Forget the headlines - the best diet is the one that works for you | Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz
Do whole grains prevent diabetes? Is moderate drinking good or bad for you? Nutritional studies are more complex than you are toldThere ’s a news cycle that we have all become attuned to. It’s what has led various publications to conclude that broccoli is both causing and preventing cancer, that chocolate is a weight-loss food and a diet killer, and that diet soft drinks, against all odds, are causing people to gain weight.This is the world of nutritional epidemiology. And it is complex.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 11, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz Tags: Nutrition Food science Health & wellbeing Life and style Society Source Type: news

The English NHS pay deal – in six charts
July saw the implementation of the new NHS pay deal in England, negotiated by UNISON and other unions. The pay deal marked the biggest changes to the NHS pay structure since 2004, when Agenda for Change was introduced. A lot has already been published about the impact on individuals but in this piece we’re going to look at the structure as a whole and how it benefits staff at different stages of their career. Beginnings, journeys and destinations To understand the changes we need to look at the old structure and why trade unions wanted to change it. It is over 13 years since Agenda for Change was introduced. It intro...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 10, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Rosa Ellis Tags: Article P.S data agenda for change health NHS England nhs pay Source Type: news

Steve ’s Real Food Voluntarily Recalls One Lot of Turducken Recipe, One Lot of Quest Emu, and One Lot of Quest Beef Due to Possible Salmonella and L. Mono Contamination
Steve ’s Real Food of Salt Lake City, Utah is voluntarily recalling one lot of 5lb Turducken Recipe, one lot of 2lb Quest Emu Diet, and one lot of 2lb Quest Beef Diet, due to their possible Salmonella and/or L. mono contamination. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - September 8, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Gravel Ridge Farms Recalls Cage Free Egg Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination
Gravel Ridge Farms is recalling Cage Free Large Eggs due to a potential contamination of Salmonella. The recall was initiated because reported illnesses were confirmed at locations using Gravel Ridge Farm Eggs, and we are voluntarily recalling out of an abundance of caution. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - September 8, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Gravel Ridge Farms Recalls Cage Free Eggs Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination
Gravel Ridge Farms is recalling Cage Free Large Eggs due to a potential contamination of Salmonella. The recall was initiated because reported illnesses were confirmed at locations using Gravel Ridge Farm Eggs, and we are voluntarily recalling out of an abundance of caution. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - September 8, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Camber Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Montelukast Tablets USP, 10mg 30Ct. due to Product/Label Mix-Up
Camber Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is voluntarily recalling one single lot of Montelukast Sodium Tablets, USP 10mg, to the consumer level. This recall of one batch of Montelukast Sodium Tablets, USP 10mg, lot# MON17384 Exp. 12/31/2019, was prompted because a complaint of a sealed bottle labeled as Montelukast 10mg 30 ct found to contain 90 tablets of Losartan Potassium Tablets, USP 50mg (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - September 7, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

SCA Pharmaceuticals LLC. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Furosemide 100 mg in 0.9% Sodium Chloride due to Presence of Precipitate
, SCA Pharmaceuticals LLC ( “SCA Pharma”) is voluntarily recalling 7 lots of the injectable product Furosemide 100 mg in 0.9% Sodium Chloride 100 mg bag to the consumer level. This product is being recalled for visible particulate matter believed to be furosemide precipitate. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - September 7, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Beaumont Bio Med, Inc. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of all their Homeopathic Aqueous/Alcohol-Based Medicines due to the Nationwide Recall by the Contract Manufacturer, King Bio, of all their Aqueous-Based Products due to Possible Microbial Contamination
Beaumont Bio Med, Inc. is voluntarily recalling its entire aqueous/alcohol-based product line for human use, within expiry, to the consumer level. All products manufactured by the contract manufacturer, King Bio, have been recalled due to possible microbial contamination. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - September 6, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

H & C Food Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Wheat, Pork, Egg, and Crustacean in Frozen Fish Balls
H&C Food Inc of Brooklyn, NY is recalling the Frozen Fuzhou Fish Balls and the Fish Balls, because they may contain undeclared wheat, pork, egg, and crustacean. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to wheat, pork, egg and crustacean run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - September 4, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

