Air pollution linked to cognitive intelligence, study says

Chronic exposure to air pollution could be linked to cognitive performance, a new study in China suggests.

Over four years, mathematics and verbal skills of some 20,000 people in China were monitored by researchers from Beijing's Peking University and Yale University in the US. Researchers tested people of both sexes aged 10 and above between 2010 and 2014, with 24 standardised maths questions and 34 word-recognition questions.

Researchers believe the results have global relevance, with more than 80% of the world's urban population breathing unsafe levels of air pollution.

Quarter of calories are consumed out of home, according to research

Obesity Action Scotland's new research “Chips to Go” has found that the UK consume up to a quarter of their calories out of home. It also found that chips are the most commonly consumed takeaway item in Scotland. 

Third of farmed fruit and vegetables deemed too ugly to sell

More than a third of farmed fruit and vegetables never reaches supermarket shelves because it is misshapen or the wrong size, research suggests.

Fife Council introduce healthy eating vans at schools

Fife Council have launched new fast food vans to help deliver healthy snacks for Fife’s secondary schools.

Babies in prams exposed to 60% more pollution than parents, says study

Young children in prams may be exposed to up to 60% more pollution than their parents at the kerbside, a study has suggested. 

Multi-country outbreak of Salmonella Agona infections possibly linked to ready-to-eat food

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have published a rapid outbreak assessment following a multi-country outbreak of Salmonella enterica subspecies enterica serovar Agona (S. Agona) in the European Union (EU).

Scotland's Drinking Water Quality Remains High

The Drinking Water Quality Regulator (DWQR) for Scotland's latest annual report shows that Scottish Water's compliance with the stringent standards for drinking water remains high at 99.91%.

Scottish Water take and analyse samples of drinking water from across Scotland 365 days a year. The report on Drinking Water Quality in Scotland 2017 states that a total of 305,459 regulatory tests were carried out on Scotland's drinking water last year. Of those taken from samples at consumers' taps, 99.91% met the required standards.

Scottish protected food names under threat

In an article, Michel Barnier, the European Commission's Chief Negotiator with the United Kingdom has said the UK Government has not yet agreed to protect ‘Geographical Indications’ (GI) such as Scotch Whisky.

The Scottish Government has been pressing UK Government to agree a need for a UK GI System post-Brexit.

The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs Fergus Ewing said urgent action is needed from the UK Government in Brexit talks to protect Scotland’s world-renowned food and drink produce.

Scottish Green Apple Awards- Enter free today and get three for the price of one

The Green Apple Environment Awards, which began in 1994, is an annual campaign that aims recognise, reward and promote environmental best practice around the world. 

Scottish companies and projects have two chances of success, because if you apply for a Scottish Green Apple Environment Award, that entry is also submitted into the UK category of the International Green Apple Awards. So, you could win a Scottish Award, presented in Scotland and a UK Award, presented in Houses of Parliament in London.

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