Hi-tech gardens bloom at London ’s Chelsea Flower Show
3D printed soil, urban farming and artificial intelligence will all make an appearance at this year ’s eventWeed is not a word often associated with the immaculate gardens of theChelsea flower show. But with hydroponics and urban farming making grand appearances at this year ’s event, it will be on a lot of visitors’ lips.“With the right lights you can grow whatever you like, even if you’re inside a dark, north-facing flat in London or Birmingham,” saidJody Lidgard, one of Chelsea ’s most decorated designers. “It’s almost like marijuana,” he chuckled. “It&rs...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 19, 2019 Category: Science Authors: James Tapper Tags: Chelsea flower show Gardens Food Science London UK news Source Type: news

Jellyfish supper delivered by drone? Radical future predicted for food
Algae milk, insect protein and nutrients consumed through a patch or pill may become norm, report saysThe food of the future could come in the form of stick-on patches and pills or be delivered by intravenous drip, according to a report that predicts what and how we could be eating as far ahead as 150 years from now.Jellyfish suppers washed down with algae milk and bread made from insect protein may eventually become the norm, while shoppers will be able to pick up “lab-grown” meat kits from dedicated supermarket aisles – or get them delivered by drone.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 15, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Rebecca Smithers Tags: Food Science Environment Food science J Sainsbury World news Technology Source Type: news

Fruit of Ceylon ironwood found to have potent antioxidant properties
(Natural News) The fruit of the evergreen tree Manilkara hexandra Dubard (commonly known as Ceylon ironwood) is not well-studied so researchers from India decided to analyze its chemical components for potential health benefits. The fruit proved to be a good source of flavonoids and phenolic compounds which have antioxidant activity, as shown in their study published in the journal Food Science and... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vote in the European elections on 23 May
Elections for the European Parliament are taking place across the UK on 23 May and the vote of every UNISON will be vital to the outcome. Few expected that these elections would happen. Under the government’s original timetable, the UK would have left the EU at the end of March. That we haven’t left is a consequence of both the failure of Theresa May’s government and the lies that were told during the referendum campaign about how easy it would be to negotiate the UK’s withdrawal. Whilst we are still in the European Union it is important that we choose representatives whose views and values are clos...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 13, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article EU Europe european union Source Type: news

Blog: This is a fight that I know we can and will win
It was great to be in Liverpool today, to stand shoulder to shoulder with striking care workers from Alternative Futures Group. Across the North West, these workers are striking against cuts to their pay – which is already far lower than they deserve. It’s clear from speaking to them today and previously that the AFG strikers have received incredible support from their communities and from across our union and our movement. That support was out in force today, as each speaker and everyone attending the rally spoke with one voice against this injustice. MPs Laura Smith and Alison McGovern continued to give their...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 10, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News AFG Source Type: news

Love your library? Tell us about it
UNISON is carrying out important research into the impact that the use of volunteers is having on our public library service, and is asking all members working in a public library to complete a short survey. We need as many UNISON members as possible who work in a public library to fill out the survey, so that our findings reflect what’s really happening in the service. All responses will be confidential and anonymous. The survey should take between 10-15 minutes to complete. None of the questions are compulsory, but the more people who answer the full survey, the more powerful the findings. We know our members in li...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 9, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article austerity libraries library and culture service local government love your libraries Save Our Local Services save our services Source Type: news

Sandwell Council staff celebrate victory in grading dispute
UNISON members at Sandwell Council have claimed victory after securing a substantial wage rise following a dispute over job grading. The 20 customer service assistants, together with 14 colleagues in Unite, were due to begin industrial action next week in a row over a job evaluation process that failed to take into account the work the staff undertook. But the industrial action was called off on 1 May, after members accepted a new offer from the council. The workers have now been re-graded, as of 1 May, meaning that those earning between £19,000 to £20,000 a year will eventually see their pay increase by &...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 3, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News local government West Midlands Source Type: news

