ASA complaint upheld over non availability of promoted stock: In what appears a harsh judgment the Advertising Standards Authority has upheld a complaint regarding non availability of a laptop subject to price promotion advertised on TV by Argos. Argos produced detailed evidence that a significant amount of stock to meet anticipated demand was available, but ASA ruled that steps taken to predict demand were inadequate and unless there was general availability the offer should have been qualified. View >

Asda agrees to change promotional practices: The Competition and Markets Authority has reported that Asda has agreed to change several pricing practices agreeing that reductions should not be claimed for longer than higher prices have applied, that multi-buy prices should be lower than the single item price before the offer and that multi-buys will not be followed by price reductions of single items. View >  Which? >

828k penalty for trying to enforce recommended retail prices: The Competition and Markets Authority has imposed a substantial financial penalty on a non-food manufacturer for attempting to enforce adherence to recommended retail prices by online retailers. View >

EU technical regulation:

  • Amendments to detailed rules surrounding organic products and ingredients.  2016/673 >
  • EU multiannual pesticide residue control programme. 2016/662 >
  • Correction of MRL’s for nine pesticides. 2016/71 >
  • Use of lavender to repel moths not a biocide. 2016/678 >

Emergency control on citrus imports: EU Dg Health have put in place emergency measures on citrus imports from South Africa, Brazil and Uruguay in an attempt to stop ‘citrus black spot’ disease entering the EU. View >

New Chair of Health and Safety Executive: The Department for Work and Pensions has announced appointment of Martin Temple to replace Dame Judith Hackitt from 1 May. View >

Call for provision of tap water in restaurants: The Local Government Association has called for the Government to include a requirement in its childhood obesity strategy for restaurants to provide tap water for customers without parents having to ask. View >

Call for reduction of stakes for fixed odds betting terminals: The Local Government Association has called for a drastic reduction in stake levels for fixed odds machines to help reduce problem gambling. View >

Simplification of livestock movement rules: DEFRA has announced a package of measures to simplify animal movement requirements with the support of the National Farmers Union.  View > View >