Retail, Food and Hospitality Regulatory Update 16 October 2016

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Government approach to reducing regulatory burdens flawed: The Public Accounts Committee has published a report critical of the Governments Business Impact reduction target of £10Bn. It details that the target excludes new burdens such as increases in the minimum wage and apprenticeship levy and also that the biggest saving claimed relates to introduction of the carrier bag charge, which the committee did not consider a genuine regulatory saving. View »

Trading Standards resource in the spotlight: Following the bringing of a Judicial Review by a Trading Standards Officer of a decision by Liverpool City Council to reduce its complement of Trading Standards Officers from 17 to 4, the City Council agreed to an independent review. The Chartered Trading Standards Institute has now reported that a second independent review is to take place following a threatened contempt of court action. View »

Reshaped food enforcement regime in prospect? The Food Standards Agency Chair has spoken at a Parliamentary event on the need to move away from a ‘one size fits all' food regulatory system to one that is more data driven, takes account of accreditation schemes and is agile, flexible and powerful. View »

UK Consultations:

Small Business Commissioner, complaint handling – Closing date 7 Dec 
Independent review of State Pension age – Closing date 31 Dec
Introducing clean air zones to cities – Closing date 9 Dec 
UK approach to EU Electronic Communications Regulatory Framework – Closing date 30 Nov
Management of UK queen scallop fishery – Closing Date 3 Jan View »

EU Technical Regulations:

Technical specification for food additive steviol glycosides E960. 2016/1814 >
Granting protected geographical indication status to Carmarthen Ham. 2016/1805 >
Amending authorisation procedure for biocidal products. 2016/1802 >
Product recall links published: The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has published links to a range of websites listing information on recent product recalls across a variety of sectors. View »

Brexit developments: David Davis, Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the EU has made a statement to parliament. British Retail Consortium Chairman Richard Baker has delivered a speech on Brexit. The British Beer and Pub Association has published a Brexit manifesto. 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.