition, environmental sustainability, food systems, economics and…
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EAC calls for swift action to curb marine pollution

MPs have urged the government to fast-track some of its policies aimed at curbing plastic pollution. The Environmental Audit Committee said the target date of 2042 for achieving zero avoidable plastic waste must be brought forward, whilst the deposit return and extended producer responsibility schemes should be rolled out “as soon as practicable and before…
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51% of hospitality businesses risk losing apprenticeship levy fund

Two thirds of hospitality professionals are aware that their Apprenticeship Levy funding will start to expire in May, yet only 49% have currently used most of it. The research, commissioned by HIT Training, showed that 36% had held back because they are taking time to ensure they are investing in a “high-quality programme”. A further…
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Foodservice lagging on salt reduction

Salt levels are higher in out of home food products than those sold in retail according to the first assessment of the food industry’s progress towards meeting the government’s salt reduction targets. Average and maximum targets covering 28 food categories including bread, crisps and ready meals were set back in 2014 and the first assessment,…
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MPs call for new minister to tackle hunger

The government should appoint a new Minister for Hunger to tackle issues of hunger, malnutrition and obesity, an influential group of MPs has said. The Environmental Audit Committee accused the government of letting issues of hunger “fall between the cracks” and failing to make the link between obesity and food insecurity in its childhood obesity…
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Gove appoints food waste champion

Michael Gove has appointed a new food waste champion as part of government plans to eliminate food waste to landfill by 2030. Ben Elliot is an entrepreneur and philanthropist who co-founded the lifestyle group Quintessentially. The charitable arm of the business has recently partnered with The Felix Project, the charity combatting the issue of food…
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New waste strategy: producers to pay for poor packaging

Waste policy in England will be “overhauled” as part of a new strategy launched by the government this week. The much anticipated Resources and Waste Strategy – which will be analysed in full by Footprint in January – will force those responsible for producing hard to recycle waste to take greater responsibility and foot the…
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McDonald’s launches new antibiotic use policy

McDonald’s has announced plans to reduce the overall use of antibiotics across 85% of its global beef supply chain. According to the World Health Organization, antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health, food security and development. However, there is limited antibiotic usage data available across the global beef industry. McDonald’s, in…
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Foodservice must deliver more menu transparency in 2019

Transparency and trust will make their way onto menus next year as consumer awareness of sustainability continues to rise. “Consumers will ask questions about the food they are buying [and] demand to know more about the contents and source of the food they eat and the impact on their health and the environment,” noted NPD…
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