E.Coli O157 Outbreak in UK

  • 11 June 2024

Public Health Scotland (PHS) is working with NHS Boards in Scotland, UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and other public health agencies across the UK to investigate an increase in the number of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) cases across the UK in recent weeks. There have been 113 confirmed cases in the Shiga toxin-producing E. […]

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Education (Scotland) Bill

  • 6 June 2024

The Scottish Government has published the Education (Scotland) Bill.  This can be found at https://www.parliament.scot/bills-and-laws/bills/education-scotland-bill/introduced along with some explanatory notes. 

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REHIS News – May 2024

  • 24 May 2024

We were delighted to see so many REHIS Diploma in Environmental Health and Higher Certificate recipients together with community training Highfield award winners being recognised at the Institute’s Awards Ceremony on 10 May.  Congratulations to all the achievers and winners.  Our thanks also go to Highfield for their generous sponsorship and to Dan McDade, of Highfield, for […]

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Salmonella outbreak linked to melon

  • 24 May 2024

Researchers have revealed that almost 100 people fell sick in a Salmonella outbreak linked to cantaloupe melon toward the end of 2023. In September 2023, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) identified cases of Salmonella Saintpaul in England, Scotland, and Wales. Other ill people were noted in Portugal following an alert by the United Kingdom. […]

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Cryptosporidium outbreak in Devon water supplies

  • 23 May 2024

Torbay Council, South West Water, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), NHS Devon and the Environment Agency are investigating the outbreak of Cryptosporidium linked to contaminated water. Addressing the House of Commons on 20 May, Secretary of State for the Environment, Steve Barclay confirmed there are currently 46 cases of waterborne illness Cryptosporidium, with this […]

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Updating short-term lets licensing

  • 23 May 2024

Regulations have been laid in Parliament that provide technical updates to the short-term let licensing scheme.  Licensing was introduced in 2022 to provide assurance to guests on safety and quality, such as gas and electrical safety compliance and the suitability of hosts. If approved, the new regulations would enable: The Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing […]

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Peterhead bakery creates new ‘healthier’ buttery

  • 23 May 2024

A bakery in Peterhead has reinvented a much-loved North East delicacy, the buttery, enabled by funding from the Healthier Bakery Fund, an initiative from Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland and Food Standards Scotland (FSS) to help Scottish bakery businesses make their products healthier. The family-owned business, Hame Bakery has reformulated their original buttery recipe […]

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Motherwell primary school’s clean air campaign

  • 23 May 2024

A clear air campaign by pupils at St Brendan’s and Muirhouse primary schools is targeting drivers to help cut pollution in the area. Earlier this month the two schools joined forces and took part in a morning protest to highlight the issue and now pupils at both schools are designing posters to highlight the issue. […]

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Community Food Regional Events

  • 22 May 2024

Community Food Regional Groups are organising regional events as a way to connect and collaborate with regional community food partners, support local networking, share views and local developments and explore partnership working. Glasgow Community Food Network is on the 21 June at Kinning Park Complex, Glasgow – details can be found here. Edinburgh Community Food […]

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Businesses banned from carrying out Brazilian butt lifts in Glasgow

  • 22 May 2024

A company which carried out a Brazilian Butt Lift in a hotel function room which left a woman in hospital has been banned from carrying out further BBLs anywhere in Glasgow. A company which carried out a Brazilian Butt Lift in a hotel function room which left a woman in hospital has been banned from […]

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BSE case confirmed on a Ayrshire farm

  • 14 May 2024

A case of classical Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) has been confirmed on a farm in Ayrshire. Precautionary movement restrictions have been put in place at impacted premises and cover animals which have been in contact with the case. The Animal Plant and Health Agency (APHA) is investigating the source of the outbreak and further investigations […]

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