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Retail, Food, and Hospitality Regulatory Update 1 September

04 September 2019
Retail, Food, and Hospitality Regulatory Update w/e 1 September: 15% underage sale rate in knife test purchasing campaign, consultation on EU Food & Feed Regulation, and sugar level rise in major chocolate brands.

Important Updates

Trading Standards report 15% underage sale rate in major knife test purchasing campaign:National Trading Standards has published the results of 2231 test purchases undertaken BY Trading Standards Departments in England and Wales in 2018/19. 344 failures (15%) were found with Home Bargains, ASDA and Tesco stores each being found to fail at least fifteen times. Of 100 online test purchases underage sales were found on 41 occasions. Retailers are advised to consider if they need to sell knives at all and if they do need to sell knives, to store them securely in locked cabinets behind a specific counter. View >


Consultation on implementation of EU Official Controls Food and Feed Regulation:The Food Standards Agency has launched a consultation, including on its impact assessment on plans to implement the EU Regulation.  The approach proposed is light touch although it does make reference to the potential for making greater use of civil sanctions and fixed penalty notices versus criminal prosecutions – Responses by 11th October. View >


Advertising complaint upheld re unauthorised Motorola repair service website claims:The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld a complaint relating to Elite Phones and Computers Ltd for operating a website www.ukmotorolaphonerepairs.co.uk including claims ‘Motorola Screen Repairs … We are specialised in Motorola phones screen repairs in the UK … At our Motorola repair centre, we have expertise in the fixing all the issues associated with Motorola phones … We use only high quality genuine repair parts and screens to replace the defective parts in your Motorola phone’ when not authorised by Motorola. View >


Sugar levels in major chocolate brands have risen despite reduction initiatives:Research by food pressure group ‘Action on Sugar’ has identified that sugar content of a number of major chocolate brands including Nestle and Cadbury is in fact higher now than 25 years ago. View >


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