Retail, Food and Hospitality Regulatory Update 22 November 2015

Genetically engineered salmon authorised in US

The US Food and Drugs Administration has authorised genetically modified salmon to enter the food chain.

Agreement on new EU Novel Food Regulation

The EU Parliament and Council have reached political agreement on a revised Novel Food Regulation to centralise and streamline the EU approval process.

Parliament to debate sugary drinks duty

Following the Jamie Oliver petition for a 20p per litre duty on sugary soft drinks, a parliamentary debate in Westminster Hall is set for 30 November 16.30-19.30 - the Public Health Minister will be required to respond.

Campylobacter in retail chicken survey results published

The Food Standards Agency has published the latest round of its retail sampling and name and shame campaign, aimed at driving action to reduce contamination levels.

Results of Scottish Government consultation on PA for devolved matters

Hidden amongst the Publications section of the Scottish Government website is a response to its recent consultation on application of Primary Authority to devolved matters.

Progress report on sustainable palm oil sourcing published

DEFRA has published a report on progress by various industry sectors on commitments made in 2012 to 100% sustainable sourcing by the end of 2015.

Construction sector occupational health guidelines published

The Health and Safety Executive have welcomed publication of guidelines developed by construction sector industry bodies on the management of occupational health risks.

Adjudicator on the prowl

Christine Tacon, the Grocery Supply Code adjudicator has published an update on her activities, including taking a further look at packaging design and forecasting costs, coupled with a will to work with business code compliance managers to resolve.

Ecolabelling criteria set

The EU Commission has published detailed criteria for use of the EU Ecolabel in respect of growing media, soil improvers and mulch.

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Hilary Ross

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

Recognised by The Lawyer as one of the UK’s Top 100 lawyers, I advise clients on compliance and challenges across the EU in relation to products, systems and safety.