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

NadaMoo! Voluntarily Recalls Select Pints of Strawberry Cheesecake Due to Undeclared Almond
Little Red Rooster Ice Cream Company, d/b/a NadaMoo! ( “NadaMoo!”) announced a limited voluntary recall of approximately 26,000 pints of its Strawberry Cheesecake Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert because they contain an undeclared almond ingredient. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to almonds run the risk of a serious or life-threatening all ergic reaction if they consume the recalled products. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - April 2, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Blog: Fighting for a real Living Wage for all, 20 years on from the National Minimum Wage
Twenty years ago today, the National Minimum Wage (NMW) came into force. For the first time, there was a legal wage floor below which working people should never fall. Today, it’s easy to take that change for granted, but it was the result of decades of campaigning from the trade union movement – particularly UNISON and our predecessor unions – often in the face of opposition from Conservative politicians, employers and even some within the trade union movement. Fighting for the National Minimum Wage was a passion I shared with our much-missed friend Rodney Bickerstaffe, who played such a pivotal role ove...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 1, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News living wage national minimum wage Source Type: news

Nestle Purina PetCare Company Voluntarily Recalls a Limited Amount of Muse Wet Cat Food Natural Chicken Recipe in Gravy in Three-ounce Cans due to the Potential Presence of Rubber Pieces
Out of an abundance of caution, Nestle Purina PetCare Company is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of Muse wet cat food Natural Chicken Recipe in Gravy in three-ounce cans. The product could contain rubber pieces that are translucent yellow with a blue backing, which may present a potential choking hazard. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - March 30, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Thomas Hammer Coffee Roasters Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Egg in Blueberry Bread
Thomas Hammer Coffee Roasters Inc. of Spokane, WA is recalling 15 loaves of Blueberry Bread because it may contain undeclared EGG. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to egg 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 - March 29, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Conference delegate registration extended
UNISON has extended the deadline for registering delegates to June’s key conferences – national delegate conference (18-21 June), local government (16-17 June), energy (17 June) and water, environment and transport (16 June) – to Thursday 4 April. All these conferences are taking place in Liverpool. This follows problems with the union’s RMS membership system during the past week, which have in turn affected branches’ ability to register delegates for the conferences on the online conferences system, or OCS. So, any branch sending delegates to any of these conferences, now needs to register th...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 29, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article 2019 Energy Conference 2019 Local Government Conference 2019 National Delegate Conference 2019 WET Conference activists branches Source Type: news

Theo Chocolate Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in 3oz Sea Salt 70% Dark Chocolate Bars
Theo Chocolate of Seattle, WA is voluntarily recalling 3oz Sea Salt 70% Dark Chocolate bars (UPC 8 74492 00325 8) because they may contain undeclared milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - March 28, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Change the record, not just the DJ
Commenting on the Prime Minister’s address to the 1922 Committee, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Theresa May can leave Downing Street, but the country won’t notice a difference while the Conservative Party remains in power. “The UK doesn’t need to change the DJ, it needs to change the record. The people must now be given a say on who runs the country in a general election. “In the meantime, MPs must find a way to protect jobs, wages, public services, rights at work and peace in Northern Ireland. Theresa May’s flawed deal fails all these vital tests. “A...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 28, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release BREXIT dave prentis government theresa may UNISON Source Type: news

Higher ed pay talks open
Higher education unions met university employers today for the start of the 2019-20 pay negotiations. The unions – UNISON, UCU, Unite, GMB and EIS – represent workers across the higher education sector and throughout the UK. They presented a joint pay claim to employers at today’s meeting. Its highlights include a minimum pay rise of RPI inflation plus 3%, or £3,349 a year, whichever is greater; a minimum pay rate for directly employed staff across the sector of £10 an hour, and the living wage, as set by the Living Wage Foundation, for other staff on campus – ie, contracted out staff; ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 26, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News education services higher ed higher education pay pay negotiating and bargaining Source Type: news

USA LESS Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of LEOPARD Miracle Honey Due to Presence of Undeclared Sildenafil
USA LESS, is voluntarily recalling all lots of LEOPARD Miracle Honey, to the consumer level. FDA analysis has found LEOPARD Miracle Honey to be tainted with sildenafil. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - March 25, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Henry Avocado Recalls Whole Avocados Because Of Possible Health Risk
Henry Avocado Corporation is voluntarily recalling California-grown whole avocados sold in bulk at retail stores because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Henry Avocado is issuing this voluntary recall out of an abundance of caution due to positive test results on environmental samples taken during a routine government inspection at its California packing facility. There are no reported illnesses associated with this recall. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - March 24, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Vitamania: should we all be popping vitamin pills? – Science Weekly podcast
With almost half of British adults taking a daily vitamin,Graihagh Jackson and guests examine our love of supplements - including recent announcments about fortifying flour with folic acidAlmost half of adults in Britain take vitamins every day and wespend more on supplements than painkillers. This spring, the government will discuss whether to fortify flour with folic acid. The aim of the proposal is to prevent birth defects such as spina bifida by increasing folate intake in pregnant women.Graihagh Jackson looks atthe history of vitamins withDr Salim Al-Gailanifrom the University of Cambridge, discusses the forthcoming g...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 22, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Presented and produced by Graihagh Jackson Tags: Food science Diets and dieting Health & wellbeing Source Type: news

