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Retail, Food and Hospitality Regulatory Update 27 November 2016

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Antimicrobial resistant bacteria in food: The Food Standards Agency has published a paper assessing the evidence of AMR bacterial contamination of food highlighting that 70.7% Campylobacter samples from fresh chicken are resistant to one or more antibiotic and 4.6% to three or more. Evidence of contamination of fruit and veg to be eaten without cooking is in short supply but there are indications of significant contamination of imports. FSA believes fundamentals of cleaning, avoiding cross contamination, cooking and chilling apply. View »

Food law enforcement statistics: The Food Standards Agency has published food law enforcement statistics for 2016. The statistics show a 10.3% reduction in full time equivalent resource devoted to Food Standards (455) and 6% reduction for food safety (2164). Formal food standards actions in the year rose 57.7% to 339. 8% of samples at import were found to be unsatisfactory. View »

Control of conflict minerals: The EU Council, Commission and Parliament have agreed to implement by 2021 regulations to require due diligence to be applied in the sourcing of tin, titanium, tungsten and gold referred to as ‘conflict minerals’. View »

Minimum wage and tax thresholds to rise following autumn statement: The Low Pay Commission proposals on Minimum wage rates from 2017 have been accepted. The Autumn statement included publication of a ‘Northern Powerhouse’ strategy. 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.