Cornwall launched their SUGAR SMART campaign at the Workplace Health Awards event 26 February. Employers across public, private and third sectors were recognised for their great work improving staff health and wellbeing in the county.
In the second formal investigation by the GCA, and the first since Christine Tacon has had the power to level penalties, the Co-op will be investigated for removing products from their stores.
Confectionary companies, including Mondelez, Ferrero and Mars Wrigley are reaching out to parents to get their feedback on new ways they can sell their products to help families ‘treat responsibly’. Sustain Deputy CEO, Ben Reynolds is not convinced by the motives.
The UK’s network of small local abattoirs is near collapse. Without urgent action there will be a huge loss of consumer choice because the marketing of locally-produced, traceable meat will no longer be possible in many parts of the country.
The Government has today failed to protect British and overseas farmers from unfair trading practices by refusing to extend the remit of the Groceries Code Adjudicator to include primary producers.
The Russell Hume meat company may have changed 'use by' dates on meat, and also country of origin labelling - allegedly serving up African and Australian meat as 'British', according to an ITN News report. Sustain's chief executive Kath Dalmeny comments.
A poll by The Grocer finds that 38% of 18-24 year olds are worried about the environmental impact of eating meat.
Big players in the food and drink industry formed a new partnership with the Government to make the industry ‘more resilient, sustainable and competitive.’
Currently the National Food Crime Unit (NCFU) only gathers intelligence on food fraud. It said it needed ministerial support and £4m - £5m more in funding before it would be able to start proactively investigating food fraud.
Last chance to nominate your food heroes for this year’s BBC Food and Farming Awards. The nominations will close on 29 January.
Investigation reveals that more than a million chickens die before reaching the slaughterhouse, with hundreds of thousands more found to have bruising, fractures or respiratory disease, or being in an emaciated condition. Sustain calls for action to improve British meat standards.
Sustain member Unite the Union, whose hundreds of thousands of members include food and farming workers, has launched a new Brexit Check website to help protect union members from the possible impact of Brexit at work.
The parliamentary Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee have published letters written to Michael Gove MP, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary of State (DEFRA) and Greg Clark MP, Secretary for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), strongly endorsing our position and demanding progress on the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA).
Ahead of the 10th annual Real Bread Week in February, the Real Bread Campaign has created a new surplus reduction guide for small bakeries.
The UK’s largest supermarket is to trial a deposit return scheme as part of their plans to reduce plastic pollution. The Marine Conservation Society are ‘delighted’ by Tesco’s announcement and hope that Theresa May will take note.
Sustain responds to press reports on Coca-Cola's plans to change the sizing and prices of some of their products ahead of the implementation of the Sugary Drinks Tax.
The number of full-time farm workers in England fell by almost 4% in 2016 - 2017. The figures from the annual agricultural census show that casual employment during that time rose by 10%.
Healthy food advocates dressed in tooth fairy outfits and SUGAR SMART t-shirts descended on the O2 Arena Saturday 9th December to deliver free toothbrushes to families and an Open Letter to Coca-Cola's marketing lead, asking the company to clean up its irresponsible Christmas promotional campaign.
The FSA is asking for applications from behaviourial economists, criminologists, anthropologists and political scientists for a new Advisory Committee on Social Science. Its purpose would be to provide strategic advice on how to improve food safety and regulate food sustainably.
The manufacturers behind a new line of insect based protein snacks have been taken “by surprise” by the demand for their product in Finland.
A new Department for Business, Energy & Industrial (BEIS) Strategy published today sets out how government intends to be "building a Britain fit for the future – how we will help businesses create better, higher-paying jobs with investment in the skills, industries and infrastructure of the future." Several sections relate to food production.
A Whiskey group has lost a five year battle to stop the Scottish government introducing price controls in alcohol. The court ruled that minimum pricing on alcohol was legal on health grounds under EU law.
Not feeling festive about the Coca-Cola truck visiting your city and handing out sugary drinks to the public and children? Here's some ideas of ways to get a different message out.
Yesterday in Parliament, Dr Liam Fox, Secretary of State for International Trade, reiterated his opinion that chlorine-washed chicken is safe to eat and that he had no objection to it being sold to the British public. Yet US food standards also raise questions about hormone-reared beef and dairy, food irradiation and Salmonella in eggs.
