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How serious is food and drink's allergy problem? Subscription

As Pret a Manger is linked to a second allergy death, can it get itself off the hook by blaming a supplier? And what are the wider implications?

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Pret a Manger faces litany of online complaints over mis-labelled food

08 Oct 2018 | By Carina Perkins

The chain has faced a barrage of complaints after being implicated in a second allergen death this weekend

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Aldi, Asda and Waitrose sign up to Peas Please veg initiative

08 Oct 2018 | By Rachel Graham

The retailers will unveil plans to support the campaign to drive more veg consumption at the Peas Please Veg Summit today

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Pret a Manger overhauls allergen labelling policy following teenager's death Subscription

03 Oct 2018 | By Carina Perkins

Natasha Ednan-Laperouse suffered a severe allergic reaction to sesame seeds baked into the dough of a Pret baguette, which weren’t listed on the label


Beware food safety risks when cutting salt, sugar and plastics

03 Oct 2018 | By Chris Elliott

Salt and sugar have been used as food preservatives for hundreds of years and there are microbiological risks of reducing them in food, says Professor Chris Elliott


Plain stupid: kids' yoghurts unfairly treated over sugar?

02 Oct 2018 | By Carina Perkins

Under proposed changes yoghurts could be classed as ‘junk food’


Creme d’Or & Calico Cottage issue recalls over allergen fears

01 Oct 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

Happy Jackson-branded chocolate assortments are among products that have been pulled

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Defra urged to review food allergen labelling laws

28 Sep 2018 | By Carina Perkins

Natasha Ednan-Laperouse collapsed on a British Airways flight from London to Nice in 2016 after eating a Pret a Manger baguette

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Mars & Snickers bars to get less sugar and more protein

28 Sep 2018 | By Megan Tatum

Newly merged Mars Wrigley Confectionery announced this week that the two new SKUs would be available from January

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The halo effect: chocolate category report 2018 Video Subscription

28 Sep 2018 | By Megan Tatum

Ethical chocolate is suddenly all the rage. But can virtuous brands convince consumers their wares are worth a premium?


Allergy death shows labelling legislation is falling short Subscription

27 Sep 2018 | By Carina Perkins

More must be done to protect people suffering with severe food allergies when they eat out


'Grisly' no-deal Brexit could put an end to protected UK food names Subscription

25 Sep 2018 | By Ian Quinn, Kevin White

Industry bodies have warned the government’s latest Brexit technical notices show the UK food sector will be critically exposed to a hard Brexit

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Snack bars & flapjacks drive £16m sports nutrition boost

21 Sep 2018 | By Emma Weinbren

Brits took home an extra 10.6 million sporty snacks over the past year


Ferrero rapped for Kinder HFSS content aimed at children

19 Sep 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

The ruling follows a complaint from the Children’s Food Campaign about three websites, an app and a YouTube channel

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Tom Watson's weight loss proves official healthy diet advice is useless

17 Sep 2018 | By Joanna Blythman

The deputy Labour leader’s success with the Pioppi diet shows the government’s Eatwell plate has come to the end of the road, says Joanna Blythman

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Is Jamie Oliver's Tesco role any more than an ad coup? Subscription

14 Sep 2018 | By Ian Quinn

It may seem a bitter medicine to some but Dave Lewis thinks an Oliver-backed health initiative is preferable to DH intervention

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Treasury voices doubts over DH promotions clampdown Subscription

14 Sep 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Sources have revealed “serious tensions” between government bean counters and the Department of Health over the plans

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AB InBev's low-alcohol Michelob Ultra beer to launch in UK Subscription

14 Sep 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

It’s the latest in a series of low/no-alcohol plays from the brewing giant

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Jamie Oliver’s Tesco deal is a curate’s egg Subscription

10 Sep 2018 | By Ian Quinn

It’s not about the moolah. He’s not the new face of Tesco. It’s not even an ad campaign. So what exactly is this tieup?

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Jamie Oliver signs up to lead Tesco's healthy eating campaign

10 Sep 2018 | By Ian Quinn

The chef will head up a new phase of Tesco’s ‘helpful little swaps’ campaign this month

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PHE 'risks demonising food with junk classification change'

07 Sep 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Industry leaders have called on Public Health England to re-think its proposed shake-up of the Nutrient Profiling model



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