Archive for the 'food' Category

Stowe school porter cleared of poisoning soup – BBC News

“A kitchen porter at a public school in Buckinghamshire has been cleared of pouring drain cleaner into pupils’ soup.”

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BBC News, 6th April 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Finanzamt Burgdorf v Bog; CinemaxX Entertainment GmbH & Co KG v Finanzamt; Hamburg-Barmbek-Uhlenhorst; Lohmeyer v Finanzamt Minden; Fleischerei Nier GmbH & Co KG v Finanzamt Detmold – WLR Daily

Finanzamt Burgdorf v Bog; CinemaxX Entertainment GmbH & Co KG v Finanzamt; Hamburg-Barmbek-Uhlenhorst; Lohmeyer v Finanzamt Minden; Fleischerei Nier GmbH & Co KG v Finanzamt Detmold (Joined Cases C‑497/09, C‑499/09, C‑501/09 and C‑502/09); [2011] WLR (D) 87

“The supply of food or meals freshly prepared for immediate consumption from snack stalls or mobile snack bars or in cinema foyers was a supply of goods within the meaning of article 5 of Council Directive 77/388/EEC, as amended by Council Directive 92/111/EEC, if a qualitative examination of the entire transaction showed that the elements of supply of services preceding and accompanying the supply of the food were not predominant.”

WLR Daily, 10th March 2011

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Clampdown on migrant chefs could force takeaways to shut up shop – The Guardian

“The future of those traditional staples of British cuisine, Indian and Chinese takeaways, have been thrown into doubt by new Home Office restrictions on the overseas recruitment of skilled migrants. The immigration minister, Damian Green, has decided to halt the recruitment from overseas of migrant chefs from outside Europe to work in any establishment that provides a takeaway service.”

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The Guardian, 13th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Cornish pasty wins protected status from European commission – The Guardian

“The Cornish pasty has become a protected food following a long campaign to prevent it being copied by imitators.”

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The Guardian, 22nd February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Sainsbury’s taken to court over excess packaging – Daily Telegraph

“Sainsbury’s is to be taken to court for using too much packaging, the first time that a major retailer has been prosecuted under obscure environmental laws.”

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Daily Telegraph, 16th September 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Compass sues NHS trust for £2.3m in row over out-of-date ketchup – Daily Telegraph

“Compass has filed a £2.3m lawsuit against an NHS trust amid claims the catering group faced ‘grossly exaggerated’ penalties for minor contract failures including holding a fire door open with a spoon and supplying out-of-date tomato ketchup.”

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd September 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Food Standards Agency to be abolished by health secretary – The Guardian

“The Food Standards Agency is to be abolished by Andrew Lansley, the health secretary, it emerged last night, after the watchdog fought a running battle with industry over the introduction of colour-coded ‘traffic light’ warnings for groceries, TV dinners and snacks.”

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The Guardian, 12th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

‘Healthy’ school wins battle against local takeaway – Daily Telegraph

“A school with a ‘healthy eating’ policy has won its High Court battle to prevent a fast food takeaway being set up nearby.”

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Daily Telegraph, 11th June 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

OFT drops Tesco price-fixing claims – The Guardian

“The competition watchdog has said it is dropping some allegations of price fixing against Tesco as part of a dairy investigation that has seen rival firms handed fines of around £70 million.”

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The Guardian, 30th April 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Fish fraud in Cotswolds lands chippy with fine – BBC News

“A fish and chip shop owner has been fined after his business passed a cheaper fish off as cod.”

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BBC News, 22nd April 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Hunger-striker to sue over claims that he ate Big Macs – The Independent

“A hunger striker who held a 23-day fast in Parliament Square last year in protest at the Sri Lanka’s offensive against the Tamil Tigers is suing two newspapers over claims that he secretly ate burgers during his vigil.”

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The Independent, 24th March 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Woman jailed for killing lover with poison curry – The Independent

“A jealous woman who killed her former lover by lacing his curry with an ancient poison has been convicted of murder.”

