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Plastic straw ban to come into force in April 2020

Plastic straws and drink stirrers are to be banned in England from April 2020.

Full ingredient labelling is ‘complete madness’ - BSA

Food Standards Agency (FSA) advice that full ingredients labelling should appear on all pre-packed foods for direct sale has been branded “complete madness” by the head of the British Sandwich and Food to Go Association (BSA).

Industry groups welcome October Brexit extension

Trade bodies have given a cautious welcome to the extension of Brexit negotiations to 31 October.

Cornish pasty is UK’s most recognised PGI product

Cornish pasties and Melton Mowbray pork pies are among the most recognised Geographic Indication (GI) products.

No-deal tariffs plan ‘offers no advantage to industry’

Government tariff plans in the event of a no-deal Brexit have come under fire from trade bodies.

UK could import battery hen eggs in no-deal Brexit

A no-deal Brexit could see the UK import billions of eggs from battery hens, the British Egg Industry Council (BEIC) and Compassion in World Farming (CIFW) have warned.

Ministers urged to delay non-Brexit consultations

The UK’s food and drink industry has urged the government to pause current and planned consultations or risk trade associations not responding.

Pret food safety chief warns of incident reporting delays

Pret A Manger food safety boss Tim Smith has urged for change in the way allergen-related deaths and serious incidents are reported.

Defra reveals no-deal food labelling changes

The government has laid out rules for what food and drink businesses must show on product labels if the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 29 March 2019.

‘Sugar tax’ schemes backed by 60% of consumers

In the week health chiefs have again raised the idea of taxing cakes and puddings, more than half of consumers have said they back ‘sugar tax’-style initiatives.

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