It ’ s time to value our care workers
If there was just one point that Mandy Buckley could convince her employer of, it would be to value care workers properly. “I’ve been a care worker for 17 years now,” she says. Mandy is part of Birmingham City Council’s enablement team – a dedicated, qualified and experienced group that is “the first port of call when somebody comes out of hospital”. Patients are first assessed in hospital before being discharged. Then the enablement team takes up the baton. Initially, the team works with the discharged person for up to six weeks as a care provider, all the while continuing to asse...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 3, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article adult social care Birmingham care workers local government Source Type: news

Alcon Announces Voluntary Global Market Withdrawal of CyPass Micro-Stent for Surgical Glaucoma
Reflecting its uncompromising commitment to patient safety, Alcon today announced an immediate, voluntary market withdrawal of the CyPass Micro-Stent from the global market. In addition, Alcon advises surgeons to immediately cease further implantation with the CyPass Micro-Stent and to return any unused devices to Alcon. This decision and corresponding recommendation is based on an analysis of five-year post-surgery data from the COMPASS-XT long-term safety study. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the CyPass Micro-Stent in July 2016 for use in conjunction with cataract surgery in adult patients with mild-...
Source: Food and Drug Administration - August 31, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Hellolife, Inc. Issues Voluntary Worldwide Recall of Neuroveen, Respitrol, Thyroveev and Compulsin due to Possible Microbial Contamination
HelloLife, Inc. in Grand Rapids, MI is initiating a voluntary recall of four different products, Neuroveen, Respitrol, Thyroveev and Compulsin, within expiry, to the retail and consumer level due to possible microbial contamination. Neuroveen has been tested and found to be contaminated with Staphylococcus saprophyticus and Burkholderia cepacia. Compulsin has been identified as containing Burkholderia cepacia. Respitrol and Thyroveev are still pending bacterial identification. Each product being recalled is for a single lot that was packaged into 2-ounce amber bottles (see table below) that were manufactured at the King B...
Source: Food and Drug Administration - August 29, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Product Quest Manufacturing LLC Recalls All Nasal Products and Baby Oral Gels Manufactured at Florida Facility Due to Possible Microbial Contamination
Product Quest Manufacturing ( “ Product Quest ” ) announced its voluntary recall of Lot# 173089J of CVS Health 12 Hour Sinus Relief Nasal Mist due to a finding of microbial contamination identified as Pseudomonas aeruginosa. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - August 29, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Blog: Standing with home care workers every step of the way
Today, more than fifty UNISON home care workers from Birmingham visited the UNISON centre. It was a pleasure to meet them and talk with them about the strike action they’re taking to defend their jobs and their pay. Their fight for decency has been long and hard. Today was their 17th day of industrial action, in a dispute that has lasted the best part of a year. No-one ever goes on strike lightly – especially when they’re low-paid workers. These care workers feel the impact personally – and know the impact strike action has on those they care for. But they also know how important taking action is t...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - August 29, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News birmingham home care Source Type: news

Prentis tells Birmingham care strikers ‘we will win’
“We will win – we cannot afford for Birmingham council to win.” That was the pledge this afternoon from general secretary Dave Prentis, as he welcomed striking Birmingham carers to UNISON Centre in London. The strikers were taking their 17th day of action, as the city’s Labour council tries to cut their hours in a desperate attempt to save money. Under the plans, which the council claims will increase ‘efficiency,’ carers would lose money. Depending on the hours allocated to an individual, that could mount up to £6,000 a year for a worker who currently earns around £12,000 a ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - August 29, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News adult social care birmingham care workers cuts homecare workers low paid carers Source Type: news

Consumer Alert - Undeclared Sulfites in “Lily Bulb”
New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball today alerted consumers that the “Lily Bulb” product (photo attached) distributed by Allied Imports Inc. of 267 52nd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220 was found to contain sulfites, which are not declared on the product label. People who have severe sensitivity to sulfites may run the risk of serious or life-threatening reactions if they consume this product. No illnesses have been reported to date to this Department in connection with this product. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - August 28, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Pfizer, Inc. Issues A Voluntary Nationwide Recall Of One Lot Of Children ’s Advil® Suspension Bubble Gum Flavored 4 FL OZ Bottle
Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, a division of Pfizer Inc., is voluntarily recalling one lot of Children ’s Advil® Suspension Bubble Gum Flavored 4 FL OZ Bottle because of customer complaints that the dosage cup provided is marked in teaspoons and the instructions on the label are described in milliliters (mL). (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - August 28, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Pfizer, Inc. Issues A Voluntary Nationwide Recall Of One Lot Of Children ’ s Advil ® Suspension Bubble Gum Flavored 4 FL OZ Bottle
Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, a division of Pfizer Inc., is voluntarily recalling one lot of Children ’ s Advil ® Suspension Bubble Gum Flavored 4 FL OZ Bottle because of customer complaints that the dosage cup provided is marked in teaspoons and the instructions on the label are described in milliliters (mL). (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - August 28, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Living Well Remedies, LLC Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Weight Away Remedy, Lot # 111417LWL614, Due To Microbial Contamination
Franklin Lakes, NJ, Living Well Remedies, LLC is voluntarily recalling Weight Away Remedy lot# 111417LWL614 to the consumer level. The independent manufacturing facility that produced this lot reported it to be out of specification for microbial testing. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - August 28, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

King Bio Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of All Aqueous-Based Products for Human and Animal Use Due to Possible Microbial Contamination
King Bio is voluntarily recalling all of its aqueous-based products for human and animal use (see website link below), within expiry, to the consumer level due to possible microbial contamination. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - August 28, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Accord Healthcare Inc. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets USP 12.5 Mg Due to Labeling Mix-up
A 100 count bottle of Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets USP 12.5 mg has been found to contain 100 Spironolactone Tablets USP 25 mg. Since the individual lot, PW05264, of the product is involved in a potential mix-up of labeling, Accord is recalling this individual lot from the market. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - August 28, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

King Bio Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of It ’s Kids and Infant Products Due to Potential Microbial Contamination
King Bio is voluntarily recalling the below products to the consumer level. A small percentage of our products produced between 08/01/2017 and 04/2018 have tested positive for microbial contamination. Out of an abundance of caution, we are recalling the products and lot numbers below (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - August 22, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

King Bio Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of It ’ s Kids and Infant Products Due to Potential Microbial Contamination
King Bio is voluntarily recalling the below products to the consumer level. A small percentage of our products produced between 08/01/2017 and 04/2018 have tested positive for microbial contamination. Out of an abundance of caution, we are recalling the products and lot numbers below (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - August 22, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Radagast Pet Food Voluntarily Expands Recall to Include Rad Cat Raw Diet Products With Best By Dates of 10/19/18 Through 12/3/19 Due to Potential Health Risk
Radagast Pet Food, Inc. of Portland, OR is expanding its voluntary recall to include an additional quantity of Rad Cat Raw Diet across all varieties with Best By dates of 10/19/18 through 12/3/19 because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Radagast Pet Food is conducting this voluntary recall out of an abundance of caution because of its strong commitment to food safety and quality. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - August 22, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

UPDATED: Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Valsartan/Amlodipine/HCTZ, Valsartan/Amlodipine and Valsartan Tablets
Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited is voluntarily recalling ALL LOTS within expiry of Valsartan/Amlodipine/HCTZ, Valsartan/Amlodipine and Valsartan tablets to the consumer level due to the detection of trace amounts of an unexpected impurity found in an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufactured by Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals. The impurity detected in the API is N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which is a substance that occurs naturally in certain foods, drinking water, air pollution, and industrial processes, and has been classified as a probable human carcinogen as per International Agency for Research on Cancer ...
Source: Food and Drug Administration - August 22, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

UPDATED:ADDITIONAL LOTS ADDED: Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Valsartan/Amlodipine/HCTZ, Valsartan/Amlodipine and Valsartan Tablets
Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited is voluntarily recalling ALL LOTS within expiry of Valsartan/Amlodipine/HCTZ, Valsartan/Amlodipine and Valsartan tablets to the consumer level due to the detection of trace amounts of an unexpected impurity found in an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufactured by Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals. The impurity detected in the API is N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which is a substance that occurs naturally in certain foods, drinking water, air pollution, and industrial processes, and has been classified as a probable human carcinogen as per International Agency for Research on Cancer ...
Source: Food and Drug Administration - August 22, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Lipari Foods Issues Voluntary Recall of Premo Brand Turkey & Cheese Wedge Sandwiches Because of Possible Health Risk
Lipari Foods, LLC has issued a voluntary recall of Premo Brand turkey and cheese wedge sandwiches produced and packaged by sister company JLM due to potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes is 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. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - August 21, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Valsartan / Amlodipine / HCTZ Tablets
Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited is voluntarily recalling 14 lots of Valsartan/Amlodipine/HCTZ tablets to the consumer level due to the detection of trace amounts of an unexpected impurity found in an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufactured by Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals. The impurity detected in the API is N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which is a substance that occurs naturally in certain foods, drinking water, air pollution, and industrial processes, and has been classified as a probable human carcinogen as per International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classification. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - August 18, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Both low and high-carb diets can raise risk of early death, study finds
Eating a moderate amount of carbohydrates best for healthy lifespan, say researchersEating either a low-carb diet or a high-carb diet raises the risk of an early death, according to a major new study which will dismay the many people who have ditched the likes of bread, rice and potatoes for weight loss or health reasons.Researchers who pooled the results of eight large studies have found that eating a moderate amount of carbohydrates is best for a healthy lifespan. Less than 40% or more than 70% of calories from carbohydrates carried a higher risk of mortality.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 17, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley Health editor Tags: Diets and dieting Food science Life expectancy Health Medical research Life and style Source Type: news

Both low- and high-carb diets can raise risk of early death, study finds
Eating a moderate amount of carbohydrates best for healthy lifespan, say researchersEating either a low-carb diet or a high-carb diet raises the risk of an early death, according to a major new study which will dismay the many people who have ditched the likes of bread, rice and potatoes for weight loss or health reasons.Related:Moderation in all things – so don’t ditch the biscuits just yet | Julian BagginiContinue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 16, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley Health editor Tags: Diets and dieting Food science Life expectancy Health Medical research Life and style Source Type: news

Zakah Life Recalls Kratom Because Of Possible Health Risk
Zakah Life, LLC of Ankeny, Iowa, is recalling the following Kratom products (Super Green Maeng Da Premium Kratom powder, Powerful Red Vein Bali Premium Kratom powder, Super Green Maeng Da Premium Kratom capsules, and Powerful Red Vein Bali Premium Kratom capsules) with expiration dates prior to 01/01/2023 because they have the potential of being contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - August 16, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Marsee Baking Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Peanuts In Cookies Sold At Caf é Yumm! Restaurants
Marsee Foods, Inc. dba Marsee Baking is voluntarily recalling chocolate chip, ginger spice, and oatmeal raisin cookies sold at Caf é Yumm! restaurants. The cookies may contain undeclared peanuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - August 15, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Marsee Baking Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Peanuts In Cookies Sold At Caf é Yumm! Restaurants
Marsee Foods, Inc. dba Marsee Baking is voluntarily recalling chocolate chip, ginger spice, and oatmeal raisin cookies sold at Caf é Yumm! restaurants. The cookies may contain undeclared peanuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - August 15, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Is Oatmeal Healthy? Here ’s What the Experts Say
Oatmeal is a near-universally beloved breakfast. While it has historically been enjoyed across Europe, Russia and the U.S., oatmeal is rapidly gaining popularity in developing countries because of its affordability and its perceived health properties. But is oatmeal really good for you? To answer that question, it’s first important to differentiate among all the different types of oatmeal. There’s steel-cut and rolled, quick-cooking and instant. But all of these terms refer to different methods of preparing hulled oats for cooking. “You can’t eat an unprocessed oat straight from the field,” sa...
Source: TIME: Health - August 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Markham Heid Tags: Uncategorized Diet/Nutrition healthytime Source Type: news

Do you know a health hero and want to make sure they ’re recognised?
Do you know a support worker in the NHS who deserves national recognition for their dedication? Perhaps you’re one yourself? Then the Our Health Heroes awards, organised by Skills for Health and the National Skills Academy for Health, could be just the thing for you The awards recognise and promote the significant contribution support workers make in delivering patient care and celebrate those who take special pride in their roles. So if you work in the health service and know anyone whose contribution to your team or department deserves special recognition, ask their manager to nominate them to be one...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - August 15, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News health care NHS one team for patient care Our Health Heroes Our Health Heroes Awards Source Type: news

Salt & Straw Voluntarily Recalls Certain Lots of Chocolate Gooey Brownie Ice Cream Pints Due to Possible Undeclared Peanuts
Salt& Straw Ice Cream is voluntarily recalling a limited number of its Chocolate Gooey Brownie pints because it may contain undeclared peanuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of a serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. The product is safe to consume unless you have a peanut allergy or sensitivity. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - August 15, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

World Organix, LLC Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Blissful Remedies Red Maeng Da 100% Mitragyna Speciosa, Blissful Remedies Red Maeng Da Liquid Kratom Mitragyna Speciosa, Blissful Remedies 4 Hour Chill Slow Motion Blend, Due to High Microbial Loads Contamination
World Organix LLC, is voluntarily recalling lot: 112710 of Blissful Remedies Red Maeng Da 100% Mitragyna Speciosa capsules, Blissful Remedies Red Maeng Da Liquid Kratom Mitragyna Speciosa, Blissful Remedies 4 Hour Chill Slow Motion Blend to the consumer level. These products have been tested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ( “FDA”) and found to be contaminated with High Microbial Loads. Additionally, this serves as a update to a previous press release posted on June 30th 2018, concerning Blissful Remedies Gold Series Ultra Enhanced Indo and Blissful Remedies Kratom+CBD, CBD infused Maeng Da, Red Maeng ...
Source: Food and Drug Administration - August 13, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Pension costs – are they transparent enough?
MPs are looking into pension fund costs and charges, and UNISON is asking members to fill in a survey on their pensions. This will help provide information to be included in the union’s submission to the to the Commons work and pensions select committee, which is carrying out the inquiry. The union has also produced a briefing on the issues, which will help members fill in the very short questionnaire. The more UNISON members who fill in the survey, the more evidence UNISON will have to inform the submission to the inquiry which ends on 6 September. The survey is totally anonymous and no individual members’ dat...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - August 13, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article Pension pensions pensions governance Source Type: news

Westminster Pharmaceuticals, LLC. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Levothyroxine and Liothyronine (Thyroid Tablets, USP) Due to Risk of Adulteration
Westminster Pharmaceuticals, LLC is voluntarily recalling all lots, within expiry, of Levothyroxine and Liothyronine (Thyroid Tablets, USP) 15 mg, 30 mg, 60 mg, 90 mg,& 120 mg to the wholesale level. These products are being recalled as a precaution because they were manufactured using active pharmaceutical ingredients that were sourced prior to the FDA ’s Import Alert of Sichuan Friendly Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., which as a result of a 2017 inspection were found to have deficiencies with Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP). Substandard cGMP practices could represent the possibility of risk being introduc...
Source: Food and Drug Administration - August 10, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Blog: Universal Credit is creating chaos in family finances
Millions of people on low incomes struggle to get by. They have little in savings. They budget weekly or monthly. They just about manage, but they worry about the cost of living. Any unplanned financial changes – emergency car repairs, broken household appliances or a large gas bill – can throw their finances into complete confusion. The last thing they need is for the government to create added chaos for them. Yet that is precisely what Universal Credit is doing – creating chaos in family finances. People are suddenly finding that their Universal Credit payments either stop completely or fall dramatical...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - August 10, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News Universal credit Source Type: news

Camber Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Valsartan Tablets, USP, 40mg, 80mg, 160mg and 320mg Due to The Detection of Trace Amounts of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) Impurity, Found in an Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API)
As a precautionary measure, Camber Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is voluntarily recalling all unexpired lots of Valsartan Tablets, USP, 40mg, 80mg, 160mg and 320mg to the hospital, retail and consumer level. This recall of multiple batches of Valsartan Tablets was prompted due to the detection of trace amounts of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a possible process impurity or contaminant in an active pharmaceutical ingredient, manufactured by Hetero Labs Limited, Unit – I (API manufacturer). (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - August 9, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Blog: Why we ’re fighting on over sleep-in payments
Last month the Court of Appeal delivered a ruling that was a hammer blow for thousands of care workers who work sleep-in shifts. The court has denied them the hourly minimum pay that is the very least that they deserve. In the aftermath of that ruling, we made a commitment to those care workers – and everyone affected by this landmark case – that we would keep fighting for what is right. That includes continuing to fight on in the highest court in the land – the Supreme Court. Today I’m pleased so say that we have asked the Supreme Court for leave to appeal against the Court of Appeal’s decisi...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - August 9, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News Sleep-in payments Source Type: news

" Country Favor Inc Issues Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in “Best Taste Brand Snack Ginger Sliced”
Country Favor Inc. of Maspeth, New York is recalling its 7 ounce packages of “Best Taste Brand Snack Ginger Sliced” food treats because they contained undeclared sulfites. Consumers who have severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - August 9, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Product Quest Manufacturing LLC Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of CVS Health 12 Hour Sinus Relief Nasal Mist Due to Microbiological Contamination
Holly Hill, FL, Product Quest Manufacturing ( “Product Quest”) is voluntarily recalling Lot# 173089J of CVS Health 12 Hour Sinus Relief Nasal Mist, a clear, colorless liquid, to the consumer level. The product was found to have had microbiological contamination identified as Pseudomonas aeruginosa. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - August 8, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

UNISON seeks leave to appeal on sleep-in case
UNISON has asked the Supreme Court this week for leave to appeal against the Court of Appeal decision that care workers’ sleep-in shifts do not count as work time and do need to be paid in line with the national minimum wage. The Supreme Court will now decide whether to grant the union the right to appeal against the July decision by the Court of Appeal. That decided in favour of an appeal from mental health charity and care provider, Mencap, against an employment appeal tribunal decision in April 2017. UNISON took the initial case to an employment tribunal on behalf of care worker Clare Tomlinson-Blake. It argued th...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - August 8, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News care care homes care workers care workers: your rights community home care local government minimum wage national minimum wage Sleep-in payments Source Type: news

Inferior university pension plans must not become the norm, says UNISON
Support staff at two leading universities are facing damaging pension shake-ups, UNISON said today (Wednesday). The changes proposed by The University of Manchester and Staffordshire University will mostly affect low-paid female staff such as cleaners, catering staff, and administrators. At The University of Manchester, over 4,000 employees face having their pensions cut by 20%. The proposals would also mean that for those already enrolled in the scheme, instead of receiving a pension based on their final salary, as is currently the case, staff would have their pensions calculated on a ‘career-average’ basis. S...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - August 8, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release Christina McAnea Pension pensions retirement university Source Type: news

Voluntary Recall Notice of El Guapo Jamaica Hibiscus Flower Pouches Due to Unlabeled Peanut Allergen
Mojave Foods Corporation is initiating a voluntary recall of four sizes of El Guapo Jamaica Hibiscus Flower packages in flexible packaging due to an unlabeled peanut allergen (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - August 7, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Blog: Our whole union stands by our members in Northamptonshire
For years now, UNISON has been drawing attention to the disastrous mis-management, poor leadership and chronic underfunding of Northamptonshire County Council – and demanding change. Northamptonshire has become a watchword for local government failure, and a salutary warning to those who believe that privatisation is the answer for local services. This is a council that has pursued an extreme low council tax, high outsourcing policy that has pushed the authority to the very brink – leading to a government investigation that recommended abolishing the county council altogether. Yet as I wrote earlier this year ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - August 7, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News local government Northamptonshire Source Type: news

G & C Raw, LLC Recalls Pat's Cat Turkey, and Ground Lamb Pet Food, because of Possible Listeria Monocytogenes Health Risk
G& C Raw, of Versailles, OH is recalling 30 1-lb containers of Pat's Cat Turkey Cat Food and 40 2-lb containers of Ground Lamb Dog Food because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in animals eating the products. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - August 6, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

We need less waste, not more food | Letters
The key to UK food security is not to grow more but to ensure our supplies and to cut out profligacyThis year ’s heatwave and climate change in general highlight growing risks to food supplies and not just in this country (“To feed the world, we must exploit science, not spurn its advances”). Assuming that Britain will always be able to import food is folly. In 2010, Russia banned grain exports after a drought, while Trump’s reaction to a poor US harvest can be imagined. A falling pound and lack of trade agreements post-Brexit mean that European supplies are hardly guaranteed. Ot her countries might...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 5, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Guardian Staff Tags: Food waste Food security Food science & drink Environment Society Global development UK news Source Type: news