Food & Beverages

Challenges to sugar – Health claims relating to glucose tablets not authorised

The General Court of the European Union has supported the Commission's finding that health claims made in relation to glucose tablets encouraged the consumption of sugar, that such encouragement was contrary to generally accepted principles of nutrition and health and … Continue reading

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New sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences come into force today

The Sentencing Council has published guidelines to be used by Judges when sentencing corporate manslaughter, health and safety offences and food safety and hygiene offences. The guidelines will apply to all sentences passed on or after 1 February 2016 irrespective … Continue reading

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Criminal liability for defective products: a refresher

With the coming into force last month of the Consumer Rights Act 2015, there has understandably been a significant focus on the civil remedies available to consumers who purchase defective products (see our recent blog post commenting on the new Act).  … Continue reading

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The UK Consumer Rights Act 2015 – key changes that every consumer business should be aware of

The Consumer Rights Act 2015 represents a significant development in the regulation of consumer contracts under UK law. It consolidates and brings consistency to rules that were previously spread across a wide range of different Acts and Regulations. It also … Continue reading

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FDA Empowers Plaintiffs’ Bar with Trans-Fat Ban

Following almost two years of deliberation, and notwithstanding a nearly 80 percent drop in the consumption of trans fats over the past decade (due in part to industry’s movement away from the use of partially hydrogenated oils), the FDA has … Continue reading

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Lawyers, Partially Hydrogenated Oils, and Money

Lawyers for class-action plaintiffs in the US often “piggyback” on the work of government regulators and prosecutors — swooping in to file class actions against the recipients of FDA warning letters or the targets of government enforcement proceedings. In some … Continue reading

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Consultation on new sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences

The Sentencing Council for England and Wales has launched a consultation on new guidelines to be used by courts when passing sentence for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences. This follows a review of sentences passed by the courts … Continue reading

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Australia: Country of origin claims: ACCC guidelines

Businesses that make country of origin claims in marketing their products in Australia should consult the ‘Country of Origin claims and the Australian Consumer Law’ guidelines published by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in April 2014.

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Challenges of advertising functional foods in Australia

Australia’s health rating system On the 27 June 2014, state and territory governments confirmed that Australia will introduce a voluntary 5 star health rating system on food labels. The system requires manufacturers to display a ranking between 1 and 5 … Continue reading

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Australia – a new recall protocol for the food industry

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is an independent statutory body established by the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 (Cth). FSANZ develops standards that regulate the food industry in Australia and New Zealand, such as use of ingredients, … Continue reading

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