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Retail, Food and Hospitality Regulatory Update 22 April 2018

22 April 2018
Food & Retail Regulatory round-up w/e 22 April: UK Government moves to ban on plastic stirrers, straws and cotton buds; Presence of additives rules out 'natural' claim

In this week's edition:

UK Government moves to ban on plastic stirrers, straws and cotton buds: DEFRA has announced its intention to consult on banning the use of plastic in the above items. The DEFRA funded Waste and Resource Action plan has warned of potential unintended consequences of a war on plastics. View >

Presence of additives rules out ‘natural’ claim: 
The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that ‘Pret A Manger’ were wrong to describe bread as ‘Natural’ when it contained various processing additives. The ASA also ruled that the term ‘freshly baked’ could be legitimately used to describe bread produced from frozen dough pieces in store. View >

Inclusion of delivery charges in online advertising: The Advertising Standards Authority has issued guidance setting out requirements for the disclosure of delivery charges. View >

Brexit Developments

Supreme Court challenge over Continuity Bills: The UK Government has challenged the legality of introduction of legislation attempting to deal with the repatriation of EU powers by the Scottish Government and Welsh Assembly Governments. View >


Trade developments:

EU Council agrees modernisation of trade defence rules and considers progress on EU trade deals with Japan and Singapore. View > 
The UK Government has announced a new trade partnership with India. View >


Reports and comments:

The British Retail Consortium has published a report setting out the potential impact of tariffs on food prices. View >

Professor Tim Lang and CIEH have produced a report on Food, Brexit and Northern Ireland. View >

A number of research organisations have published a statement calling on the UK to sign up to the EU Regulation on conduct of clinical trials. View >

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