REHIS News

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.

GLASGOW TO INTRODUCE SCOTLAND’S FIRST LOW EMISSION ZONE BY 2018

Nicola Sturgeon has announced that work is already underway to implement the country’s first low emission zone (LEZ).

Glasgow City Council is partnering with the Scottish Government to prepare the LEZ design and proposals that will improve air quality in Glasgow.

NEW ADVICE ON EATING RUNNY EGGS

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has published revised advice to consumers on eating raw or lightly cooked eggs.

Young children, pregnant woman and the elderly can now safely eat raw or lightly cooked eggs that are produced under the British Lion Code of practice.

GLASGOW CITY CENTRE COMMERCIAL WASTE PILOT TO BE ROLLED OUT ACROSS CITY

Glasgow City Council‘s pilot project to tackle issues around commercial waste in the city centre is to be rolled out in phases across the Glasgow over the next 17 months.

The pilot project began on April 3 in eight city centre locations with the primary aim of substantially reducing the adverse impact of the then current waste collection practices in parts of the city centre to enhance the appearance of the area and make a visit more pleasant.

FIRST REHIS TRAINING COURSE FOR COWAL COMMUNITY HOSPITAL DEEMED SUCCESSFUL

REHIS is delighted to announce that one of its newest centres, Cowal Community Hospital has successfully delivered its first REHIS training course.

Candidates working throughout the Isle of Bute locality undertook the REHIS Elementary Food Hygiene Course on 30 August in Rothesay on the beautiful Isle of Bute.

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