Cryptosporidium found in supermarket pre-washed vegetables

  • 21 June 2024

Cryptosporidium has been discovered in pre-washed vegetables from major supermarkets in Kent. Cryptosporidium was found in 17% of samples of pre-washed vegetables analysed by researchers in the School of Biosciences at the University of Kent. While pre-washed and ready-to-eat vegetables undergo more thorough washing with water containing chlorine disinfectants compared to unpackaged vegetables, Cryptosporidium particles (oocysts) […]

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Clean Air Day 2024

  • 20 June 2024

Today (20th June) marks Clean Air Day, the UK’s largest campaign on air pollution. Air pollution can harm every organ in your body, causing heart and lung disease, dementia, and strokes. You may be exposed to higher levels of air pollution because of where you live – for example, if you live in a town or […]

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Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh become latest Scottish LEZ cities

  • 19 June 2024

Three more Scottish cities have launched their city centre Low Emission Zones (LEZ) in the last month. The new LEZs came into force in Dundee on 30 May, with Aberdeen and Edinburgh introducing them on 1 June, joining Glasgow which came into force last year on 1 June 2023. The significant public health intervention restricts […]

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City of Edinburgh Council issue prohibition notices to businesses planning to perform Brazilian Butt Lifts

  • 19 June 2024

The City of Edinburgh Council’s Environmental Health team has issued eight Prohibition Notices to businesses and practitioners over three locations planning to perform the Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) procedure. The Notices, issued last month, prohibit those involved from undertaking any BBL procedures within any premises or locations within the city of Edinburgh local authority area, until […]

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Scottish Government confirms Disposable Vape Ban details

  • 17 June 2024

The Scottish Government has published a further their responses to the consultation on ‘Implementing the prohibition of the sale and supply of single-use vapes in Scotland: your views’ and the draft Environmental Protection (Single-use Vapes) (Scotland) Regulations 2024. Providing an extra degree of clarity on the ban, the Scottish Government has set out its definition of a […]

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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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