NEWS & INSIGHT FROM THE FPA
ENVIRONMENT SEMINAR: GREAT FEEDBACK
Feedback from last week’s Seminar has shown that once again the event was very well received by members. Our thanks to those attendees who completed the feedback survey. Responses were overwhelmingly positive with engaging speakers, a great venue and plenty of time for questions.
“The final speaker of the day was excellent. Very engaging & informative.”
“First rate!!!! Topical, informative, relevant.”
“Fantastic, very thought provoking and enabled good debate”
“Fantastic venue and great location”
Key Take Outs
There was some constructive feedback that we will take on board and a broad consensus that there is a need for further engagement with the waste management sector which we will address next year – if the various strategies currently under consultation are going to work, we need to know what actions they are taking in order to achieve success.
BRIEFING PAPERS: EPR AND WASTE & RESOURCES STRATEGY
As reported at last week’s Seminar, we have produced two new briefing papers and they are available to members to download from the website.
The first paper ‘What is the DEFRA Waste & Resources Strategy’ is a guide to the key elements of this strategy and its implications for members. It explains the key pillars of the strategy and is intended as a guide for members, staff and for your customers.
The second paper is a guide to Extended Producer Responsibility, expanding on the detail in the first paper and highlighting that members must be budgeting for up to a ten-fold increase in producer responsibility costs.
Both papers can be made available by emailing Caroline.
DEFRA CONSULTATION ALLERGEN LABELING
In what will be the fifth consultation to which we are responding, Defra has announced a consultation on amending food allergen information provisions for food prepacked for direct sale. Referred to as Natasha’s Law, all packaged food such as sandwiches and salads prepared on the premises could be required to list the full ingredients and highlight allergens. Under current law, food prepared and packed on the premises is excluded.
There are four possible options: ‘ask the staff’ stickers; label the item with name of food and allergens; label with name, full ingredients and allergens highlighted and promote best practice but leave the current law unchanged. The FPA’s position is that we agree with UK Hospitality on the need to promote dialogue between customers and staff to ensure messages get through, with operators providing even more information than is currently demanded by law and encouraging the public to ask. We also recognise the issues this could have for operators with the additional possibility of creating food waste if they are under pressure to produce labels. However it is equally important the sector shows responsibility, and FPA members are offering labeling solutions enabling kitchen teams to produce full allergen and ingredient labels locally and at relatively low cost.
This is the link to the consultation https://consult.defra.gov.uk/agri-food-chain-directorate/consultation-on-amending-allergen-information/
BREXIT MIGRATION BILL
Martin attended a meeting of the Manufacturing Immigration Group formed by the Food and Drink Federation. The new immigration system will affect you and your customers’ ability to bring in talent from abroad for years to come. Customers’ concerns are chef shortages and the current takeaway clause, which means chefs for operators in takeaways and restaurants offering home delivery, are not considered to be ’skilled’ so fall outside the rules concerning skilled labour.
There is a myriad of temporary visas, sponsorship programmes and other arrangements with costs attached, as well as a salary threshold. We are seeking clarification regarding technicians coming into the UK on a temporary basis to repair, service and install packaging machinery.
Packaging News carried the story of the FPA Seminar read here
The Daily Telegraph reports that Cocoa-Cola has warned that glass bottles may be worse for the environment than plastic. Read here.
Holyrood: Scotland’s planned deposit return scheme for drinks containers could help boost jobs, Scotland’s Environment Secretary has said. Read here.
Packaging News reports on the launch of the Glasgow Cup Movement sponsored by the PCRRG, of which the FPA is a partner. Read here.
Business Green reports on a new initiative from Waitrose to tackle UK plastic pollution with a £1 million grant fund to support projects designed to reduce unnecessary plastic and tackle plastic pollution. Read here.
14 February FDA Webinar: ‘An Introduction to FDA Approval for New Food Contact Substances’. Find out more and register here.
27 February FPA Annual General Meeting at Packaging Innovations, NEC, 1.00pm.
7 March FPA Awards and Exhibition, Grand Hotel Brighton. Information and booking details have been issued to members via Mail Chimp. Contact Caroline for more information.
27 June FPA Golf & Activities Day, De Vere Staverton Estate – make a note of the date!
If you are interested in becoming a member of the FPA please contact Caroline Crawford by email