REHIS News

The Food Hygiene Game- a new resource for food hygiene training

An exciting new training resource is now available which aims to make Elementary Food Hygiene courses more memorable and effective for learners.

Nanotechnology safety in construction and demolition

In recent years there have been many reports of new construction products with innovative properties, such as very high-strength concrete, selfcleaning windows and novel insulation materials. Many of these products are facilitated by nanotechnology: technological advances in electron microscopes have enabled the study and manipulation of matter at an atomic level. This new science has supported acceleration in the development of new products. It has been suggested that nanomaterials might account for up to half of our building materials by 2025.

Carbon dioxide incident in Midlothian report published

A final report into the investigation into carbon dioxide (CO2) leaks into homes in the former mining village of Gorebridge in Midlothian has been published.

The report was completed by the multi-disciplinary Incident Management Team (IMT), which was created to investigate Scotland’s most serious CO2-related incident and protect the public’s health.

Government announce 25-year plan to tackle environmental issues

On 11 January, the Prime Minister, Theresa May, announced a 25-year plan to "nurture" the environment, referring to it as a "national plan with international ambitions".

The Policy Paper titled “A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment”, sets out goals and targets under environmental themes such as clean air, minimising waste, enhancing biosecurity and reducing the risks of harm from environmental hazards.

Plastic microbeads ban enters force in UK

A UK-wide prohibition on the use of plastic microbeads in the manufacture of some cosmetic and personal care products has come into effect. The ban initially prohibits the manufacture of such products and then a ban on sales will follow in July.

These tiny pieces of plastic are added to rinse-off products such as face scrubs, toothpastes and shower gels. The small spherical beads, designed to help with exfoliation are washed down the drain and often slip through waste-water treatment plants which then end up in the seas.

Successful prosecution for Aberdeen City Council

A food business operator of a takeaway in Aberdeen has been prosecuted and fined for food hygiene offences.

What’s your kitchen crime? - Food Standards Scotland food safety campaign

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has launched its new food safety campaign aimed at encouraging good food safety practices in the home, and raising awareness of how changes to our preparation and cooking behaviour can reduce the likelihood of getting food poisoning.

The campaign highlights 20 common ‘kitchen crimes’ which could potentially lead to food poisoning. A recent survey for FSS has shown that people in Scotland only follow 11 out of 20 food safety practices on average.

SNP POLITICIAN CALLS FOR PLASTIC STRAW BAN

Scottish MSP Kate Forbes has officially launched her Final Straw campaign which calls on Scottish and UK Governments to ban plastic straws.

The MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch is highlighting the damage caused by single-use disposable plastic items to both onshore and marine environment in Scotland.

IRN BRU RECIPE TO CHANGE TO REDUCE ITS SUGAR CONTENT

From January 2018 Irn Bru will contain approximately 50% less sugar.

The move is part of a sugar-reduction programme by AG Barr before the Soft Drinks Industry Levy comes into effect in 2018.

Regular Irn Bru sugar content will reduce from 10.3g to 4.7g per 100 millilitres. This will reduce the calorie count per can from just under 140 to about 66.

Regular Irn Bru will still remain a sugary drink but will now be blended with a mix of low calorie sweeteners including aspartame, a source of phenylalanine.

CORRECTION- GLASGOW AMONG UK’S MOST POLLUTED TOWN AND CITIES IN UK

Correction- Glasgow among UK’s most polluted town and cities in UK

Following a news article titled “Glasgow among UK’s most polluted town and cities in UK” published on 19th December, REHIS would like to make the following correction.

Although the information was taken from a recent report published by the Royal College of Physicians and Lancet Countdown it was discovered after our publication that the data presented related to measurements taken three/four years ago.

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