General News

FSA:  Enotria is withdrawing all batches of Capriola Pinot Grigio delle Venezie 2010 because of a packaging error. The wine contains sulphites, which isn’t mentioned on the label.  If you’re sensitive to sulphites, you’re advised not to drink this product. The Food Standards Agency has issued an Allergy Alert.

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FSA:  Halewood International is recalling one batch of Julienas Cru de Beaujolais 2010 Vintage because of a packaging error. The wine contains sulphites, which isn’t mentioned on the label.  If you’re allergic or sensitive to sulphites, you’re advised not to drink this product. The Food Standards Agency has issued an Allergy Alert.

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FSA:  Tesco is recalling one batch of its frozen Tesco Finest Banoffee Tart because of a packaging error. The Food Standards Agency has issued an Allergy Alert.  If you are allergic or intolerant to eggs, you are advised not to eat this product. 
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FSA:  Creme d’Or is recalling certain batches of its Felko Christmas figures and gumball machines. The affected products contain candy, but are not labelled with a choking hazard warning for children under 3 years of age. The Food Standards Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.

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FSA:  Waitrose is recalling one batch of its own-brand Belgian Plain Chocolate because of a packaging error. The chocolate contains hazelnuts, which isn’t mentioned on the packaging.  If you’re allergic to nuts, specifically hazelnuts, you’re advised not to eat this product. The Food Standards Agency has issued an Allergy Alert.

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TfL:  An innovative 200m2 green wall on a central London Tube station wall designed to trap pollution on one of London 's busiest roads, was unveiled recently.  It features a total of 15 plant varieties crafted into a multi-coloured & patterned design.  Studies across Europe & the have shown the potential of vegetation, including trees & plants, to trap PM10.  The air quality benefits of this wall will be monitored by scientists from Imperial College London.

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TUC:  Up to 2m public sector workers including teachers, nurses, probation officers, civil servants, cleaners, paramedics and dinner ladies took part in the TUC day of action
Press release & links ~ PCS comment ~ TUC PR re; Change from RPI to CPI for public sector pensions

Met Office:  This year is set to be the 11th warmest in a record spanning more than 150 years, according to climate scientists from the Met Office and the University of East Anglia
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BHF:  A new test developed through BHF-funded research could help some patients with high blood pressure, also called hypertension
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Defra:  One year since its pledge was launched and the Government is already on target to plant 1m new trees across in 4 years.  The Big Tree Plant is helping urban communities across plant trees in areas that need them most.  Trees in cities not only make a community come to life but can also help fight the effects of air pollution & climate change.  They attract wildlife, make an area look more appealing and help create areas in which people enjoy living. 

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Defra:  Marine Management Organisation (MMO) trials show that new technology is allowing South West fishermen to continue to fish in their local area while protecting the marine habitats in Lyme Bay

The local Lyme Bay fishermen, who are the first to trial a GPS positioning system similar to that used by lorry drivers, are able to prove exactly where their vessel is operating at all times. They can therefore prove that they are not fishing in areas of Lyme Bay that have been closed to bottom trawling to protect the seabed from possible damage. 

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CBI:  The CBI has called for action to boost the link between executive pay & performance to further strengthen the current system of corporate governance.  Responding to the Government's discussion paper on executive remuneration, the 's leading business group said that pay must be squarely linked to performance with no rewards for failure.  However, it outlined a number of areas where the remuneration process and the level of transparency could be strengthened.

Press release & links ~ Response from BIS

Monitor:  Monitor, the independent regulator of NHS foundation trusts, has confirmed the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust will be authorised as a foundation trust from 1 December 2011.

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MoD:  Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach has taken up post as the first Commander of Joint Forces Command (JFC) and will be responsible for commanding & generating allocated joint capabilities.
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MoD:  Last week was the last recommended posting date for letters to reach personnel deployed to , but the MOD is urging generous members of the public to consider donating to Service charities instead of sending post.

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