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          Retail, Food, and Hospitality Regulatory Update 17 March

          Retail, Food & Retail Regulatory round-up w/e 17 March. New food product recall & withdrawal tools, age verification for knife sales, and complaints over undeclared additional charges.

          Date: 19/03/2019

          Important Updates

          Food Standards Agency publish new food product recall and withdrawal tools: The guidance developed by FSA/FSS with industry input covers food traceability, withdrawals and recalls, explaining what the law requires and how to comply, as well as information on: traceability systems; making a decision on carrying out a withdrawal or recall; roles and responsibilities and the key principles to effectively inform consumers of a food recall. Tools include a model recall notice and information on root cause analysis. View >

           

          Test purchasing survey finds high failure rate in age verification for knife sales: A survey by National Trading Standards has found that 50% of online and 12% of retail premises failed in test purchase exercises on underage sale of knives. View >

           

          Advertising watchdog upholds complaints over undeclared additional charges: The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld complaints about Love Windows and TravelJigsaw car hire on the basis that advertised prices did not include exceptions that could apply and mandatory charges. View >  View >

           

          Independent review of Minimum Wage rates announced: In a move welcomed by the Association of Convenience Stores, HM Treasury has announced an independent and international review of the impact of Minimum Wage rates. In addition, the Low Pay Commission has issued a call for evidence which closes on 7 June.  ACS > View > View > View >

           

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          Food 2019: Labour supply

           

          Our latest blog discusses key steps for avoiding a labour shortfall. Find out more >

          Measuring global consumer confidence for 2019

          As part of our Global Consumer 2019 report with Retail Week, we measured consumer confidence globally across key factors such as their ability to make major purchases, their ability to save and their cost of living. Read more >

           

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          Hilary Ross

          • Head of Retail, Food & Hospitality // Executive Partner (London)