REHIS News

NEW RULES FOR ACRYLAMIDE IN FOOD

From 2018, food businesses in Europe will have to take steps to cut down on acrylamide- a carcinogenic chemical produced by food in high temperatures.

The European Commission voted to introduce measures to tackle acrylamide in July this year, pending confirmation from the European Parliament and the European Council. It has now announced that both of these bodies have signed off and new legislation has been published to come into effect in April 2018.

FIRMS FACE HEALTH AND SAFETY PROSECUTION AFTER LEGIONNAIRES OUTBREAK

Five companies face charges under the Health and Safety at Work Act following an outbreak of Legionnaires disease in Edinburgh.

The outbreak in 2012 saw four people die and 92 cases identified. The source of the outbreak was never identified and the Crown ruled at the time there was no evidence to justify any prosecution.

The charges are connected to alleged breaches of health and safety regulations and are unrelated to the deaths.

ADVICE PUBLISHED FOR BUSINESSES ON PROTECTING FOOD AND DRINK SUPPLY

Revised guidance has been published for businesses on how to improve protections for food and drink supply.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) and the British Standards Institute have published a revised guide for food businesses on how to improve protections for food and drink supply.

The guide has been published to help provide user-friendly advice to businesses on the steps they can take to strengthen resilience in their operations from a range of potential risks.

WRAP LAUNCHES NEW LABELLING GUIDANCE

The Waste and Resource Action Programme (WRAP) has published new labelling guidance, to give consumers more consistent storage and date label advice.

The guidance has been prepared by WRAP, DEFRA Labelling team and Food Standards Agency (FSA) in conjunction with Food Standards Scotland, FSA in Wales and FSA Northern Ireland with input from various food sector trade bodies.

WORLD COMMITS TO POLLUTION-FREE PLANET AT ENVIRONMENT SUMMIT

During the recent UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, more than 200 countries pledged to eradicate pollution on the planet, committing their countries to honour efforts to prevent, mitigate and manage the dangerous levels of pollution affecting the ecosystem and the health of billions of people around the world.

The three-day assembly held on 4-6 December, was attended by over 4,000 heads of state, ministers, business leaders, UN officials and civil society representatives.

LORRAINNE MACGILLIVRAY ANNOUNCED AS NEW REHIS PRESIDENT

Lorrainne MacGillivray has been installed as the REHIS President for the coming year. Drew Hall, who stood down as President, handed over the Chain of Office at the Institute's Annual General Meeting on 17 November in Edinburgh.
Congratulations to Lorrainne and we wish her all the best in her new role.

SCOTLAND BECOMES FIRST COUNTRY WITH MINIMUM UNIT PRICING FOR ALCOHOL

Scotland leads the way for public health with the UK Supreme Court backing the Scottish Government imitative of minimum unit pricing for alcohol.

The Supreme Court justices unanimously dismissed the appeal brought by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) and other drinks manufacturers, who argued that the policy was “disproportionate” and illegal under European law. The Supreme Court ruled that the proposed minimum unit pricing policy is appropriately targeted, lawful and proportionate.

MARINE HARVEST DEVELOPING EMPLOYEES

The UK’s largest salmon processing company has recently become approved by the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) to deliver top quality Food Safety and Hygiene training with a commitment to rolling it out to each and every member of its workforce.

The 200,000 square foot site, with a workforce of almost 600, situated in Rosyth, Fife, is now registered as a REHIS Approved Training Centre for REHIS training courses in Food Hygiene.

REHIS RESPOND TO SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT PETITION ON USE OF GLUE BOARDS IN PEST CONTROL

The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) have submitted a comment to the Scottish Parliament on the petition lodged to urge the Scottish Government to ban the sale and use of glue traps and boards in Scotland, for consideration by the Committee. 

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