REHIS News

ACMSF Ad Hoc Group - Report on the Safe Cooking of Burgers

The Ad Hoc Group has reviewed the advice given by the Chief Medical Officer in 1998 on the safe cooking of burgers.In particular, the Group considered whether this advice is still appropriate for consumers,manufacturers,retailers,caterers and suppliers to caterers in light of the differences between the recommended cooking conditions in the UK and the USA.

Joint consultation on the proposed EU Soil Framework Directive and initial Regulatory Impact Assessment.

The Scottish Executive, DEFRA and the Welsh Assembly Government have jointly issued a consultation on the proposed EU Soil Framework Directive and initial Regulatory Impact Assessment.
The consultation is designed to assist in developing a robust negotiating position on the proposed EU Soil Framework Directive. The consultation paper seeks views on the need for new EU legislation on soil protection, on the scope of the proposed Directive, the costs and benefits associated with it, and on the detail of the proposed provisions.

Environmental Impact Assessment of Reserved Matters Applications-Consultation Paper

The current Scottish Executive consultation on the Environmental Impact Assessment of Reserved Matters Applications is open until 19 September 2007.
The Paper sets out the proposals for amending Part 11 of the EIA (Scotland) Regulations 1999 to transpose into Scots law the requirement that consideration must be given to the need for EIA before determining a planning application for approval of reserved matters.
The document can be accessed at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2007/06/26172457/0

Communicable Disease Update

Health Protection Scotland and REHIS are pleased to announce that the annual Communicable Disease Update will take place on the 21 August 2007 at the Royal College of Physicians in Glasgow.The programme includes sessions on National and International Perspectives,Respiratory Disease and GI Infections.There are also discussion sessions,opportunities to meet other professionals and to share ideas.

Revised Food Safety Guide for Farmers Markets published by FSA Scotland

The revised guide continues to build on existing good practice, and has been updated to reflect the changes following implementation of the EU Food Hygiene Regulations which came into force on January 2006. The guide has been enhanced to include a section on food labelling to cover most food found at farmers markets. The information in the revised guide is designed not only to help market traders and organisers meet food safety requirements, but also to assist traders in the correct labelling of their products to comply with food labelling requirements.

REHIS/FSAS Liaison

Officials from REHIS and the Food Standards Agency Scotland met in Edinburgh last week as part of their ongoing liaison to update each other on developments within their respective organisations; to discuss professional education, training and qualifications and, to discuss provision of community training courses in food hygiene, occupational health and safety and food and health across Scotland. Pictured left to right: Graham Walker, Lorna Murray, Val Cameron, George Paterson, Andrew Jamieson, Jim Thomson and Tom Bell.

The annual REHIS Seminar for Trainers

The annual REHIS Seminar took place on the 16th May 2007 in the Apex Hotel in Dundee and, as ever, this proved to be a popular event with 126 trainers attending. The Seminar provided an up-date on new food safety and health and safety legislation and developments in the areas of food and health and safety. The event was chaired by Martin Henry, REHIS Council member for Community Training. The early part of the morning concentrated on food safety legislation and enforcement issues with presentations from Ian McGruther, REHIS Training Adviser and Bob Drummond, Ch.EHO from Angus Council.

Environment and Health Strategic Framework - A New Approach

The current Scottish Executive consultation on the Strategic Framework is open until 22nd June. The goal of the framework is the development of better systems to pursue environments consistent with and promoting human health and wellbeing and a Scotland of equal opportunity. The framework defines priorities in terms of health outcomes and identifies three target areas: asthma (e.g. air pollution, occupational health), cardiovascular disease (e.g. environmental stressors, safe environment for physical activity) and unintentional injury ( e.g.home safety, road safety).

REHIS Food Up-Date Course and Trainers Seminar

Last week both the REHIS Food Update Course and the annual REHIS Trainers Seminar took place in the Apex Hotel in Dundee. These proved to be popular events with 49 delegates attending the Food Update Course and 126 attending the Trainers Seminar. The Food Update Course focussed on control of Food Incidents, whereas the Trainers Seminar provided an up-date on new food safety and health and safety legislation and developments in the areas of food and health and safety. Both events held workshop sessions in the afternoon which were very well received by the delegates.

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