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Retail, Food, and Hospitality Regulatory Update 25 November

26 November 2018
Food & Retail Regulatory round-up w/e 25 November. Advertising rulings, food standards delivery, and alcohol harm strategy.

Important Updates

Advertising rulings uphold ban on advertising high fat, salt and sugar foods near schools: The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld complaints re McDonalds and Burger King advertising within 100m of school entrances, but have rejected a complaint about Subway advertising because the premises concerned was a nursery. View >

Food Standards Delivery demands action: The Food Standards Agency has published a review of delivery of food standards by Local Authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Key findings were that 22% of English LAs have less than 1 Full-Time Equivalent person dedicated to food standards work and that 15% of food businesses are unrated for food standards risk, with higher figures for some Local Authorities. The FSA has concluded ‘it clearly demands action and we can’t just patch this up’ and that any solution will need to be underpinned by professional local inspection and that a future approach is likely to mean a bigger role for intelligence gathering, the development of national priorities, and greater involvement of the National Food Crime Unit. View >


Scottish Government publish Alcohol Harm Strategy and consult on healthiness of food eaten outside the home: The Scottish Government Alcohol Harm Strategy proposes to consult on alcohol marketing in public spaces and online and to press the UK Government to impose a 9pm watershed for alcohol advertising on TV and to introduce restrictions on advertising in cinemas.   
Food Standards Scotland have launched a consultation on the healthiness of foods eaten outside the home including proposals on smaller portion sizes, an increase in fruit and vegetables, provision of calorie and nutrition information for consumers, shifting the focus of deals and promotions from unhealthy to healthier options and the role of the public sector in setting an example – closes 29th February. View >


The post-Brexit consumer: DWF's temperature check

Our Global Consumer 2019 report in association with Retail Week will be released in December. Our sneak peak focuses on Brexit - we interviewed 1,000 UK consumers to determine how the decision to leave the EU has impacted their outlook for the future. View >


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