Health and Safety in the News

Some recent news items concerning health & safety, including recommendations and campaigns from around the world, are listed below.

FDA Regulation for Food Safety during Transportation (USA)

The FDA (USA) has announced details of a new food safety regulation to reduce the risk of food contamination during transportation. The new rule requires transportation of human and animal food by ...

05 Apr '16 | Food Safety | USA

Goats' milk formula not the answer for infants allergic to cows' milk

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued a warning that it considers goats milk infant and follow-on formula unlikely to be suitable for infants with a cows' milk protein allergy. This is beca...

27 Mar '14 | Nutrition | UK

FDA proposes action level for arsenic in apple juice

The U.S. FDA has proposed a so-called action level for arsenic in apple juice, the level to be set at 10 parts per billion (ppb) for inorganic arsenic in apple juice, i.e. the same level as that se...

12 Jul '13 | Food Safety | USA

Medical sharps injuries and risks to medical personnel

UK nurses organization the RCN has urged swift implementation of new regulations to protect staff from medical sharps injuries. The purpose of these regulations is to protect all health and medical...

09 Aug '12 | Health & Safety | Europe

Improved RxNorm drug naming standard for electronic health records (USA)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United States has recently announced that data contributed by First DataBank has improved the utility of the drug vocabulary produced by NIH. All medi...

08 Mar '11 | USA

Cancer increases risk of developing listeria by 5x

Listeriosis is a rare but serious food-borne illness caused by the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. Some groups of people can be more seriously affected by this type of food poisoning than others....

15 Dec '10 | Cancer | UK

UK Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) announced

A new UK Food Hygiene scheme has been launched to help the general public make informed choices about where to buy food products. The scheme is open to

30 Nov '10 | Food Hygiene | UK

Healthcare in England: CQC response to AvMA report on safety alerts

The Care Quality Commission (CQC), independent regulator of all health and adult social care in England, has been working closely with the Department of Health and the National Patient Safety Agenc...

13 Aug '10

66% consumers unaware of Northern Ireland's most common food poisoning

The purpose of this year’s Food Safety Week, which takes place across Northern Ireland from 7th to 13th June, is to get consumers involved in preventing food poisoning by Campylobacter. The public ...

08 Jun '10

UK FSA reminds parents of advice on feeding honey to babies

Botulism is caused by a germ that normally lives in a dormant form in soil and dust and occasionally gets into honey. If the germ gets in to a baby’s intestine it can grow and produce a toxin or po...

02 Jun '10

Call to protect hospitals, schools from impact of disasters

WHO and UNICEF today called on governments to strengthen risk reduction measures in four key areas so that health and education systems are able to cope with disasters, including the risks from cli...

18 Jun '09 | Disater Preparedness | International

Appointment of Dr. Sandy McEwan as Special Advisor to Minister of Health on Medical Isotopes

Canadian Minister of Health, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, has announced the appointment of Dr. Alexander (Sandy) McEwan as Special Advisor on Medical Isotopes to the Minister of Health for the du...

14 Jun '09 | Medical Isotopes | Canada

Government targets interfere with the battle against superbugs, claims BMA

According to a recent BMA report, the battle against healthcare associated infections (HCAIs), also called superbugs, will not be won unless long-term strategies are introduced to radically reduce ...

10 Jun '09 | Healthcare Associated Infections | UK

safefood reminds consumers of the steps to safe barbecues

Consumers are reminded to follow good food safety advice when cooking food on barbecues. Research indicates that one in five people do not know how to check if their burgers, sausages or chicken ar...

05 Jun '09 | Food Safety | Ireland

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