Category Archives: Food/environmental health

Fines go off the scale for large corporate offenders

In R v Thames Water Utilities Ltd [2015] EWCA Crim 960 the Court of Appeal examined what should be done when a corporate offender’s turnover was so large that it fell outside the scale set down in the sentencing guidelines. This was the first environmental case of its kind to come to the Court of […]

Sentencing Council has produced a consultation on new guidelines covering all health and safety matters.

Today the Sentencing Council has produced a consultation on new guidelines covering health and safety, corporate manslaughter, food safety and hygiene offences. The Sentencing Council’s objective is to ensure consistency and proportionality in sentencing across England and Wales. It is responsible for preparing guidelines which set out a decision-making process which must be followed, where […]

Burgergate – who’s to blame and will legal action be taken?

David Cameron has called it “extremely disturbing” and asked the Food Standards Authority (FSA) to conduct an urgent investigation into the discovery of horsemeat in supermarket burgers. As part of that investigation, the FSA will consider whether any legal action should be taken.