Making David Attenborough proud
UNISON’s very own holiday resort is taking the lead and going green by taking massive steps and reducing its plastic consumption. In news that would hearten Sir David Attenborough himself, the resort in beautiful Croyde, north Devon, has started the second year of a program of initiatives to help protect the environment. Green measure taken so far include replacing soft drinks in single use plastic bottles, replacing plastic straws and removing plastic carrier bags from the shop. The resort is also sponsoring a beach clean. UNISON Croyde Bay green co-ordinator Dean Parish said: “Last year was a fantastic step i...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 5, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article Croyde unison living Source Type: news

Union vows to resist Bangor university pension threat
UNISON has vowed to resist “pretty shabby” plans by Bangor University to cut the pensions of its lowest paid staff. University management is proposing to cut its contribution to the pensions of its lowest paid staff, while leaving the workers’ contribution at the level they are now, and reducing members’ benefits when they retire. The move is aimed only at non-academic staff – clerical workers, IT staff, lab workers, cleaners, caterers, security staff and more – leading UNISON locally to say the university has “shown how little it values the role of support workers”. UNISON C...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 5, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article Bangor university education services higher ed higher education occupational pensions universities Source Type: news

UNISON wins pay out for low-paid staff at Solihull Sixth Form College
Administrative staff, career advisors, science and art technicians, and library assistants working for Solihull Sixth Form College are to receive eight days additional pay a year as a result of mistakes made about the way public holiday pay was calculated. UNISON negotiated the claims on behalf of 14 members of staff employed on term-time contracts, arguing they had been treated less favourably than teachers and other colleagues employed full-time. The college has now agreed to revise the formula used to calculate their holiday allowance and pay the correct rate, backdated six years. Library assistant Julie Robinson first ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 5, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release college holiday pay Solihull Source Type: news

Frito-Lay Issues Voluntary Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk In Small Number of Stacy ’s Simply Naked Pita Chips
Frito-Lay announced a limited voluntary recall of a very small number of 7 1/3 oz. bags of Stacy ’s Simply Naked Pita Chips because they may contain undeclared milk ingredients. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the product contained inside the recalled pita chips bags. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - February 5, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Frito-Lay Issues Voluntary Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk In Small Number of Stacy ’ s Simply Naked Pita Chips
Frito-Lay announced a limited voluntary recall of a very small number of 7 1/3 oz. bags of Stacy ’ s Simply Naked Pita Chips because they may contain undeclared milk ingredients. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the product contained inside the recalled pita chips bags. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - February 5, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Allergy Alert Issued by Santa Rosa Whole Foods Market for Undeclared Walnut, Milk and Eggs in “Hipster Chipster” Cookies
The Santa Rosa Whole Foods Market store is voluntarily recalling eight packages of its “Hipster Chipster” cookies because they contain undeclared tree nut (walnut), milk, and egg allergens that were not listed on the product label. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - February 5, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Allergy Alert Issued by Santa Rosa Whole Foods Market for Undeclared Walnut, Milk and Eggs in “ Hipster Chipster ” Cookies
The Santa Rosa Whole Foods Market store is voluntarily recalling eight packages of its “ Hipster Chipster ” cookies because they contain undeclared tree nut (walnut), milk, and egg allergens that were not listed on the product label. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - February 5, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Continues its Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Levetiracetam in 0.54% Sodium Chloride Injection 1500mg/100mL Due to Mislabeling
Dr. Reddy ’ s Laboratories Ltd. (BSE: 500124, NSE: DRREDDY, NYSE: RDY) announced that it ’ s wholly owned subsidiary, Dr Reddy ’ s Laboratories, Inc is continuing its voluntary nationwide recall of lot ABD807 of Levetiracetram in 0.54% Sodium Chloride Injection, 1,500 mg/100 mL (15 mg/mL) single-dose infusion bags to the hospital level in U.S.A. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - February 4, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Stryker Launches Voluntary Field Action for Specific Units of the LIFEPAK ® 15 Monitor/Defibrillator
The company is notifying certain LIFEPAK 15 customers of an issue that may cause the device to lock up after a defibrillation shock is delivered. The lock-up condition is defined as a blank monitor display with LED lights on, indicating power to the device, but no response in the keypad and device functions. A device in this condition has the potential to delay delivery of therapy, and this delay in therapy has the potential to result in serious injury or death. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - February 1, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Stryker Launches Voluntary Field Action for Specific Units of the LIFEPAK ® 15 Monitor/Defibrillator
The company is notifying certain LIFEPAK 15 customers of an issue that may cause the device to lock up after a defibrillation shock is delivered. The lock-up condition is defined as a blank monitor display with LED lights on, indicating power to the device, but no response in the keypad and device functions. A device in this condition has the potential to delay delivery of therapy, and this delay in therapy has the potential to result in serious injury or death. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - February 1, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Working during the cold weather
As many of us experience the coldest weather to date this winter spare a thought for those who have to work outdoors in sub-zero temperatures to keep our vital public services running. UNISON head of health and safety said: “Exposure to the cold can be a serious health and safety hazard causing chilblains and hypothermia. “There is an increased risk of slipping and numb figures, or ill-fitting gloves, can make potentially dangerous equipment difficult to use. “Employers must remember their duty to look after their workers by measures such as frequent breaks from the cold, facilities for warming up, warm d...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 1, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article Source Type: news