Pay rise victory for privatised NHS workers
Catering workers at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have won their pay battle after two days of strike action, says UNISON. Their employer Sodexo had previously refused to give its workers the same pay rise as the one agreed last year for health staff directly employed by the NHS. But after two days of industrial action, which began on Wednesday and had been due to continue throughout this month, Sodexo has reached an agreement to pay the NHS pay deal in full. Around 70 staff, predominantly women, were transferred from the trust to the private company in January 2017, a move which cost ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 3, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release health pay NHS NHS Agenda for Change Source Type: news

AFG workers set to begin seven-day strike
Over 650 UNISON members employed by the Alternative Futures Group (AFG) begin seven days of strike action on Tuesday over cuts to their income. AFG has cut back care support workers’ pay for sleep-in shifts. This will cost some staff as much as £2,000 per year. The care support workers are only paid at the level of the minimum wage for their regular hours and many are now struggling to stay in the care sector due to not being paid adequately at night. UNISON has offered to meet with AFG for negotiations aimed at averting the strike, but the company has rejected this. Staff have received great support, with a pu...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 3, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News AFG Sleep-in payments social care Source Type: news

HE employers make final pay offer
Higher education employers made a final offer in response to the  join unions’ pay claim at the final negotiating meeting yesterday. UNISON will consider its response and how to consult branches when the higher education service group meets on 7 May. The new offer is for a pay rise of between 3.65% and 1.82% for staff on pay spine points 3 to 16 (£22,017 a year), and 1.8% for those on points 17 and above. The offer also includes deleting the lowest pay band – point 2. This will mean that the lowest rate of pay will be £9.17 per hour for those on a 35-hour week. The current living wage rate, set...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 1, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article higher education higher education pay industrial relations pay negotiating and bargaining universities Source Type: news

Blog: For UNISON, the local elections are massive: Don ’t forget to vote
With all of the focus on Brexit, it’s easy to forget that there are vitally important elections taking place this week. Across the country, thousands of local councillors are up for election, and for UNISON, these elections are massive. For those working in local services, these elections decide who runs the local councils who employ them or manage their services. A change in council leadership can mean the difference between jobs maintained or lost. It can mean greater support for a service – or its abolition. It can make the difference between privatisation or services coming back in house. It can make the di...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 1, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News Source Type: news

UK ’s biggest academy chain faces vote of no confidence from staff
Education unions representing staff at Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) – the largest academy chain in the UK – are today (Wednesday) launching a ballot asking if employees have confidence in the trust’s leadership. The move comes after AET failed to listen to staff concerns over proposed cutbacks and restructuring. The changes will put the wellbeing of children and workers at serious risk, say the unions. Last ditch talks between seven unions and AET to address concerns over a raft of cuts to services are currently taking place at conciliation service ACAS.* However, unions say AET is attempting to sabot...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 1, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release academies education Jon Richards Source Type: news

Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Losartan Potassium 25 mg and 100 mg Tablets USP, Sold Exclusively to Golden State Medical Supply
Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. has initiated a voluntary recall in the United States, to the patient level, of 35 lots of bulk Losartan Potassium USP Tablets (6 lots of 25 mg strength and 29 lots of 100 mg strength). (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - April 27, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Consensus on NHS workforce plans encouraging but need for extra funding mustn ’t be forgotten
Commenting on a speech on the NHS workforce made today at the Royal College of Physicians annual conference (Thursday) by NHS Improvement chair Dido Harding, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “It’s good to see NHS leaders acknowledging that working for the health service isn’t what it could be and much more needs to be done if experienced staff aren’t to be lost to other parts of the economy. “Holding on to staff is probably the biggest challenge facing the NHS. All workers across the health service need to know they’re valued and must be given the right training opportun...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 25, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release funding NHS Sara Gorton Source Type: news

Legacy Pharmaceutical Packaging, LLC Expands Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Losartan Potassium Tablets, USP, 50mg Due to the Detection of Trace Amounts of N-Nitroso N-Methyl 4-amino butyric acid (NMBA) Impurity Found in the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API)
Legacy Pharmaceutical Packaging, LLC is expanding its consumer-level recall of 3 repackaged lots Losartan Tablets USP 50mg to include one additional lot. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - April 25, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Jurox Incorporated is Voluntarily Recalling Two Lots of Alfaxan Unpreserved, an Intravenous Injectable Anaesthetic
This recall has been initiated due to an out of specification result for clarity observed in the stability program. The presence of the aluminum phosphate precipitate presents a potential risk that intravascular (I.V.) injection of product containing this precipitate could result in blood vessel in (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - April 24, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

