REHIS News

LORRAINNE MACGILLIVRAY ANNOUNCED AS NEW REHIS PRESIDENT

Lorrainne MacGillivray has been installed as the REHIS President for the coming year. Drew Hall, who stood down as President, handed over the Chain of Office at the Institute's Annual General Meeting on 17 November in Edinburgh.
Congratulations to Lorrainne and we wish her all the best in her new role.

SCOTLAND BECOMES FIRST COUNTRY WITH MINIMUM UNIT PRICING FOR ALCOHOL

Scotland leads the way for public health with the UK Supreme Court backing the Scottish Government imitative of minimum unit pricing for alcohol.

The Supreme Court justices unanimously dismissed the appeal brought by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) and other drinks manufacturers, who argued that the policy was “disproportionate” and illegal under European law. The Supreme Court ruled that the proposed minimum unit pricing policy is appropriately targeted, lawful and proportionate.

MARINE HARVEST DEVELOPING EMPLOYEES

The UK’s largest salmon processing company has recently become approved by the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) to deliver top quality Food Safety and Hygiene training with a commitment to rolling it out to each and every member of its workforce.

The 200,000 square foot site, with a workforce of almost 600, situated in Rosyth, Fife, is now registered as a REHIS Approved Training Centre for REHIS training courses in Food Hygiene.

REHIS RESPOND TO SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT PETITION ON USE OF GLUE BOARDS IN PEST CONTROL

The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) have submitted a comment to the Scottish Parliament on the petition lodged to urge the Scottish Government to ban the sale and use of glue traps and boards in Scotland, for consideration by the Committee. 

FOOD BUSINESS OPERATOR LOSES APPEAL AGAINST MANSLAUGHTER

A food business operator who was jailed after a customer died from an allergic reaction to a curry has failed in a bid to have his conviction overturned.

Paul Wilson, 38, from Sheffield suffered a severe anaphylactic shock in 2014 after eating a takeaway containing peanuts from the Indian Garden in North Yorkshire.

Mohammed Zaman, 53, was found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence and six food safety offences, but was cleared of a charge perverting the court of justice. He was sentenced to six years in jail.

CONSUMERS BUY MORE HIGH FAT, SALT AND SUGAR FOODS ON PROMOTION THAN HEALTHIER ITEMS

A review, published by NHS Health Scotland, studies the impact of promotions on high fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) food and drink on consumer purchasing and consumption behaviour, and the impact of retail based interventions on promotions.

The review found that the uptake of promotions on HFSS foods is much higher than for promotions on foods that support a healthy diet and spending on price promotions in the UK is the highest in Europe.

GREENHOUSE GASES FROM SCOTTISH INDUSTRY CONTINUE TO DECLINE

Total Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Scotland reduced from 17,370 megatonnes (Mt) in 2015 to 12,372 Mt in 2016, continuing the overall reduction trend that has been seen in Scotland since 2007.

The figures are contained in the annual Scottish Pollutant Release Inventory (SPRI), published online by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). SPRI is an electronic database containing details of all pollutants over the reporting threshold emitted to the environment from sites regulated by SEPA. The tool can be accessed here.

CAMPYLOBACTER LEVELS IN UK-PRODUCED CHICKEN

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) have published the last set of results from its third survey of campylobacter contamination in fresh shop bought UK-produced chickens.

The full year’s result show that on average, across the entire market, 6.5% of chickens tested positive for the highest level of contamination which is down from 19.7% in 2014/15 when the survey began.

The full year’s results - from August 2016 to July 2017 - based on a total of 3,980 whole fresh chickens sampled at retail, show:

DECLINE IN LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY REPORT PUBLISHED

Keep Scotland Beautiful have published a report revealing the impact of declining local environmental quality on Scotland’s communities.

The report, Local Environmental quality in decline - further analysis, is based on data from over 14,000 surveys across Scotland. It confirms that there has been a marked increase in the presence of litter, flytipping and graffiti in communities across the country, and an overall decline in local environmental quality.

ERRINGTON CHEESE WILL NOT FACE PROSECUTION OVER E.COLI DEATH

The Crown Office has announced that no criminal proceedings are to be brought against a cheese manufacturer over an E.coli outbreak in which a three-year-old girl died.

The Crown Office said Errington Cheese Ltd or its owners would not face prosecution over the child's death in September 2016. A criminal prosecution is still possible if new evidence becomes available and a decision to conduct a Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) is being carefully considered by the Crown.

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