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Retail, Food, and Hospitality Regulatory Update 6 October

09 October 2019
Retail, Food, and Hospitality Regulatory Update w/e 6 October. Consultation on Aflatoxins in food, high salt levels in table sauces, and guidance on tackling underage gambling in pubs.

Important Updates

Consultation launched on Aflatoxins in food: The European Food Safety Authority has launched a consultation following detailed assessment of dietary exposure to carcinogenic aflatoxins in food. The EFSA Contaminants panels found that the main sources of Aflatoxin were grains (in particular rice), bread and rolls, fine bakery wares, liquid milk and fermented milk products. Responses by 15th November. View >

High salt levels identified in table sauces: 
The campaign group Consensus for Action on Salt and Health (CASH) has published a survey looking at the salt levels in table sauces, Asian sauces and marinades. The survey looked at over 350 sauces available in all major retailers and found that over half of all sauces are high in salt i.e. would receive a red label on front of pack.  The variation in salt content of similar foods varied widely with some products containing nearly 93 times more salt than their competitors. Over a third of sauces with Public Health England salt targets currently exceed their maximum target. View >  View >

Guidance on tackling underage gambling in pubs: 
The British Beer and Pubs Association and UK Hospitality have published an updated Social Responsibility Charter for Gaming Machines in Pubs. The Charter incorporates a Code of Practice aimed at promoting collaboration and training to prevent under-age gambling. The Code of Practice provides practical guidance on training to ensure that staff are best placed to tackle under-age gambling where it occurs within pubs.  It will be supported by a programme of age-verification testing, instigated by the industry itself, to ensure that pubs are taking practical steps to reduce under-age gambling. View >

Call for Facebook not to proceed with ‘end to end’ encryption of messages: 
The UK, US and Australian Governments have written a joint open letter to the Chief Executive of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Chief Executive to ask the company not to proceed with end to end encryption without data access for law enforcement purposes. View >


Animal Welfare: DEFRA have extended the remit of the Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC) to include research on pets and wild animals. The Scottish Government has published an Animal Welfare Bill. View >   View >



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