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Sainsbury's taken to court in packaging row

Supermarket giant Sainsbury's is today facing court action by trading standards officers from Lincoln in relation to obscure environmental laws which limit the amount of packaging which can be used when manufacturing and selling goods. The company is accused of breaking 2003 regulations which dictate the amount of packaging which can be used as authorities around the UK look to reduce waste, rubbish and also assist the environment.

Sainsbury's could be fined between £500 and £3000 if found guilty of the charges although it is the wider message that is being sent to the UK supermarket sector which is perhaps of more value. Executives within Sainsbury's are set to be flabbergasted by the action taken by the trading standards officers although potentially, if the allegations are correct, the company may well have broken a number of relatively unknown laws.

There is no doubt that governments and local authorities around the world are clamping down harder upon those who potentially flaunt environmental issues and environmental regulations. We also have the European Union which has introduced a number of targets and potentially enormous fines for countries who continue to use landfill as a means of waste disposal.

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