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Green light for new sustainable EU fisheries policy from 2014

THE COMMON Fisheries Policy (CFP) reform package, including measures to halt overfishing and a ban on discarding fish at sea, Parliament's key aims, was approved in a final plenary vote on Tuesday. Labelling rules have also been overhauled, to improve information for consumers. The new legislation should allow for more sustainable fishing and take effect…
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EFSA completes full risk assessment on aspartame

ASPARTAME AND its breakdown products are safe for human consumption at current levels of exposure, EFSA concludes in its first full risk assessment of this sweetener. To carry out its risk assessment, EFSA has undertaken a rigorous review of all available scientific research on aspartame and its breakdown products, including both animal and human studies.…
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Supermarkets step up to the mark after horsegate

THE ENGLISH pig industry’s latest survey of supermarket shelves shows retailers have increased their support for British-farmed pork, ham and sausages over the past 12 months.   The Porkwatch survey, which is conducted every two months, records the number of product lines that supermarkets allocate to British pork and pork products.   All retailers have…
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Businesses not linking corporate responsibility risk to remuneration

NEW RESEARCH has revealed that only one in ten of the world's largest companies links corporate responsibility performance to renumeration, despite the fact that 75% of the top 250 International companies (G250) acknowledge risks to their business from environmental and social issues such as resource scarcity.   The report, created by reviewing the Corporate Responsibility…
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Groceries code adjudicator outlines powers

FARMERS HAVE welcomed the new Groceries Code Adjudicator’s (GCA) powers to investigate, enforce and penalise supermarkets suspected of breaching the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCoP - Code).               The new GCA Christine Tacon CBE told Hampshire NFU members that the Code requires the 10 retailers of groceries with…
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Report reveals animal welfare is rising on the business agenda

THE SECOND report of the Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare published today has applauded Coop Group (Switzerland), Marks & Spencer, Arla, Marfrig, Royal FrieslandCampina, Sainsbury’s, VION and Waitrose for the notable improvements they have made in their farm animal welfare related management and reporting approach over the past year.          …
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Nestlé named in KPMG Top 10 of CSR

KPMG HAS named Nestlé as one of the world’s top ten companies reporting on Corporate Social Responsibility.   Nestlé is also the only food and beverage company to be among the top tier of firms analysed as part of KPMG's Survey of Corporate Responsibility.   The eighth edition of the survey assesses reporting by firms…
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innocent celebrates ‘chain of good’

INNOCENT WILL introduce a new long-term strategic approach to their consumer marketing with the launch of a brand new campaign this January. Moving away from a focus on individual products, the new approach will see innocent communicating to consumers on an emotional level, putting the innocent brand at the heart of their campaigns under the…
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Britain’s Most Admired Companies unveiled

A LIST of Britain’s most admired companies will be unveiled by Birmingham City University on the 4th December.   Now in its 23rd year, the Britain's Most Admired Companies survey is the only academic study in the UK which measures a company's reputational success on the perceptions of opposing companies.   Firms who have made it…
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Retailers measure themselves against challenging green targets

RESPONDING TO results issued by Government waste body WRAP on the second phase of the Courtauld Commitment, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) says that the results demonstrate that retailers have made major strides to cut waste across the supply chain.   The results are measured against targets to reduce household food waste, packaging and waste…
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