UK could adopt Norway bottle recycling system

The UK could adopt a Scandinavian deposit-based system for recycling bottles in an effort to reduce levels of unnecessary waste.

Government advisers visited Norway to investigate the country's industry-led scheme credited with increasing plastic bottle recycling levels to 97 per cent. In the UK, figures show that only around half of all plastic bottles get recycled.

The UK's waste problem has worsened since the beginning of the year after China stopped accepting foreign waste. In recent years China has taken 500,000 tons of plastic from the UK a year.

Just eat removes 35 unregistered restaurants following BBC investigation

Takeaway order app and website Just Eat has revealed that it removed 35 restaurants from its register last summer for irregularities around food hygiene ratings.

The revelation comes after a BBC Inside Out East investigation that found five takeaways on the app were not registered with the local council. One of the sites was in Basildon, Essex and was visited by the BBC which found that there was no evidence it had been used for anything other than a car wash for at least two years.

FSS and FSA update on Russell Hume

The enforcement action preventing Russell Hume from processing and distributing meat products has been lifted at one of their sites after assurances that their food safety management system met the legal requirements were satisfied.

The business will be allowed to resume production and distribution of products to customers but only from their Liverpool site. The other sites cannot restart production until the same assurances are met.

Climate change reports 2016/17- analysis published

Keep Scotland Beautiful (KSB) have published the Sustainable Scotland Network (SSN) analysis of the public bodies’ climate change reports 2016/17.

Review of cutting plants and cold stores

On 1 February, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Food Standards Scotland (FSS) announced that they would be undertaking a review of meat cutting premises and cold stores. The review, which will be established later this month, comes in the wake of serious non-compliance issues identified at cutting plants operated by 2 Sisters Food Group and Russell Hume and will be industry-wide.

Russell Hume meat incident

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has taken action to stop any product from leaving sites operated by Russell Hume because of concerns about non-compliance with food hygiene regulations.

Majority of Scots back ban on junk food offers

A majority of Scots support plans to restrict supermarket price offers on unhealthy junk food, a poll has found.

The survey for Cancer Research UK found calls for the Scottish Government to restrict price promotions for fatty, sugary and salty food were supported by 62% of adults in Scotland.

The survey also found that two thirds of Scots are worried about their weight or the weight of a family member. It also found 82% of Scots said supermarket deals which offered extra items for free encouraged people to buy unhealthy food.

Scotland's international exports for food and drink on the rise

Scotland's international exports for food and drink has increased by £275 million to £5.5 billion in 2016.

The rise revealed in National Statistics Publication: Export Statistics Scotland (ESS) 2016 has been driven by strong whisky exports (£4.0 billion in 2016). The manufacture of food and beverages continues to be the largest industry for international exports in Scotland.

Private water supplies update

New legislation is now in force for private water supplies (pws).

The Water Intended for Human Consumption (Private Supplies) (Scotland) Regulations 2017 govern the quality of water supplied to private water supplies which are subject to the provisions of European Council Directive 98/83/EC on the quality of water intended for human consumption ("the Drinking Water Directive").

Health Protection Scotland develop new E.Coli leaflet

A new public information leaflet on E. coli O157/STEC has been developed and is now available on the HPS website and can be accessed here.

The leaflet provides information to the public on E. coli O157 and other STEC infections including:

  • What are E. coli O157 and STEC?
  • Where is STEC found?
  • How can infection be avoided?

Some simple but effective precautions include:

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