Five local authorities join together to improve recycling

Five Scottish local authorities have joined together to deliver improved recycling and residual waste treatment.

East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire have signed a £700m deal with waste management company Viridor.

The contract, which is central to the 25-year Clyde Valley Residual Waste Project, will see Viridor process up to 190,000 tonnes of residual waste annually which would otherwise be sent to landfill.

Plans to regulate cosmetic procedures

Non- healthcare professionals will need a licence granted by Environmental Health Officers, to carry out cosmetic procedures such as dermal fillers or lip enhancements under proposals being put forward by the Scottish Government.

Treatments, such as dermal fillers or lip enhancements, are currently available in premises such as aesthetic clinics, beauty salons, hairdressers and other similar locations.

Non-surgical treatments such as Botox and fillers account for nine out of 10 cosmetic procedures in the UK and are worth about £2.75bn a year.

Steps to Improve the Operational Effectiveness of the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010 – Consultation Response Submitted

Response has been provided to the Scottish Government consultation on Steps to Improve the Operational Effectiveness of the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010.  Details of the consultation can be found here.

UK restaurant chain fined for misleading customers

The ASK Italian restaurant chain has been fined for misleading customers about the contents of a dish. 

The brand, owned by Azzurri Restaurants, was fined £40,000 by Swansea Magistrates after pleading guilty to selling a food with a misleading label between December 2016 and March 2019, contrary to the Food Safety Act 1990.

Swansea Council brought the case to court after a dish described as Aragosta e Gamberoni (lobster and king prawns) contained only a small amount of lobster.

Asda and Lidl to remove cartoons on own-brand cereal range

Asda and Lidl have said it will remove cartoon characters from their own-brand cereals to tackle parents being pestered into buying unhealthy choices and help combat childhood obesity

Lidl was the first to announce the move which said it was in response to nearly three-quarters of parents saying they experience pester power from their children in the supermarket, with over half believing cartoon characters on cereal packaging encourages this.

Lidl said it will rebrand eight of its own-brand Crownfield products in total and introduce new, cartoon-free branding from Spring.

Prohibiting Smoking Outside Hospital Buildings – Consultation Response Submitted

Response has been provided to the Scottish Government consultation on Prohibiting Smoking Outside Hospital Buildings.  Details of the consultation can be found here.

How to avoid the norovirus this Christmas

Norovirus is a common cause of infectious gastroenteritis that results in diarrhoea and vomiting. As it’s most common during the winter months, norovirus is sometimes known as the winter vomiting bug, but infections can occur at any time of year.

Norovirus is very easily spread from one person to another. Outbreaks of norovirus where more than two people are infected can commonly occur in places where people are in close contact with one another for long periods of time, such as hospitals, care hones, schools and cruise ships.

New EU Official Controls implemented

New EU Official Control regulations came into force across the UK on 14 December 2019. The regulations aim to strengthen public health protection and the integrity of the food and feed chain in the UK.

Exercise advice on food labels could 'change eating habits'

Labelling food and drinks with how much walking or running is needed to burn them off could help tackle the obesity crisis, researchers say.

While pre-packaged food must display certain nutritional information, such as calorie content, there is limited evidence that the approach changes what people buy or eat. 

Researchers involved in a new study have suggested converting calories into the amount of exercise needed to burn them off – for example, labels explaining that you would need to run for:

·       13 minutes after drinking a 330ml can of fizzy drink

Salmonella the most common cause of foodborne outbreaks in the European Union

Nearly one in three foodborne outbreaks in the EU in 2018 were caused by Salmonella. This is one of the main findings of the annual report on trends and sources of zoonoses published by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

In 2018, EU Member States reported 5,146 foodborne outbreaks affecting 48,365 people.

REHIS is a registered charity in Scotland, SC009406

Web design by Peacock Carter Ltd