The effectiveness of self-regulation for some aspects of the drinks industry has been highlighted in the recent decision of the Portman Group regarding Tiny Rebel's "Cwtch" product.
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Latest articles from Scott Kerr
Not many of us will think about the legal issues arising from listening to Christmas tunes while shopping. But playing music to shoppers, or indeed the customer of any business, is a public performance of the recording like any other and the fact that no-one is charged to listen to it is no excuse.
A Scottish marketing firm was recently fined £60,000 for making unsolicited phone calls to householders who were registered with the Telephone Preference Service. It is a legal requirement that all organisations do not make any calls to numbers registered on the TPS unless they have the caller's consent to do so. The instance also raises wider data protection issues.
Having to make a public recall on products is probably the most feared scenario of any food or drink manufacturer, given the high profile which it is likely to create and the risk to public goodwill. For even the smallest food or drink manufacturer, it is essential that they put in place an appropriate policy to work out what to do if they are required to recall a product for whatever reason.
Counterfeit foods? The importance of considering trade marks in packaging for Food & Drink businesses
What is “real” food? A recent European Court of Justice decision has been required to decide if a crisp manufacturer can register a trade mark to say their crisps are “real hand cooked”. For food producers the case raises the risk that in describing their product as a “real” food they could find themselves breaching an existing trade mark.