Press release: New HIV diagnoses across the UK fell by 17 per cent in 2017

first_img Public Health England press office PHE advises gay and bisexual men to have an HIV test at least once a year, or every 3 months if they’re having unprotected sex with new or casual partners. Black African men and women are advised to have a regular HIV and STI screen, if they’re having unprotected sex with new or casual partners. You can find out more information about how to prevent and get tested for HIV on NHS Choices. The HIV home sampling service offers an alternative to traditional testing offered by GPs and sexual health clinic. Visit www.FreeTesting.hiv to find out more about free HIV home-sampling test kits. It is too early to know the size of the expected additional effect on underlying HIV transmission and new HIV diagnoses of the scale-up of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). PHE is supporting NHS England in delivering the 3-year PrEP Impact Trial, which began in October 2017. Out of hours 020 8200 4400 In 2017, 4,363 people were newly diagnosed with HIV in the UK, a reduction by 17% compared to the 5,280 diagnoses reported in 2016. There were 2,330 new HIV diagnoses among gay and bisexual men reported in 2017, a 17% reduction from the 2,820 diagnoses in 2016 and 31% reduction from the 3,390 diagnoses in 2015. There were 594 new HIV diagnoses among black African and Caribbean heterosexuals in 2017, a reduction of 23% compared to the 775 diagnoses in 2016. Overall, 42% of people were diagnosed at a late stage of infection (CD4 count <350 cells/mm3 at diagnosis) in 2017. Late diagnosis is associated with a ten-fold increased risk of short term mortality (within a year of diagnosis). In 2017, there were 230 people with an AIDS-defining illness reported at HIV diagnosis (5.3%) and 428 deaths among people with HIV. In 2017, 93,385 people were receiving HIV-related care in the UK, with 98% (91,266/93,385) receiving anti-retroviral therapy to control the virus. Of those receiving anti-retroviral therapy in 2017, 97% (88,528/91,266) had untransmissable levels of virus. There are very effective treatments for HIV that enable people diagnosed with the virus to live a long and healthy life, and minimise the risk of onward transmission. Early diagnosis through regular testing ensures people get the greatest benefit from these HIV treatments. HIV testing is freely available through GP surgeries, local hospitals and sexual health clinics, as well as through a self-sampling service or by using a home-testing kit.Public Health England, alongside other government and third sector organisations, is working to control HIV by 2030 and these new figures are an encouraging sign that this is achievable.Background Telephone 020 7654 8400 We are pleased to see that UK prevention efforts are having a significant impact on new HIV diagnoses, and this heralds the lowest number of HIV diagnoses in the UK since 2000. However, we know that anyone who has sex with a casual partner without a condom or shares needles may be at risk of infection. The most common way of getting HIV in the UK is through having sex without a condom – so consistent and correct condom use with new and casual partners stops you getting or transmitting HIV and other STIs. If you think you have been exposed to HIV it is easy to get tested so, if positive, you can start treatment as soon as possible. HIV is a virus which damages the cells in people’s immune system and weakens their ability to fight everyday infections and diseases. Without treatment, after an average of 10 to 15 years, the infection is fatal.center_img Steve Brine, Public Health Minister said: Data published today by Public Health England (PHE) reveal that new HIV diagnoses in the UK have fallen for the second year in a row. New diagnoses decreased by 17% in 2017 – from 4,363 new diagnoses reported compared to 5,280 in 2016, which brought new cases down to their lowest level since 2000.This decrease continues a downward trend that started in 2015, with an overall 28% reduction in new HIV diagnoses between 2015 and 2017. The reduction was largely driven by a decline in new HIV diagnoses among gay and bisexual men, which fell by 17% compared to 2016 and by 31% compared to 2015. This decrease was due to the high uptake of HIV testing in this group, particularly repeat HIV testing among higher risk men. Increased uptake of anti-retroviral therapy (ART) – drugs that keep the level of HIV in the body low and help prevent it being passed on – also significantly contributed to the decline in new diagnoses.New HIV diagnoses in black African and Caribbean heterosexuals have been steadily decreasing over the past 10 years. For the first time, a UK-wide fall was also seen in new diagnoses in heterosexuals from other ethnicities, with a drop of 20% in 2017 when previously they had remained stable at around 1000 per year.Professor Noel Gill, Head of the STI and HIV Department at Public Health England, said: Epidemiological data on new HIV diagnoses and people receiving HIV care can be found in the PHE health protection report and annual HIV data tables. Regional and Local Authority data on new HIV diagnosis rates, late diagnoses and diagnosed HIV prevalence data can be analysed on the PHE Sexual Health Profiles. The data shows that: Wellington House 133-155 Waterloo RoadLondonSE1 8UG HIV is a devastating and life-altering disease. Today’s figures mean we are well on our way to eradicating it once and for all but we have not an ounce of complacency. Our commitment to prevention has led to more people getting tested and almost every person with a diagnosis is now in treatment – meaning they are unlikely to pass the virus on to someone else. I am committed to ensuring that we deliver on our promise to reduce the number of people contracting HIV even further. Email [email protected]last_img read more

