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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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Lidl offers more transparent meat labels

Lidl is adding “method of production” labels to all its fresh chicken products to help customers “make more informed decisions”. The detail will be similar to that found on egg packaging, with information on five different types of farming system, including “indoor” and “British free range”. But some campaigners claimed the new scheme “shies away from…
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Waitrose puts faith in seitan

Waitrose is claiming a UK supermarket first with the launch of a new seitan burger. Seitan is a protein rich food made from wheat gluten which is increasingly used as a substitute for meat due to its appearance and texture. Its popularity with vegans or flexitarians has grown in part due to trendy restaurants such…
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Traffic light labels to show impact of food

Professor Chris Elliott has called for a new labelling system to show consumers the environmental damage, or indeed benefit, of the food and drink they are buying. Writing for The Grocer, the director of the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen's University, Belfast, said there is “huge economic benefit” in a “simple-to-follow and trustworthy…
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Sales of ethical food and drink pass £8 billion mark

Brits spent £8.2 billion in 2018 on ethical food and drink, including organic, Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance and Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified products. Over the past five years, sales of ethical food and drink have shot up by 43% from £5.7 billion in 2013, according to the latest figures from Mintel. This year, sales are…
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Sainsbury’s feels the heat on plastics

Greenpeace has ramped up its pressure on Sainsbury’s to take more action on plastics after activists delivered thousands of complaints to the grocer’s head office in London. The campaign group said its analysis showed that Sainsbury’s received more plastics complaints on Twitter than any of the top four supermarkets last year. Sainsbury’s received more than…
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Transfats edge closer to extinction after EU ruling

The long campaign to rid food products of industrial transfats has scored another victory after the EU regulated to set a maximum limit for their use in foods. Food manufacturers will have until 1 April 2021 to ensure products comply with the limit of 2 grams of industrially produced transfats per 100 grams of fat…
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Plastic pollution costing billions 

Plastic floating in the sea is costing human society “hundreds if not thousands of billions of dollars” every year, including loss of tourism revenue and reduced productivity. The “perceived risk” of the contamination of seafood with microplastic may also be detrimental to the seafood industry, whilst the presence of marine litter can impact physical and…
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Strong support for carbon labelling

Could carbon labels make a come back? In a survey of 9,037 adults in seven countries (Canada, the Netherlands, Italy, the US, Sweden, the UK and Spain), 67% supported a “recognisable carbon label”. Conducted by YouGov, on behalf of the Carbon Trust, the poll also showed the potential brand benefits of tracking and displaying carbon…
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Space tech to ensure sustainable cocoa supplies

Advanced satellite technology is being used to tackle deforestation in Africa linked to cocoa supply chains. Using satellite derived information from the UK Space Agency’s Forests 2020 Project, led by the space information company Ecometrica, the new Ecometrica Platform will provide a constantly-updated picture of West African forests, gathered from space, LiDAR aircraft and on…
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