Law and Food Safety

Legal advice: ‘death by audit’ and corporate responsibility

Food Standards Agency (FSA) support for moving away from physical inspections by local authority (LA) Environmental Health Officers (EHO) should encourage businesses that already have good food safety systems.

British vets call for mandatory animal welfare labelling

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is calling for mandatory method of production food labelling on meat and dairy products. 

FSA could take CCTV debate to Defra

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is considering whether it should encourage the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs, (Defra) to enforce new legislation for CCTV in slaughterhouses. 

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BMPA advisor questions calls for mandatory origin labels

A representative of the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has cautioned against latest calls for mandatory country of origin labelling (COOL) across all meat products.

Chinese restaurant fined over under-cooked sausage

Tin Sang Chinese Takeaway in Dan-y-Twyn, Merthyr Tydfil in Wales has been ordered to pay £1,085 for selling a battered sausage that was under-cooked.

Welsh meat board to support new GCSE qualification

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) is providing training and materials for teachers as part of a new GCSE qualification in food and nutrition. 

Origin labels: government 'should move now'

The government should launch compulsory origin labelling for meat and milk in processed products, farmers’ unions and the National Pig Association (NPA) have urged in a letter to Defra Secretary of State Andrea Leadsom. 

Brexit provides unique opportunity for UK fishermen

The fishing industry has heard that the result of the EU referendum has provided the sector with a “once-in-a-generation opportunity for radical change”. 

One in five seafood samples mislabelled

A new report has revealed that on average, one in five of more than 25,000 samples of seafood tested on an international level was mislabelled. 

Illegal meat business owner prosecuted

The owner of an illegal meat business was fined on Tuesday, 6 September for 16 hygiene offences. 

Lords to investigate the future of UK fisheries

The House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee will discuss the implications that leaving the EU will have on UK fisheries tomorrow, Wednesday 7 September, as part of an inquiry. 

FSA acknowledges significant threat of antimicrobial-resistant E.coli

Following on from a report revealing concerning levels of antibiotic-resistant E.coli found in UK supermarket poultry and pork, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has said it recognised the "significant threat" it poses to human health.

Antibiotic-resistant E.coli in supermarket meat “worse than expected”

A new study has shown extremely high levels of E.coli resistant to essential antibiotics - used to treat human E.coli infections – present in British supermarket chicken and pork. 

‘Pink’ chicken livers putting consumers at campylobacter risk

A trend towards serving chicken livers rare, or ‘pink’, is increasing the threat level of campylobacter, which is responsible for more than 280,000 cases of food poisoning a year according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA). 

AIMS responds to handling of animal welfare breach statistics

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has received a backlash after providing the Bureau of Investigative Journalism with statistics about breaches in animal welfare. 

Slaughterhouse CCTV uptake stalls

The uptake of CCTV in abattoirs has slowed, according to the latest research from the Food Standards Agency (FSA). 

Three prosecuted over horsemeat scandal

City of London Police has charged three men with fraud offences in an investigation over the horsemeat incident that shook the nation in 2013. 

AIMS rubbishes FSA campylobacter claims

The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) has continued to apply pressure to the Food Standards Agency, saying it has continued to “undermine the meat processing sector”. 

Slaughterhouse operative jailed for animal cruelty violations

A man working as a slaughterhouse operative has been sentenced to 10 months and banned from keeping farm animals for 15 years after pleading guilty to a series of food safety, animal cruelty and animal movement offences. 

Industry risks losing cash through lack of knowledge of supply chain technologies

Meat firms risk losing cash as a result of a lack of knowledge of supply chain technologies, including packaging innovations, according to research just published. 

Industry should pay for compulsory abattoir CCTV monitoring, report claims

Compulsory CCTV monitoring in abattoirs, funded by industry, is necessary to ensure animal welfare issues are being effectively addressed, according to a report just published which calls for the launch of a pilot scheme. 

Meat industry faces rush to cut campylobacter

Supermarkets could lose half their customers to rival retailers for stocking above-average quantities of chicken at ‘high risk’ of campylobacter contamination, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) reports. 

Pigs stolen from New Forest farm

14 pigs have been stolen from a farm in Fordingbridge in the New Forest, Hampshire. 