What do green coffee, blueberries, tomatoes, and strawberries have in common? They all contain the anticancer phenol chlorogenic acid
(Natural News) Coffee is one of the most commonly consumed drinks in the world and it has been shown to have health benefits. Researchers from India evaluated the anticancer properties of chlorogenic acid complex, an active compound in green coffee beans. Their findings appeared in the Food Science and Human Wellness journal. Chlorogenic acid (CGA) is the... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lyra McKee : The loss of a friend of our union
Lyra McKee’s death last week shocked us all. Today as her funeral takes place, we share in the collective grief and sadness at the loss of a friend of our union. Yet I can think of no better words to sum up our feelings than those used by our Northern Ireland Regional Secretary Patricia McKeown. As Patricia said last week: “Lyra McKee was an investigative journalist and a defender of equality and human rights. We worked with Lyra in the past and had hoped to again in the future. We worked with her not in only her role as investigative journalist but she also trained our local UNISON activists in their media wo...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 24, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News Source Type: news

Blog: It ’ s time to go for growth
Last year, our union achieved something big – we grew. At a time when union membership across the world is in decline, it’s UNISON that’s bucking the trend and standing up for more and more public service workers. As a result, we’re now the biggest union in the UK. A big part of that was our “Grovember” campaign, which pulled everyone together – activists and staff, in branches, regionally and nationally – to focus on recruiting more members and growing our union in November. It was a massive success, producing a spike in membership numbers and a lasting change across our uni...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 24, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News Go for growth Source Type: news

Firm strategy and better data needed to tackle abuse of NHS staff, says UNISON
Responding to renewed government commitments to tackle violence against NHS staff today (Wednesday), UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “Tackling the shocking level of violence against health staff requires more than just warm words. Last year’s commitments to reduce harm to staff were welcome, but several months on we are still waiting for details of a comprehensive strategy. “We’re not convinced that body-worn cameras are the answer to attacks on ambulance staff. More prosecutions would send out a message that abuse is not tolerated and increased NHS investment in staff wo...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 24, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release NHS Sara Gorton Violence against staff in the NHS Source Type: news

Alvogen Inc. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Fentanyl Transdermal System Due to Product Mislabeling
Alvogen, Inc. is voluntarily recalling two lots of Fentanyl Transdermal System 12 mcg/h transdermal patches to the consumer level. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - April 21, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Updated: Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited Expands Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Losartan Potassium Tablets, USP and Losartan Potassium/Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets, USP
Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited is expanding its recall for Losartan Potassium Tablets USP and Losartan Potassium/hydrochlorothiazide tablets, USP, to the consumer level due to the detection of trace amounts of an unexpected impurity found in an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufactured by Hetero Labs Limited. The Recall is expanded to include an additional 36 lots of Losartan potassium Tablets USP and 68 lots of Losartan Potassium/Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets, USP (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - April 18, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Cuts increase risk to public in England and Wales
Public health is being put at risk by continued austerity and cuts, says a new UNISON report on environmental health in England and Wales. In November and December last year, the union sent Freedom of Information requests to all 374 local authorities in the two countries (197 answered), as well as surveying members working in environmental health. Comparing the results with comparable figures from 2009, when councils last answered a UNISON freedom of information request on the same issue, shows that: environmental health budgets per head of population have more than halved over the past decade (falling by 52.92% between 2...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 18, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News austerity council cuts cuts to local services environmental health local government Source Type: news