Speech: Stability and Constructive Dialogue in Nicaragua

first_imgThank you very much Madam President. It’s the first time I take the floor under your Presidency, so congratulations to you and your team for assuming the Presidency for September. Thank you very much to the OAS representative for his informative briefing and also to Mr Maradiaga for your harrowing testimony.I think the Kuwaiti Ambassador has set out very clearly the legal framework under the Charter for why we are having this debate today and we’re grateful to the US delegation for putting it on the Council’s agenda. I won’t rehearse the legal framework since I think Ambassador Otaibi gave a very good account, but I what I will say is that it’s right that the Council is made aware by the regional organiSation concerned of its concerns and the concerns that this may start to have effects throughout the region. I don’t think we ever want to get to a stage where the Council cant hear from a regional organization about its concerns about what is happening in the territory for which it is responsible.But more than that, I think we also need to remember that the Nicaraguan government has expelled a UN agency; it has expelled the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. So I think that’s a very important fact. Independent of Chapter 6 and the regional organisation’s point, it’s a very important fact. The Council needs to defend the UN entities, and therefore, even if there were no other reason, we would support discussing this issue today.And lastly, I note that there has been a situation of refugees created – by definition, refugees cross international borders. It is therefore right that the Council should be able to debate the implications of that act, which may or may not constitute an unfriendly act, but also risks being destabilising to international peace and security. I am not making a judgment that it is destabilising, but as we heard from the Kuwaiti representative, the Council has the responsibility to investigate situations that may give rise to these implications – and I stress the word ‘may.’ And I think that is exactly what we’re doing today.My government has been watching events in Nicaragua very closely. We regret the loss of life that has occurred since the protest began in April and we call for an end to the violence and for the government of Nicaragua to comply with its international human rights obligations, and these include the rights of people to exercise their right to freedom of expression and to demonstrate peacefully and lawfully.We have been deeply concerned by the excessive use of force by the authorities and pro-government paramilitaries against the people of Nicaragua. We call on the Nicaraguan government to demobilize paramilitary groups and to end the repression against its citizens. We have been alarmed at the many reports we have seen that give rise to human rights concern. These include the use of live ammunition on protesters, and we call for them to be thoroughly investigated.Maintaining press freedoms is always important, but it is particularly so during times of unrest. And we urge the Nicaraguan government to respect these freedoms and to allow the independent press to report freely, without suffering persecution and harassment, and we are very concerned at reports of violence against independent media outlets, journalists and their families.I would also like to register our deep concern at reports of arbitrary detentions of dissenters and again we urge the Nicaraguan government to respect the right to a fair trial and prisoners’ right to due process, a proper defense, and to respect the rights of their families.Madam President, looking ahead, I think we are all aware that the challenges in Nicaragua can be overcome only through a meaningful and inclusive dialogue which addresses the legitimate concerns of the protesters. The United Kingdom was encouraged by the establishment of a national dialogue in May and we welcome the roll the Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua was able to play in convening that and mediating but we regret that that dialogue has had many breaks because of the violence, and the recent decision by the government to abandon the process is very regrettable. And once again, I would like to urge the Nicaraguan government to fulfil its commitment to engage sincerely in a dialogue, including by ensuring peaceful conditions for the dialogue to resume.Turning to the OAS, Madam President, United Kingdom supports the OAS work. We also support the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and of course the United Nations in attempting to resolve the current crisis. These organizations have important roles to play in supporting dialogue and ensuring that human rights transgressions are fully investigated.I referred earlier to the expulsion of the OHCHR. This followed the publication of their report on human rights violations and abuses in the context of protests in Nicaragua. I would like to urge the Nicaraguan government to reconsider that decision and to permit the OAS Working Group to enter Nicaragua, to carry out their important work and not to impede the work of the interdisciplinary group of independent experts established by the Inter-American Commission.In conclusion, Madam President, a return to peace and stability in Nicaragua benefits not only to the people of Nicaragua, but also the whole region. We heard from the Russian representative a long catalogue of history. History is important, Madam President. It provides context but it is not the reason we are here today. We are here today for all the arguments that Ambassador Otaibi and I set out at the beginning. We want to see stability. We want the violence to end. We hope and urge the Nicaraguan government to engage meaningfully in an inclusive and constructive dialogue and to ensure that all human rights transgressions are fully investigated. Thank you very much Madam President.last_img read more

