Retail, Food and Hospitality Regulatory Update 10 April 2017

In this week's edition:

Official Controls Regulation 2017/625: The EU Official Controls Regulation covering food and feed, animal health and welfare, plant health and plant protection products which sees a major change in EU approach to food law control was published in the Official Journal on 7 April. The regulation, amongst other matters, provides for an EU data system on official controls, unannounced visits, charging for official controls, right to rank businesses by performance and right to second opinion on enforcement challenges. View >

Independent review of ASA investigation practices published: The Advertising Standards Authority has published an independent review by Dame Janet Paraskeva of ASA performance against its commitment to good regulation. The report makes 30 recommendations including a call for greater transparency when expert views are sought during investigations and for review to cover correctness of decision in addition to process and evidential matters.  View >

ASA uphold two complaints on previous price comparisons: The ASA has upheld a complaint re ‘United Carpets’ in respect of failure to substantiate the normal selling price and also on the basis that ‘today that’s only’ implies a further price reduction. View >  In a case involving ‘Wood and Beyond’ the ASA ruled that an increase in the was price invalidated a 70% off reduction claim. 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.