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Catering equipment suppliers demand answers after document exposes Brexit product hurdles

Catering equipment suppliers demand answers after document exposes Brexit product hurdles

An EU Commission document detailing the impact of Brexit on manufacturers, suppliers and importers operating in the UK “does not make easy reading” for the catering equipment industry, it has been claimed. The guide seeks to provide an overview of possible implications in terms of product legislation, but the complexity of the issues that it

Pubs being failed by local authorities over rates relief, warns industry body

The ALMR has warned that not enough is being done by local authorities to ensure that promised rates relief is being distributed to pub owners. The warning follows the publication of a list of local authorities that have notified the government of their schemes to allocate and distribute business rates reliefs. While the majority of

No excuses for operators that fall foul of new kitchen regs

Foodservice operators are responsible for the reduction of F-Gas emissions from their refrigeration units rather than equipment suppliers, according to new guidelines on EU regulations. CESA’s latest guidelines state that the responsibility of F-Gases leak reduction, repair, containment and recovery on kitchen equipment lies with caterers, operators and users of catering refrigeration rather than those

Zizzi in court after mouse droppings found in branch kitchen

Azzurri Restaurants has appeared in court after mice droppings were found in the kitchen of a Liverpool branch of Zizzi. The admitted two breaches of food safety law, under the Food Safety and Hygiene Regulations 2013, at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court yesterday, according to the Liverpool Echo. The company accepted failing to follow procedures designed to

Kitchen nightmare lands West Midlands caterer with a £12,000 fine

Scores of rats and poor food hygiene at a West Midlands food catering company have landed it with penalties of more than £12,000 following environmental health inspections. Sandwell Council environmental health officers uncovered widespread rat activity as well as poor structural and cleanliness standards and cross contamination risks during a routine hygiene inspection at the

Tighter food hygiene display regs should be imposed on restaurants

An overwhelming 98% of consumers want the law changed to make all restaurants in England publicly display their Food Standards Agency (FSA) Food Hygiene Ratings, new research suggests. Currently, ratings must be displayed in Wales and Northern Ireland, but it is not compulsory in England. A poll conducted by food safety technology company Checkit showed

ASA rules Leon’s ‘superfood’ salad breached advertising laws

The Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has told Leon Restaurants that it must not use the term ‘Original Superfood Salad’ because it broke marketing rules. Leon has been ordered not to make references to general benefits of food for overall good health or health-related well-being in brand names unless those claims are accompanied by a permitted

Precision trims down running costs of its fridges to £50 a year

Precision Refrigeration says that improvements made to its products following the introduction of energy labelling legislation means its fridges now cost as little as £50 a year to run. The company has redesigned its cabinets to conform with the European EcoDesign Energy Labelling Standard, which came into force in July. And it says the impact

ALMR urges Brexit negotiators to clarify status of migrant workers

The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers, whose members run 23,000 outlets and employ over 650,000 people in British pubs, bars and restaurants, says the vote to the EU has severely dented confidence in the industry. Despite positive economic news over the summer, Kate Nicholls, CEO of the ALMR, said operators are still concerned. “The slight

Three weeks for industry to get to grips with energy labelling regs

There are just three weeks to go until new EU Energy Labelling and Ecodesign Directives are due to be implemented – and industry trade body CESA has stepped in to help those in need of a reminder of what it all means by publishing a special regulatory guide.   Energy Labelling and Ecodesign Directives for