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.
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.
A food business operator of a takeaway in Aberdeen has been prosecuted and fined for food hygiene offences.
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.
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.
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
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.
Lorrainne MacGillivray has recently been installed as the Institute’s President.
Lorrainne who is Manager of Regulatory Services at Stirling Council has had several roles with REHIS including member of Southern Centre Management Committee since 2005, Chairman of the Examinations and Training Committee from 2013-2015 and is currently Chairman of the Management Committee.
A study published by the British Medical Journal found that air pollution from road traffic is putting the health of unborn babies at risk and is linked to low birth weight.
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