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Retail, Food and Hospitality Regulatory Update 15 April 2018

17 April 2018
Food & Retail Regulatory round-up w/e 15 April: Advertising rulings on making price comparisons; Green paper published on modernising consumer markets

In this week's edition:

Important Updates

Advertising rulings on making price comparisons: The Advertising Standards Authority has issued three further rulings this week:

  • Mercury Holidays – Lack of evidence of reasonable availability of holidays advertised at ‘from’ prices View >
  • Wren Kitchens ‘50% Off plus a further 20%’ Complaint upheld as the further 20% related to bulk purchase rather than previous price. View >
  • House of Bruar – Price comparison complaint rejected based on price history provided. View >

Green paper published on modernising consumer markets: Business Secretary Greg Clark has published a far reaching set of proposals for consultation including the following:

  • Creation of a strong national consumer protection enforcement body
  • Introduction of civil penalty powers in respect of unfair contract terms
  • Improving consumer access and business take up of Alternative dispute resolution schemes
  • Testing requirement for clarity of terms and conditions
  • New consumer forum to be chaired by Minister
  • Regular publication of consumer performance date for businesses in regulated sectors

View > Consultation > Citizens Advice > Beis >

Brexit Developments

Timetable published for Brexit negotiations 16-18 April by DEXEU: View >


EU Chief Negotiator calls for level playing field on environment: Michele Barnier has called for the EU Exit agreement and future relationship to deal with the need for a level playing field on environmental matters. View >


Director General for exports: The Department for International Trade has announced the appointment of John Mahon. View >

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