Retail, Food and Hospitality Regulatory Update 20 November 2016

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Charges for licensing enforcement illegal: The European Justice has ruled that licence application fees being covered by the EU Services Directive cannot include the cost of enforcement as opposed to just the cost of processing the application. The ruling came in the case of Hemming referred to the European court by the UK Supreme Court which involved licence charges applied in respect of enforcement supervision of adult entertainment premises. The charges were held unlawful even if the enforcement element was refundable if a licence was not granted. View »

Fight over minimum unit pricing for alcohol continues: The Scottish Government has responded to the Scotch Whiskey Association decision to appeal the ruling of the Court of Sessions that the imposition of minimum pricing was legal to the Supreme Court. View »

EU protection for farmers in prospect: EU Dg Agriculture has welcomed a report from an independent high level agriculture markets task force. The report recommend that legal rules are set around fair trading and enforcement mechanisms such as adjudicators put in place to protect farmers from price volatility. View »

Irish food labelling definitions: The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has set definitions for ‘small quantities’ and ‘local retail supply’ under the EU Food Information Regulation. View »

After-sales calls to be at standard rate: The European Court of Justice has ruled that telephone numbers provided for after-sales service must not be subject to premium rate charges. View »

Government sets out Article 50 case: The Department for exiting the EU has published the Governments case submitted to the Supreme Court re triggering Article 50, without the prior agreement of parliament. The Scottish and Welsh governments are now joined in the proceedings. View »

Consultation launched on furfural: EU DG Growth has launched a consultation on use for the chemical furfural in cosmetics – Closing date 20 February. 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.