The National Federation of Retail Newsagents is seeking a meeting with Defra in response to the rumoured introduction of new legislation to tackle irresponsible chewing gum disposal.

Chairman of the Legal & Parliamentary Committee, Colin Finch, said the NFRN was seeking a statement from Defra on how the legislation would affect retailers. He added: “We will do our utmost in campaigning and lobbying to ensure the retail sector does not pick up the bill.”