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Retail, Food and Hospitality Regulatory Update 15 July

14 July 2018
Retail, Food and Hospitality Regulatory Update 15 July: EU Developments on mycotoxins and environmental food contaminants; ASA rulings published

In this week's edition:

Important Updates

EU Developments on mycotoxins and environmental food contaminants: The Food Standards Agency has issued a press release on a number of fast developing issues at EU level including:


  • Ochratoxin A
  • Erucic Acid
  • Alterneria toxins
  • Alkaloids (Pyrrolizidine, tropane and opium)
  • Fusarium toxins
  • Acrylamide
  • Mercury
  • Lead
  • Perchlorate
  • Furan
  • Methyl Furan

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ASA rulings published: 

  • McCain – When advertising raffle prizes there must be a reasonable prospect of them being won. View >
  • JBGlobal / Oak Furniture Land – Offer end dates must be made clear. View >

DEFRA welcome interim report on farm inspections and regulation: DEFRA Secretary of State Michael Gove has welcomed an interim report by Dame Glenys Stacey of her review of farm inspections and regulation. The report recognises that overlaps and inefficiencies of multi-agency and local government involvement could be reduced through creation of a single field force. View >


Report published on measuring gambling related harm: The Gambling Commission has published its annual report and also a report on measuring gabling related harm. View >

Brexit Developments


UK Government publishes its vision for future EU relationship: Dominic Raab, newly appointed Secretary of State for DEXEU, introduced the ‘Brexit White Paper’ to parliament on Thursday.  The paper proposes a common rule book for goods to avoid frictions at the border and a facilitation arrangement for tariffs and restates the UK intention to leave the Common Agricultural and Fisheries policies.  Whilst there is suggestion of UK remaining in a number of bodies such as the European Chemicals and Medicines Agencies there is no mention of the European Food Safety Agency or the ongoing status of or recognition of UK based ‘Notified bodies’.  Business organisations have welcomed the proposals. The EU parliament and EU Commission reactions have been muted and reserved so far. View >


EU Chief Brexit negotiator speech to European American Chambers of Commerce: Michel Barnier has delivered a speech referring to inevitability of frictions at the borders and need for US businesses to consider their location in the UK for access to the EU market in a speech dealing mainly with financial services.  View >


Welsh Assembly Government: Announce appointment of seven new members to Brexit advisory panel and publish information on its proposed strategy for support to the agricultural sector. View > 

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