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New COSMOS standard website and database launched

26 June 2015

COSMOS, the organic standards body for organic and natural beauty, has launched a new website and database to help businesses, certification bodies and consumers. The new website provides clear information for consumers about the COSMOS standard and...

Soil Association comment on Rothamsted GM wheat field trial

25 June 2015

Peter Melchett, Soil Association policy director said: “The GM wheat trial at Rothamstead was a waste of time and money whether it worked or not. As many people said when the trial was first announced, aphids are not a significant problem on wheat c...

Soil Association objects to intensive pig farm in Northern Ireland

24 June 2015

The Soil Association, Friends of the Earth and Farms not Factories have written a joint letter to Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council objecting to a proposed pig farm in County Antrim.

Organic Dragon's Den

24 June 2015

Got an organic product idea that you'd like to grow? Soil Association Scotland will be welcoming a new group of businesses into the den this August, for our second round of Organic Dragon’s Den. The organic market in the UK is enjoying a second year...

Hinchingbrooke Sets Gold Standard

22 June 2015

The catering team at Hinchingbrooke hospital has just become the first and only in-house NHS service to be awarded the ‘Food for Life’ Gold Catering Mark, in recognition of the superb standard and quality of its patient meals.

Organic News - Study finds MRSA in British and imported pork products

19 June 2015

HEALTH Study finds MRSA in British and imported pork products Antibiotic resistant strains of MRSA have been identified in pork products sold by Sainsbury’s, Asda, the Co-operative and Tesco. Testing was carried out by the Alliance to Save our Antib...

Catering Mark Awards celebrate the champions of food service

19 June 2015

Last night, (18 June 2015) the Soil Association held the Food for Life Catering Mark Awards to celebrate the determination, dedication and passion of the individuals at the heart of improving food eaten outside of the home. From chefs to managers to...

Soil Association launches Food for Life Hospital Leaders Circle at Better Care Conference

18 June 2015

The Soil Association has today (18 June 2015) launched a new package of support for hospitals to improve the food experience for patients, staff, visitors and the wider community. The Food for Life Hospital Leaders Circle brings patients and hospita...

MRSA found in British pig meat

18 June 2015

The first evidence that British-produced supermarket pig meat is contaminated by MRSA has been found in new research commissioned by The Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics [1]. MRSA of livestock origin can cause serious and invasive human infections l...

Interim market update – June 2015

17 June 2015

Good news for the organic market 2015 has been a very positive year for sales of organic food and drink so far with sustained steady growth through supermarkets, combined with encouraging feedback on growth within the independent sector as well. Whi...
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