UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown spent much of this week discussing the global food crisis with his fellow G8 leaders in Japan and it was his blueprint for a new UK food policy that grabbed your attention this week on our news pages. Issue-based stories were most popular over the last five days with our look on ethics in the cocoa industry and a further gloomy forecast on child obesity also among this week's top ten stories on just-food.

UK: Brown sets out food policy blueprint
Consumers wasting less food, making farming in the developing world more efficient and a more joined-up approach to UK food policy on issues from diet to the environment will help tackle the "21st century challenges for food", the UK government said today (7 July).

Cocoa industry looks to meet ethical challenge
This month marks an important stage in efforts by the international cocoa industry to tackle child and forced labour in its supply chain.

EUROPE: Obesity to hit "third of kids by 2012" - study
Over a third of children aged five to 13 will be overweight or obese by 2012, according to a report published today (7 July) by research analysts Datamonitor.

EU: Food manufacturers face additive rule changes
Food manufacturers changing the particle size of an additive will have to secure a fresh market authorisation for EU sales under a newly approved assessment system.

EU: Parliament votes for warning labels on colourings
The European Parliament has adopted a measure that would see mandatary warning labels on colourings linked to hyperactivity in children by a study published last year in the UK.

UK: Rose on defensive at M&S AGM
Marks & Spencer boss Sir Stuart Rose has told the company's shareholders that he takes corporate governance "extremely seriously" following his controversial promotion to executive chairman.

UK: ABF shares fall despite grocery sales jump
Shares in Associated British Foods dipped this morning (10 July) after concern over its discount clothing retail business Primark took the shine off robust figures elsewhere in the business.

US: 1,000 ill as salmonella probe studies peppers
Over 1,000 people across the US and Canada have become ill with salmonella, US food safety officials have admitted, as the probe into the tomato salmonella outbreak is extended to jalapeno and serrano peppers.

NETHERLANDS/US: Ahold rejigs US exec team
Ahold CEO John Rishton today (10 July) outlined a number of management changes at the top of the Netherlands-based retailer - including a change at the helm of its leading US chain.

COMMENT: Food should brace for the financial storm
The credit crunch, rising fuel bills and soaring commodity costs - few will be immune to this economic triple-blow. The food and drinks industries have remained relatively defiant in the belief they can ride out the inevitable downturn. However, Chris Brook-Carter wonders whether this optimism is misplaced in the face of this perfect storm.