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Thursday 19 October: Food is GREAT, Haggis, Fly-tipping

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Food is GREAT launches most ambitious UK food & drink campaign in China

Today, Defra’s ambitious Food is GREAT campaign has launched its most ambitious programme of activity in China – one of the world’s largest and fastest growing consumer markets. The campaign champions the UK’s world-leading food and drink to drive demand around the world.

To kick-start campaign activity in this priority market, we have joined forces with the Department for International Trade and VisitBritain with the aim of increasing exports to China by £80 million and to raise awareness of inbound food and drink tourism to the UK.

Food is GREAT has partnered with the Best of British trade show in Shanghai to connect some of Britain’s best food producers with buyers and consumers from across China.

Food Minister welcomes new export market for UK haggis

Today one of Scotland’s leading food producers, Macsween of Edinburgh, will start selling haggis in Canada after it developed a new recipe that meets with Canadian regulations.

This will be the first time haggis from the UK has been exported to Canada - proving the demand for even our most traditional products is growing around the world.

Food Minister George Eustice welcomed the news and said:

At a time when we are seeing more of our world-class food and drink on supermarket shelves and dinner tables around the world, it is excellent to see yet another of our great food producers finding new ways to sell our iconic brands and our very best dishes to new markets.

Fly-tipping statistics publication

New ONS statistics have been published today on fly-tipping in England during 2016-17. These look at the number of fly-tipping incidents and the enforcement actions local authorities have taken against fly-tipping. The statistics also provide a breakdown of fly-tipping incidents and actions across individual local authorities in England. This has been covered on BBC News Online.

A Defra spokesperson said:

Fly-tipping is an unacceptable blight on our landscape, which is why we have cracked down on offenders by strengthening sentencing guidelines and giving councils the powers to hand out on-the-spot fines to fly-tippers.

We have made it easier for vehicles suspected of being used for fly-tipping to be stopped, searched and seized and will continue to work with local partners to stop this inexcusable crime.

An Environment Agency spokesperson said:

We take tough action against anyone involved in large-scale fly-tipping or illegal waste activity.

We carry out regular stop-checks of vehicles on the road to ensure waste is being disposed of legally and our specialist crime unit use intelligence and a range technology to track down waste criminals, working with the police, partners and local councils.


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