fwd activity

l FWD is liaising with the Local Government Association to establish regional Trading Standards’ interpretation of the tobacco display regulations in force from April 6 in cash and carries. The aim is to standardise approaches across the country.

l FWD has provided written evidence to the Transport Select Committee on Transport and the Olympics, based on members’ submissions. This explains that distributors will struggle to provide customers with the stock they need to meet extra demand unless the games organisers and local authorities take a pragmatic approach to PCN enforcement and night time noise abatement rules. FWD has also met with Transport for London to discuss these issues.

l The first meeting of the Foodservice Alliance took place this month involving FWD, The British Hospitality Association and The British Frozen Food Federation. Under discussion were the public health responsibility deal, Country of Origin labelling, Olympic deliveries, Zero Waste in Scotland, WRAP foodservice voluntary agreement, Government understanding of foodservice, EU Food Hygiene Regulations and Commission Nutrition claims.

l The first meeting of FWD members’ legal representatives involved discussion of the Olympics, the tobacco display ban, alcohol policy and carrier bag charges in Wales and Northern Ireland.

l Meetings took place in Brussels to look at ways of expanding FWD’s influence at European level. One item under discussion was the extension of the food hygiene regulations covering the distribution and display of minced meat and meat preparations to wholesalers and distributors.

l The My Shop is Your Shop campaign restarts in March, with nine MPs scheduled to visit shops supplied by FWD members.

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