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Retail, Food and Hospitality Regulatory Update 23 September

24 September 2018
Food & Retail Regulatory round-up w/e 23 September:: Future direction set for food inspection; ASA rules out extension of time limited offers; Sainsbury’s ASDA merger referred for in depth investigation

In this week's edition:

Important Updates

Future direction set for food inspections: The Food Standards Agency Board has agreed that National Inspection Strategies under Primary Authority are the route forward to minimise the burden of food hygiene inspection activity on both the state and business under its ‘Regulating our futures programme. 

In order to benefit from a national inspection strategy the requirements of three standards published by the FSA setting detailed requirements for the business, the local authority and the food standards agency must be met. The standards are detailed and may prove onerous versus the burden to business from routine Local Authority enforcement activity. View >


ASA rules out extension of time limited offers: In a complaint involving an email by Virgin Wines to its customers extending the validity of an online offer by 24 hours the Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that this breaches the advertising codes. View >


Sainsbury’s ASDA merger referred for in depth investigation: The Competition and Markets Authority has announced its decision to refer the proposed merger for in depth competition investigation and has provided information on the steps involved. View >

Brexit Developments


Brexit negotiations hit a bump in road in Salzburg: The UK Prime Minister, the EU President and EU Chief negotiator have issued statements following the weeks EU leaders meeting in Austria. 
UK Prime Minister > EU Council President >  EU Chief negotiator >
Business comment: Confederation of British Industry >  British Chambers of Commerce >


Small businesses unprepared for a ‘No deal’ Brexit: The Federation of Small Businesses has issued a report on the state of preparedness or otherwise of its members to deal with a ‘no-deal Brexit’ should this arise. View >


Report on migration in the European Economic Area: The Government Migration Advisory Committee has published a detailed report to which the main business organisations have responded. 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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