Ata Int. Inc. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of BLUEFUSION Capsules, due to presence of Undeclared Sildenafil, Tadalafil, Desmethyl carbodenafil, Dithiodesmethyl carbodenafil, Scutellarin and Daidzein
Ata Int. Inc. is voluntarily recalling all lots within expiry of BLUEFUSION Capsules to the consumer level. FDA analysis has found the product to be tainted with sildenafil, tadalafil, desmethyl carbodenafil, dithiodesmethyl carbodenafil, scutellarin and daidzein. Sildenafil and tadalafil are FDA approved drugs for the treatment of male erectile dysfunction and are in a class of drugs called phosphodiesterase (PDE-5) inhibitors. Desmethyl carbodenafil and dithiodesmethyl carbodenafil are analogues of PDE-5 inhibitors and are likely to have the same pharmacological activity as PDE-5 inhibitors and thus carry the same clinic...
Source: Food and Drug Administration - March 21, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Hill ’s Pet Nutrition Expands Voluntary Recall of Select Canned Dog Food for Elevated Vitamin D
Hill ’s Pet Nutrition today announced it is expanding its recall of select canned dog food products due to elevated levels of vitamin D. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - March 21, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Better Made Snack Foods Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk In 10 Ounce $3.99 Original Potato Chips
The recall was initiated after it was discovered that a package of 10-ounce Original Potato Chips dated 10 AUG 2019 did not contain Original Potato Chips but instead contained Cheddar and Sour Cream Potato Chips which contain milk. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a temporary breakdown in the company's production and packaging processes which may have affected 660 bags of 10-ounce Original Potato Chips. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - March 21, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Century Snacks LLC Recalls Snak Club Honey Bliss Nut Mix Due to Undeclared Allergen
Century Snacks, LLC of Commerce, CA is recalling all packages of 3-oz. and 5.75-oz. SNAK CLUB HONEY BLISS NUT MIX due to undeclared MILK. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to MILK 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 - March 21, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Kingston Pharma, LLC RECALLS " DG ™/health NATURALS baby Cough Syrup + Mucus” Because of Possible Health Risk
Kingston Pharma, LLC of Massena, NY is recalling Lot KL180157 of its 2-fluid ounce (59 mL) bottles of DG ™/health NATURALS baby Cough Syrup + Mucus” because it has the potential to be contaminated with Bacillus cereus/ Bacillus circulans. Bacillus cereus in food products has the potential to produce two forms of gastrointestinal illness, one being a syndrome primarily of vomiting, and the other of diarrhea. Most often, illnesses are mild and self-limiting, although more serious and even lethal cases have occurred. Individuals at risk for more severe forms of illness include infants, young children, and others w...
Source: Food and Drug Administration - March 20, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Liverpool University agrees to apply for living wage status
The University of Liverpool’s governing body has approved plans for the university to apply to become an accredited Living Wage employer this year. The Living Wage is an independently calculated minimum hourly rate intended to reflect living costs. The University is currently in discussion with the Living Wage Foundation, which promotes the initiative, to implement the scheme. The Living Wage (currently £9 an hour) is higher than the statutory minimum wage (currently £7.38 an hour for under 25s and £7.83 an hour for over 25s) and it is also currently higher than the lowest two points on the universi...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 20, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News higher education living wage Source Type: news

UMass Amherst food scientist receives Young Scientist Research Award
(University of Massachusetts at Amherst) Guodong Zhang, assistant professor of food science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is being honored with the 2019 Young Scientist Research Award from the American Oil Chemists' Society (AOCS). (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - March 19, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Mylan Institutional LLC Initiates Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Levoleucovorin Injection Due to the Presence of Particulate Matter
Mylan Institutional LLC is conducting a voluntary nationwide recall of two lots (see table below) of Levoleucovorin Injection, 250 mg/25 mL to the consumer/user level. The lots were manufactured by Alidac Pharmaceuticals Limited and distributed by Mylan Institutional LLC. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - March 18, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news