Guidance: Safety of food and animal feed if there’s no Brexit deal

first_imgThis guidance is no longer valid. See Food Standards Agency in Europe for current information and Food and animal feed safety risk analysis from 1 January 2021 for guidance to follow from the end of 2020.,Sets out how food and animal feed safety risks will be assessed and managed if there’s a no-deal Brexit.last_img

News story: PHE investigating rise in reports of rare illness

first_img Tests for enterovirus infection are typically only undertaken on individuals admitted to hospital with conditions such as chest infections and meningitis. Although enterovirus infection is not notifiable, PHE receives reports of confirmed enterovirus infection from NHS laboratories, and offers specialist typing for very serious cases – including children with AFP. 68 cases of laboratory confirmed EV-D68 infection have been diagnosed in 2018 – though many other cases occur but remain undiagnosed. 12 cases of AFP have been associated with an enterovirus. EV-D68 has been detected in 8, EV-C104 in 1, and coxsackie B1 in 1; in 2 cases the enterovirus was not typeable. PHE is looking into the potential causes of the apparent rise in reports of AFP, including the role of EV-D68 or other infections. This will include ensuring that healthcare professionals’ are aware of and can access guidance on the investigation and management of such cases. PHE is also supporting healthcare providers by developing up-to-date information for patients and/or parents.AFP can be difficult to diagnose because there are many other causes of weakness. Doctors will typically examine a patient’s nervous system and look at images of the spinal cord and brain. They can also test the fluid around the brain and spinal cord and may check the nervous system conduction.Doctors should report any suspected cases of AFP to Public Health England and samples should be sent to specialist labs for additional testing.Background AFP is very rare. However, if you or your child develops weakness in any limb you should seek medical care immediately so that appropriate testing and care can be given. We are investigating potential causes and working hard to build better awareness amongst health care professionals about how to test and manage patients with AFP. We are ensuring up-to-date information is available for patients and their families who may be affected. 19 December 2018Public Health England (PHE) is investigating an increase in reported cases of a rare condition called acute flaccid paralysis (AFP). So far in 2018, 28 cases have been reported in England, the majority of which have been since September. A rise in reported cases has also been seen in the US.AFP affects the nervous system, causing one or more of the limbs to become weak or floppy – and may look similar to polio. It tends to particularly, though not exclusively, affect children. It is very rare, so PHE is stressing that if an adult or a child develops weakness in any limb they should seek medical attention so appropriate testing and care can be given.Typically, a handful of cases of AFP are reported to PHE each year for investigation. PHE monitors these types of symptoms as part of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) requirements to monitor for polio and confirm it remains eliminated in the UK.Certain viruses are known to cause AFP including polioviruses and non-polio enteroviruses. Enteroviruses commonly cause mild infections with a range of symptoms including colds, coughs and diarrhoea. Such illnesses from viral infections are common, especially in children, and most people recover. Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) and other viruses have been detected in several cases of AFP so far in 2018. The risk of developing neurological symptoms due to EV-D68, or any other viral infection is extremely low.Dr Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisations at PHE said:center_img Latest updateFollowing Public Health England (PHE)’s ongoing investigation into the increase in reported cases of AFP, a total of 40 cases have been reported in the UK across 2018. Many of these were reported months after the initial diagnosis.Up until August 2018, 6 cases of AFP occurred which was then followed by a rapid rise in the number of people showing symptoms of AFP during September 2018. The number of reported cases peaked in October 2018 and have declined since. The cases were scattered across the United Kingdom.Dr Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisations at PHE said: Our investigations into potential causes are ongoing, and we are continuing to build better awareness amongst health care professionals about how to test and manage patients with AFP. We are not clear whether all of the apparent increase is real, or whether this represents increased awareness and diagnosis over recent years. The current best theory is that this is a very rare consequence of enterovirus infection, as the increase coincides with increases in infection. Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) has been found in around one quarter of cases. However, as the infection is very common, and most children have been infected by the age of 5 years, there must be other factors involved.last_img read more