Hill ’ s Pet Nutrition Voluntarily Recalls Select Canned Dog Food for Excessive Vitamin D 
Hill ’ s Pet Nutrition is voluntarily recalling select canned dog food products due to potentially elevated levels of vitamin D. While vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, ingestion of elevated levels can lead to potential health issues depending on the level of vitamin D and the length of exposure, and dogs may exhibit symptoms such as vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling, and weight loss. Vitamin D, when consumed at very high levels, can lead to serious health issues in dogs including renal dysfunction. Pet parents with dogs who have consumed any of the produ...
Source: Food and Drug Administration - January 31, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Hill ’s Pet Nutrition Voluntarily Recalls Select Canned Dog Food for Excessive Vitamin D
Hill ’s Pet Nutrition is voluntarily recalling select canned dog food products due to potentially elevated levels of vitamin D. While vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, ingestion of elevated levels can lead to potential health issues depending on the level of vitamin D and the length of expos ure, and dogs may exhibit symptoms such as vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling, and weight loss. Vitamin D, when consumed at very high levels, can lead to serious health issues in dogs including renal dysfunction. Pet parents with dogs who have consu med any of the prod...
Source: Food and Drug Administration - January 31, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Hill ’ s Pet Nutrition Voluntarily Recalls Select Canned Dog Food for Excessive Vitamin D
Hill ’ s Pet Nutrition is voluntarily recalling select canned dog food products due to potentially elevated levels of vitamin D. While vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, ingestion of elevated levels can lead to potential health issues depending on the level of vitamin D and the length of exposure, and dogs may exhibit symptoms such as vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling, and weight loss. Vitamin D, when consumed at very high levels, can lead to serious health issues in dogs including renal dysfunction. Pet parents with dogs who have consumed any of the produ...
Source: Food and Drug Administration - January 31, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Early pint: evidence of 'first British beer' found in Cambridgeshire
Signs of iron age brew, from as far back as 400BC, found during £1.5bn upgrade of A14Evidence of the first beer believed to have been brewed in the UK, dating back more than 2,000 years, has been uncovered by road workers.Signs of the iron age brew from about 400BC were identified in fragments of charred residues from the beer-making process found during the £1.5bn upgrade of the A14 in Cambridgeshire.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 31, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Haroon Siddique Tags: Archaeology UK news Beer Food Science Heritage Source Type: news

UNISON helps University of Bath win living wage accreditation
More than 300 staff at the University of Bath are set to benefit from a pay rise this spring, after UNISON and the university worked together to ensure that the latter can now call itself an accredited living wage employer. Set to take effect in April, it means that all workers at North East Somerset’s second largest employer will be paid at least £9 an hour. The Living Wage Foundation currently sets £9 as the figure to reflect a truer cost of living once inflation is fully taken into account. This is significantly higher than the national living wage, which is set by the government and is currently at &p...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 31, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News education higher education living wage Living Wage Foundation South West Source Type: news

