Liquor Licensing this Christmas and New Year 2015

December 16, 2015

The Licensing (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 regulates the sale of alcohol within Northern Ireland and sets out trading hours for the various categories of licence. It is important to note that at Christmas the licensing hours vary from normal trading hours. In terms of Christmas trading hours the Licensing (NI) Order 1996 sets down a … Continue reading Liquor Licensing this Christmas and New Year 2015

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Business to Business Contracting for farming plant, machinery and vehicles

September 9, 2015

Many local farmers have heard or read about the Consumer Rights Act 2015, the majority of which will become operative in Northern Ireland on 1st October 2015. Unfortunately, that Act will not protect farmers purchasing machinery, vehicles or equipment for use in their farming business. The Consumer Rights Act 2015 defines a consumer as an … Continue reading Business to Business Contracting for farming plant, machinery and vehicles

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Consultation on GAEC Standards

May 22, 2015

The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) issued a consultation on proposals to revise the Good Agricultural and Environmental Condition (GAEC Standards) that farmers should observe when receiving direct support payments as part of the Common Agricultural Policy Reform. The Cross-Compliance conditions mean that farmers receiving agricultural support payments will need to demonstrate they are meeting the … Continue reading Consultation on GAEC Standards

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Sugar – An opportunity for the food industry

June 27, 2014

Sugar has been demonised and vilified in the press. A recent series of Government backed reports and research have recommended legislation to curb the sugar content in food. The “sugar revolution” is a key issue for our food manufacturing and retailing clients. This presents both a golden opportunity and a challenge for the food industry in Northern … Continue reading Sugar – An opportunity for the food industry

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Thought for Food – Allergen Labelling and Food Information Regulations

May 22, 2014

The European Regulation on Food Information for Consumers (FIC Regulation) establishes the general principles, requirements and responsibilities governing food information and in particular food labelling. One of the general objectives of the FIC Regulation is to ensure a high level of protection of consumers’ health and interests by providing a basis for consumers to make informed choices and … Continue reading Thought for Food – Allergen Labelling and Food Information Regulations

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Do you know what is in the food you are selling?

May 1, 2014

This might sound like a simple question but many high street names and global brands such as Tesco, Ikea and Burger King have been hit by the horse meat scandal, highlighting that many businesses can’t answer this simple question. Furthermore, recent Food Standards Agency testing has found that many restaurants have been selling cheaper meats such as lamb. … Continue reading Do you know what is in the food you are selling?

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FSANI in Consultation Regarding Food Traceability Amendments

October 9, 2012

The Food Standards Agency Northern Ireland (FSANI) is currently engaged in a consultation with stakeholders concerning amendments to the present traceability requirements for food of animal origin. The changes will affect Food Business Operators (FBOs), who represent a considerable section of Northern Ireland’s economy. The changes will affect businesses right along the food supply chain, from farmers to supermarkets. … Continue reading FSANI in Consultation Regarding Food Traceability Amendments

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