Press release: Homes England appoints Service Design & Transformation Director

first_imgLou will take on a critical role, responsible for transforming planning and development across the sector, as well as implementing Homes England’s new operating model and designing effective services to support the government’s ambitious goal of delivering hundreds of thousands of homes across the country each year.Lou brings a wealth of experience to the role and is currently the Head of Service Design and Standards for the UK Government at the Government Digital Service.Homes England Chief Executive Nick Walkley said: “I’m delighted to be appointing Lou to our senior leadership team as the Director of Service Design and Transformation.“This newly-created role is a key appointment for Homes England, which supports our vision to become a modern, service-led organisation capable of leading the housing sector.”Lou Downe added:“I’m incredibly excited to be taking on this role at such an important time for UK housing, planning and development.“We have a hugely important challenge ahead to create a world where urban development is both sustainable for people and for the environment and I’m honoured to be given the task of helping this vision become a reality.”ENDSFor more information contact Sarah Tucker, PR and Media Officer at Homes England 020 7393 2261 or email [email protected]last_img read more

Statement to Parliament: Oral statement on coronavirus and the government’s plans for winter

first_imgMr Speaker, with permission I’d like to make a statement on coronavirus, and our plans to put us in the strongest possible position for this winter.Like many of our peers, we are continuing to see a concerning rise in cases – with 3,991 new cases recorded yesterday.And this week the number of patients in mechanical ventilator beds has risen above 100 for the first time since July.The battle against coronavirus is not over – and while we strain every sinew to spring free from its clutches, with winter on the horizon, we must prepare, bolster our defences and come together once again against this common foe.Local actionOne of our vital lines of defence has been taking targeted action at a local level.We have seen local action work well in some parts of the country and now we must take further action.Mr Speaker, we have seen concerning rates of infection in parts of the North East.Sunderland, for example, now has an incidence rate of 103 positive cases per 100,000 population and in South Tyneside, Gateshead and Newcastle, the figures are all above 70.As a result, local authorities wrote to me earlier this week, asking for tighter restrictions and we have taken swift action to put them in place.From tomorrow, in Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham residents should not socialise with other people outside their own households or support bubble.Hospitality for food and drink will be restricted to table service only and late night restrictions of operating hours will be introduced, so leisure and entertainment venues must close between 10pm and 5am.Mr Speaker, I know, the whole House knows, that these decisions have a real impact – on families, on businesses and on local communities and I can tell everyone affected that we do not take these decisions lightly.We agree with the local councils that we must follow the data and act. And the data says that we must act now.So we can control the virus and keep people safe.And I know the people of the North East will come together to defeat this virus and defeat it we must.Health and care systemMr Speaker, we are working to bolster our health and care system too.Winter is always a stretching time for health and for care.But this winter presents particular challenges.People will be spending more time indoors, where we know the virus is more likely to spread and we know that we will need to deal with coronavirus along with the usual pressures that the season will bring.So today I want to set out our plans to support the NHS and social care this winter.Turning first to the NHS, I can tell the House that we have allocated a further £2.7 billion to the NHS to support it during the winter months.This funding, in addition to the extra funding for PPE and testing, will help the NHS with the vital task of operating safely in a world in which COVID is still at large.And the task, which is critical, of working through the backlog that was inevitably caused by the first peak.Mr Speaker, our emergency departments are on the front line of the fight for life in the NHS.Today I am delighted to announce a series of measures to support our urgent and emergency care system this winter and beyond.And I want to thank and pay tribute to Katherine Henderson, the President of the Royal College of Emergency Care, with whom I have worked closely to develop these proposals.I want to thank her – and through her all of those who work in emergency care – for their service in the face of adversity.I saw this again this morning at St Thomas’ Hospital A&E and I know all of us support the work of those who work in our emergency care facilities right across the country.Package of measuresMr Speaker, we will make our emergency departments bigger.Many are simply too small.This was true even before the pandemic, but it’s even more acute now.So we are investing to expand capacity in urgent and emergency care so hospitals have the space to continue treating patients safely in the coming months.In August, we confirmed £300 million for emergency upgrades across 117 Trusts.And today I can go further and announce £150 million to expand 25 more emergency departments – including some of the most constrained in the country like Worcester and the Royal Shrewsbury.This extra funding will put us in the strongest possible position for this winter, and boost the crucial work to accelerate non-Covid care.Mr Speaker, it’s not just about the space, but about the service.So we are working to get patients the right care in the right place, by expanding the role of NHS 111.During the peak of this pandemic, we saw millions of people using NHS 111, on the phone or online, to get the best possible advice on coronavirus.Helping them to stay safe, and where possible stay out of hospital, where they could have unknowingly spread the virus.It is crucial that ahead of winter, we use this window of opportunity to seek out what worked and build on it, so we provide a better service for patients and protect the NHS.Of course no-one will ever be turned away from our emergency departments in the most serious of cases.However, we have worked with the Royal Colleges, with the NHS and others to develop a better, quicker and more clinically appropriate service for patients, by using NHS 111 First.How it works is this.We will invest £24 million to increase call handling capacity and to make sure there are more clinicians on hand to provide expert advice and guidance.And we will build on our trials to make NHS 111 a gateway to the emergency care system, providing a first port of call for patients.So in future, rather than having to queue in an emergency ward, we are testing that people should call NHS 111 First to book an appointment with whoever can give them the most appropriate care.Whether it’s a GP, a specialist consultant, a pharmacist, a nurse, or community services and, of course, if they need to go to an emergency department, then NHS 111 will be able to book them in to an appropriate time slot.We want to see this approach lead to shorter waiting times, and better availability of appointments for patients.We will consult on how its performance is best measured and, with successful pilots, we will roll NHS 111 First out to all Trusts from December.Infection controlFinally, Mr Speaker, I wanted to briefly update the House on our work to protect care homes.One of the worst things we know about this virus is that it reserves its greatest impact for those who are physically weakest, especially the elderly.And so we must do everything in our power to protect residents in social care.In May, we introduced the Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund, which has helped adult social care providers to reduce the rate of transmission.This was used to fund important measures like improving infection prevention and paying staff to self-isolate.And I can now inform the House that we will extend this Fund for six months, and provide over £540 million of extra funding for providers.This brings our total funding for infection control measures to over a billion pounds.We will also shortly bring forward our Adult Social Care Winter Plan.Because we will do whatever is humanly possible to protect our care homes from this virus, so that they are a place of sanctuary this winter.ConclusionMr Speaker, we will soon be facing winter in this fight.And whether it’s our NHS, emergency wards or in our care homes, we will strain every sinew to give them what they need so they are well equipped for this pandemic, and indeed for the years ahead.I commend this statement to the House.last_img read more

