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Food waste: Clearer label plan in bid to cut

A new attempt is being made to improve labelling to prevent edible food going to waste.The waste agency Wrap says food labels use too many different terms, prompting people to throw away usable produce.Milk labels, for instance, typically say milk keeps three days in the fridge after opening – …

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Rail lines closed in the 1960s could be reopened

Rail lines which were closed during the notorious Beeching cuts in the 1960s could be reopened, the Transport Secretary has announced. Chris Grayling said he wants to open up routes which would encourage housebuilding, ease overcrowding and boost the economy. But Labour has dismissed the plans as “unambitious” – …

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US to investigate Chinese aluminium trade

The US has announced another trade investigation, this time targeting China’s aluminium industry.The inquiry will examine if aluminium alloy sheet is being sold below cost or with the help of government subsidies and could lead to tariffs.The US called it an “historic” probe intended to advance President Donald Trump’s …

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Bug eat bug

Media playback is unsupported on your device It is not a job for someone who is scared of creepy crawlies.The team of laboratory workers are busy collecting the eggs laid by thousands of bugs in large plastic containers.They have to shake and brush away the insects, which scurry quickly …

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Construction bodies warn of Brexit 'cliff edge' skills gap

Construction workers from the EU should have the right to “settled status” in the UK after Brexit, industry bodies have urged.The construction sector, which employs around 3 million people, faces “cliff edge” skills shortages over access to EU workers, the seven bodies said.The Home Office said there would be …

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Warning over immigration 'cliff edge' after Brexit

Building industry bosses have warned the Government they will need a generous immigration regime after Brexit to avoid a “cliff edge” if EU workers are restricted.  One in eight construction workers in the UK are from abroad – of which 60% are from European Union countries – but in …

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Brexit: SMMT urges progress on transitional Brexit deal

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has called for quicker progress on agreeing a transitional UK-EU trade period following Brexit. Speaking at their annual dinner SMMT President Tony Walker said such a period “should be on the current terms and, crucially, not time-limited”.The UK automotive sector is …

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