Weis Markets Issues Recall for Undeclared Egg Allergen In WQ Banana Puddin Ice Cream
Weis Markets today said it has issued a recall for its Weis Quality Banana Puddin Ice Cream (48oz) since the product ’s ingredient label fails to list an egg allergen due to a supplier error. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to eggs run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. There have been no reports of illness from customer’s consuming this product to date. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - April 18, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Mondel ēz Global LLC Conducts Voluntary Recall of Certain Chewy Chips Ahoy 13oz Due to Unexpected Solidified Ingredient in Product in the US
Mondel ēz Global LLC announced today a limited voluntary recall in the United States of certain Chewy Chips Ahoy 13oz cookies. This voluntary recall is being conducted because of the potential for certain product to contain an unexpected solidified ingredient. Some reports of potential adverse health eff ects have been received. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - April 17, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Mondel ē z Global LLC Conducts Voluntary Recall of Certain Chewy Chips Ahoy 13oz Due to Unexpected Solidified Ingredient in Product in the US
Mondel ē z Global LLC announced today a limited voluntary recall in the United States of certain Chewy Chips Ahoy 13oz cookies. This voluntary recall is being conducted because of the potential for certain product to contain an unexpected solidified ingredient. Some reports of potential adverse health effects have been received. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - April 17, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Jensen Tuna of Louisiana is Voluntarily Recalling Frozen Ground Tuna Imported from JK Fish, Because it may Potentially be Contaminated with < em > Salmonella < /em >
Jensen Tuna of Louisiana is Voluntarily Recalling Frozen Ground Tuna Imported from JK Fish, Because it may Potentially be Contaminated with Salmonella. The frozen product, individually packaged in clear plastic one-pound bags, is sold in white wax 20 lb. boxes. The product is only sold as a wholesale case with twenty bags in each case. The lot numbers are z266, z271 and z272. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - April 16, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Unilever Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Tree Nut in Limited Quantities of Ben & Jerry ’s Coconut Seven Layer Bar Bulk and Chunky Monkey Pint
Unilever is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of Ben& Jerry ’s Coconut Seven Layer Bar bulk and Ben& Jerry ’s Chunky Monkey pints, which may inadvertently contain tree nuts including almonds, Brazil nuts, and hazelnuts that are not declared in the ingredient list or allergy information list. Both affected products include a “Contains Walnuts” and a “May contain other tree nuts” label on the bac k of the pack. Persons who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to these undeclared tree nuts run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the re...
Source: Food and Drug Administration - April 16, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Building on the success of Grovember
We’re going for growth in May, following on from the success of the Grovember. That month of activity by the whole union made us not only the biggest union in the UK – but a growing one. We’re not resting on our laurels, however. If November showed that by acting together we can push our recruitment into growth, May is about applying what we learned and starting to develop a sustainable union-wide recruitment and retention plan strategy. UNISON is aiming to run two or three month-long campaigns each year where branches, regions and the centre focus on recruitment and retention and make sure our union cont...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 16, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: P.S data Go for growth grovember recruiting recruitment Source Type: news

Caito Foods, LLC Voluntarily Recalls Fresh Cut Melon Product Because of Possible Health Risk
Caito Foods is voluntarily recalling fresh cut watermelon, fresh cut honeydew melon, fresh cut cantaloupe and fresh cut mixed fruit containing one of these melons, produced at the Caito Foods facility in Indianapolis because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella Carrau, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salm...
Source: Food and Drug Administration - April 13, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Scientists find a way to make crisps taste salty with less of the salt that causes obesity
Carolyn Ross, a food science professor at Washington State University, created the salt mix, which contains less sodium chloride, with a team of colleagues. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gas boss should have pay rise blocked, says UNISON
British Gas staff should use their voting at next month’s AGM of parent company Centrica to reject the “obscene” pay rise of boss Iain Conn, says UNISON. Iain Conn, the chief executive of Centrica, is due to receive a £2.4 million pay package – 109 times the £22,000 average salary of call centre staff – in a year when 2,000 employees are losing their jobs. His 44% pay increase of £660,000 is the equivalent of the average yearly pay for 30 call centre workers at the energy giant. It comes in the wake of two bill increases for consumers in a matter of months, a profit warning a...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 12, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: Press release British Gas centrica Energy Matt Lay pensions Source Type: news