Bako North Western unveils anniversary celebrations

first_imgBako North Western is planning a year of celebrations to mark its 50th year in business.The activities include money-off promotions, prize giveaways, a birthday cake competition, and a party in August next year.Mark Tomlinson, chief executive, said: “It is a real milestone in the history of our company and we want customers and staff alike to join us in celebrating this momentous occasion.”The firm said that, as part of the celebrations, it will be looking back at the company over the past 50 years, from the four craft bakers who established BAKO NW in the back room of a pub in 1964 and its first registered office in Warrington, to the 150 employee-strong business it has grown into today.The calendar of dates can be viewed at www.bakonw.co.uk.last_img read more

Ex-prisoner set to grow bakery business

first_imgA baker trained in prison for a Gordon Ramsay TV show has plans to expand his business with four sites.Ex-convict Chris McKay, who learnt his skills as part of Channel 4’s 2012 series Gordon Behind Bars in the Bad Boys’ Bakery, HM Prison Brixton, London, currently runs one stall in Brixton market.On 1 March, he will expand into the Lower Marsh market, Waterloo, and hopes to open additional stalls in Herne Hill and Camden, as well as Borough Market near London Bridge.McKay said: “I basically want to get the products out there into the streets. It’s somewhere to start, really, and I want to get other markets in London.”Additionally, McKay said he wanted to form links with independent coffee shops and stores in London to stock the products.He launched the stall last December with help from Working Links and Sola Outreach. Purchasing products from the bakery at wholesale prices, the stall sells on average 100 items each Saturday.Items produced by the bakery include lemon treacle slice, carrot cake loaf, banana bread, chocolate pecan nut brownie, as well as white and wholemeal bloomers, bread buns and scones.last_img read more

