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UK will aim for higher standards post-Brexit

Environmental and animal welfare standards will not be lowered as part of future trade deals, the environment secretary has pledged. Speaking at this week’s NFU conference, Michael Gove said that rather than lowering standards as part of any new trade deals, the UK should be aiming even higher. His comments followed a warning from outgoing…
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FSA summons meat industry for crisis talks

Regulators have held crisis talks with representatives of the meat industry following a spate of breaches of food hygiene regulations which culminated this week in the closure of Russell Hume. The meat supplier fell into administration with the loss of around 270 jobs after a recall of meat products related to processes around use-by-dates caused…
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Microplastics found in 75% of deep sea fish

A new study has found microplastics to be present in the gut of almost three quarters of deep sea fish, leading to fears that levels of ingestion are higher than previously thought. Researchers from National University of Ireland Galway found that 73% of deep water fish in the Northwest Atlantic had ingested plastic particles, one…
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Chicken to be destroyed following KFC fiasco

Chicken destined for KFC outlets will have to be destroyed as a result of supply problems caused by the fast food chain moving to a new delivery partner. On Wednesday, The Guardian reported that DHL, which has taken over the contract from Bidvest Logistics, was storing the chicken in an unregistered cold store in Rugby.…
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DEFRA’s waste strategy: fill in the blanks

Westminster’s plan to tackle plastics is big on promises but short on detail – for now. By David Burrows. The government has hit the food sector with a whirlwind of announcements relevant to the future of waste in the past three months. The Clean Growth Strategy and new Industrial Strategy kicked things off late last…
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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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Labour shortages leave food rotting in fields

There have been plenty of warnings, but new data released by the National Farmers Union shows that the vote the leave the European Union has left fruit and vegetable farmers woefully short of workers. More than 4,300 vacancies went unfilled, according to an NFU survey seen by the Guardian, leaving some food rotting in fields…
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Ten things I hate about PRNs

Foodservice businesses are among those calling for changes to the producer responsibility scheme for packaging waste. But reform needs to be bold, says Libby Peake. Hatred is quite a strong emotion to feel for inanimate evidence notes intended to show that a company has paid towards recycling its packaging, but bear with me and I’ll…
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