Defying the cold and looking to the future
January may have ended with a cold snap for much of the country – but that didn’t stop UNISON starting the new year with a firm eye on the future, for both our planet and of our union. We joined fellow energy unions GMB, Prospect and Unite in calling for a meeting with energy secretary Greg Clark to plan a “just transition” to the low-carbon economy needed to deal with climate change. UNISON played a key role in bringing the four unions – and activists who represent 200,000 workers in the sector – together to talk about the issues last year. The unions have now drawn up a template for &l...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 31, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article BREXIT brexit draft agreement Energy EU Citizens health care just transition NHS Source Type: news

Tris Pharma, Inc Expands Its Voluntary Nationwide Retail Recall of Ibuprofen Oral Suspension Drops, USP, 50 mg per 1.25 mL, Due to Higher Concentration of Ibuprofen
Monmouth Junction, NJ, Tris Pharma, Inc. is expanding the scope of its November 2018 recall by adding three (3) additional lots of Ibuprofen Oral Suspension Drops, USP, 50 mg per 1.25 mL, to the retail (pharmacy) level. Some units from these batches have been found to have higher levels of Ibuprofen concentration. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - January 30, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Nature ’ s Rx Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Silver Bullet 10x to Undeclared PDF-5 Inhibitors in the Product
Nature ’ s Rx is voluntarily recalling quantity lots of Silver Bullet 10x, description of dosage form to the hospital, retail or consumer level. This recall has been initiated because the product was found to contain undeclared sildenafil and tadalafil, the active ingredient in Viagra and Cialis respectively, which are PDE-5 inhibitors. The undeclared PDE-5 inhibitors in the product may pose serious health risks because consumers with underlying medical issues may take the products without knowing that they can cause serious harm or interact in dangerous ways with other drugs they may be taking (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - January 30, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Nature ’s Rx Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Silver Bullet 10x to Undeclared PDE-5 Inhibitors in the Product
Nature ’s Rx is voluntarily recalling quantity lots of Silver Bullet 10x, description of dosage form to the hospital, retail or consumer level. This recall has been initiated because the product was found to contain undeclared sildenafil and tadalafil, the active ingredient in Viagra and Cialis respectiv ely, which are PDE-5 inhibitors. The undeclared PDE-5 inhibitors in the product may pose serious health risks because consumers with underlying medical issues may take the products without knowing that they can cause serious harm or interact in dangerous ways with other drugs they may be taking (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - January 30, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Purina Animal Nutrition Voluntarily Recalling Purina ® Honor® Show Chow® Showlamb Grower Due to Elevated Copper Level
) – Purina Animal Nutrition is voluntarily recalling two lots of Purina® Honor® Show Chow® Showlamb Grower due to elevated copper levels. The feed is packaged in purple branded Purina Honor Show Chow bags. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - January 29, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Purina Animal Nutrition Voluntarily Recalling Purina ® Honor ® Show Chow ® Showlamb Grower Due to Elevated Copper Level
) – Purina Animal Nutrition is voluntarily recalling two lots of Purina ® Honor ® Show Chow ® Showlamb Grower due to elevated copper levels. The feed is packaged in purple branded Purina Honor Show Chow bags. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - January 29, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Oskri Organics Corporation Recalls All Nut Butters because of Possible Health Risk
Oskri Organics Corporation of Lake Mills, WI is recalling ALL Oskri Corporation manufactured nut butters. This recall has been initiated due to positive test results for Listeria monocytogenes found in multiple Oskri Corporation manufactured nut butters. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - January 29, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Last UK hospital outside Agenda for Change joins national agreement
UNISON has welcomed the news today (Monday) that the only NHS trust in the UK outside the national agreement for pay, terms and conditions is now to move over to Agenda for Change. It means staff at Southend University Hospital will now enjoy the same pay, pension and annual-leave conditions as everyone else in the NHS. The trust has operated outside Agenda for Change for more than a decade. But it meant staff in Southend were not guaranteed the same pay rises as their colleagues in other trusts around the country. Last year, the trust agreed to mirror national NHS pay rates and, following consultation with union...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 28, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Anna Mauremootoo Tags: Press release agenda for change NHS nhs pay Sara Gorton Source Type: news