Ginsters unveils new low-fat and vegetarian options

first_imgGinsters has launched two new low-fat slices and expanded its vegetarian pasty range in response to growing demand for healthier food-to-go options.The two reduced-calorie options are a Katsu Chicken Slice, which contains coconut milk with a Japanese Katsu curry sauce, and a Piri Slice that combines chipotle chilli and tomato for a spicy flavour.The 150g slices will be available from 9 April in selected supermarkets at an RRP of £1.70 each. Both contain less than 375 calories and tap the trend towards healthy eating. By comparison, Ginsters’ traditional Chicken and Mushroom Slice comes in at around 420 calories per 150g.“We appreciate that our customers want healthy options that still deliver maximum taste and flavour and we’re determined to respond to this demand,” commented Ginsters managing director Kieran Hemsworth. “We want to introduce food-to-go options that are totally delicious, can be enjoyed on-the-move or at home, and contain only quality British produce with the added reassurance of our Cornish heritage.”Also set to roll out next week is the Ginsters Moroccan Vegetable Pasty, which combines butternut squash, chickpeas, roasted red piquillo peppers and red harissa paste with spices, apricots and dates.It will be joined by the Cheddar Cheese & Caramelised Onion Pasty, a blend of Cornish extra mature Cheddar, caramelised onions, spring onions and wholegrain mustard.“More than a third of evening meals now contain no meat at all and we’re on a mission to respond to this consumer demand,” commented Hemsworth.According to Ginsters, over a third of food-to-go shoppers want to see an expanded range of vegetarian products.Both vegetarian pasties will be available from selected retailers on 9 April, with an RRP of £1.70.last_img read more

Consultation on sandwich allergen labelling launched

first_imgA consultation – which includes a proposal of making full ingredient listing mandatory on food prepared in shops – has been launched by the government.The Defra consultation follows the death of teenager Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, who died in 2016 after eating a baguette bought at Pret A Manger. The dough in the baguette contained sesame, to which she was allergic. The coroner at her inquest said he would write to environment secretary Michael Gove, questioning allergen food labelling regulations.Under current regulations, there is no obligation for businesses to label allergens on foods prepared on the same premises as they are being sold. Companies are required to warn customers about allergy risks on signs and packaging or orally, usually meaning they are told to enquire themselves.The consultation proposes amendments to England’s Food Information Regulations 2014, and parallel regulations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales relating to allergen information for foods that are prepacked for direct sale (PPDS) to the consumer on the same premises from which they are sold. The proposed options are:Promote best practice: There would be no change to the law, but businesses and consumers would be encouraged to review their knowledge, skills and actions to ensure a safer environment for consumers.Mandatory ‘ask the staff’ labels on packaging, with supporting information in writing: This option would require ‘ask the staff about allergens’ labels on all PPDS products. When asked about allergenic ingredients, staff would have to provide supporting information in writing before the food was purchased.Mandatory name of food and allergen labelling on packaging: This would require PPDS foods to have a label on the packaging to tell the consumer the name of the food and which of the 14 allergenic ingredients specified in law the product intentionally contains.Mandatory name of food and full ingredient list labelling, with allergens emphasised:  This would require PPDS foods to have a label naming the food and listing the full ingredients with allergens emphasised on the packaging. Labelling will include:the name of the foodthe list of ingredientsany of the 14 allergenic ingredients specified in law or processing aids derived from them used in the manufacture or preparation of a food and still present in the finished product, even if in an altered form, would be emphasised to stand out from the other ingredients in the list, for example in a bold typeface.Following the inquest into the death of Ednan-Laperouse, Pret pledged to list all ingredients, including allergens, on products that are freshly made in its kitchens. It has been trialling this in recent months.In response to news of the consultation, British Sandwich Association (BSA) director Jim Winship said labelling had downsides, as they tend to be inflexible and difficult to change if an ingredient runs out and another is substituted.%%Quote_46%% “We much prefer that customers ask, which encourages interaction with staff and means we can give them a comprehensive written list of the ingredients in each product so that they can make the right decisions to suit them.”Winship added that the cost of the equipment needed to label every sandwich, and the time needed to write the labelling programs, print and attach each label, would put small businesses under enormous pressure.“Indeed, some have already told us that it would be likely to put them out of business,” he said.Charity Allergy UK welcomed announcement of the consultation, pointing out that about ten people die every year from food-induced anaphylaxis, and that some of the 1,500 asthma deaths a year might be triggered by food allergy.“At Allergy UK we believe that, whilst those living with allergies must be vigilant on their own behalf, the broader food industry needs to do more than just the bare minimum when it comes to catering for the allergic community,” said Allergy UK CEO Carla Jones.“We encourage all those living with allergies to engage with this consultation to ensure their views on this important issue are heard.”The consultation ends on 29 March.last_img read more

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