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New Environmental sentencing guidelines published.

New Environmental sentencing guidelines published.

The Sentencing Council has recently release definitive guidance on the sentencing of environmental offences. It deals primarily with unauthorised or harmful deposit, treatment or disposal of waste and illegal discharges to air, land and water and also ‘other offences’ for companies and individuals. 

The guidelines follow the usual format, defining the position within a category range, setting out the aggravating and mitigating factors, and then making adjustments in respect of fines and credit for pleas of guilty.√جª¬ø

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Regulation Translation | SRA lawyer

The number of ABS applications have grown but the number is still less than predicted in 2012. This article looks at practical issues faced in ABS applications, which starts with an understanding or translation of the landscape.

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Elliot Review into ‘Horsegate’ | New Food Crimes Unit

Elliot Review into ‘Horsegate’ | New Food Crimes Unit

The recent horsemeat scandal has brought Food Law into the spotlight as consumers call for increased regulation and prosecution of those who are seen to be responsible for failures in the integrity of the food supply chain. The appearance of Horse DNA in meat products, ready meals and school food resulted in calls for prosecution of food crime known as ‘procurement fraud’, but the complex nature of the supply chain may provide a barrier to enforcement action.

The immediate effect however is that the debate on the cruel production of food by factory farming has been renewed, resulting in calls for an end to the industrial production of meat, fish and eggs around the world. The growth of accreditation schemes may prove more effective than prosecution in the long run.

 

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EU directive on E Cigarettes leads to confusion

The European Parliament has recently approved the Tobacco Products Directive which sets the rules for the sale of E cigarettes in Europe from 2016. There are also new rules that ban the sale of 10 packs of cigarettes and small pouches of tobacco – less than 30 grams.

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Campylobacter contamination still present in chicken | Food Safety Lawyer

Campylobacter contamination still present in chicken | Food Safety Lawyer

An industry round table discussion hosted by Catherine Brown, Chief Exeuctive of the FSA on 2nd September 2013disucssed methods of reducing campylobacter with 12 senior executive from leading UK poultry producers, processors and retailers.√جª¬ø

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IPCC focus on Food Security and Food Production Systems

The report draws a clear connection between climate change, food scarcity and conflict. Climate change has already cut into the global food supply. Global crop yields have already begun to decline, especially wheat raising doubts whether food production can keep up with population growth.

Other food sources are also under pressure. Certain fish catches may reduce by 40% Р60%. The report also warns that climate change, combined with poverty and economic shocks, could lead to war and and drive people to leave their houses.

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Jeremy Barnett to appeal ‘landmark’ prosecution of Bong seller

Jeremy Barnett has been intructed, leading Angus McDonald, to represent Hassan Abbas, owner of Fantasia in Leeds, a shop that specialises in the sale of tobacco goods, alternative smoking products, fantasy based ornaments Knives and replica military and other counterculture material.

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