Food law

230% increase in allergen incidents reported by FSA

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The FSA has published its Annual Report on Incidents. This report examines the 1,514 contamination incidents involving foods, feeds and the food-related environment reported to it in 2015. More …

Changes to indications relating to gluten content of food

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The legal requirements relating to the voluntary indication of the absence or reduced presence of gluten in food, have been changed. From 20 July 2016 the only statements that can be used to indicate the absence or reduced presence of gluten in a food or a meal are "gluten free" and "very low gluten". More …

New 'Novel Foods' regulation

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The EU's legislative process has approved a final draft of a new regulation on novel foods. The draft regulation is likely to become law in the near future, with most of it coming into force two years later. More …

Helpful case on legal privilege in regulatory investigations

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The doctrine of legal privilege prevents an investigator from seeing documents which have been created for the purpose of obtaining and giving legal advice. More …

FSA publishes database of food safety offenders and sentences

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The Food Standards Agency has published a database, linked to a map of the UK with details of all convictions for food offences in 2015. More …

New sentencing guidelines issued for health and safety, corporate manslaughter and food prosecutions

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Following a consultation issued earlier this year, the Sentencing Council has published guidelines to Crown and Magistrates courts for sentencing health and safety, corporate manslaughter and food safety offences. More …

Deregulation of late night refreshment from 5 November 2015

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If your premises supplies hot food or drink after 11pm, you should be aware of the changes to Late Night Refreshment licensing regime that come into force on 5 November 2015. More …

Updated Environment Agency toolkit for food and drink manufacturers

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The Environment Agency has published an updated version of its toolkit for food and drink manufacturers. More …

Enforcement of regulation in small food manufacturing businesses

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The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills ("BIS") has just published the first of a series of regulatory reviews which sets out to examine the impact of regulation, as delivered by local and national enforcement bodies, on businesses in particular areas of the economy. More …