Posted: Author: Emily Sadler

New EU Food information for Consumers Regulation comes into force tomorrow

On 13 December, new European legislation will require food businesses to provide allergy information on food sold unpackaged. This will include, for example, restaurants, deli counters, kebab houses, sandwich shops, cafes, workplace canteens and bakeries. There will also be changes to existing legislation on labelling allergenic ingredients in prepacked foods. Currently the rules on labelling… Read more »

Posted: Author: Allison Fuller

Stamp Duty ‘slabs’ get axed

New rules come into force today regarding Stamp Duty Land Tax payable on the purchase of residential freehold property. Under the previous ‘slab’ based structure, Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) was paid at a single percentage rate of the entire purchase price. Instead of this slab type arrangement, the new scheme works in much the… Read more »

Posted: Author: Sarah Wheadon

40% of construction sites fail unannounced inspection

In September we alerted readers to the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) four week unannounced inspection programme targeting refurbishment projects. Results published this month show that there were poor standards or dangerous practices at 691 out of the 1748 sites visited. One in five was so bad that enforcement action was needed with 548 prohibition/improvement… Read more »

Posted: Author: Sarah Wheadon

Eighth company prosecuted for corporate manslaughter fined £500K

The largest fine to date was imposed earlier this month on Sterecycle (Rotherham) Limited. Sterecycle was a South Yorkshire based waste management company operating autoclaves (pressure chambers) to process household waste. On 11 January 2011, there was an explosion at the company’s waste processing plant when the door on an autoclave blew out under pressure…. Read more »