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The so-called DARK Act passed the US House of Representatives; Raisio sold Halo Foods; Andrea Leadsom was named UK Secretary of State for Defra; the UK food sector set out its Brexit priorities to incoming Prime Minister Theresa May. Here is just-food’s top news from the past week. 

Raisio sells UK snack bar business Halo Foods

Finnish food group Raisio has sold its UK snack bar business, Halo Foods, to Dutch investors Nimbus.

“Pathetic” UK Child Obesity Strategy to be delayed, says campaigner

Campaign group Action on Sugar (AOS) has branded measures in the UK government’s Child Obesity Strategy (COS), now expected to be delayed until the autumn, as “pathetic”.

Brexit – Andrea Leadsom to head up Defra

Andrea Leadsom has been appointed the new UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). 

Brexit – FDF lobbies Prime Minister May over exit priorities

Unfettered access to the EU’s labour market, reassurance to those EU migrants already working in the UK, as well as continued market access to EU consumers, ingredients and existing trade deals are some of the key tenets of the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF) manifesto for the Brexit negotiations.

What does Indian state Kerala’s ‘fat tax’ mean for global food manufacturers?

The regional government in the Indian state of Kerala has become the latest administration to impose a tax on less healthy foods. Ben Cooper assesses the significance of this move to multinational food companies.

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Obama urged not to enact US GMO labelling law as bill clears Congress

The US House of Representatives voted 306-117 yesterday (14 July) to pass a bill that clears the way for mandatory, nationwide labelling of foods in the US made with genetically engineered ingredients (GMOs).

How Wessanen plans to grow Mrs Crimble’s – interview

European natural and organic food group Wessanen entered into an agreement to acquire UK gluten-free baker Mrs Crimble’s last week. Patrick Cairns, CEO of Wessanen UK, speaks to just-food about the group’s plans to accelerate growth at the business. 

Hershey Trust board member ‘resigns’ 

A board member of the Hershey Trust has reportedly resigned in the wake of a takeover bid for the chocolate group from Mondelez International. 

Unilever, Smiths fined over health claims in Australia 

Unilever and The Smith’s Snackfood Co have been fined AUD10,800 (US$8,146) each for using “misleading healthy food representations” on products sold in Australia to school canteens. 

Desert Farms set to launch camel milk infant formula in US

The US is to host the first production and sales of infant formula produced from camel milk from next year, just-food can reveal.