Retail, Food and Hospitality Regulatory Update 2 May 2017

In this week's edition:

HSE Consult on ‘Fee for Intervention’: The Health and Safety Executive has launched a consultation to provide for an independent review mechanism where ‘Fee for Intervention’ charges have been applied. The mechanism envisages consideration by an independent panel, chaired by a lawyer sitting with two members with practical experience in health and safety – Closing date 2 June. View > 

Trade Union Unite has issued a press release highlighting a claimed 25% reduction in number of Health and Safety Inspectors. View >

Permitted lead levels in toys significantly reduced: EU Directive 738/2017 has set substantially reduced maximum lead levels in toys to be implemented in members states by 28 October 2018. View >

ASA ruling: price reduction claim on ‘big brands’ excludes own label and exclusive lines: The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld a complaint about ‘Up to 60 per cent off - Great Savings on Big Brand Names’ claims by Victoria Plum as the lines included were own label and exclusive rather than brands available elsewhere. View >

Brexit Developments

EU Council agrees negotiating guidelines: The remaining 27 EU member states met in a special council meeting on 30 April. They unanimously agreed a phased EU approach to negotiations with legal certainty for citizens and ‘settlement disentanglement’ to be discussed ahead of trade. A principle of nothing is agreed unless everything is agreed is set out in the EU guidelines. The status of the Irish border is raised as a major item. Agreement of the guidelines paves the way for the EU General Affairs Council at its next meeting on 22 May to authorise the Commission to open negotiations with the UK. Exit date is confirmed for 29 March 2019. View >

Potential impact of loss of EU workers on small businesses: The Federation of Small Businesses has published a report on the potential impact on its members were EU employees to no longer be available. View >

5 Step guide to food export success: The Food and Drink Federation and Food and Drink Exporters Association have published a guide to exporting for food businesses considering export. 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.