General News

FSAMorrisons is recalling its own-brand Carvery Cooked Ham because of incorrect allergy labelling.  The product may contain mustard, which is not mentioned on the product label.  This means the ham should not be eaten by anyone with an allergy or intolerance to mustard. The Food Standards Agency has issued an Allergy Alert.
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FSA: The Food Standards Agency has updated its list of product ranges that do not contain the 6 food colours associated with possible hyperactivity in young children.
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FSALituanica is recalling all batches of Arsenal brand vanilla marshmallows. The product contains peanuts, which isn’t mentioned on the label.  If you’re allergic to peanuts, don’t eat this product.  The Food Standards Agency has issued an Allergy Alert
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FSA: The Food Standards Agency has launched a Capability Review to ensure the organisation is delivering on its core objective to protect the public's health & consumer interests in relation to food & feed.

The Review will assess the FSA’s performance against a framework that covers strategy, delivery & leadership.  If you have experiences & insights that would be helpful in the FSA Capability Review, please email the FSA before Monday 9 April 2012.
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FSAExtending the availability of Remedial Action Notices (RANs) for use in all food businesses in England has been delayed.  The Food Standards Agency has written to local authorities notifying them of the delay. 

The process of taking the RANs extension through government committees is taking longer than expected, but the FSA still aims to introduce the England extension before the beginning of the Olympic Games in July 2012.
 
The extension of RANs will be introduced in Scotland on 1 April 2012, Northern Ireland on 6 April and Wales on 1 May, as planned.
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RoSPA: The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has unveiled a revamped RoSPA Advanced Drivers & Riders website – complete with a new members’ forum – to help reduce road accidents by encouraging an interest in road safety.
 
The website focuses on driver & rider behaviour and is relevant to those at every stage, whether they are experienced or newly qualified.  It provides up-to-date information on safer driving & riding techniques and is easier to navigate than the original site.
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WAG: Environment Minister, John Griffiths has urged farmers in Wales to do all their burning before the season ends later this month. The Minister has reminded farmers that in Wales burning can legally only take place between 1 October & 31 March in upland areas, and between 1 November & 15 March elsewhere.
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NE: A landmark agreement has been reached between Natural England, the government’s advisor on the natural environment, and the Conservation Grade Nature Friendly Farming scheme. The new agreement has been created as part of Natural England’s engagement with commercial organisations, and pledges to work together to increase biodiversity on farms across the country. 
 
As well as recognising the roles of farmers & government, this agreement will mobilise the huge potential of food brands and their consumers to support the restoration & management of nature throughout the food chain.
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LSIS: Further to the recent announcement that Frank McLoughlin CBE, Principal of City and Islington College will chair the independent Commission on adult vocational pedagogy, the Learning and Skills Improvement Service are pleased to invite applications for Commissioners from across the further education & skills sector & industry to support this important & exciting agenda.
 
The Commission, which was announced by Government in New Challenges, New Chances last December has been tasked with the aim of improving adult vocational education and setting out recommendations to ensure that all adult learners receive the highest standards of teaching & training, and the best learning experience possible.
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TfL: The first key enabling works to allow the Hammersmith Flyover to be fully reopened to traffic have now been completed, Transport for London announced last week.
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TfL: A host of top London attractions have announced that they will provide special 'after work' offers during the London 2012 Games to encourage people working in Games transport 'hotspot' areas to travel home outside peak hours.
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ScotGov: First Minister Alex Salmond has welcomed the announcement that Edinburgh will be home to the headquarters of the new UK Green Investment Bank.
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Unicef: The world has met the Millennium Development Goal target of halving the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water, well in advance of the MDG 2015 deadline, according to a report issued recently by UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO).  Between 1990 & 2010, over 2bn people gained access to improved drinking water sources, such as piped supplies and protected wells.
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DCMS'Holidays at Home are GREAT' is a domestic tourism campaign aimed at boosting tourism throughout the UK by encouraging people to visit a website offering 20.12% discounts on accommodation, restaurants, attractions & transport around the country.
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HLHomeless Link has recently called on politicians, public & voluntary sector professionals to ‘Take a Step’ to help end rough sleeping at an event held at the House of Commons.  New research from the umbrella body for homelessness charities indicates that 57% of new rough sleepers seek advice or use services before ending up on the streets.
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Defra: The UK Government is giving £8.5m to a total of 33 new projects under Defra’s Darwin Initiative, which has backed wildlife conservation projects in some of the world’s poorest countries for the last two decades. Since its launch in 1992, the Initiative has committed £88m to 762 projects in over 150 countries.
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Unite: Government changes to overseas domestic worker visas will turn the clock back and lead to workers being trapped with abusive employers, Unite, the union, has warned. Since 1998 migrant domestic workers could escape abusive employers by changing jobs or leaving their employment without the fear of being deported. 
 
The change in government policy will lead to domestic workers suffering in silence with victims fearful of becoming ‘illegal’ and perpetrators going unpunished.  
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