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.
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Latest articles from Scott Kerr
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.
The announcement that Mars has recalled a range of confectionary products after bits of plastic were found in a product, has hit the UK headlines.
Is there a case for reduced rates of spirit duty for craft distillers? As Scotland’s craft distilling industry grows, Scott Kerr, head of Harper Macleod’s Food & Drink group, considers whether a new category of “small distillery” should be created to help the fledgling artisans establishing their brands, and whether we need a Campaign for Craft Spirits.
It almost goes without saying that, for food manufacturers, different rules in different parts of the UK could cause immense problems. Suggestions that the Scottish Government is considering whether to require food manufacturers to add folic acid to flour have highlighted that food safety and regulation is a devolved matter and may therefore be regulated differently in Scotland from the rest of the UK.