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Retail, Food and Hospitality Regulatory Update 12 March 2017

In this week's edition:

More recognition of food business compliance systems: The Food Standards Agency has published the results of trials that it has conducted with Tesco and Mitchells & Butler to compare internal/third party and ‘official controls’ and food hygiene rating scores. Whilst claiming to have further work to do the direction of the FSA regulating our future programme appears encouraging. View >

Major EU food manufacturers commit to colour coding: Six major food manufacturers including Coca Cola, Mondelez, Unilever, Pepsico, Nestlé and Mars have issued a public statement committing to develop and implement a single EU-wide approach to colour coded on pack nutritional signposting View >View >

Renewed focus on consumer protection in prospect? The budget discussed how the government would investigate ways to protect consumers from unnecessary costs and inefficiencies, making reference to unexpected fees, trial offers and issues around misleading and confusing contracts. Reference is made to the need to make terms and contracts clearer and to fining companies that mislead consumers. Appears CTSI had not been briefed on what is proposed. The Budget also confirms the soft drinks sugar levy levels at 24p/100ml >8g and 18p/100ml for 5-8g/100ml. View > View > View >  
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BCC > CIEH > FSB > FDF > CTSI > Sustain >

Consultation on Market Investigation practices: The Competition and Markets Authority has launched a consultation covering earlier hearings and consideration of remedies, conducting market studies for a shorter look ahead of launching formal investigations if necessary – Closing date 2 May. View > View >

Healthiness of food eaten outside the home under challenge: Food Standards Scotland has announced that it is to focus on the healthiness of food consumed outside the home including: portion sizes; healthy options and inclusion of calorie information on menu’s. View >

Food Standards Ireland forces removal of Free Range markings: Given the continuing animal health requirement for poultry to be kept indoors Food Standards Ireland has issued guidance requiring that ‘Free Range’ must not be used for eggs or poultry meat.  View >

EU Technical Regulations:

  • Approves Mild Pepino Mosaic Virus as a plant protection product. 2017/408 > 
  • Renews approval for iodosulfuron as a plant protection product. 2017/407 > 
  • Approves Urtica spp. as a plant protection product. 2017/419 > 
  • Approves certain glucanase and xylanase compounds as feed additives. 2017/429 > 
  • Approves poultry feed additives thyme oil, synthetic star anise oil, quillaja bark. 2017/420 > 

EFSA opinions:

  • Approving hydroxytyrosol as a novel food ingredient: View >
  • Rejecting increase in MRL’s for pesticide etridiazole. View >
  • Authorising use of Pediococcus parvulus as a silage additive. View >
  • Review of Flavouring Group 7. View >
  • Use of endo-1,3(4)-β-glucanase and endo-1,4-β-xylanase as feed additives. View >
  • On the use of l-tryptophan in animal feed. View >
  • Further insights on antimicrobial resistance. 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.