SD Import Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Aphrodisiac Capsules Due to Presence of Undeclared Sildenafil
SD Import, LLC is voluntarily recalling all lots of Aphrodisiac, Capsules to the consumer level. The products have been found to be tainted with sildenafil. FDA analysis has found the product to be tainted with sildenafil. Sildenafil is an active pharmaceutical ingredient in FDA approved product used in the treatment of erectile dysfunction. The presence of sildenafil in Aphrodisiac capsules renders it an unapproved drug for which safety and efficacy have not been established and, therefore, subject to recall. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - April 12, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Arjun tree, long used in ethnomedicine, can also be used as a natural preservative
(Natural News) Researchers from India and New Zealand explored the potential of Terminalia arjuna as a novel natural preservative in meat products. Their findings were published in the journal Food Science and Human Wellness. The researchers used chevon sausages as a model system. They incorporated different levels of T. arjuna extracts: T1 (0.25 percent), T2 (0.50 percent) and T3 (0.75 percent). They assessed various lipid... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Basil extract restores lipid metabolism, prevents oxidation
In this study, researchers from Morocco examined the effect of basil extract on high lipid levels and oxidative stress in an animal model. Basil is an aromatic plant... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Great American Marketing Company Recalls Ready To Eat Products Because of Possible Health Risk
Great American Marketing Company of Houston, Texas is recalling Ready to Eat Sandwiches, Wraps and Salads because they have the potential to be contaminated with LISTERIA MONOCYTOGENES , an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail and elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria Infection can cause miscarriages and still births among pregnant women. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - April 10, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

‘Once in a generation opportunity to put younger workers at the heart of our union’
Delegates at UNISON’s health conference today welcomed moves to better recruit, represent and include young members. As Shipha Begum of the Young Members Forum (above) told the conference: “We’re not the future of the union – we’re right here, right now, getting active, getting organised and building the union. “And we want to make sure that all our colleagues in the NHS and across the health sector are right beside us.” The TUC has highlighted the fact that less than 8% of workers aged 16-24 are in a union, while almost 40% of union members are aged 50 or over. Like the TUC, UNISO...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 10, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News 2019 Health Conference health care Year of Young Workers young members Source Type: news

AFG taking a big cut from funding it receives
As UNISON members at Alternative Futures Group (AFG) take a third day of strike action today, the union has released figures that reveal that AFG’s raid on staff incomes is unnecessary. The company has cut care support workers’ top-up payments pay for sleep-in shifts. This is costing some staff as much as £2,000 a year. The care support workers are only paid at the level of the minimum wage for their regular hours and many are struggling to stay in the care sector due to not being paid adequately at night. Staff have received great support for their strike action, with a public petition hitting some 13,00...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 9, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News adult social care Industrial action local government Sleep-in payments strike Source Type: news

The problems we face every day
UNISON health delegates have passed a series of motions on serious but sometimes little discussed issues that affect their daily working lives. These included bullying, the menopause, mandatory flu vaccinations and hospital food. Bullying. Conference heard that bullying in the NHS is “endemic”, “institutionalised” and can be seen at every level – by ministers towards civil servants, to organisations like NHS Improvement and NHS England making unreasonable demands on trusts, down through every layer of management until it hits frontline staff. The 2017 NHS staff survey found that one in four NH...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 9, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article 2019 Health Conference Source Type: news

Brian Richardson DBA “In Tha Pink” Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Kopi Jantan Tradisional Natural Herbs Coffee Due to Presence of Undeclared Sildenafil and Tadalafil
Brian Richardson DBA “In Tha Pink”, is voluntarily recalling lots with the expiration of October 13, 2020 (13/10/2020) of ground Kopi Jantan Tradisional Natural Herbs Coffee to the consumer level. FDA analysis has found the product to be tainted with Sildenafil and Tadalafil (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - April 8, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Mental health services “broken and heading for crisis”
Delegates at UNISON’s health conference took part in a wide-ranging debate on what is regarded as the under-funded and overworked “Cinderella” service of the NHS. Conference heard of the continued pressure that funding cuts have created for staff working in mental health across the UK, with spiralling workloads, lack of support from management and the effects on their own mental health. As a result, 45% of respondents to a UNISON survey have said they are thinking of leaving their jobs. Sam Hemraj of the health service group executive said that mental health care was a “critical service” for U...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 8, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News health conference 2019 Source Type: news

