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Processed meat and sugar cut from school menus

Scotland has set maximum limits for consumption of sugar and certain types of meat in school meals. School food regulations will be amended for the first time in 10 years to ensure: a maximum amount of red and processed red meat provision – such as bacon, ham and pepperoni – in school lunches to help…
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Footprint Investigation: Parliament burnt by compostable pledge

A Footprint investigation has discovered that large volumes of new compostable packaging from the Houses of Parliament are being sent for incineration due to shortcomings in the waste supply chain. By Nick Hughes. More than a year after UK Parliament first announced plans to switch to new compostable packaging, Footprint can reveal that none of…
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Food safety and standards under “strain” as checks are missed

Some local authorities are failing to meet their legal responsibilities to ensure food businesses comply with food laws, according to a report by the National Audit Office. The proportion of hygiene checks of businesses (including detecting unsafe food) that were “due” and successfully carried out increased between 2012-13 and 2017-18, from 82% to 86%. However,…
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Why we’re still waiting for out-of-home calorie labelling

The government is dragging its heels about revealing its preferred next steps on the provision of mandatory calorie labelling in the out-of-home sector. Nick Hughes takes an in-depth look at the reasons for this apparent indecision. Foodservice businesses looking for clarity on new calorie labelling rules may have to wait a little longer yet. More…
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Comment: Moving to more sustainable packaging

Iain Gulland of Zero Waste Scotland highlights the measures that can be adopted to reduce packaging and recycle more of what’s left. Too many of the products we buy come in packaging that is either unnecessary, difficult to recycle or both. Much of that packaging is plastic. At Zero Waste Scotland we advocate avoiding any…
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Plain packaging policy needed for unhealthy food and drink, says IPPR

Sweets, crisps and sugary drinks need to be put on a level playing-field with fruit and vegetables if the UK is to win the battle against preventable diseases, according to the Institute for Public Policy Research. The IPPR report, Ending the Blame Game: The case for a new approach to public health and prevention, identifies…
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Energy drinks ban in Scottish hospitals

Shops within hospitals will not be permitted to sell energy drinks to anyone under the age of 16. The new restriction, which will apply to drinks with an added caffeine content of more than 150mg/litre, will also be matched by all NHS-run catering sites. The change is the latest update to the Healthcare Retail Standard,…
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Healthy Eating Week reaches far and wide

Over 4,400 schools and nurseries, representing nearly two million children and young people, and 1,850 workplaces (or workplace teams), colleges and universities, representing over 800,000 adults, have registered to take part in this week’s British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) Healthy Eating Week 2019. The initiative aims to promote and celebrate healthy living by providing schools and…
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Will a ‘dream’ to tax unhealthy food become a reality?

Given the nature of her public statements, the industry shouldn't be surprised if, in a review commissioned by the government, England's chief medical officer recommends the taxing of unhealthy foods, writes David Burrows. Health secretary Matt Hancock has commissioned England's chief medical officer (CMO) Professor Dame Sally Davies to “urgently review” what more can be…
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48% of diners confused by labelling rules for allergens

Only 52% of diners looking for allergen information understand the labelling regulations, according to new research. When quizzed about the rules, 23% thought the labelling regulations for food that is freshly prepped and packaged in a food outlet for direct sale (PPDS) and food pre-packed offsite were the same; 25% were unsure whether the rules…
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