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Food fines spike following new sentencing guidelines

Average fines for food safety and hygiene offences have increased by nearly £5,000 since new sentencing guidelines were introduced in 2016. The sharp increase was revealed in an impact assessment published by the Sentencing Council on the introduction of new sentencing guidelines for health and safety offences, corporate manslaughter and food safety and hygiene offences…
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Burger King’s mission Impossible is a big deal

The fast food chain is offering the Impossible Burger at 59 outlets in the US. Are plant-based meats about to hit the mainstream market, asks David Burrows? Two years ago, almost to the day, Footprint carried the following headline: “Meat-free mania – why isn’t McDonald’s lovin’ it?” Money was being thrown at food tech companies…
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EU is importing “large amounts of deforestation”

Around 15% of all emissions resulting from the typical diet of an EU citizen can be directly linked to deforestation of tropical forests, according to new research. The link between production of certain foods – such as palm oil, beef and soy – and deforestation has long been established. However, two new studies, from Chalmers…
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Food fraud on the rise?

Cross-border food fraud cases jumped from 178 in 2017 to 234 last year, according to the EU Food Fraud Network’s annual report. In 2016 there were 157 requests for cooperation between countries. Fish and fish products had the largest number of requests (45), followed by meat and meat products (41), fats and oils (29) and…
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Starbucks chucks another £1m at cup recycling

Starbucks and Hubbub have announced a £1m “cup fund” to help kickstart disposable cup recycling in the UK. At least 10 large-scale recycling programmes, with grants of between £50,000 and £100,000 each, will be created. The money comes from the 5p that Starbucks charges customers who use single-use cups. Hubbub, an environmental charity, said there…
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Interview: Pret’s labelling leader

The high street chain has moved quickly to introduce full ingredient labelling following two allergen-related deaths. Nick Hughes reports. Tom Sugarman is reflecting candidly on how Pret A Manger has accepted the role of standard bearer for the foodservice response to recent allergen tragedies. “We were all devastated by what happened,” says Pret’s UK shops…
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Bootleg balsamic vinegar warnings

Italian investigators have identified a huge food fraud scandal involving balsamic vinegar. Grape must and wine products worth €15m (£12.9m), as well as numerous documents showing how provenance and authenticity credentials were falsified, were seized, according to reports in the Grocer and the Guardian. The fraudsters are suspected of “using lower grade grapes to make…
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Trial promises to crack problem plastics issue

Tesco has started collecting “unrecyclable plastics” for recycling in a trial at 10 stores. Customers will be able to return everything from pet food pouches to shopping bags and crisp packets, all of which are not usually recycled by local councils at the kerbside. Last week, the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee launched a…
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Good news and bad for plant-based meats

“Urban munchers of veggie burgers and vegan sausages be damned,” is how Politico carried the news that EU lawmakers in the Agriculture Committee of the European Parliament (AGRI) this month voted in favour of proposals to ensure terms such as “steak”, “sausage” and “burger” should be reserved exclusively for products containing meat. Rapporteur and French…
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2019 Footprint Awards Shortlist of Sustainability Elite Announced

The shortlist for Footprint Awards is announced, revealing the foodservice and hospitality sector’s leading responsible business initiatives. Footprint Awards remains the only initiative to honour the achievements of companies in the area of sustainability and responsible business practice in the out of home sector and its supply chain. These awards are open to organisations at…
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