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Retail, Food, and Hospitality Regulatory Update 23 June

24 June 2019
Retail, Food, and Hospitality Update w/e 23 June. Civil penalties for consumer law breaches, late payments in B2B transactions, and Grocery Code Adjudicator.

Important Updates

Civil penalties for consumer law breaches proposed: The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has announced its intention to consult on grant of powers to the Competition and Markets Authority to issue civil penalties in respect of unfair commercial practices. View >  View >

The Competition and Markets Authority has also urged eBay and Facebook to tackle online sale of fake reviews. View >

OFCOM has also published a ‘fairness framework’ to address unfair trading practices in the telecoms and paid for TV markets. View >

New measures announced to tackle late payments in B2B transactions: 
BEIS has announced a package of measures to tackle late payments including additional powers for the Small Business Commissioner to impose civil penalties, force disclosure of payment terms and practices and impose binding payment plans on large businesses found to have unfair payment practices. View > Federation of Small Businesses >

Views requested on the Grocery Code Adjudicator: 
BEIS has issued a call for evidence in its review of the Grocery Code Adjudicator 2016-19 – Closes 12th September.  View >

Advertising Watchdog upholds complaint re HFSS display advertising: The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld a complaint against Unilever in respect of a display advert for Ben and Jerry’s Ice cream that was displayed in close proximity to a school entrance contrary to new code rules on display advertising relating to high fat, salt and sugar foods.  View >


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