Retail, Food and Hospitality Regulatory Update 1 May 2016

In this week's edition

ASA complaint upheld over non availability of promoted stock: In what appears a harsh judgment the Advertising Standards Authority has upheld a complaint regarding non availability of a laptop subject to price promotion advertised on TV by Argos. Argos produced detailed evidence that a significant amount of stock to meet anticipated demand was available, but ASA ruled that steps taken to predict demand were inadequate and unless there was general availability the offer should have been qualified. View »

Asda agrees to change promotional practices: The Competition and Markets Authority has reported that Asda has agreed to change several pricing practices agreeing that reductions should not be claimed for longer than higher prices have applied, that multi-buy prices should be lower than the single item price before the offer and that multi-buys will not be followed by price reductions of single items. View »

828k penalty for trying to enforce recommended retail prices: The Competition and Markets Authority has imposed a substantial financial penalty on a non-food manufacturer for attempting to enforce adherence to recommended retail prices by online retailers. View »

EU technical regulation:

  • Amendments to detailed rules surrounding organic products and ingredients. 2016/673 >
  • EU multiannual pesticide residue control programme. 2016/662 >
  • Correction of MRL’s for nine pesticides. 2016/71 >
  • Use of lavender to repel moths not a biocide. 2016/678 >
  • Emergency control on citrus imports: EU Dg Health have put in place emergency measures on citrus imports from South Africa, Brazil and Uruguay in an attempt to stop ‘citrus black spot’ disease entering the EU. View >

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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.