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Organic body plays down glyphosate concerns in new tests

“Trace levels” of the herbicide glyphosate have been found in tests of organic grain and cereal products. The Organic Council, which according to its website is a non-profit campaigning for “totally organic principles”, conducted a “2018 annual organic product pesticide basket survey”. Glyphosate was found in Waitrose Duchy Farmhouse Batch wholemeal bread and Tesco Organic…
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Ready meals not fit for flexitarians

Meat still dominates the ready meal aisles of UK supermarkets, according to an analysis by the Eating Better campaign. In a survey of 1,350 ready meals, only 3% were plant-based (without meat, fish, dairy or egg), whilst 77% had meat as the main ingredient. Tesco, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s offered the most variety in terms of…
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Leeds to pilot on-the-go recycling schemes

A coalition of food companies and NGOs has come together to pilot new ideas for encouraging recycling on-the-go. A six month campaign called #LeedsByExample will launch in Leeds city centre in September. It will test the latest thinking on how to increase recycling rates for food and drinks packaging, including a combination of ground-breaking technology,…
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Food system is ‘brutally unfair’ for producers

Millions of people who produce food for UK supermarkets are “trapped in poverty and face brutal working conditions”, according to a new report by Oxfam. Ripe for Change highlights how supermarkets, including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Asda, Aldi and Lidl, are increasingly squeezing their suppliers. The analysis found that across 12 common food products, including tea,…
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Call for calm after ‘meat’ found in plant-based meals

Traces of pork and turkey have been found in meat-free products sold in Sainsbury’s and Tesco. The Daily Telegraph tested 10 vegan and vegetarian products and found meat in two of them – there were traces of pork and turkey DNA in Sainsbury’s own brand meat-free meatballs and Tesco’s Wicked Kitchen BBQ Butternut Mac respectively.…
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Brits will fork out for ethical products

Over two-thirds (67%) of consumers are prepared to pay a premium for environmentally-friendly products, according to new research. The survey of 2,000 people by media agency, MediaCom, also found that good value for money and good quality products are the top priority for consumers when deciding which brands to purchase goods from, while the number…
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MPs demand mandatory calorie labelling

An influential committee of MPs has called on the government to make calorie labelling mandatory in out of home food settings as part of a raft of new measures to tackle obesity. In a report on childhood obesity published this week, the health and social care select committee noted that current progress on labelling in…
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Morrisons publishes plastic plan

Shoppers at Morrisons will be encouraged to bring their own containers to take home fresh meat and fish as part of the supermarket’s new plan to tackle plastic pollution. By 2019, the retailer will also phase out the hard to recycle black plastic trays currently used for meat and fish. There will also be a…
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Tesco bins ‘Best Before’ dates to cut food waste

Tesco is removing “Best before” dates from almost 70 lines of fruit and vegetables. Best before labels are a quality indication, showing products are no longer at their best but are still good to eat. “Use by” labels have to be put on all foods where there is a safety risk if they are eaten…
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New report highlights sugar, salt and fat reduction

Food manufacturers have reduced sugar in the average shopping basket by 12% over the past five years, according to a new report from the Food and Drink Federation (FDF). The Feeding Change report sets out how reformulation efforts by FDF members have also reduced energy in the average basket by 5.5% and salt content by…
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