Holocaust Memorial Day – Today we remember those ‘torn from home’
Holocaust Memorial Day is a time for everyone to come together and say never again. Never again to an anti-semitic and racist ideology that systematically targeted and murdered six million Jews. Never again should anyone be forced to suffer and die like those murdered by Nazi Persecution or in subsequent genocides. Never again. Amongst those targeted and killed were Jews, Roma Gypsies and Slavs. They were Black, LGBT and disabled. They were trade unionists and political opponents of Nazism. All of them torn from home, never to return. Leaving behind families, friends, communities, jobs and lives. “Torn from home&rdqu...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 27, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News holocaust memorial day Source Type: news

SL: Recall of Thrive Market Nut Butters Due to Potential Health Risk
Thrive Market, Inc, is recalling all unexpired lots of the Thrive Market-branded nut butters listed below ( “Product(s)”) due to the potential for contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. On January 21, 2019, one of our suppliers notified us that it was issuing a recall of all nut butters it has manufactured since January 2018 because of a positive test for Listeria monocytogenes in recent lots. B ecause the safety of our members is our absolute priority, we are expanding on our supplier’s recall and are voluntarily recalling all unexpired lots of all Thrive Market-branded nut butters manufactured by th...
Source: Food and Drug Administration - January 26, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Mrs. Grissom ’s Salads Issues a Voluntary Recall
For immediate release- January 18,2019 – Nashville, TN – Mrs. Grissom’s Salads is voluntarily recalling a single days production of Mrs. Grissom’s SELECT Old Fashioned Pimento Cheese because of a labeling issue. Product produced on December 13, 2018 may have been packaged incorrectly, with the correct Pimento Cheese label on top lid, but a Chicken salad label on the container. The Pimento Cheese may contain allergens not listed on the products ingredient label, Specifically Milk. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - January 25, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Jac. Vandenberg, Inc. Recalls Fresh Peaches, Fresh Nectarines and Fresh Plums Because They May Be Contaminted with Listeria Monocytogenes
Jac. Vandenberg, Inc. of Yonkers, New York is recalling 1,727 cartons of Fresh Peaches, 1,207 cartons of Fresh Nectarines and 365 cartons of Fresh Plums 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 or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - January 25, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

End-of-year accounts for 2018 – branch audits
Branch treasurers have received notification of the procedures to apply on the closedown of the online branch accounts package (OLBA) for 2018. The branch authorisation sheet which includes the branch auditors’ statement must be signed by the branch auditor and should be sent to: IMPS Team, UNISON, Arena Point, 1 Hunts Bank, Manchester, M3 1UN. It must arrive by Friday 15 March 2019. As last year, it is a requirement that photocopies of statements for all balances held in bank, building society, deposit accounts, prepaid cards and/or any other short-term investment accounts at 31 December 2018 be sent along...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 25, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article audits branch finances branch officers branch treasurer branches Source Type: news

Satur Farms ’ Recall of Baby Spinach Affects Prepared Food Items from Whole Foods Market Stores in Eight States
In response to a recall by Satur Farms, Whole Foods Market is voluntarily recalling various prepared foods items in eight states containing baby spinach because of a potential contamination of Salmonella. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - January 25, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Satur Farms ’ Recall of Baby Spinach Affects Prepared Food Items from Whole Foods Market Stores in Eight States
In response to a recall by Satur Farms, Whole Foods Market is voluntarily recalling various prepared foods items in eight states containing baby spinach because of a potential contamination of Salmonella. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - January 25, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Product Recall Because of Possible Health Risk
Satur Farms, 3705 Alvah's Lane, Cutchogue, NY 11935 is voluntarily recalling Baby Spinach and Mesclun with the specific lot numbers listed below 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. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - January 24, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

