NEWS & INSIGHT FROM THE FPA
FPA WEBINAR 2 JULY GUEST SPEAKERS
We have a great line-up of speakers for our next webinar which takes place on Thursday 2 July 3.30-4.30pm.
We have worked hard to secure speakers whom we feel will share insight that will be of value to you and your business as we gradually ease out of lockdown:
- Peter Borg-Neal from Oakman Inns. Peter has lobbied strongly during lockdown for the safe reopening of the sector, the need to safeguard jobs and campaigning for the reduction of social distancing from 2 metres to 1 metre.
- Robin Clark, Director of Global Restaurant Services and Sustainability at Just Eat. Robin has worked relentlessly during the coronavirus crisis to ensure that takeaways can continue to operate safety for both customers and staff and preserve the livelihoods of thousands of independent businesses.
Register here for the webinar. We do hope you will be able to join us for what should be an excellent event.
GREENPEACE STATEMEMENT ON REUSEABLES
Greenpeace achieved wide coverage for claiming reusables are safe to use, with a statement signed by over 100 ‘experts’. We issued a press statement which included closer analysis of the experts named from the UK. While no doubt pre-eminent in their fields, they are certainly not experts in food hygiene and safety, nor in Covid-19. Our press release is on the FPA website here and the story is in Packaging News here and the global Daily Coffee News here.
Greenpeace claims basic hygiene practices should keep reusables safe for others to handle. What are basic hygiene practices? How does an operator know they’ve been applied? You may recall Public Health England advised some time ago that if you could run a reusable under a tap then the water isn’t hot enough. We agree reusables need to come back but advice to operators which includes the word ’should’ is hardly sufficient to give operators’ employees confidence, nor is it good enough for a risk assessment for dealing with this virus. The articles that accompanied the Greenpeace release will raise public expectations and put unnecessary pressure on operators struggling to deal with the conditions under which they are allowed to reopen.
SAFE STORING OF PACKAGING
It may seem like an eternity ago, but just before lockdown we issued advice on how packaging should be safely handled and stored. We feel now is the time to remind operators of the advice and have issued a press release here. By following the guidelines, operators will be handling, with gloves, packaging that has not been fully protected and will certainly have been stored for more than three days. They therefore have full knowledge of its provenance as opposed to items brought in store which should have been hygienically cleaned but may not have been.
UPDATE TO FSA GUIDANCE ON ALLERGEN LABELLING
In preparation for the introduction of the Food Information (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2019 (Natasha’s Law), the Food Standards Agency has published updated guidance on allergy labelling. The guidance states that, from 1 October 2021, food businesses will be required to label food that is pre-packaged for direct sale (PPDS) with a full list of ingredients and with allergens in bold. This brings ingredient labelling for PPDS food in line with pre-packaged food.
PPDS food is defined as food that is packaged before being ordered or selected by the customer on the same premises or in the same site or in other premises if the food is offered for sale from a moveable and/or temporary premises and the food is offered for sale by the same food business which packed it.
PPDS means the food is either fully or partly enclosed by the packaging and cannot be altered without opening or changing the packaging and is ready for sale to the final consumer. The guidance notes some fast food may be prepacked for direct sale if it has been packed by the same business before being offered for sale in anticipation of an order, for example, a wrapped burger or boxed fried chicken placed under a hot lamp and the contents cannot be altered without opening the packaging. The full guidance can be read here.
INCREASED PAVEMENT SPACE
Legislation enabling local authorities to grant licenses in five days (down from 28) to restaurants and pubs to use pavements and car parks for dining and drinking should has been passed. This of course is welcomed, providing the welfare of local residents is taken into account. If ignored then the goodwill created could be lost, with local authorities withdrawing licenses in response to complaints about noise and bad behaviour.
Some local authorities have stolen a march on government. For example as reported in The Caterer, Liverpool has set out a plan and investment to make it possible for operators to set out more tables meeting social distancing requirements. Read here. This is also being implemented by Westminster City Council. Read here.
Both schemes are very much welcomed but in the case of Westminster only the most central tourist areas have been proposed for action. As more cities and towns follow we hope the new legislation will encourage more part-day pedestrianisation of streets further out of towns to support those hospitality operators that so superbly serve their local communities. Liverpool’s proposal not to charge additional licensing fees is terrific
GOVERNMENT PUBLISHES PRACTICAL GUIDELINES TO HELP RESTAURANTS AND PUBS OPEN SAFELY
Thousands of pubs, restaurants and hairdressers across England have been given practical, clear steps they can take to reopen safely over the coming weeks.
New Covid-19 secure guidance for the hospitality sector and hairdressers means businesses will be able to reopen in England from 4 July, provided they meet government criteria for keeping staff and customers as safe as possible. Read here.
CORONAVIRUS RELATED NEWS
Let’s Recycle reports that recycling is up but food waste has suffered. The number of councils reporting a fully operational recycling service is beginning to improve after two weeks of increased disruption. The improvement data comes in the eleventh set of survey results published this week by the Association of Directors of Environment, Planning and Transport (ADEPT). Read here.
The Times, FT and others report that Bunzl has announced it will pay back money from the government used to furlough employees after sales were boosted by the pandemic. Read here. (£)
Circular Online reports that for waste management and recycling companies to make a profit, the taxpayer would have to bear a greater share of their costs and asks will this added burden go down well post-pandemic, with cash-strapped local authorities and widespread redundancies? Read here.
The Scottish Daily Record reports that monthly bin collections are mooted as part of council cash-saving efforts. Read here.
The Guardian, Telegraph, iNews and others carried the reusables story issued by Greenpeace as mentioned above. Read here.
The Argus, Brighton, reports that 40 new signs are being installed on Brighton and Hove seafront to warn litter louts that they will be handed an on-the-spot fine of £150 for their actions. A great move and we hope other councils will follow. Read here.