Stolen lamb could be used as meat, police warn

Police are appealing for information following the theft of a seven-month-old lamb from a field in Romsey, Hampshire. It is thought that the lamb could be sold on as meat. 

Warnings issued as rogue fish traders hit the streets of Northumberland

Fish unfit for consumption is being sold in Northumberland, according to the county’s trading standards service. 

Meat wholesaler fined for passing sheep off as goat meat

A Kent meat wholesaler has been prosecuted by West Sussex Trading Standards for supplying sheep meat instead of goat. 

Legal Advice: what are the risks involved in odour pollution prosecutions?

Managing odour from food processing facilities is a perennial problem. There can be a risk of criminal liability – for example, where a site is subject to an environmental permit, the Environment Agency can bring enforcement action for breach of permit conditions.

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Legal advice: why involve a lawyer?

There will never be a one size fits all solution to any business issue, therefore the strategy to achieve commercial objectives whilst ensuring legal and regulatory compliance will vary depending on the size of the business and the nature of the issue.

Clayton Park Bakery recalls sausage roll products

A recall notice has been issued by Clayton Park Bakery for some of its sausage roll products as they may contain plastic, making them unsafe to eat. 

Immigration raid at Byron burger chain

Dozens of employees at London branches of burger chain Byron have been arrested in an immigration raid, according to the Home Office. 

Mattessons issues recall due to presence of plastic

Certain batches of Mattessons Roast Chicken Flavour Fridge Raider products have been recalled as they may be contaminated by pieces of plastic. 

Parkside takes on campylobacter with new packaging

Packaging manufacturer Parkside has developed a new range of poultry packaging with antimicrobial technology that reduces the growth of bacteria, such as campylobacter. 

New protected food names scheme to be developed

The Environment Secretary Liz Truss says she is keen to develop a British version of the protected food names scheme for when the UK leaves the EU. 

National Food Crime Unit sets up reporting service

The Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) National Food Crime Unit has launched a reporting facility for those concerned about crimes in the food industry.

SAMW requests BSE meeting with Cabinet Secretary

The Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) has called on the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity Fergus Ewing to meet in order to examine the case for Scotland to be upgraded to ‘negligible risk’, the highest possible bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) status. 

Legal advice: heavy goods vehicle licences

A: There are lots of elements within every business which on the surface of it seem vital, but there aren’t many losses which could genuinely cause the whole business to flounder.

FSA to appeal against Newby Foods ruling

Newby Foods is bracing itself for a Food Standards Agency (FSA) appeal against the high court ruling exempting it from UK restrictions on desinewed meat (DSM) and mechanically separated meat (MSM). 

Halal Food Authority condemns Britain First following slaughterhouse visit

The Halal Food Authority (HFA) is considering action against political party Britain First following a visit to a halal meat business. 

Meat products country of origin labelling call repeated by MEPs

European Parliament has repeated its call for mandatory country of origin labelling (COOL) of meat and dairy products. 

Lords EU Committee backs farming industry

The House of Lords EU Committee recently published a report outlining what needs to be done to increase resilience in the farming sector in the face of volatile prices. 

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Authenticate celebrates 75,000th product

Authenticate Information Service (IS), a food supply chain data and software firm that provides a platform for food chain transparency, has mapped its 75,000th product. In addition, it is now working with more than 4,000 food businesses in 69 countries. 

FSA meat incidents so far this year

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published its entire list of food incidents for the first three months of 2016. 

Campylobacter down in poultry, says survey

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has shown there has been a decrease in both the number of birds with campylobacter on them and those with the highest level of contamination compared to the equivalent quarter last year.

New post-mortem rejection conditions unveiled

A list of new post-mortem rejection conditions has begun to be implemented in sheep and cattle abattoirs across England. 

Skin-tight meat packaging solution assists industry

Heat-sealing specialist Proseal has launched what it claims is the world’s first semi-automatic tray sealer for skin deep packs, designed to benefit the meat industry. 

AIMS makes progress on judicial review

The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) has taken a massive step forward in securing a judicial review of the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) refusal to allow appeals against Official Veterinarian’s (OV) decisions. 

Quality Assurance: Only the best will do

Following various scandals in the food sector, consumers are more savvy than ever before about where their meat comes from, so what is the industry doing to regain their trust? Aidan Fortune reports

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