General Mills Recalls Five Pound Bags of Gold Medal Unbleached Flour
General Mills announced today a voluntary national recall of five-pound bags of its Gold Medal Unbleached Flour with a better if used by date of April 20, 2020. The recall is being issued for the potential presence of Salmonella which was discovered during sampling of the five-pound bag product. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - January 24, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Perrigo Issues Allergy Alert For Simple Truth Organic Banana, Strawberry & Apple Puree With Nonfat Greek Yogurt
Perrigo Company, in coordination with The Kroger Company, is initiating a voluntary recall of one production lot of Simple Truth Organic Banana, Strawberry& Apple Fruit Puree with Nonfat Greek Yogurt (LOT L8159, best by 08/06/2019, produced in Spain) due to improper labeling that does not indicate the presence of milk, posing a potential risk to consumers with milk allergies. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - January 24, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Speaking up for schools
UNISON has launched a consultative ballot of school support staff members in England as part of its Speak up for schools campaign. UNISON represents around 250,000 school support staff across the UK and those members do fantastic work helping children learn, keeping them safe and healthy and schools running smoothly. But life is getting harder in our schools so the union is running a consultative ballot of members in England about their pay, terms and condition and workload. We want to know what you think and what you are prepared to do to help us defend schools against further cuts and job losses. It’s about stoppin...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 23, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article News consultative ballot schools schools ballot speak up for schools Source Type: news

UPDATED: Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Losartan Potassium Tablets, USP and Losartan Potassium and Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets, USP
Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited is expanding its voluntary recall from 10 lots of Losartan potassium tablets USP to include 6 lots of Losartan potassium and 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. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - January 22, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Extend article 50 and avoid no-deal Brexit catastrophe
After weeks of fruitlessly flogging the dead horse of a dreadful withdrawal agreement, you’d think the prime minister would want to avoid crashing out of the EU with nothing to show for her efforts. Yet she’s so weak, so fearful of the 100-plus MPs from her own party who want rid of her that she’s repeatedly failed to rule out a no-deal Brexit. And that’s even after suffering the acute embarrassment of the largest government defeat in parliamentary history. The truth is a no-deal Brexit is not a fresh start or a clean break. It’s a looming economic and societal catastrophe that threatens stabi...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 21, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News BREXIT Source Type: news

Former vice president issues inspiring call to action
Guest speaker Carol Sewell addressed Black members’ conference this afternoon, haring her own inspiring story and encouraging members to “be the best you can be” in UNISON. The former vice president told how she was born in Oldbury in the West Midlands and, after finishing her education, went to work in local government. There, she joined Nalgo, one of UNISON’s three predecessor unions. In 1998 she became a rep and later, her branch’s equalities rep: “You know what it’s like – Black face; you can do equalities”, she quipped. Ms Sewell stressed how much she has always en...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 19, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2019 Black Members Conference Carol Sewell Source Type: news

Windrush ‘nightmare’ won’t end until ‘hostile environment’ does
In a packed morning session in Llandudno’s Venue Cymru conference centre, UNISON’s Black members debated a wide range of important motions. Tanya Igbosi-McGee for the national Black members committee opened a major debate on the Windrush scandal. “It has been a nightmare – it really has,” she said, before listing several planned deportation flights in the future and others that happened ate last year. On each flight, each person being deported has “three guards assigned to them – more, if they feel you’re aggressive”. Yet even after apologising for the Windrush scandal,...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 19, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2019 Black Members Conference disability discrimination LGBT Windrush Source Type: news

Ottogi America, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Egg in Products
Ottogi America, Inc. announced today it is recalling below 21 items due to a possibility of containing egg ingredient undeclared on the packages. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to eggs run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction of they consume these products. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - January 19, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Prinston Pharmaceutical Inc. issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Irbesartan and Irbesartan HCTZ Tablets Due to detection of a Trace Amount of Unexpected Impurity, N- nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA) in the Products
-- Prinston Pharmaceutical Inc., dba Solco Healthcare LLC., has initiated a voluntary recall of one (1) lot of Irbesartan and seven (7) lots of Irbesartan HCTZ Tablets to the consumer level due to the detection of trace amount of an unexpected impurity found in an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufactured by Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - January 18, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Branch noticeboard competition winners announced!
Congratulations to London Ambulance Service branch’s Battersea station who are the overall winners of our Grovember branch noticeboards competition. As part of last autumn’s month-long recruitment and retention push, we asked you to update your branch noticeboards and tweet us your pictures under the hashtag #ratemyboard to enter our competition. The 50 entries were whittled down to a shortlist of 11 and UNISON president Gordon McKay has now judged and chosen four prize winners. All the shortlisted branches are highly commended for their entries. The full results are: First prize of £500 for the branch go...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 16, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Lucy Shaddock Tags: News activists grovember recruiting recruiting and organising Source Type: news