Mental health services ‘broken and heading for crisis’
Delegates at UNISON’s health conference took part in a wide-ranging debate on what is regarded as the under-funded and overworked “Cinderella” service of the NHS. Conference heard of the continued pressure that funding cuts have created for staff working in mental health across the UK, with spiralling workloads, lack of support from management and the effects on their own mental health. As a result, 45% of respondents to a UNISON survey have said they are thinking of leaving their jobs. Sam Hemraj (above) of the health service group executive said that mental health care was a “critical service&rdqu...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 8, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News health care health conference 2019 mental health Source Type: news

Thorgensen Family Farm Recalls Raw Frozen Ground Pet Food (Rabbit; Duck; Llama; Pork) Because of Possible < em > Listeria Monocytogenes < /em > Health Risk
Thogersen Family Farm of Stanwood, WA is voluntarily recalling raw frozen ground pet food because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The following varieties, packaged in two pound packs, are included in this recall: course ground rabbit, course ground mallard duck, ground llama, and ground pork frozen raw pet food (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - April 7, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Thogensen Family Farm Recalls Raw Frozen Ground Pet Food (Rabbit; Duck; Llama; Pork) Because of Possible < em > Listeria Monocytogenes < /em > Health Risk
Thogersen Family Farm of Stanwood, WA is voluntarily recalling raw frozen ground pet food because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The following varieties, packaged in two pound packs, are included in this recall: course ground rabbit, course ground mallard duck, ground llama, and ground pork frozen raw pet food (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - April 7, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Government must pay up to end growing NHS pay divide, says UNISON
The government must find the money to ensure tens of thousands of low-paid cleaners, porters, security guards and catering staff working for private contractors in hospitals across England receive the same pay rise as colleagues employed by the NHS, says UNISON today (Sunday). The lowest paid workers in the NHS were given a £2,000 pay rise last year, as part of a three-year deal negotiated by health unions. But the overwhelming majority of health staff employed on private contracts have not received a penny, says UNISON. Many outsourced staff haven’t had a wage rise in years and the growing pay divide is affect...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 7, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Alison Charlton Tags: News Press release health care Source Type: news

Conagra Brands Announces Recall of a Limited Amount of Hunt ’s Tomato Paste Cans Due to Potential Presence of Mold
Conagra Brands, Inc. (NYSE: CAG) is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of Hunt ’s Tomato Paste No Salt Added six ounce cans. After the canning process, the final product could have been damaged, creating the potential for mold. Conagra Brands became aware of the issue after receiving calls from consumers. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - April 4, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Privatisation at Chesterfield Royal Hospital will drive out staff and is a worrying sign for the future
Responding to the transfer of more than 700 staff at Chesterfield Royal Hospital Trust to a new private arm’s-length company this week, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “This is bad news for staff and patients. The changes are built on savings from employing new recruits on worse pay, conditions and pension scheme, as well as slashing the trust’s VAT liability. “The money will almost certainly not go into the pockets of staff, who need it most. The effect will be that more of our experienced staff leave an overstretched service and that putting the service outside the...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 4, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release health NHS privatisation Sara Gorton wholly owned subsidiaries Source Type: news

New charter sets out role for volunteers in supporting the NHS
A pioneering charter showing how volunteers can make a valuable contribution to the NHS in England, without undermining paid staff or affecting patient safety, is being launched today (Thursday) by health unions and Helpforce. The aim is to ensure that the tens of thousands of people who give up their time to provide comfort and help to patients are given guidance about their roles. It’s also intended to safeguard against their use as cheap substitutes for trained health staff. There are an estimated 78,000 volunteers providing help and support to patients in hospitals across England. This might include running book ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 4, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release NHS NHS England Sara Gorton volunteers Source Type: news

Scientists explore the antihyperglycemic, antihyperlipidemic and anti-inflammatory properties of pointed gourd
(Natural News) A recent review published in the journal Food Science and Human Wellness found that pointed gourd (Trichosanthes dioica) has various biological activities that are beneficial to a person’s health. In the review, the team from Bangladesh analyzed the bioactive compounds in pointed gourd using scientific studies. Mainly found in tropical Asia, the pointed... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Wakefern Food Corp. Voluntarily Recalls Wholesome Pantry Organic Nut Butters Because of Possible Health Risk
Wakefern Food Corp. has initiated a voluntary recall of a variety of Wholesome Pantry Organic nut butters because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. No illnesses related to the recall have been reported. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - April 2, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news