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The Independent, 11th February 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Bhamra v Dubb – WLR Daily

Bhamra v Dubb [2010] EWCA Civ 13; [2010] WLR (D) 10

“A caterer, who had supplied a dish for guests at a Sikh wedding knowing that the recipe could sometimes contain egg, a food prohibited by the Sikh religion, owed a duty of care to a guest who was allergic to eggs and subsequently died after eating the dish served. Such a conclusion was justified on the basis of well established principles of proximity, and after invoking CPR r 52.11(4) to enable the Court of Appeal to draw such inferences as were justified on the evidence where the judge below had not made a critical finding of fact.”

WLR Daily, 28th January 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note that once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

£415,000 damages over egg allergy death – The Independent

“A caterer who supplied a dessert containing eggs at a Sikh wedding must pay £415,000 damages to the widow of a man who died from an allergic reaction, the Court of Appeal ruled today.”

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The Independent, 20th January 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Man sentenced for poisoning curry with slug pellets – BBC News

“A man from Manchester who tried to poison his neighbours by lacing a curry with slug pellets has been given a suspended prison sentence.”

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BBC News, 12th January 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Heinz baby product ad banned over misleading claims – The Guardian

“A TV ad campaign for Heinz baby products that made misleading claims about their health benefits has been banned by the advertising  watchdog.”

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The Guardian, 13th January 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Food warning follows prosecution – BBC News

“Trading standards officers are warning of the effects of out-of-date food on vulnerable people. Torfaen council’s comments follow its prosecution of the owners of the Regency House private nursing home at Parkes Lane, Pontypool.”

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BBC News, 15th July 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Extradition battle over ‘onion risk’ – The Independent

“A man attempted to avoid extradition today because his human rights could be breached by being fed ‘potentially life threatening’ red onions in an Irish jail.”

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The Independent, 9th July 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Pringles too much like potato crisps to escape VAT, appeal court rules – The Times

“The taxman took a multimillion-pound bite out of Pringles today after winning a VAT legal battle.”

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The Times, 20th May 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Urine spray man gets nine years – BBC News

“A chemist who contaminated food and wine in Gloucestershire supermarkets with his own urine and faeces has been sent to prison for nine years.”

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BBC News, 14th April 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Regina (Sovio Wines Ltd) v Food Standards Agency and Another – Times Law Reports

Regina (Sovio Wines Ltd) v Food Standards Agency and Another

Queen’s Bench

“A grape product could be made subject to a movement control notice preventing its distribution if it had been labelled as wine but had been produced using an alcohol reduction technology that was not approved by the European Union.”

The Times, 9th April 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Food watchdog failed to prevent deadly E coli outbreak, says inquiry – The Guardian

“Hygiene watchdogs failed to deal with long-standing, repetitive failures at an abattoir behind the second-worst E coli outbreak in Britain, according to today’s report into the incident, which killed a five-year-old boy, put 31 people in hospital, struck 44 schools and involved 157 people.”

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The Guardian, 19th March 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Wine firm’s high court bid fails – BBC News

“A Hampshire winemaker has failed in a High Court claim that the Food Standards Agency was ‘heavy-handed’  in banning its new low-alcohol ‘wine’.”

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BBC News, 2nd March 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Low-alcohol wine manufacturer fights ban – The Times

“The food standards watchdog was accused yesterday of a ‘heavy handed abuse of power’ in banning a new low-alcohol wine in the face of Government policy urging people to drink sensibly.”

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The Times, 10th February 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Marks & Spencer tastes victory in tax tussle over teacake – The Times

“A storm over a teacake is finally over after Marks & Spencer yesterday won a 13-year legal battle about whether its popular chocolate-covered treats should be deemed a cake or a biscuit.”

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The Times, 5th February 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Reprieve for curvy cucumbers and crooked carrots as EU bends rules – The Times

“Knobbly fruit and amusingly shaped vegetables, the staple diet of local newspapers, caption competitions and That’s Life!, are set to return to the shops in a reprieve from strict European Union laws. The regulations covering the size and shape of 26 types of fruit and vegetable are expected to be abolished today by EU agriculture officials in a move that should make food cheaper and more fun.”