Wythenshawe Sodexo staff win NHS pay rates
Facilities workers at Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester have got their new year off to a pleasant start with news of a pay rise, backdated to last April. The UNISON members provide key services such as cleaning, catering and portering, which are outsourced to private company Sodexo. The company has been paying these workers the NHS rate for their job since a successful UNISON campaign in 2007 – but had not implemented the NHS Pay Framework Agreement agreed nationally last summer. The pay deal ended years of pay freezes and pay caps and was very significant for low-wage workers in the NHS. It is worth between 6.5% an...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 16, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News agenda for change health health care health pay hospitals outsourcing pay up now private contractors Source Type: news

RXBAR Recalls Certain Varieties of Bars Due to a Potential Undeclared Peanut Allergen
RXBAR is voluntarily recalling certain varieties of bars because they may contain undeclared peanuts. People who have peanut allergies 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 - January 16, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Voluntary Recall Notice of El Guapo Chile Habanero and Chile Pasilla-Ancho Pouches Due to Unlabeled Peanut Allergen
Mojave Foods Corporation is initiating a voluntary recall of El Guapo Chile Habanero and Chile Pasilla-Ancho pouches due to an unlabeled peanut allergen. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - January 16, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Carbohydrates, fibre and a healthy diet | Letters
Low-carb does not mean no-carb, nor does it mean low-fibre, saysSue Morgan. Vegetables are stuffed full of fibre, points outDr Nick Evans. The ketogenic diet should not be dismissed as a dangerous fad, saysAnna McGuirkLow-carb does not mean no-carb, nor does it mean low-fibre (Blow to the low-carb diet as WHO report says fibre cuts early deaths, 11 January). Your article appears to confuse low carbohydrate and low grain consumption. Proponents of a low-carb diet typically encourage the replacement of highly processed carbohydrates with fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds (all sources of carbohydrate), thereby increasing the...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 15, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Letters Tags: Health Diets and dieting Food science Life and style Biology Human biology Society Source Type: news

It ’s time to bring probation back as a public service, government told
UNISON and other key stakeholders on probation are calling on the government to make probation in England and Wales a publicly owned public service when the current contracts of the 21 private ‘community rehabilitation companies’ end next year. The Probation Alliance made the call in a letter to to justice secretary David Gauke, while also setting out their worries over the “unrealistic” timetable for replacing the current 21 contracts with a smaller number of larger ones, still in the private sector. The probation service in England and Wales was split in two in 2014 as part of a programme called &...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 14, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article community rehabilitation companies let's fix probation national probation service police and justice Source Type: news

Happy Together, Inc. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Product Due to Presence of Undeclared Sildenafil and Tadalafil
Happy Together, Inc. Boynton Beach, FL is voluntarily recalling all lots within expiry of the Rhino 5k capsules to the consumer level. FDA analysis founds these products to be tainted with sildenafil and Tadalafil. Sildenafil/Tadalafil is an FDA approved drug for the treatment of erectile dysfunction, the presence of sildenafil in the Rhino 5k products renders them unapproved drugs for which safety and efficacy have not been established, therefor subject to recall. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - January 8, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Inc. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Vecuronium Bromide for Injection Due to the Presence of Particulate Matter Identified as Glass
Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Inc. (SPII), a wholly owned subsidiary of Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd. is voluntarily recalling three lots of Vecuronium Bromide for Injection, 10 mg (lyophilized powder), and one lot of Vecuronium Bromide for Injection, 20 mg (lyophilized powder) to the hospital level. The Vecuronium Bromide for Injection has been found to contain particulate matter identified as glass. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - January 8, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Listen to what police staff have to say, Home Office told
The Home Office’s “frontline review” of policing needs to be aware of how police staff are suffering from austerity and government cuts, says UNISON following a survey of 4,500 members. The union conducted the confidential online survey to give its members the opportunity to “tell it like it is”. It came after Home Secretary Sajid Javid launched his review in summer 2018 to “better understand” the workplace experience and needs of frontline police staff and officers. UNISON will publish the full results of the survey covering all police staff later this year. But highlights from th...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 8, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article police and justice Police and justice staff police cuts police staff Source Type: news