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Food fraud fears intensify, new survey suggests

Almost three in four consumers believe there is “an issue” with food fraud in the UK, and one in five (20%) would blame the retailer first. However, only 27% have ever personally experienced at least one issue relating to food fraud, such as hidden ingredients or misleading labelling. The findings, published in the NFU Mutual’s…
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Trick or treat: how the obesity plan changed

The childhood obesity strategy was watered down, Theresa May “dismantling” David Cameron’s ambitious plan in no fewer than 36 days. Channel 4’s Dispatches team had been handed a June draft of the plan: “a more ambitious plan that never saw the light of day”, reads the press release promoting the programme (October 31st, 8pm). At…
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Food prices fall for the first time since 2006

THE BRC-NIELSEN shop price index, released in November, has shown a decrease in food prices for the first time in almost a decade.                   Food reported annual deflation for the first time since the series began in December 2006, falling 0.2% in November.   Both the fresh…
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Retailers sign up to challenging new green goals

THE UK retail industry is today (Wednesday) signing up to a range of ambitious targets for reducing its impact on the environment, having beaten the previous set across all areas.   Commitments to be announced at today’s A Better Retailing Climate launch event include a collective pledge to reduce absolute carbon emissions by 25 per…
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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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5P charge on carriers bags to be made mandatory across England

FOLLOWING the example of Scotland and Wales, it has been announced that a minimum 5p charge on carrier bags will be introduced across England from 2015.   Retailers will be required to charge for single use carrier bags in a move that aims to reduce the number of bags in use as well as the…
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New figures on carrier bag use published

ENVIRONMENTAL CAMPAIGN organisation WRAP has published the latest data that shows that 8.1 billion thin-gauge (single-use) bags were used by supermarket customers  in the UK in 2012, a rise of 1.3% on 2011.   Overall data shows that the amount of thin-gauge bags used by supermarket customers each month has increased from 10.5 in 2011…
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A chance too good to waste

THE HORSE MEAT scandal – and the pressure all those discarded burgers put on recycling facilities – can spark a debate on the growing quantity of food we throw away.   In the UK we spend less than ever on food but waste more of it. The average family spends 11% of its income on…
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Too chicken to talk GM?

RISING PRICES could soon force the poultry industry to reverse its ban on genetically modified feed - but that means a difficult conversation with consumers.   In 2012 the area of land used to grow genetically modified (GM) crops increased by 6% to 170, hectares worldwide.   It is the 17th year in a row…
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Editor’s Comment: Which initiatives are worth their salt

THE GOVERNMENT wants us all to eat less salt. We average about 8.1g a day but the target is to cut it to 6g. There are a number of ways to achieve this.   Reformulation is one. Look at any of the top food manufacturers in the UK and they will list how many tonnes…
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