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Retailers should move their hours to allow staff to attend services at 11am

Chicken welfare criteria

Sir, Meeting the criteria of the European Chicken Commitment will require food businesses, producers and breeding companies working together to deliver the affordable higher-welfare chicken that consumers expect (‘Tipping point for chicken ­welfare,’ 27 October).

It’s encouraging to hear KFC call for business collaboration on how to meet the new standards. By generating a groundswell of support and collaboration across the industry, we can develop sustainable solutions and shift the market. I therefore urge KFC and others to sign up to the European Chicken Commitment and join us on the journey to a higher-welfare future for all chickens.

Tracey Jones, director of food business, Compassion in World Farming

Remembrance Sunday

Sir, There is definitely an argument for discussing how retailers should mark Remembrance Sunday (‘Retailers large and small must unite for Remembrance Day,’ 3 November).

Asking employees and customers in a store to stop what they are doing and observe one minute’s silence will not be sufficient for everyone. Given the only restriction on Sunday trading is for a store to be open for no more than six hours between 10am and 6pm, it would be possible for all retailers to move their hours on Remembrance Sunday.

Stores could still open for the full six hours of Sunday trading from 12pm to 6pm, allowing those who wish to attend services at 11am to do so.

Peter Wells, via thegrocer.co.uk

Top 10 plastic polluters

Sir, While we are all against plastic pollution and are concerned for the environmental damage it causes, these top 10 polluters are victims of the success of their products (‘Report names top 10 fmcg plastic polluters,’ 20 October).

Plastic packaging has been used for decades and branded waste will appear in any landfill or recycling centre across the country. I am confident that the biggest brands, and indeed all companies in time, will turn to acceptable, recyclable or indeed zero-waste packaging with their products.

To single them out as a top 10 polluter by a pressure group short on ideas seems somewhat shortsighted and unfair.

Timothy Hall, via thegrocer.co.uk