Food warning follows prosecution – BBC News

Posted July 16th, 2009 in care homes, fines, food, health & safety, news by sally

“Trading standards officers are warning of the effects of out-of-date food on vulnerable people. Torfaen council’s comments follow its prosecution of the owners of the Regency House private nursing home at Parkes Lane, Pontypool.”

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BBC News, 15th July 2009


Extradition battle over ‘onion risk’ – The Independent

Posted July 9th, 2009 in allergies, extradition, food, human rights, news, prisons by sally

“A man attempted to avoid extradition today because his human rights could be breached by being fed ‘potentially life threatening’ red onions in an Irish jail.”

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The Independent, 9th July 2009


Pringles too much like potato crisps to escape VAT, appeal court rules – The Times

Posted May 21st, 2009 in food, news, VAT by sally

“The taxman took a multimillion-pound bite out of Pringles today after winning a VAT legal battle.”

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The Times, 20th May 2009


Urine spray man gets nine years – BBC News

Posted April 15th, 2009 in contamination, food, news, sentencing by sally

“A chemist who contaminated food and wine in Gloucestershire supermarkets with his own urine and faeces has been sent to prison for nine years.”

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BBC News, 14th April 2009


Regina (Sovio Wines Ltd) v Food Standards Agency and Another – Times Law Reports

Posted April 9th, 2009 in food, judicial review, law reports by sally

Regina (Sovio Wines Ltd) v Food Standards Agency and Another

Queen’s Bench

“A grape product could be made subject to a movement control notice preventing its distribution if it had been labelled as wine but had been produced using an alcohol reduction technology that was not approved by the European Union.”

The Times, 9th April 2009


Food watchdog failed to prevent deadly E coli outbreak, says inquiry – The Guardian

Posted March 20th, 2009 in environmental health, food, news by sally

“Hygiene watchdogs failed to deal with long-standing, repetitive failures at an abattoir behind the second-worst E coli outbreak in Britain, according to today’s report into the incident, which killed a five-year-old boy, put 31 people in hospital, struck 44 schools and involved 157 people.”

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The Guardian, 19th March 2009


Wine firm’s high court bid fails – BBC News

Posted March 3rd, 2009 in food, news by sally

“A Hampshire winemaker has failed in a High Court claim that the Food Standards Agency was ‘heavy-handed’  in banning its new low-alcohol ‘wine’.”

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BBC News, 2nd March 2009


Low-alcohol wine manufacturer fights ban – The Times

Posted February 10th, 2009 in alcohol abuse, EC law, food, news by sally

“The food standards watchdog was accused yesterday of a ‘heavy handed abuse of power’ in banning a new low-alcohol wine in the face of Government policy urging people to drink sensibly.”

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The Times, 10th February 2009


Marks & Spencer tastes victory in tax tussle over teacake – The Times

Posted February 5th, 2009 in food, news, VAT by sally

“A storm over a teacake is finally over after Marks & Spencer yesterday won a 13-year legal battle about whether its popular chocolate-covered treats should be deemed a cake or a biscuit.”

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The Times, 5th February 2009


Reprieve for curvy cucumbers and crooked carrots as EU bends rules – The Times

Posted November 12th, 2008 in EC law, food, news by sally

“Knobbly fruit and amusingly shaped vegetables, the staple diet of local newspapers, caption competitions and That’s Life!, are set to return to the shops in a reprieve from strict European Union laws. The regulations covering the size and shape of 26 types of fruit and vegetable are expected to be abolished today by EU agriculture officials in a move that should make food cheaper and more fun.”

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The Times, 12th November 2008


Caterer prepared kebabs as corpse lay nearby – The Independent

Posted October 14th, 2008 in environmental health, food, news by sally

“A catering company boss prepared kebabs just feet away from a dead man lying on a sofa, it was revealed today.”

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The Independent, 14th October 2008


Procter and Gamble UK v Revenue and Customs Commissioners – Times Law Reports

Posted July 18th, 2008 in food, law reports, VAT by sally

Procter and Gamble UK v Revenue and Customs Commissioners

Chancery Division

“Regular Pringles were zero-rated for VAT because they were not potato products.”

The Times, 18th July 2008


Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21days from the date of publication.

Procter & Gamble UK v Revenue and Customs Commissioners – WLR Daily

Posted July 8th, 2008 in food, law reports, VAT by sally

Procter & Gamble UK v Revenue and Customs Commissioners [2008] EWHC 1558 (Ch); [2008] WLR (D) 226

“The savoury snack, Regular Pringles, were not products ‘made from the potato, or from potato flour, or from potato starch’ so as to fall within excepted item 5 of Group 1 of Sch 8 to the Value Added Tax Act 1994.”

WLR Daily, 7th July 2008


Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Fans of Pringles lick lips over court ruling – Reuters

Posted July 4th, 2008 in food, news, VAT by sally

“Fans of Pringles are savouring a court ruling that the snack is not a potato crisp.”

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Reuters, 4th July 2008


Food poison alert after fraudsters steal trader’s identity to place £2m orders – The Times

Posted June 30th, 2008 in food, fraud, news by sally

“A national food poisoning alert linked to meat and fish products has been issued after a fraud of least £2million, The Times has learnt.”

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The Times, 30th June 2008


MPs debate junk food advert ban – BBC News

Posted April 25th, 2008 in advertising, children, food, news by sally

“MPs are to debate a bill calling for a ban on advertising junk food and drinks to children.”

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BBC News, 24th April 2008


Wrong bottles cost winemaker £30,000 – The Times

Posted March 25th, 2008 in consumer protection, EC law, food, news by sally

“An award-winning winemaker whose wares are sold at the royal palaces is facing a £30,000 bill after European bureaucrats ruled that he was using the wrong-shaped bottles.”

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The Times, 25th March 2008


Waitrose in row over meat-labelling – ‘mongrel meat’ labelled as rare native breed of pig – The Times

Posted March 25th, 2008 in consumer protection, food, news by sally

“Supermarket meat that is labelled as coming from a rare native breed is little more than ‘mongrel meat’, say breeders who have complained to trading standards officers.”

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The Times, 24th March 2008


Wordsworth’s village bakers fight over their gingerbread – The Observer

Posted March 25th, 2008 in food, news, trade marks by sally

“The tranquil village of Grasmere has long drawn visitors seeking out the serene Lakeland setting that inspired William Wordsworth. But the peace of this small community has been shattered as a battle rages over its most famous commodity, Grasmere Gingerbread.”

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The Observer, 23rd March 2008


Mother’s anger at son’s E.coli death – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 7th, 2008 in food, health & safety, news by sally

“The mother of a five-year-old boy who died during an E.coli outbreak has told an inquiry of the anger she felt towards the butcher who supplied the contaminated meat.”

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Daily Telegraph, 7th March 2008