Retail, Food and Hospitality Regulatory Update 26 March 2017

In this week's edition:

Revised alcohol labelling standard agreed: The alcohol industry including retail has agreed formats for the presentation of the revised Chief Medical Officers recommendations on alcohol consumption. View > View > BRC >

Developments on reformulation of processed foods: The Food and Drink Federation has commented on Public Health England's Sugar Reduction Programme and the British Retail Consortium on salt reduction targets. FDF > BRC >  Following a request by the five Nordic states, the European Food Safety Authority has set in motion a working group to produce a scientific opinion on maximum recommended intake levels of added sugar from processed foods by early 2020. View >

Local Authority performance ranked by food hygiene scores: Which? Has published a report ranking Local Authority performance on food hygiene based on published premises Food Hygiene rating scores, inspection levels and other interventions. The Local Government Association and Birmingham City Council have responded. View > View >

Incentives for whistleblowing on Cartels: The Competition and Markets Authority has announced its intention to offer rewards of up to £100k for information leading to the detection of operation of cartels and uncompetitive practices. View >

Retail opposition to bottle deposit plans in Scotland: The Association of Convenience Stores and Scottish Grocers Federation have written jointly to the Scottish Government, urging them to abandon plans to introduce deposit return schemes for glass bottles. View >

Amendment to Planning Bill to protect viability of pubs: The British Beer and Pubs Association has welcomed an amendment put forward by the Department for Communities and Local Government to the Neighbourhood Planning Bill, to avoid the need for pubs to seek change of use permission for increase of restaurant use. View >

EU to ban zinc oxide in veterinary medicines: The UK Veterinary Medicines Directorate has reported and EU decision. 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.