Guidance Notes and Best Practice Guides

Directgov:  As the autumn foraging season gets underway, a wild mushroom safety message has been issued by the Health Protection Agency's poisons experts. The National Poisons Information Service (NPIS) is sounding the alarm.  Every autumn it receives queries from clinicians needing help to treat those who have picked and consumed sometimes dangerously toxic wild mushrooms. 
 
The Food Standards Agency has issued advice for wild food foragers, including; do make sure you can identify what you've found - use several features (check leaf, flower, berry colour & shape, season, and so on).  If you're unsure, don't eat it
Press release ~ Hedgerow harvest - Food Standards Commission advice ~ Fungi guide (Forestry Commission) ~ Forestry Commission mushroom recognition leaflet ~ National Poisons Information Service (NPIS)
 
FSA: The Food Standards Agency has been working in partnership with more than 45 major UK caterers to provide healthier choices for their customers when eating out

The Agency has published updated commitments documents, highlighting the progress made by companies to reduce salt & saturated fat, as well as to promote healthier options and to provide consumers with more information.
Press release ~ Healthy catering commitments
 
FSA: The Food Standards Agency and the Horticultural Development Company (HDC) have published a new guide to help UK growers keep their produce free from microbial contamination.  '

Monitoring microbial food safety of fresh produce'
provides information on the main foodborne disease-causing bacteria & viruses that can contaminate crops, how growers can monitor levels of possible contamination and how good hygiene practice can reduce the risk of crop contamination.
 
The guide is the first step in a programme of work to address growers' need for clear & consistent information on how to ensure their produce is as safe as possible. It will be followed by the launch of web-based risk assessment tools and a 'Keeping it clean' roadshow..
Press release ~ Monitoring microbial food safety of fresh produce ~ FSA: Microbiological safety
 
Newswire – RoSPA: Ahead of the Treasury’s Comprehensive Spending Review, leading road safety organisations have issued a joint briefing document to local authority chief executives to help them set spending priorities that will protect their communities. 
 
The Making it Count guidance addresses the difficult spending choices that will have to be made over the coming months.  It outlines the role local authorities can play in protecting their residents’ quality & length of life and offers guidance about where to look for additional financial & informative support.  It sets out a variety of issues that local authorities should consider when making decisions about scaling-back road safety funding.
Press release ~ Making it Count - A Business Case for Road Safety
 
NICE: In its latest draft guidance, NICE has recommended trastuzumab (Herceptin, Roche Products) for certain patients with metastatic gastric cancer who have high levels of human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2). who have high levels of human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2).
Press release ~ Trastuzumab for the treatment of HER2 positive advanced gastric cancer
 
CSEF: National charity, the Children’s Safety Education Foundation (CSEF) has launched a new safety tool in the battle against childhood injury.  CSEF Online is a suite of interactive digital safety education programmes that covers a full range of topics from fire, home and internet safety to bullying, knife crime and anti-social behaviour.  It combines the full content of a safety event or workbook with the flexibility, convenience and value of digital media.

A trial of the CSEF Online safety programmes, Junior Citizen Online and Respect Online can be accessed at www.csef.net.
Press release ~ Better safe than sorry; preventing unintentional injury to children ~ Child Casualties 2010; A study into resident risk of children on roads in Great Britain 2004-08
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