Swan alert
Retailers were braced for a fall in poultry meat sales this weekend after the discovery of the H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus in a dead swan in Scotland. Major supplier Grampian Country Food Group said that how consumers reacted to the news would depend largely on the way it was reported by the media.

Folic thinking
The Food Standards Agency will launch a 12-week consultation in May to decide whether to put folic acid in foods such as bread, as a mandatory measure to reduce certain birth defects.

Paper cuts
The Association of Newspaper and Magazine Wholesalers has begun a review of its organisation, which is likely to lead to the closure of its London office. The services it provides will stay unchanged.

HM Revenue & Customs is urging drinks producers to register for its Duty Stamp Scheme - aimed at clamping down on fraud - before this year's October deadline. After this date any spirits of 30% abv or more, contained in bottles of 35cl or above, will have to have a stamp if they are released in the UK.

Sunday cheer
Shopworkers union Usdaw is confident that its response to the DTI's cost-benefit analysis of Sunday trading will strengthen arguments not to relax Sunday trading hours further. The union, which plans to submit its response next week ahead of the DTI's deadline of April 14, said it was "delighted" with MPs' support.

Flecks of doubt
The ASA has ordered Procter & Gamble to drop its "100% dandruff free" slogan for Head and Shoulders. The ASA said that P&G must not use the 100% claim as evidence was not sufficient.