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Retail, Food, and Hospitality Regulatory Update 25 August

28 August 2019
Retail, Food, and Hospitality Regulatory Update w/e 25 August: Falls in UK regulator resources, advertising rulings on health claims, and healthiness of eating outside of home.

Important Updates

Report highlights drastic falls in UK regulator resources and inspection levels: A report ‘Unchecked UK the enforcement gap’ published by twenty UK non-governmental organisations has highlighted falls in resources and activity by regulators across a broad range of sectors.  The report shows from 2009/10 to 2016/17, real terms funding for the environmental and social protection work of ten key national regulators fell on average by 50% with the total number of full-time staff working at these regulators falling by 30% in this period. The report also shows that from 2009/10 to 2016/17, spending by Local Authorities and fire authorities in England on key services which protect the health and wellbeing of citizens and the environment fell on average by 35%. View >

Advertising rulings on health claims and price reduction claims: The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld complaints about:


  • Cambridge Chocolate Technologies in respect of use of unauthorised health claims.  View >
  • Wowcher where an advertised product with claimed reduction had been substituted by a cheaper product.  View >

Call for action to improve healthiness of eating outside the home: Food Standards Scotland has published a report calling for calorie labelling of menus, availability of healthier options for children and mandating of food standards for publicly operated catering.  View >


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