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MPs to investigate impact of coffee cups

The Environmental Audit Committee has launched an inquiry into the environmental impact of disposable drinks packaging. The cross-party committee said it will be focussing on plastic bottles and coffee cups. The MPs will analyse the actions taken by industry and government to date as well as investigate possible new solutions. They will for example consider whether taxes on…
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Brexit deal must be environmentally sound

The UK can’t water-down green laws when it leaves the European Union. A leaked document drafted by MEPs in the environment committee state the Brexit deal “must include an explicit mechanism to ensure that the UK is bound to avoid damage to the EU environment”, whilst “existing legislation which provides for commitments (financial, emissions reduction…
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Government to review health impact of microplastics

The Government has said it plans to review the impact of microplastics on dietary health following an inquiry that called for further research into the potential harm to humans. Microplastics, which can be small pellets found in consumer goods or fragments of larger plastic items such as bags, are a major cause of marine littering…
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UK is greener thanks to EU

Environmental action in the UK has been “faster” and “more thorough” thanks to EU membership, according to the Environmental Audit Committee. Policy development has also been a “two way street”, the MPs concluded, with the UK influencing the direction and design of specific laws and policies. “The overwhelming majority of witnesses said that there were…
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Horsemeat may still be prevalent in supply chain

A LABOUR FRONTBENCHER has suggested that thousands of tonnes of horsemeat may have entered the food supply chain in the three year’s prior to 2013’s food crisis.   Mary Creagh, who was Labour’s environment secretary at the time of the scandal, says she has evidence to back up her claims.   During an appearance on…
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Landfill’s End?

POLITICIANS HAVE raised the prospect of a total ban on sending food waste to the tip but the industry is in two minds about the benefits.                     Food waste has been thrust into the spotlight. A number of heavyweight reports have whetted the media and, in turn,…
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Sodexo reacts to horsemeat secrecy claims

SODEXO HAS reacted to claims that it is failing to publicly disclose information relating to the contamination of frozen beef products in its supply chain.   Speaking in the House of Commons last week, shadow environment secretary Mary Creagh stated that Sodexo had “refused publicly to name the products [contaminated with horse DNA…] thereby preventing…
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Foodservice companies double efforts to check supplies

FOODSERVICE COMPANIES have reacted to help calm concerned clients and customers following the horsemeat scandals.   So far the discovery of horse DNA has been limited to products in the retail supply chain, but foodservice companies assured that checks are underway and double-checks are taking place with suppliers of specific products.   There is a…
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FSA raids meat plant

THE FOOD Standards Agency (FSA) and police have shut down two meat premises, one in West Yorkshire and the other in West Wales.   The plants were raided as part of the ongoing investigation into the mislabelling of meat products.   The FSA has given the following statement:   “The plant in West Yorkshire is…
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Caterers criticised in horse meat scandal

LABOUR HAS criticised the reaction of caterers and the hospitality sector to the horse meat scandal.   While the retailers have reacted with “speed” following the discoveries of horse and pork meat in beef products, shadow environment secretary Mary Creagh said she was “disappointed” that the hospitality and catering sector has not been so candid.…
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