REHIS News

BNF HEALTHY EATING WEEK 2017

This year's BNF Healthy Eating Week will run from 12 to 16 June 2017.

The Week is open to all UK schools, universities and organisations wishing to take part.

Registration only takes a few minutes and is a great way to show your support for, and raise the profile of, healthy, active lifestyles. It also means you will be the first to hear about our exciting plans for BNF Healthy Eating Week 2017 and have access to some fantastic, exclusive resources to help you plan activities for your Week.

E.COLI O157 OUTBREAK LINKED TO DUNSYRE BLUE CHEESE REPORT PUBLISHED

Health Protection Scotland (HPS) has published the E. coli O157 outbreak report on behalf of the Incident Management Team (IMT) which was established to investigate the national outbreak in summer 2016.

The report confirms that a total of 26 cases of the same strain of E. coli O157 were identified in the outbreak between July and mid-September 2016. This comprised of 24 primary cases and two secondary cases. 17 of the cases required admission to hospital and a three year old child died

GUIDANCE DOCUMENT FOR TRAMPOLINE PARK OPERATORS PUBLISHED

A guidance document for trampoline park operators has been published by the BSI. The guidance specifies requirements for the construction of indoor trampoline parks that are made up of interconnected trampolines being used for non-competitive leisure activities.

The guidance is aimed for trampoline park operators, designers, manufacturers and installers and also for safety inspections and enforcement bodies such as the Health & Safety Executive, Environmental Health Officers, RoSPA and other third party auditors

LATEST REPORTS SHOW PROGRESS WITH CAMPYLOBACTER REDUCTION IN THE UK

Data published in February 2017 by Health Protection Scotland, showed a decline of 15.5% in the number of laboratory reports of human cases of campylobacter in Scotland in 2016, compared to the previous year. This is the consecutive year in which there has been a decline in reports of Campylobacter. Furthermore, in 2016 there were no general outbreaks of campylobacter reported.

COMMUNITY TRAINING – NEW COURSE - INTRODUCTION TO FOOD AND HEALTH COURSE

Community Training – New Course - Introduction to Food and Health Course

The REHIS Introduction to Food and Health is a 3 hour non-examined course that aims to provide participants with a basic knowledge and understanding of healthy eating, nutrition and health.

As well as gaining an understanding of the importance of a healthy diet for health and wellbeing, the main food groups and nutrients and key healthy eating guidelines, participants will be able to use the Eatwell Guide and the information on a food label to make informed food choices.

EAST LOTHIAN COUNCIL: POLICY ON BALLOON AND CHINESE/SKY LANTERN RELEASES

East Lothian Council: Policy on Balloon and Chinese/Sky Lantern Releases
The impressive visual impact of balloons and sky lanterns being released into the sky may last a few minutes, but the impact upon the environment and wildlife can last many months, with potentially harmful consequences. Due to this, East Lothian Council has recently had a new policy approved prohibiting balloon and lantern releases at events.

FORMER WEST LOTHIAN RESTAURANT OWNER BANNED FOLLOWING FOOD SAFETY PROSECUTION

Former owner of Hong Restaurant in Pumpherston, Mr Pui Lung Wan (also known as Colin Wan) received a Prohibition Order at Livingston Sheriff Court on 9 February 2017, following a report by West Lothian Council's Environmental Health team regarding food safety failures at the business.

HOTELS ACROSS UK ARE FAILING FOOD HYGIENE STANDARDS

Research by the consumer campaign group Which? has revealed that hundreds of hotels across the UK, including those with four and five star ratings, are failing basic food hygiene standards.

HEALTH OUTCOMES AND DETERMINANTS BY OCCUPATION IN SCOTLAND REPORT PUBLISHED

Health outcomes and determinants by occupation in Scotland report published On 23 February, NHS Health Scotland published the report ‘Health outcomes and determinants by occupation and industry in Scotland, 2008–2011’.

The report looks at the importance of paid, secure employment in improving health. It also highlights the independent association between household income, health outcomes, and type of occupation and industry.

Employment is an important factor in determining people’s mental and physical health, both for working-age adults and for children.

“FINAL WARNING” FROM EUROPEAN COMMISSION TO UK OVER AIR POLLUTION

The European Commission has sent a final warning to the UK for failing to address its repeated breaches of air pollution limits for nitrogen dioxide. The warning is in the form of a ‘reasoned opinion’, which is the final stage of the EU infringement procedure before referring a failure to comply with EU law to the European Court of Justice.

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