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SMEs admit plastic response is inadequate

Just half of small and medium-sized hospitality businesses say they are doing all they can to cut single-use plastic waste, a survey has found. Of the hospitality and leisure businesses surveyed for a YouGov poll for Keep Britain Tidy and Brita, 17% said they should be doing much more to reduce their use of single-use…
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Labour weighs up packaging restrictions

Food businesses could be forced to use specific packaging materials in new plans being drafted by the Labour party, writes David Burrows. The policy – under consideration as part of a new resources and waste strategy – would limit choice in order to reduce confusion among consumers and improve the quality of recycling streams. “I…
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Plates, bowls, stirrers and polystyrene to be eliminated in Plastics Pact

Single-use plastic cutlery, stirrers, straws, plates and bowls, as well as all polystyrene packaging, are amongst a list of items that businesses will need to eliminate by 2020.  Members of the UK Plastics Pact, led by WRAP, will have to get rid of eight items now deemed “problematic” or “unnecessary”. Oxo-degradable plastics are also on…
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Government promises “trailblazing” new food strategy England

Henry Dimbleby, co-founder of restaurant chain Leon, has been appointed to lead the first major review of the UK food system in nearly 75 years. Dimbleby will investigate the entire food system, from field to fork, and consider the changes needed to ensure that it delivers not only healthy, safe and affordable food, but also…
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Businesses must meet ‘Natasha’s Law’ by summer 2021

The government has announced it is making full ingredients labelling on pre-packed foods a legal requirement. It’s a decision that has pleased allergy campaigners and consumers, although it’s not been welcomed universally… Food businesses will have to include full ingredients labelling on pre-packaged foods by summer 2021, the government has announced. The new legislation –…
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On-farm environmental action wanes due to Brexit and financial pressure

One in two farmers agree with the principle of “public money for public goods”, with younger producers the most supportive (56%). However, a third are currently taking no environmental action to address problems on their farms. They blame a lack of access to capital (41%) and uncertainty over agricultural policy caused by Brexit (41%). The…
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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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75% of diners want carbon labels on menus

Three in four adults would prefer to eat in a restaurant that displays carbon footprint details on its menus, helping them make more informed decisions about what they eat. “No longer is allergy and nutritional information enough on menus – consumers are hungry to learn more about sustainable eating,” said James Bagshaw, co-founder at carbon…
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