REHIS News

OBESITY INEQUALITIES PERSIST IN SCOTLAND

NHS Scotland have published new information to show how levels of obesity in Scotland have changed over time. The new analysis: ‘Obesity in Scotland: A Persistent Inequality’ also highlights how obesity levels differ according to socio-economic status.

SCOTLAND’S DRINKING WATER- DWQR ANNUAL REPORT

The Drinking Water Quality Regulator (DWQR) for Scotland’s latest annual report published on 27 July concludes that Scottish Water’s compliance with the stringent standards for drinking water in 2016 was extremely high at 99.91%.

EFSA CONSULTATION ON LISTERIA MONOCYTOGENES IN READY TO EAT FOODS

 The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has launched an open consultation on its draft scientific opinion on Listeria monocytogenes contamination of ready-to-eat (RTE) foods and the risk for human health in the EU.

This document summarises and critically evaluates the most recent information on L. monocytogenes in RTE foods, and evaluates the factors related to the contamination in the food chain and the consumption patterns that may contribute to the reported trend of listeriosis incidence in the EU.

EFSA CALL FOR SCIENTIFIC EXPERTS

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has invited scientists with expertise in food and feed safety related issues to apply to join its ten Scientific Panels and its Scientific Committee. The call for experts closes on 8 September 2017.

The EFSA Scientific Panels and the Scientific Committee are composed of 15-25 people and provide high-quality independent scientific advice for political decision-makers in Europe.

FIPRONIL IN EGGS

Following concerns raised in the Netherlands about a substance called Fipronil, which has been used inappropriately in cleaning products on chicken farms, a number of contaminated eggs have been identified as being distributed to the UK from the farms affected. Fipronil is not authorised for use as a veterinary medicine or pesticide around food producing animals.

LONDON 2017: NOROVIRUS OUTBREAK

London 2017: Norovirus Outbreak

Public Health England says 40 athletes and support staff at the World Athletics Championships in London have been affected by Norovirus, with three cases confirmed by laboratory testing.

Several competitors were forced to withdraw from events in the first half of the tournament after suffering symptoms including vomiting.

The athletes and support staff affected from the Botswanan, German, Canadian, Irish and Puerto Rican teams are thought to be staying at the same hotel.

HORSEMEAT SCANDAL: BUSINESSMAN FOUND GUILTY OF FRAUD

A London business man has been found guilty of conspiring to defraud customers by adding horsemeat to batches of beef and relabelling them as pure beef.

Andronicos Sideras was convicted on Wednesday 25 July 2017 at Inner London Crown Court of mixing horsemeat and beef before selling it through his company Dino’s and Sons, following a three-week trial.

In 2013, the UK Food Standards Agency asked the City of London police to investigate the fraud, following the discovery of horsemeat in beefburgers by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.

BURDEN OF DISEASE ANALYSIS SHOWS WHAT WE ARE LIVING WITH AND DYING FROM IN SCOTLAND

Researchers from NHS Health Scotland and the Information Services Division of NHS National Services Scotland have published new analysis of Scotland’s health. The publication shows the extent to which different diseases affect Scotland’s health and life expectancy.

HEALTH AND SAFETY ORGANISATIONS SEND OPEN LETTER TO PM FOLLOWING GRENFELL TOWER FIRE

REHIS have shown support for an open letter signed by more than 70 organisations and individuals from the UK’s safety and health profession urging the prime minster to halt deregulation in light of the Grenfell Tower blaze.

NATIONAL CONCERNS PROMPT HIGHLAND CHECKS ON UV TANNING EQUIPMENT

The Highland Council, one of several local authorities in Scotland which license UV tanning salons, will be conducting an audit on all licensed premises in Highland to verify compliance with EU safety standards regarding the output of ultra violet (UV) radiation.

Environmental Health Officers have become increasingly aware of concerns nationally whereby the UV bulb strength in many cases have been found to exceed the standard for such equipment.

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