Rare burgers - yes - but it’s not simple: The Food Standards Agency has issued a consultation on detailed guidance for Local Authorities and Food Business Operators on the safeguards necessary for the sale of rare burgers. It includes a requirement to notify the Local Authority in advance of sale and to display advisory warning information for customers. Closing date 31 March: View > 

Primary Authority simplification and extension: The Better Regulation Delivery Office (which is to combine with the National Measurement and Regulation Office to form a new BIS Directorate Regulatory Delivery from 1 April) has published a detailed response to its discussion document on simplifying and extending Primary Authority - including a major upgrade to the supporting IT system to make it easier for businesses and regulators to access and navigate. View >View >

Statutory guidance on duty of care for waste published:  Following consultation, DEFRA has published detailed guidance setting out the responsibilities of businesses for waste arising within the supply chain. View > View >

ASA rule 'retail price' means RRP: In a case involving Splendor and what was intended to be a price comparison with a previous price, the Advertising Standards Authority has held that the use of the words 'retail price’ associated with a cross out price means that the price referred to is a recommended retail price and not the sellers previous price. View >

Limits to protection of design ideas: The Supreme court has ruled in the case of a dispute over the Community Registered Design of a ride-on suitcase for children that protection only extended to the particular design of suitcase, and not to the idea of a ride on suitcase for children itself. View >

Consultation on the safety of cosmetic ingredients: Following action by the Swedish Government re HEMA and Urethane Acrylate ingredients in nail varnish, EU Dg Growth is consulting to get the views of other Member States and Businesses. 

Closing date 10 June: View >

Counting the cost of regulatory burdens: The Government’s independent Regulatory Policy Committee has published its first assessment of Government’s progress towards achieving it’s £10 Bn burden reduction target. The RPC paper includes a statement that the £821 million additional cost of the Living Wage is not to be included - which the IOD has highlighted with concern. View > View > BCC > IoD > 

EU Technical regulation:

  • Amends additive requirements for infants and young children 2016/324 >
  • Authorise 6-phytase as a feed additive for birds and pigs. 2016/329 > 2016/348 > 
  • Amends requirements for gelatine, collagen and other animal by-products for food use. 2016/355 >