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Retail, Food, and Hospitality Regulatory Update 18 August

19 August 2019
Retail, Food, and Hospitality Regulatory Update w/e 18 August: rulings on gender stereotyping, ruling on basket price comparison, and consultation on offensive weapons guidance.

Important Updates

Landmark advertising rulings on gender stereotyping: The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld complaints about Mondelez and Volkswagen regarding harmful gender stereotyping where advertising in the case of Mondelez suggested that men were not competent to look after young children and in the case of Volkswagen that men were more interested in cars. View >  View >

The ASA has rejected a gender stereotyping complaint about Nestle on the basis that the advert depicted the life journeys of real individuals. View >

Advertising ruling on basket price comparisons: 
The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld a complaint by Tesco concerning advertising by Lidl which compared prices between baskets of items.  The complaint was upheld because the basis of the comparisons and date of comparison were not stated and Lidl had not chosen cheaper own label Tesco options.  The ruling states that checks should have been made to ensure that the prices checked two weeks previously remained correct on date of publication. View >

Consultation launched on offensive weapons guidance: 
The Home Office has issued a consultation on draft statutory guidance under the Offensive Weapons Act 2019 which brings in mandatory age verification requirements for online sale and delivery of knives. 
The consultation
 closes on 9th October.  View >

Public health teams urged to influence Local Authority licensing policies: 
Public Health England has issued guidance for ‘Public Health teams’ on how to influence the content of Local Authority Licensing policies and have published a case study example for Coventry. 
View >   View >

Call for evidence on future national food strategy: 
The independent review of national food strategy for England by Henry Dimbleby has issued a call for evidence which closes on 25th October. The review is looking for new ideas that will make a difference in communities and/or businesses.  View >  View >


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