Retail, Food and Hospitality Regulatory Update 4 Sept 2016

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UK microbead ban in prospect: DEFRA Secretary of State Andrea Leadsom has issued a press release indicating that use of microbead plastics in cosmetics and personal care products is to be banned and bans considered for other product areas. A consultation is apparently to be issued in the Autumn. Waitrose is cited as phasing out their use by end of September. View »

ASA complaints upheld re major brands: The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld a complaint re TV advertising for Captain Morgan rum where a ‘Captain Morgan face is overlaid onto an individual as linking alcohol consumption to social success. A complaint has been upheld re use by Sainsbury’s of the caveat ‘in selected stores only’ where availability was limited. View »

US bans antibacterial soaps and washes: The US Food and Drugs Administration has banned the use of triclosan and triclocarban for use as active ingredients for antibacterial products. View »

The world’s largest occupational health and safety campaign: Is the bold claim made by the OSHA the EU Agency for Occupational Safety and Health in launching a two year campaign ‘Healthy Workplaces for All Ages’. View »

Novel food consultation: The Food Standards Agency, Advisory Committee on novel foods and processes is seeking views on tongkat ali root extract as a novel food. Closing date 23 September. View »

Neighborhood plans: The Department for Communities and Local Government has published the outcome of its recent consultation. View »

EFSA publications: The European Food Safety Authority has published a range of scientific assessments and opinions:

  • Review of risk assessments: flazasulfuron carfentrazone-ethyl
  • Setting maximum residue limits for amitraz, coumaphos, flumequine, oxytetracycline, permethrin and streptomycin. 
  • Assessment of triazole metabolites. 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.