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Asda fined £700k after health inspectors find live mouse on baking tray

Asda has been fined £700,000 after Environmental Health Officers found mice droppings and a live mouse at the bakery in its Bromborough store.

Fipronil scandal: now trade cake mixes are withdrawn

Trade packs of cake mixes from suppliers including Domson and Bako have been withdrawn over fears they may be contaminated with fipronil.

Fipronil scandal: Cocovite egg products withdrawn

Certain batches of liquid egg products have been withdrawn in a further escalation of the fipronil contamination scandal.

Windmill Bakery director given suspended jail sentence

A director of Coventry-based Windmill Bakery risks going to prison if he continues to breach an injunction to not use Bakers Basco’s bread baskets.

Warburtons fined £1.9m following bread line injury

Warburtons has been fined £1.9m after a worker trapped his arm in a running conveyor belt.

Drapers Bakery hit by hefty bill in bread baskets misuse case

Tewkesbury-based Drapers Bakery has been ordered to pay £5,500 in costs and damages following persistent misuse of Bakers Basco bread baskets.

New sugar reduction course announced

Sugar Reduction In Foods is a new course from Chipping Campden-based Campden BRI, taking place on 31 October at its Gloucestershire centre.

What was the UK’s most recalled bakery item in 2016?

New research from pest control experts Rentokil has examined the cost of product recalls to the bakery industry, and how they can be avoided. 

Former bakery staff awarded £40,000 at employment tribunal

Five former employees of a Staffordshire bakery business that ceased trading last year have been awarded more than £40,000 by an employment tribunal.

Morrisons fined £55k for selling mouldy pork pie

Morrisons has been fined £55,000 after it sold a mouldy pork pie from the deli counter at its Elvetham Heath store in Fleet, Hampshire.

Manchester bakery fined £14k for mouse droppings

Wong Wong Bakery Limited has been fined more than £14,000 after council health inspectors uncovered a host of food safety violations.

Bells of Lazonby ordered to pay £70k fine over injuries

Gluten-free bakery Bells of Lazonby has been ordered to pay more than £70k following two workers suffering hand injuries while operating machinery.

Sugar reduction targets: the industry reacts

Specific sugar reduction targets have been published by Public Health England today (30 March). But what does this mean for bakers?

Tesco to pay £129m fine for false accounting scandal

Tesco has agreed to pay a £129m fine for false accounting, rather than face prosecution.

Sayers plans to appeal £170k fine

Sayers the Bakers, which was fined £170,000 last week for 13 breaches of food safety laws at a shop and a café in Liverpool, has told British Baker it plans to appeal the level of the fine.

EFSA proposes simplified approach for bakeries on food safety

The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) has proposed a simpler approach to food safety management in bakeries.

Sayers Infestation

Sayers hit with £170,000 fine over mouse and cockroach infestations

Sayers the Bakers has been fined £170,000 after admitting 13 breaches of food safety laws at a shop and a café in Liverpool.

Metal contamination fear sparks Lotus Bakeries Biscoff biscuit spread recall

Lotus Bakeries has recalled selected batches of its Biscoff Crunchy Biscuit Spreads as they may contain small pieces of metal.

CBA takes action in face of business rates furore

Trade body the Craft Bakers’ Association (CBA) has raised concerns about the impact of business rates hikes with Chancellor Philip Hammond.

Food industry ‘being sacrificed to keep prices low’

Food safety expert professor Chris Elliott has called for a new approach to food at The City Food Lecture 2017.

Coeliac UK to share gluten-free pancake recipes for Shrove Tuesday

Coeliac UK is sharing its ‘tried-and-tested’ gluten-free pancake recipes for Shrove Tuesday (28 February).

Greggs launches first ‘healthier shop’

A new Greggs shop in a hospital in the Midlands is focusing on soups and salads rather than the traditional Greggs fare.

New cake bars from Mrs Crimble’s

Gluten-free brand Mrs Crimble’s is to launch three new cake bars in supermarkets from April.

Real Bread Week 2017 prepares for launch

The Real Bread Campaign (RBC) is calling on bakeries and baking schools to join in the ninth annual Real Bread Week between 6 and 14 May.

Gluten-free bakery expands and rebrands

Primal Joy, which makes all-natural, gluten-free snacks and granolas, has unveiled a new look and improved packaging as part of its continued expansion. 

