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Retail, Food and Hospitality Regulatory Update 16 September

17 September 2018
Food & Retail Regulatory round-up w/e 16 September: Consultation on mandatory display of calorie information; Underage sale of knives and alcohol reported; Food businesses urged to do more on providing allergy information

In this week's edition:

Important Updates

Consultation on mandatory display of calorie information: The Department of Health and Social Care has issued a consultation under its childhood obesity strategy to introduce mandatory calorie declaration at point of selection for all food and drink served for consumption outside the home by spring 2020. The intention is that in addition to restaurants and café’s it would apply to takeaways, street vendors and food purchased on line – Closes 7th DecemberView >


Underage sale of knives and alcohol reported: London Trading Standards has reported a 14% failure rate for knives and a 12% failure rate for alcohol in a coordinated test purchasing campaign across the capital. View >


Food businesses urged to do more on providing allergy information: The Food Standards Agency Chair has urged food service businesses to do more to help young people with allergies to eat out following a recent survey. View >

Brexit Developments


2nd tranche of Brexit technical notices published: The UK Government has published guidance notices in case of a ‘no deal’ Brexit on a range of topics including the following:

The new approach directives View >

Mutual recognition View >

Nominated persons View >

Civil law disputes View >

Data protection View >

Medicines and medical devices View >

Environmental standards View >

Labelling of ‘e’ cigarettes View >


Each of the guidance notes is prefixed by a statement that a no deal Brexit is considered unlikely. The guidance notes set out the position for domestic trade, EU imports and exports to the EU post Brexit. In terms of export the actions required are based on the EU treating the UK completely as a third country.  Business organisations have reacted with concern. 
British Chambers of Commerce >Confederation of British Industry >  Federation of Small Businesses >


Health marking of foods post Brexit: The Food Standards Agency has issued a consultation on proposed amendments to health marking of products from approved establishments following Brexit – Closes 8th October. View >


Trade developments: The Department for International Trade has met with the US Deputy trade representative.  DIT has also published a review of the UK single point of contact arrangements. View >

Upcoming DWF events: 

Retail Bulletin HR Summit: Catch DWF's Kirsty Rogers and Kate Meadowcroft discussing Key GDPR issues for HR in the retail sector: London, 3 October 2018.

Future of Food and Drink in Northern Ireland: Join DWF plus key note speakers from the Northern Ireland Food & Drink Association and Staffline Group Ireland to discuss some of the biggest trends impacting growth, including Brexit's impact on labour supply and trade routes with the south: Belfast, 18 October 18. View >

How to make your business viable during Brexit transition: An event geared towards European businesses operating within the UK's food & drink industry in conjunction with the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK: Manchester, 24 October 2018. View >

Food Brexit Conference: Catch DWF's Dominic Watkins and Hilary Ross speaking at this conference providing the food & beverage industry with a platform to share strategy, insight and knowledge, to deal with the challenges of Britain’s exit from the EU: London, 1 November 2018. View >

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This information is intended as a general discussion surrounding the topics covered and is for guidance purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be regarded as a substitute for taking legal advice. DWF is not responsible for any activity undertaken based on this information.

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