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Retail, Food, and Hospitality Regulatory Update 21 July

23 July 2019
Retail, Food, and Hospitality Regulatory Update w/e 21 July: Tesco complaint about Aldi, consultations on employment law changes, and increasing age of sale limit for national lottery scratch cards.

Important Updates

Advertising watchdog upholds Tesco complaint re Aldi price comparison advertising: The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld a complaint by Tesco regarding Aldi ‘Switch to Aldi and Save’ price claims on the basis that the items included in the basket comparison did not represent the items that would appear in a typical weekly shop. View >


Consultations on employment law changes and new enforcement body: The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has issued a consultation on proposals to tackle ‘one sided flexibility’ in employment contracts and also on setting up a new enforcement body to enforce employment rules. Responses required by 11th October.  View >  View >  View >


Consultation on increasing age of sale limit for national lottery scratch cards: The Department for Digital, Media, Communications and Sport (DDCMS) has issued a consultation on increasing the minimum age for the purchase of national lottery scratch cards to 18. Responses required by 8th October. View >


Government response on furniture and furnishings fire safety: BEIS has published proposals to develop ‘essential requirements’ for fire safety to replace the existing Furniture and Furnishings Fire Safety Regulations. There will be a further consultation on the essential requirements and accompanying business guidance once developed.  View >  View >


Consultation on digital identities: DDCMS have issued a consultation on action Government could take to support the development of secure digital identity systems. Responses required by 15th September. View >  View >


Recycling plans: Business organisations have responded to comments by DEFRA Secretary Michael Gove on an ‘all in’ approach to a deposit return scheme for single trip packaging. LGA >  BBPA >   ACS >

The Defra Waste and Resources Action Plan has issued guidance on the recyclability of plastic packaging. View >

The Scottish Government has issued a press release setting out its intention to introduce a charge to tackle the use of 200m single trip coffee cups. View >


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