RPC Bites

RPC Bites #15

26 August 2020. Published by Ciara Cullen, Partner and Ben Mark, Partner

Welcome to RPC Bites. Our aim in the next 2 minutes is to provide you with a flavour of some key legal, regulatory and commercial developments in the Food & Drink sector over the last fortnight… with the occasional bit of industry gossip thrown in for good measure. Enjoy!

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Traffic light food labelling system under review

The Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) has announced a UK-wide call for views and evidence on Front of Pack Nutrition Labels ("FOPNL"), for food and drink products. Read more

Beef over red meat's supermarket shelf-life

Issued in 2008 and clarified in 2017, current FSA guidelines (which can be viewed here) state that the shelf-life of vacuum and gas-packed chilled red meats sold in the UK must not exceed 10 days, unless an extension can be justified. Read more

KFC crafting meat products

KFC is developing the first ever lab-made 'chicken' nugget, in partnership with Moscow-based company, 3D Printing Solutions. The project, entitled 'Meat of the Future', will involve the development of an additive printing technique and will generate a product that is comprised of 80% plant-based materials and 20% bio-cells, but which still mimics the taste and texture of chicken. Read more

Stilted by Stilton

The negotiation of a post-Brexit trade deal between the UK and Japan has reportedly stalled over an unlikely sticking point - Stilton cheese. The two nations have recently been in talks and were thought to be close to finalising a deal, but a desire to boost the UK's cheese exports appears to have resulted in an impasse. Read more

HK Government imposes further social distancing measures, including closure of all restaurants

On 27 July 2020, the Hong Kong Government announced further social distancing measures in response to the 'third wave' of the COVID-19 pandemic, in Hong Kong. Read more