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Decades of ‘neglect’ have left children shorter and overweight

19/06/2024

Children in England are getting shorter, more obese and sicker because of poor diets, food insecurity and poverty, health experts warn.

One in 10 takeaways fail food standards inspections

30/05/2023

Councils should be enabled to spend more time ensuring food standards are maintained, study says as one in 10 takeaways are found to have failed inspections.

Edinburgh first Scottish city to endorse plant-based diet

18/01/2023

Edinburgh Council has become the first Scottish city and first European capital to endorse an initiative aimed at tackling emissions from animal agriculture.

Town council first in Europe to endorse plant-based diet treaty

04/08/2022

Haywards Heath Town Council has become the first town in Europe to endorse the Plant Based Treaty, an initiative aimed at tackling animal farming emissions.

Council chiefs criticise food strategy as ‘missed opportunity’

14/06/2022

Local authority leaders have criticised the Government’s new food strategy which they argue does not tackle the underlying causes of obesity.

Council to serve only vegan food at events

16/03/2022

Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet has approved plans to serve only locally sourced plant-based food at council catered events.

Charity calls for reform of public sector food sourcing standards

21/04/2021

A charity is calling for a major overhaul of public sector food sourcing standards to protect school children and hospital patients from being served a low welfare menu.

Council action sees Tesco fined £7.5m for selling out of date food

20/04/2021

Tesco has been fined £7.5m for selling out of date food after a successful prosecution brought by Birmingham City Council.

Report highlights impact of 'broken' food system

21/09/2020

There has been little progress in mending the 'broken' food system over the past three years, a report has warned today.

Food regulation showing 'signs of strain' warns report

12/06/2019

Some local authorities are failing to meet their legal responsibilities on food control due to budget cuts, the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned.

Councils need more powers to tackle junk food adverts, campaigners say

24/04/2019

Campaigners have called for local authorities to be given more powers to push back against junk food advertising.

Care homes spend less than £3 per resident on food

25/01/2019

Elderly care homes are spending an average of just £2.44 per resident on food, according to new research.

Online takeaways should be ‘forced’ to display hygiene ratings, council chiefs say

28/09/2018

Local government leaders have called for businesses serving food to be ‘forced’ to display food hygiene ratings to improve standards and protect people.

Brexit threatens UK’s access to food safety systems, warn council chiefs

30/05/2018

Council leaders have called on Whitehall and the EU to ensure the UK's access to food safety and animal health systems remains available after Brexit.

Councils should be given more powers to tackle junk food, MPs say

30/05/2018

Council leaders have welcomed a call for local authorities to be given more powers to tackle the advertising and sale of unhealthy food and drink to children.

Council launches investigation after chef ‘spikes’ vegan meal

03/01/2018

A council is investigating after a chef boasted online about ‘spiking’ a vegan’s meal with animal-based products.

Lancashire CC bans unstunned halal meat

27/10/2017

Lancashire CC yesterday decided to stop providing schools with unstunned halal meat due to concerns over ‘unnecessary stress and suffering’ for the animals.

Figures reveal ‘concerning decrease’ in food standards interventions

19/09/2017

There has been a decrease in the number of planned interventions for food standards by local authorities, new data reveals.

‘Scores on the doors’ must be mandatory for restaurants after Brexit, council leaders say

11/09/2017

Displaying food hygiene ratings must be made mandatory for all restaurants and cafes in England after Brexit, council chiefs say.

Analysis reveals worst local authority areas for eating out

27/03/2017

Councils call on Whitehall to force food outlets to display hygiene ratings as analysis reveals one in five eateries do not meet health standards.

London restaurants and cafes ‘most unhygienic’ in country

06/01/2017

The restaurants and cafes in London’s local authority areas are some of the most unhygienic in the country, according to a food hygiene website.

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