First retailer signs up to Scottish Government Healthy Choices programme: The Scottish Government has announced ScotMid (a co-operative with 200 outlets) as the first retailer to sign up to its programme, including commitments to remove sweets and sugary drinks from sales points, implement front of pack nutritional signposting and pursue salt, fat, sugar reduction programmes with suppliers etc. View >

Grocery Code adjudicator finds Tesco in breach of Code: The Grocery Code Adjudicator has been highly critical of Tesco practices around prompt payment and deductions, following a detailed investigation. View > Federation of Small Business >

Royal Assent for Cities and Local Government Devolution Act: The Department for Communities and Local Government has highlighted the Act coming into force on 28 January, describing it as the biggest devolution of power from central to local Government in generations. View >

Psychoactive Substances Act 2016: The Home Office has issued a press release on the Act receiving Royal Assent. View >

Risk Assessment Methodologies revised: The European Food Safety Authority has published strengthened exposure based risk assessment methodologies for chemicals from food contact materials and in respect of cumulative exposure to pesticides. The impact may be in significantly reduced maximum residue limits. View > View >

Greenpeace warns retailers over chemicals in outdoor clothing: A report by Greenpeace, to coincide with the largest trade fair for outdoor goods in Europe, has highlighted claimed presence of potential persistent and carcinogenic compounds PFC’s in a products of number of major outdoor clothing and goods brands. View >

Retailers ranked over sustainable fish sourcing policies: The Marine Stewardship Council has published a report ranking the supermarkets in respect of their stocking fish from sustainable sources. Sainsbury’s were ranked first with Aldi and Lidl ahead of other chains.View >

EU Technical regulations published: