A changing work environment
High on the conference agenda when delegates from UNISON’s water, environment and transport service group gathered in Brighton today was the importance of retaining flexible working practices; tackling stress and mental health in the workplace; and the risk to workers in the water industry psed by staff cuts. John Wilkinson from United Utilities spoke of a work culture where staffing levels have been cut to the bone. “There is a race to the bottom culture which is placing the health and safety of workers at risk,”  he declared. Other issues raised included the push toward e-learning and home working ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 17, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article 2018 Water Environment and Transport Conference 2018 WET Conference Source Type: news

‘Be bold, be active’, local government members urged
UNISON members were urged to “be bold, be active and help bring down this rancid Tory government” when the union’s 2018 local government conference opened in Brighton this morning Introducing the service group’s annual report, SGE chair Glen Williams looked back at a year in which UNISON was proved right in many ways, including the case of Northamptonshire County Council, which was issued with a section 114 notice in February, preventing it from making any new expenditure. “UNISON told the chief executive four years ago that privatisation would lead to collapse,” he said. Another area on...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 17, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article 2018 Local Government Conference Source Type: news

Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Limited Quantity of Vegetable Trays in a Multistate Outbreak of Cyclospora Illnesses in Select Retailers in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, Because of Possible Health Risk
Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. ( " Del Monte Fresh " ) announced today, the voluntary recall of a limited quantity of 6 oz., 12 oz. and 28 oz. vegetable trays containing fresh broccoli, cauliflower, celery sticks, carrots, and dill dip sold to select retailers in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Del Monte was notified by state agencies of the outbreak and its potential involvement. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - June 16, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Kellogg Company Voluntarily Recalls Honey Smacks Cereal Due to Possible Health Risk
Kellogg Company today announced it is voluntarily recalling 15.3 oz. and 23 oz. packages of Kellogg ’s® Honey Smacks® cereal (with code dates listed below) because these products have the potential presence of Salmonella. No other Kellogg products are impacted by this recall. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - June 15, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

World Variety Produce, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Spicy Edamame Because Of Undeclared Allergens
World Variety Produce, Inc. of Los Angeles, CA is voluntarily recalling Spicy Edamame 7oz, because it contains the undeclared shellfish/crustacean allergen “Oyster Extract” ingredient within the spicy sauce packet. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to shellfish 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 - June 13, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

UNISON vows to highlight crucial value of social care
UNISON will work with other organisations to highlight the value of social care, says a new report from the union published in the run-up to a Westminster green paper on the future of care and support from older people – though that will only apply to England. The union report comes out of a seminar the union held earlier this year, which “provided a timely opportunity to assess the current state of the sector”. Social care, both residential and at-home, cuts across various public-service sectors, and different UNISON service group. While the pressures on the service are the same across the UK, they affec...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 13, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article adult social care community health care local government residential social care Source Type: news

Dave ’s Pet Food Voluntarily Recalls 95% Premium Beef Canned Dog Food Due to Potentially Elevated Levels of Thyroid Hormone
Dave ’s Pet Food of Agawam, MA is recalling a single lot of Dave’s Dog Food 95% premium beef cans because the products potentially contain elevated levels of beef thyroid hormone. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - June 12, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Dave ’ s Pet Food Voluntarily Recalls 95% Premium Beef Canned Dog Food Due to Potentially Elevated Levels of Thyroid Hormone
Dave ’ s Pet Food of Agawam, MA is recalling a single lot of Dave ’ s Dog Food 95% premium beef cans because the products potentially contain elevated levels of beef thyroid hormone. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - June 12, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Blog: Time to stop violence and abuse in the workplace
Today I was proud to launch UNISON’s violence at work charter in Parliament – alongside dozens of MPs who turned out to lend their support. The charter was explicitly designed to support our members in the community, voluntary and housing sectors, but the experiences of our members there are all too often replicated elsewhere. Every day public service workers are being abused, threatened or assaulted at work. It’s shocking and unacceptable, yet it’s the daily reality for all too many of those who work to serve and support us; In a recent UNISON survey conducted of our members in the community sector...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 11, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News Source Type: news

Caito Foods, LLC Voluntarily Recalls Fresh Cut Melon Products Because of Possible Health Risk
Caito Foods is voluntarily recalling fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, 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. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - June 9, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Pay rise for NHS staff in England
UNISON members working for the NHS in England have voted overwhelmingly to accept a three year pay deal and changes to the NHS pay structure negotiated by UNISON and the other 13 NHS unions. All 14 NHS unions have been consulting their members on pay and have today (Friday) collectively endorsed this deal which has been overwhelmingly supported by NHS staff. UNISON members voted yes by a large margin with approximately 84% voting to accept and 16% voting against. Over 83,500 members voted in a turnout of around 30%. UNISON led the negotiations and the Treasury agreed to find £4.2bn of new money to ensure that these p...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 8, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News health care NHS nhs pay pay up now Time to talk about NHS pay Source Type: news

One million NHS staff across England to get a pay rise
Over a million hospital cleaners, nurses, security guards, physiotherapists, emergency call handlers, paramedics, midwives, radiographers and other NHS staff across England will now benefit from a three-year pay deal, say health unions today (Friday). Since March when the offer was first made, the 14 unions have been asking NHS staff whether they want to accept or reject the proposed pay rise, which would mean a 6.5% increase for most staff over the next three years, with more for the lowest paid. With the results of these consultation exercises and online ballots now in, unions announced at a meeting today that ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 8, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: Article NHS nhs pay public services Source Type: news

The last gift: what it ’ s like to work with organ donors
If a heart, liver, or other vital organ becomes available to someone on a transfer list in the North East, it’s likely that Michelle Pearson and Rachel Pritchard will take care of it. Death is often a taboo subject, and there aren’t many people with a keener understanding of it than specialist nurses in organ donation. UNISON members Michelle and Rachel work for Northern Organ Donation Services. If an organ becomes available for transfer in the North East, it’s their job to respond. There are two specialist nurses in organ donation (SN-ODs) like them on call in the region at any time, with embedded roles ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 6, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Lucy Shaddock Tags: Magazine blood and transplant health healthcare nurses Source Type: news

Data: why NHS workers quit
At the end of June hundreds of thousands of people will be marching to celebrate and defend our National Health Service. The NHS is facing many problems because of under-funding, one of those being the decline in pay and working conditions for staff. UNISON is told this by our members on a daily basis, but one way to quantify it is to use the government’s own published data on why NHS staff are quitting. The latest data tracks reasons for leaving from quarter one in the financial year 2011/12 to quarter three in 2017/18. During that time the total number of leavers increased by 6%, but the data reveals that some of t...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 6, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Rosa Ellis Tags: P.S data health NHS nhs70 Source Type: news

UNISON inducted into TripAdvisor ’s Hall of Fame!
UNISON’s beautiful Croyde Bay resort in Devon has achieved the distinction of entering TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame. The accolade is achieved for gaining five consecutive years’ worth of certificates of excellence – something only managed by the top couple of percent of resorts across the world. Croyde Bay Holiday Resort has been owned and operated by UNISON for the past 80 years, offering discounts for all UNISON members and 50% off holidays for UNISON’s low paid members. The resort is open throughout the year, providing a unique holiday or short break experience, in one of the most beautiful p...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 6, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article News Croyde member benefits membership benefits Source Type: news

Care workers strike against pay cuts
Some 120 care workers in south-west England are going on strike tomorrow over their employer’s attempt to cut their wages. And they will be staging more two-hour strikes throughout the rest of June. The strike, by residential care workers in Bath and North East Somerset, runs from 8am on Wednesday 6 June to 8am on Thursday 7 June. It is taking place because their employer is trying to introduce an half-hour unpaid break into their shifts, meaning they would have to choose between working longer hours for the same pay or seeing their wages fall. Workers who don’t take the unpaid break would be asked to “pa...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 5, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article adult social care local government residential care South West Source Type: news

Blog: National delegate conference isn ’t like other union conferences – like our union, it’s special
In two weeks time, our union meets in Brighton for national delegate conference – the beating heart of our union. It’s a great opportunity to come together as a public service workers, meet old friends and new and recommit to our shared values of equality, democracy and publicly owned services. Personally, I love seeing so many of you together in one place, hearing your stories of fighting and winning for our members and learning about the awe-inspiring campaigns you lead. That’s because national delegate conference isn’t like other union conferences – like our union, it’s special. I&rs...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 5, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News 2018 National Delegate Conference NDC 2018 Source Type: news

Shearer ’ s Foods, LLC Issues an Allergy Alert for Undeclared Milk in Meijer Brand Dill Pickle Flavored Potato Chips
Shearer ’ s Foods, LLC of Massillon, OH is recalling Meijer brand 9.5 ounce packages of Dill Pickle Flavored Potato Chips because they may contain undeclared milk. People who are allergic to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - June 5, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Hospira Issues a Voluntary Nationwide Recall for Two Lots of Naloxone Hydrochloride Injection, USP, in the Carpuject ™ Syringe System due to the Potential Presence of Particulate Matter
Hospira, Inc., a Pfizer company, is voluntarily recalling lots 72680LL and 76510LL of Naloxone Hydrochloride Injection, USP, 0.4 mg/mL, 1 mL in 2.5 mL, Carpuject Single-use cartridge syringe system (NDC 0409-1782-69), to the hospital/institution level due to the potential presence of embedded and loose particulate matter on the syringe plunger. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - June 4, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

UNISON ’ s Friendly new partner
UNISON has partnered with savings provider, Shepherds Friendly to offer members a variety of tax-efficient savings plans and solutions for the whole family. Shepherds Friendly is a mutual society, wholly owned and run by its membership and has been providing financial security to members since its foundation in 1826. In addition to their ISA and Junior ISA, their product range includes plans exclusive to friendly societies, that offer extra tax-efficient savings over and above the annual ISA and Junior ISA limits. As a mutual society, Shepherds Friendly is solely focused on its membership and ensuring that it provides outs...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 4, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article unison living Source Type: news

Sanders Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Almonds in Fudge Mini Bites
Sanders announced today that it is recalling its 3.75oz Milk Chocolate Covered Fudge Mini Bites because they may contain undeclared almonds. People who have allergies to almonds 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 - June 2, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

SDQ Trading Inc Issues Alert on Undeclared Milk Allergen in Cheese Biscuits
SDQ Trading Inc. of 651A Lexington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221 is recalling its 16.5 oz packages of Cheese Biscuits because they may contain undeclared milk allergen. Consumers who are allergic to milk allergen may 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 - June 1, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

SunMed Holdings, LLC Issues a Nationwide Recall of STAT-Check and Medline Manual Resuscitator Bags
On May 29, 2018, SunMed Holdings, LLC initiated a nationwide recall of 18,808 units of STAT-Check and Medline resuscitator bags which were distributed between February 1, 2018 to May 13, 2018. The patient port retaining ring of the affected bags may not fully seat which may allow the patient port to detach during use. If this takes place, the resuscitator bags may not deliver air to the patient and result in a delay in treatment and life-threatening health consequences. There have been no reported injuries to date. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - June 1, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Abbott Implements Corrective Action for Heartmate 3 Heart Pump
Abbott is communicating to physicians about a field corrective action related to the HeartMate 3 ™ Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD). Abbott notified physicians and global regulatory bodies on April 5, 2018, that outflow graft twisting could occur post-implant in the HeartMate 3 LVAD, resulting in a persistent low flow alarm that may signal a potential safety risk to patients, such as low blood flow or clotting. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - May 31, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Apotex Corp. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Fluticasone Propionate Nasal Spray USP 50 mcg Per Spray 120 Metered Sprays Due to Potential for Small Glass Particles
Apotex Corp. is voluntarily recalling one (1) lot of Fluticasone Propionate Nasal Spray, USP, 50 mcg per spray, 120 Metered Sprays, to the consumer level. The Fluticasone Propionate Nasal Spray USP 50 mcg per spray 120 Metered Sprays has been found to contain small glass particles. The glass particles could block the actuator and impact the functionality of the pump. The issue was discovered through a customer complaint. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - May 31, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

H-E-B Voluntarily Issues Recall Specific flavors and container sizes of EconoMax and Hill Country Fare ice creams and Creamy Creations sherbets recalled for broken metal in processing equipment
Committed to the quality of its products, H-E-B is voluntarily issuing an all-store recall for certain flavors and container sizes of EconoMax and Hill Country Fare ice creams and Creamy Creations sherbets for broken metal in processing equipment found during routine maintenance. The affected products were distributed to stores in Texas and Mexico. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - May 31, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

An NHS under pressure, underfunded and understaffed
Responding to the NHS Improvement report on the performance of the NHS in England in 2017-18 published today (Thursday), UNISON deputy head of health Helga Pile said: “Under pressure, underfunded and understaffed – the NHS is caught between a rock and a hard place. “While the number of people using the NHS has sky rocketed, staff vacancies are at record levels and funding remains elusive. “Last year’s NHS overspend shows that a sustained funding squeeze doesn’t work. Staff are placed in an impossible position where they’re asked to do more with less, and the books simply don’...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 31, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release government health NHS NHS funding NHS funding cuts Source Type: news

Southampton university staff celebrate pensions win
Staff at the University of Southampton are celebrating after strong campaigning by UNISON and fellow campus unions saw university management withdraw its threat to replace their pensions with an inferior alternative. The university had planned to close its current final salary scheme for non-academic staff from 1 August and replace it with a ‘defined contribution’ scheme, where a person’s pension would depend on what their total contributions could buy at the time they retired. But collective action by the members affected, backed up by their union, means that current staff will keep their final salary pe...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 30, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News education services higher education occupational pensions universities Source Type: news

Allergan Issues Nationwide Voluntary Recall of TAYTULLA ® Softgel Capsules 1mg/20mcg Sample Packs Due to Out of Sequence Capsules
Allergan plc (NYSE:AGN) today issued a voluntary recall in the US market of one lot (Lot# 5620706, Expiry May-2019) of TAYTULLA ® (norethindrone acetate and ethinyl estradiol capsules and ferrous fumarate capsules) 1mg/20mcg, 6x28 physicians sample pack, indicated for use by women to prevent pregnancy. Allergan recently identified, through a physician report, that four placebo capsules were placed out of order in a sample p ack of TAYTULLA. Specifically, the first four days of therapy had four non-hormonal placebo capsules instead of active capsules. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - May 29, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Allergan Issues Nationwide Voluntary Recall of TAYTULLA ® Softgel Capsules 1mg/20mcg Sample Packs Due to Out of Sequence Capsules
Allergan plc (NYSE:AGN) today issued a voluntary recall in the US market of one lot (Lot# 5620706, Expiry May-2019) of TAYTULLA ® (norethindrone acetate and ethinyl estradiol capsules and ferrous fumarate capsules) 1mg/20mcg, 6x28 physicians sample pack, indicated for use by women to prevent pregnancy. Allergan recently identified, through a physician report, that four placebo capsules were placed out of order in a sample pack of TAYTULLA. Specifically, the first four days of therapy had four non-hormonal placebo capsules instead of active capsules. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - May 29, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Pious Lion Voluntary Recall Due to Possible Health Risk
Pious Lion located in Asheville, NC is voluntarily recalling two of their Kratom products: Pious Lion Pure Premium Potent Limited Release Pink Bali, 1 oz and Pious Lion Pure Premium Potent White Maeng DA, Bright Uplifting Energy, 4 oz due to the presence of Salmonella . Salmonella is 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, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organis...
Source: Food and Drug Administration - May 29, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Unions welcome Association of Colleges ’ U-turn on pay talks
The University and College Union (UCU) and UNISON have today (Tuesday) welcomed a U-turn from the Association of Colleges (AoC) over pay talks for staff in further education. At the start of the month the AoC said that it would not discuss a pay claim for 2018/19 while UCU members were still in dispute at some colleges. That threat prompted unions who represent staff in colleges to write to the AoC saying that a refusal to discuss the pay claim was an “unnecessary provocation” and warned the AoC that it risked undermining its “credibility and relevance to the sector” if it would not talk w...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 29, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release education Jon Richards pay support staff Source Type: news

Global Commodities Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Sulfites In Apricot with Pitt Watan Brand
Global Commodities, Inc. of Hicksville, NY is recalling 1lb and 0.5lb packages of WATAN DRY FRUITS Brand Natural Dried Apricot with Pitt, because it contains undeclared sulfites. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to sulfites 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 - May 26, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Shadow Holdings, LLC Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of X-Jow and Acne Shave products due to Possible Bacterial Contamination
Shadow Holdings is voluntarily recalling all lots, within expiry, of Herb-X Solutions X-Jow Pain Gel, and United Exchange Acne Shave Moisturizer, Acne Shave Shave Cream with Acne Shield, and Acne Shave Shave Kit to the retail level. The products may be contaminated with bacteria. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - May 26, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Giant/Martin ’s Voluntarily Recalls Private Brand Frozen Broccoli Cuts
GIANT Food Stores, LLC is voluntarily recalling Private Brand Frozen Broccoli Cuts (16 oz.) with sell by date of Mar 15, 2020 and UPC code 68826700926 out of an abundance of caution following a supplier notification that the product may have Listeria monocytogenes. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - May 26, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Divvies, LLC Conducts Voluntary Recall of Benjamint Crunch Chocolate Bars Due to Undeclared Milk In The Mint
Divvies announced today a voluntary recall of its Benjamint Crunch Chocolate bars due to possible undeclared milk in the peppermint used in the bars. The recall is limited solely to the Benjamint Crunch Bars that were sold online through the Divvies website. This recall will impact approximately 140 consumers. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - May 26, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Stop & Shop Voluntarily Recalls Stop & Shop Frozen Broccoli Cuts
Stop& Shop is voluntarily recalling Private Brand Frozen Broccoli Cuts (16 oz.) with sell by date of Mar 15, 2020 and UPC code 68826700926 out of an abundance of caution due to our supplier notifying us the product may have Listeria monocytogenes. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - May 26, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Giant Food Voluntarily Recalls Giant Food Frozen Broccoli Cuts
Giant Food, LLC is voluntarily recalling Private Brand Frozen Broccoli Cuts (16 oz.) with sell by date of Mar 15, 2020 and UPC code 68826700926 out of an abundance of caution due to our supplier notifying us the product may have Listeria monocytogenes. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - May 25, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

H-E-B Voluntarily Issues a Precautionary Recall H-E-B Ode to Olives Sliced Salad Olives Being Recalled for Potential Glass in The Product
Committed to the quality of its products, H-E-B is voluntarily issuing an all-store precautionary recall for H-E-B Ode to Olives Sliced Salad Olives in 10-ounce glass jars with a best by date of Nov. 3, 2019 due to the possible presence of glass in the product. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - May 25, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Dough-To-Go Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Tree Nuts in Zoe ’s Vegan Tuxedo Fudge Cookie
Dough-to-Go of Santa Clara, CA is recalling 20 cases of cookies because they may contain undeclared tree nuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to walnuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - May 25, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Time's up for best-before dates. Which fresh foods keep best?
Tesco is to stop using date stamps on own-brand produce. Which fruit and veg improves with age and which loses most nutrients?Best-before dates have expired, at least for fruit and vegetables. This week Tesco revealed it is to stop using the date stamps onalmost 70 of its own-brand products in an attempt to tackle food waste. But is older produce as good for you as fresher stuff?Many nutrients, including certain vitamins in fresh produce, are unstable and levels drop after items are harvested. “Micronutrients start to reduce from the moment [produce] is cut, which is why frozen peas are actually better than canned or...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 25, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Nutrition Fruit Food safety Vegetables Tesco Science Business & drink Supermarkets UK news Food waste Environment Food science drink industry Source Type: news

Urgent Medical Device Recall: Sam XT Extremity Tourniquet
SAM Medical today announced it is conducting a voluntary international recall of all unused SAM XT Extremity Tourniquets (SAM XT). The company initiated the recall after internal testing indicated a possible failure of the stitches securing the buckle to the nylon belt could occur, posing a potential risk when used on a human patient to stop arterial blood flow. To date, there have been no reports of adverse health consequences received. This recall is being made with the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration and other relevant Competent Authorities. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - May 25, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Charity ’s excessive surveillance is harming care of the vulnerable, says UNISON
24 May 2018 Embargo: 00.01hrs Friday 25 May 2018 Charity’s excessive surveillance is harming care of the vulnerable, says UNISON National care charity – Community Integrated Care (CIC) – is subjecting its staff to such a degree of surveillance that they are unable to care for vulnerable people properly, says UNISON today (Friday). CIC employees have expressed concern at the introduction of a new sign-in system, and have started a petition. This hi-tech clock-in machine identifies staff by their fingerprints and photographs them each time they sign in or out. Staff who work through the night are required t...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 25, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release care surveillance Source Type: news

New Seasons Market LLC Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Egg in Mini Butter Croissants and Mini Chocolate Croissants
New Seasons Market LLC is recalling NSM 8-pack mini butter croissants and 8-pack mini chocolate croissants because they contain undeclared egg. 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. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - May 24, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Mushrooms contain 4 important nutrients that keep you young and disease-free
(Natural News) It turns out mushrooms are not only perfect as pizza toppings or garnish for gourmet food. Scientists found out that mushrooms contribute more positive effects to the body than what most have previously known. Dr. Robert Beelman, food scientist and Professor Emeritus of Food Science at Penn State University, said mushrooms contain four key nutrients... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UNISON on changes at NHS England and NHS Improvement
Commenting on the announcement today (Thursday) that NHS England and NHS Improvement are to work more closely together, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “Despite healthcare being about people, the last eight years in the NHS have been dominated by structural changes, cost saving exercises and internal politics. “Changes to regional structures should provide the opportunity for the various parts of the NHS to get back to closer working – something that’s been hard to do since the upheaval unleashed by the Health and Social Care Act. “A focus on better team-working and a positive culture ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 24, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: Article healthcare NHS NHS England NHS improvement Sara Gorton staff Source Type: news

UNISON responds to IFS report on NHS funding
Commenting on the Institute for Fiscal Studies and Health foundation report on NHS funding, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “We pay considerably less for our NHS than most other European countries do for their health services. “It delivers exceptional value for money, but this cannot be sustained without a substantial budget increase. “With the NHS turning 70, now is the time for ministers to show their commitment to a service that has cared for us all so well. That means proper investment. “Any future financial settlement for the NHS must factor in the costs of having a fairly rewarded and ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 24, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: Article funding NHS NHS funding Sara Gorton Source Type: news

UNISON on Lord Carter ’s report into productivity in the NHS
Commenting on Lord Carter’s report on operational productivity, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “The harsh reality of working in understaffed teams with limited resources has had a terrible impact on staff well-being. Increased stress levels, a rise in sickness absence and high staff turnover have all been the result. “It’s simply impossible for staff to deliver compassionate care when they are working in an environment of fear and blame. A positive workplace culture can make the world of difference to staff. “It’s crucial this work is taken seriously. A happy and engaged workfor...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 24, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: Article NHS productivity Sara Gorton social partnership forum staff well-being Stress Source Type: news

Merrick Pet Care Voluntarily Recalls Limited Amount of Good Buddy and Backcountry Treats Containing Beef Due to Potentially Elevated Levels of Thyroid Hormone
Merrick Pet Care, of Amarillo, Texas, is initiating a voluntary recall of a limited amount of beef dog treat varieties due to the potential that they contain elevated levels of a naturally-occurring beef thyroid hormone. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - May 23, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Golden International Corporation Issues Public Safety Warning For Stolen Tilapia Because of Possible Health Risk
Golden International Corporation of Renton, WA is issuing a public safety notice for 405 cartons of stolen frozen tilapia, because it has the potential to be 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. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arteria...
Source: Food and Drug Administration - May 23, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news