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Legal: Be aware of the need to manage asbestos

John Mitchell, partner at law firm Blake Morgan, looks at the essential role of an asbestos management plan, particularly for older food manufacturing plants

Legal: Are you ready for a data protection shake-up?

Bruce Potter, chairman of Blake Morgan law firm, on the Incoming General Data Protection Regulation.

"There were 84 food product recalls in the UK in 2016, with 12% of these related to baked goods"

Daniela Verhaeg, marketing manager for X-ray business unit Mettler-Toledo, looks at the use of X-ray technology to protect both consumers and manufacturers from the threat of glass contamination

"We understand some of the mechanisms that cause bread to lose its softness, but baking has changed"

Martin Whitworth, principal scientist for cereal science and technology at Campden BRI, on the establishment of a new trade group to tackle bread softness issues

‘Firms have obligations to reduce the environmental impact of their products’

Michelle Carvell, director and COO at environmental software and consultancy services provider Lorax Compliance, explains how food and drink manufacturers can avoid the risk of fines, penalties and reputational damage

‘Bakery students and lecturers were joined by professionals from across the industry’

Ivor McKane, president, of the Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees, on last month’s annual ABST conference

Invest your time well to avoid infestations

John Mitchell, partner at law firm Blake Morgan, examines the risks and consequences of pest infestation incidents

“There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to the baking industry meeting sugar reduction targets”

Gordon Polson, director of the Federation of Bakers, reviews the challenges bakers face when addressing the recently announced sugar reduction targets

Apprenticeship Levy – what you need to know

Rebecca Ireland, a partner at law firm Blake Morgan specialising in employment matters, looks at the costs and potential benefits of the Apprenticeship Levy

“Retailers and the charities they support will now need to establish practical means to deliver surplus foods”

Until now, the law was interpreted to mean that, at midnight on the stated date, all sandwiches and other food carrying a ‘use-by’ date had to be destroyed.

'Breaching National Minimum Wage regulations now entails the risk of reputational damage’

Businesses have fallen foul of regulations around the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and the National Living Wage (NLW), with bakers telling this magazine they have been ‘devastated’ after being ‘named and shamed’ for underpaying their staff.

Product recalls: Why the cost is more than financial

Far from shy when it comes to letting the public know about food product recalls, the Food Standards Agency publishes such alerts bang in the middle of its website home page, where they carry maximum impact.

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