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The Times, 12th November 2008

source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Caterer prepared kebabs as corpse lay nearby – The Independent

“A catering company boss prepared kebabs just feet away from a dead man lying on a sofa, it was revealed today.”

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The Independent, 14th October 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Procter and Gamble UK v Revenue and Customs Commissioners – Times Law Reports

Procter and Gamble UK v Revenue and Customs Commissioners

Chancery Division

“Regular Pringles were zero-rated for VAT because they were not potato products.”

The Times, 18th July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21days from the date of publication.

Procter & Gamble UK v Revenue and Customs Commissioners – WLR Daily

Procter & Gamble UK v Revenue and Customs Commissioners [2008] EWHC 1558 (Ch); [2008] WLR (D) 226

“The savoury snack, Regular Pringles, were not products ‘made from the potato, or from potato flour, or from potato starch’ so as to fall within excepted item 5 of Group 1 of Sch 8 to the Value Added Tax Act 1994.”

WLR Daily, 7th July 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Fans of Pringles lick lips over court ruling – Reuters

“Fans of Pringles are savouring a court ruling that the snack is not a potato crisp.”

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Reuters, 4th July 2008

Source: www.reuters.com

Food poison alert after fraudsters steal trader’s identity to place £2m orders – The Times

“A national food poisoning alert linked to meat and fish products has been issued after a fraud of least £2million, The Times has learnt.”

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The Times, 30th June 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

MPs debate junk food advert ban – BBC News

“MPs are to debate a bill calling for a ban on advertising junk food and drinks to children.”

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BBC News, 24th April 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Wrong bottles cost winemaker £30,000 – The Times

“An award-winning winemaker whose wares are sold at the royal palaces is facing a £30,000 bill after European bureaucrats ruled that he was using the wrong-shaped bottles.”

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The Times, 25th March 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Waitrose in row over meat-labelling – ‘mongrel meat’ labelled as rare native breed of pig – The Times

“Supermarket meat that is labelled as coming from a rare native breed is little more than ‘mongrel meat’, say breeders who have complained to trading standards officers.”

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The Times, 24th March 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Wordsworth’s village bakers fight over their gingerbread – The Observer

“The tranquil village of Grasmere has long drawn visitors seeking out the serene Lakeland setting that inspired William Wordsworth. But the peace of this small community has been shattered as a battle rages over its most famous commodity, Grasmere Gingerbread.”

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The Observer, 23rd March 2008

Source: http://observer.guardian.co.uk

Mother’s anger at son’s E.coli death – Daily Telegraph

“The mother of a five-year-old boy who died during an E.coli outbreak has told an inquiry of the anger she felt towards the butcher who supplied the contaminated meat.”

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Daily Telegraph, 7th March 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Regina (The Infant and Dietetic Foods Association Ltd) v Secretary of State for Health – WLR Daily

Regina (The Infant and Dietetic Foods Association Ltd) v Secretary of State for Health; WLR (D) 68

“The reference to ‘products’ in art 18 of the Commission Directive 2006/141/EC on Infant Formulae and Follow-on Formulae was not limited to the compositional elements of the formulae but also covered packaging and labelling, with the result that the prohibition on trade in products which did not comply with the Directive was to have effect from 31 December 2009.”

WLR Daily, 3rd March 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Families hit by E coli outbreak may bring case against butcher – The Guardian

“Families of children who became ill during an outbreak of E coli that affected 150 people, mainly children, and claimed the life of one boy could take legal action against the butcher blamed for the crisis, a public inquiry heard yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 13th February 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Cadbury faces ‘unlimited’ fine in outbreak case – The Times

“Cadbury Schweppes will attempt this morning to temper a potential million-pound fine set to be levied upon the drinks and confectionery group as the case against the company for causing a national outbreak of salmonella reaches its conclusion.”

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The Times, 16th July 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Cadbury to face court over salmonella in chocolate – The Guardian

“Confectionery giant Cadbury is to be prosecuted for producing and selling ‘unsafe’ chocolate contaminated with salmonella and unfit for human consumption last year, it was confirmed yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 24th April 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk


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