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Retail, Food and Hospitality Regulatory Update 30 September

30 September 2018
Food & Retail Regulatory round-up w/e 23 September:: Future direction set for food inspection; ASA rules out extension of time limited offers; Sainsbury’s ASDA merger referred for in depth investigation

In this week's edition:

Important Updates

Advertising Regulator rules category headings to be health claims: In investigations that it has itself initiated in respect of the website of Protein World the Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that use of category headings ‘Slimming and Weight loss’ are in breach of the advertising codes unless the products listed are all subject to relevant approved EU health claims. There may well be wider implications for category headings used for healthier product ranges. View >


Call for mandatory display of food hygiene ratings: The Local Government Association has called for the mandatory display of food hygiene ratings in England following survey findings that only 50% of businesses covered are currently doing so. View >


480K fine for underage sales of knives in test purchase operations: B&M Retail Ltd has been fined £480k failures in three test purchases of knives conducted at its premises by Barking and Dagenham and Redbridge Trading Standards Departments. View >

Brexit Developments


Both UK departments and EU DG Growth issue ‘No deal’ Brexit guidance notes: UK Government departments have issued technical guidance notes as follows:

BEIS: View >

DEFRA: View > 

EU Dg Growth has published guidance notes on the implications of Brexit for pyrotechnics, fertilisers and detergents. View >


Business organisations have been predictably non plussed in their reaction and restated their view on need to avoid a no deal Brexit: Food and Drink Federation > Scottish Government > British Retail Consortium >


And while this has been happening DEFRA has published updated guidance in respect of EU protected food names Forfar Bridies, Cambrian Mountains Lamb and Scottish Wild Venison. View >


Prime Minister meets Guy Verhofstadt: On 24th September the Prime Minister met with the European Parliament Brexit lead.  The brief (UK) report of the meeting appears to suggest some flexibility in respect of the Northern Ireland border being a matter for discussion under future trade arrangements rather than in reaching a withdrawal agreement. View >


International Road Permits Regulations 2018: The Regulatory Policy Committee has published comments on the impact assessment in respect of the regulations. View >

Upcoming DWF events: 

Retail Bulletin HR Summit: Catch DWF's Kirsty Rogers and Kate Meadowcroft discussing Key GDPR issues for HR in the retail sector: London, 3 October 2018. View >

Future of Food and Drink in Northern Ireland: Join DWF plus key note speakers from the Northern Ireland Food & Drink Association and Staffline Group Ireland to discuss some of the biggest trends impacting growth, including Brexit's impact on labour supply and trade routes with the south: Belfast, 18 October 18. View >

How to make your business viable during Brexit transition: An event geared towards European businesses operating within the UK's food & drink industry in conjunction with the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK: Manchester, 24 October 2018. View >

Food Brexit Conference: Catch DWF's Dominic Watkins and Hilary Ross speaking at this conference providing the food & beverage industry with a platform to share strategy, insight and knowledge, to deal with the challenges of Britain’s exit from the EU: London, 1 November 2018. View >

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This information is intended as a general discussion surrounding the topics covered and is for guidance purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be regarded as a substitute for taking legal advice. DWF is not responsible for any activity undertaken based on this information.

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