International businesses partner up to combat child labour

Food and agriculture company Cargill has partnered with the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI), to expand their joint actions on child labour in Côte d’Ivoire.

‘Cake culture’ backlash: Civil servants urged to cut back on sweet treats

Civil service staff have been warned that bringing cake to work for birthdays or other celebrations could be a “public health hazard”.

Lancashire bakery fined £10,000 for mouse droppings

A bakery in Fleetwood has pleaded guilty to three offences under food safety and hygiene legislation after mouse droppings were found on the premises.

Marks & Spencer unveils vegan sandwich range

Marks & Spencer (M&S) is launching its first-ever vegan sandwich range.

Warburtons fined £2m after worker breaks back

A Warburtons worker broke his back after falling nearly two metres at the bakery’s Wednesbury site.

Barton Fabrications awarded SafeContractor accreditation

Storage silo manufacturer Barton Fabrications has secured accreditation from the SafeContractor scheme for its commitment to health and safety.

FSA highlights acrylamide risk in new consumer campaign

Consumers are being advised how to avoid exposure to acrylamide when cooking at home in a new campaign from the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Yellow Door begin research into ancient grains of healthy baking

Northern Ireland artisan bakery Yellow Door has begun research into using ancient grains for baking healthier bread.

Sandwich-makers set out vision for post-Brexit foodservice staffing

Trade groups including the British Sandwich Association have set out plans for foodservice staffing in post-Brexit Britain.

Should the NHS be paying £25m for gluten-free food?

Medical experts have been fiercely debating the £25m the NHS spends on prescription gluten-free food for coeliacs.

New gluten-free trade association formed

New trade body the Gluten Free Industry Association (GFIA) has been created in response to soaring sales of gluten-free food.

Sweet Nothings set to create unique all-butter flapjack range

Cheshire-based baked snacks brand Sweet Nothings has revealed to British Baker that it is bringing out a unique all-butter flapjack bites range, with no added sugars and 100% natural ingredients.

Four ways wholegrains can help you lose weight

Paediatric dietitian Maeve Hanan has written a report in the Network Health Digest extolling the benefits of wholegrains on weight management.

New gluten-free pie from Pieminister

Pieminister has extended its gluten-free line-up with The Gluten Free Ranger made with free-range British chicken and ham with leeks & thyme.

Dentists urge businesses to combat ‘cake culture’

Dentists say ‘cake culture’ – celebrating success or special occasions with sweet treats – has made the workplace a main site of sugar consumption for many Brits.

Brits spending more on free-from products than sparkling wine

Free-from food and drink has been one of the fastest-growing categories in UK supermarkets this year, according to research by analysts Nielsen.

Health campaigners attack ‘shocking’ level of salt in crumpets

Crumpets have come under fire from health campaigners Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH), who found a single Warburtons’ Giant Crumpet contains more salt than three bags of ready salted crisps.

Campden BRI to hold gluten-free conference

Food and drink advisory service Campden BRI will hold a conference on 16-17 March 2017 for the food manufacturing sector on the development of gluten-free bakery products.

New gluten-free wheat?

Gluten-free might not have to mean wheat-free, according to a new report, with new wheat crops being developed as an alternative to a gluten-free diet. 

CAP bans high-fat, salt and sugar food ads targeting children

A ban on advertising food high in fat, salt or sugar in media targeted at kids has been announced by The Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP).

Have your say on gluten-free food labelling

Bakers are being given a chance to have their say on the introduction of new regulations in England to enforce EU rules on the labelling of gluten-free foods.

Patisserie Holdings fined £60k after mouse droppings found in bakery

Patisserie Holdings has been fined £60k after inspectors found mouse droppings at a bakery.

Udi’s owner Boulder Brands quits UK gluten-free market

Boulder Brands – owner of the Udi’s gluten-free brand – has pulled out of the UK market.

FDF seminar for SMEs announced

Small and medium-sized food and drink producers (SMEs) can receive guidance on sugar reduction, labelling and claims at an upcoming seminar run by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and Leatherhead Food Research (LFR).

Study says baked goods contain highest levels of salt

Baked goods are among the biggest contributors to high levels of salt consumption by US children, researchers have claimed.

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