Dominant agri-food firms have become too big to feed humanity sustainably, too big to operate on equitable terms with other players in the food system, and too big to drive the types of innovation we need, according to a new report.
A whistleblower who worked for the Food Standards Agency reveals that meat inspectors are routinely bullied, and sometimes assaulted, while doing their jobs in slaughterhouses.
Despite being asked to do so under the Modern Slavery Act, a new report shows that some food companies are failing to assess and report known risks of modern slavery in their supply chains -- but there are also examples of good practice in the food sector.
The average person consumes an additional 330 calories each week -- 17,000 a year -- as a result of businesses 'upselling' high-calorie food and drink (offering an additional topping or a side, for example), according to a new report.
The Food Standards Agency has launched an investigation after undercover filming showed workers changing date-of-kill labels, repacking rejected meat and retrieving meat from the floor -- all apparent breaches of hygiene and safety laws.
A coalition of organisations in the US is using the formidable buying power of America's fast food industry to leverage reductions in antibiotic use along meat supply chains.
The head of the Food Standards Agency has said that the body set up to prevent another horse meat scandal will be mothballed unless the Government provides more funding.
Sustain member Feedback, which campaigns against food waste in all its forms, is celebrating a major victory after the UK's biggest grocer agreed to halve food waste along its key supply chains, make its food waste data public, and extend food waste reporting to other countries where it operates.
The European Commission has launched a public consultation on how to strengthen the bargaining power of farmers, who are being squeezed by the bigger, better-resourced manufacturers and retailers who buy their produce.
The Baking Industry Awards has crowned Real Bread Campaign supporter David Wright, of the Cake Shop Bakery in Suffolk, Baker Of The Year 2017.
Defra has announced two important consultations on animal welfare -- one proposing to install CCTV cameras in abattoirs in England, the other updating statutory Codes of Practice on animal welfare, starting with chickens bred for meat.
The fast food giant's US restaurants already serve chicken raised without the use of those antibiotics that have been categorised by the World Health Organisation as critically important to humans. McDonald's now plans to extend the policy to markets in the rest of the world, and to other meat supply chains.
Pig, poultry and dairy farms are releasing harmful pollution once a week on average in England and Wales, according to a new report from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.
Food businesses will soon be required to reduce the amount of acrylamides in food, and the EU is also considering setting maximum levels for certain foods 'without delay'.
Results of a large-scale study suggest that the use of artificial sweeteners does not help with weight reduction, and may even contribute to heart disease.
An advert criticising dairy practices for being 'inhumane' has been approved by the Advertising Standards Authority, despite complaints from the dairy industry.
As concern rises over the ready availablity of high-calorie, high-fat fast food, especially in deprived areas, a new online tool allows councils and campaigners to find out the concentration of outlets by area.
Sustain's Chief Executive Kath Dalmeny reports on a meeting with Michael Gove, the opportunities this presents, and her sense that the time has come for Sustain and alliance members to step ever more confidently onto the national stage.
Food manufacturers and retailers are increasingly worried, not just about about the impacts of Brexit but also about the pace and vagueness of the negotiations. Two new publications spell out their concerns and preferred solutions, published by two heavyweight trade associations.
A new report from the National Farmers Union spells out why future access to EU workers is essential to the viability of British agriculture, post Brexit -- and says the supply of seasonal workers for the next two years is already in jeopardy.
Vicki Hird, Sustain’s Farm Campaign Coordinator features in the BBC Panorama programme to be broadcast today (10 July 2017) talking on the likely impact on our food and farming of a new trade deal with the United States. [Update: the programme can now be viewed on Iplayer - http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08y7nm6/panorama-britains-food-farming-the-brexit-effect ]
Survey data shows that many growers are finding it hard to recruit seasonal labour, and some are not confident they will have enough workers to harvest their crops.
In the latest investor protest at high executive pay, more than half of Morrisons shareholders failed to back a package awarding the supermarket’s chief executive up to £5.3m this year, up from £2.8m last year.
The manufacturer of Lucozade, Ribena and Orangina plans to reformuate all of its soft drink brands this year, to avoid incurring the sugar tax.
A recent raid which freed 70 employees thought to have been working in highly exploitative conditions in a frozen food factory in Birmingham highlights a major, ongoing problem in the food industry.
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