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Co-operation - the beautiful idea.

Edgar Parnell  today launched his new booklet, Co-operation - the beautiful idea.  Edgar states "my aim is to provide clear and contemporary explanations about ‘co-operation’, its role and potential within the economy - and how to make it work in practice. This new guide also seeks to address the organisational defects that often inhibit the growth and development of many forms of economic enterprise, but specifically focuses on all forms of co-operative and mutual enterprise (CMEs).

You may order at:  www.co-oppundit.org/publications <http://www.co-oppundit.org/publications> To sample or purchase the eBook version please see: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/41342 <http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/41342>

 

 

 

Has the food industry secured a battle against clear food labelling?

Are Food Standards Agency (FSA)  ignoring their own evidence regarding front of pack labelling?


Last Friday
a Food Standards Agency (FSA) Board paper recommended that traffic light labelling should only be optional. Has the food industry secured a victory in their battle against clear food labelling?

The FSA’s own evidence shows that using traffic light colours on food labels to indicate whether a product is high or low in fat, sugar and salt, is the most helpful way to show what are healthy food choices.

Research shows that parents are among those most likely to use this type of label, and people have reported that traffic light labels are a useful way of teaching children how to choose healthy foods. Have FSA ignoring this evidence in an attempt to pacify the food industry?

The FSA recommendations have to be approved by FSA’s Board before going to the Government. The Board meet in Cardiff this Wednesday (10th March), so please email them now, making the following points:

• The paper published by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) on Friday (5th March) was disappointing as it will let food companies off the hook in providing consistent and easily understood front of pack nutritional labelling.
• The paper ignores FSA’s own evidence: the independent evaluation of front-of-pack signpost labelling commissioned by FSA found that traffic light colours were a key part of the best understood label, and that having different labelling schemes was confusing to consumers.
• The FSA Board should reject the recommendations and stick by its own evidence in favour of a single scheme which incorporates traffic light colours as a necessary, not optional, part.

You can email Lord Rooker, FSA Chair, c/o This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Have your say on hospital food


Have your say on hospital food
The Wales Audit Office is inviting anyone who has been a patient, or cares for someone who has been a hospital patient, within the last two years, to give their views on what they think about the hospital food they received during their stay. Visit the Wales Audit Office <http://www.wao.gov.uk/news_3114.asp>  website to complete the form
 

Briefing for 10 March 2010 Panelists and Audience

 

Background briefing 10th March 2010

To support panellists and our audience we would like to share material from the Sustainable Development Commission (December 2009) <http://www.sd-commission.org.uk <http://www.sd-commission.org.uk/>; >  
The Sustainable Development Commission is the Government's independent watchdog on sustainable development. The Commission reports to the Prime Minister and the First Ministers of Scotland and Wales.
Questions to the panel can be sent to Evelyn Osborne or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Setting the Table

 Our latest report finds strong evidence that a diet which benefits the environment is better for health.
The SDC's recent investigation into food has found that eliminating waste, cutting down on fatty and sugary foods and reducing meat and dairy consumption would make the biggest contribution towards improving health and reducing the environmental impacts of the food system.

Tim Lang, SDC Commissioner for Food, says: "For some time, consumers have been raising the problem of how to juggle competing demands between environment, health and social justice. They are right to do so. Our research found strong evidence of ‘win-wins’ in these areas, suggesting that a diet which is sustainable on multiple fronts – good for health, environment, social justice and economy – is possible."

» Read more <http://www.sd-commission.org.uk/presslist.php/106/eliminating-waste-cutting-fatty-and-sugary-foods-and-reducing-meat-and-dairy-will-benefit-health-and-environment <http://www.sd-commission.org.uk/presslist.php/106/eliminating-waste-cutting-fatty-and-sugary-foods-and-reducing-meat-and-dairy-will-benefit-health-and-environment> >

» Download Setting the Table <http://www.sd-commission.org.uk/publications.php?id=1033 <http://www.sd-commission.org.uk/publications.php?id=1033> >  <http://www.sd-commission.org.uk/pages/060306.html <http://www.sd-commission.org.uk/pages/060306.html> > 

 

Margaret Wynn - a Great Friend to Wales


 

Margaret Wynn (1913 - 2010)

We sadly recall the death of Margaret Wynn, known to us as Peggy, who from 1999, gave us enormous guidance and practical help, and influenced major themes of our work in Wales, in promoting the quality and uptake of school meals and free provision; avoidance of elder malnutrition through proper feeding before, during and after hospitalisation; and prioritising pre conception nutrition.

She was one of our many supporters who freely gave their time and expertise and the impetus to carry on our work independent of government or commercial support. Peggy was a great inspiration and like many voluntary organisations we were grateful to her and look forward with the aid of public participation to the fulfilment of her vision. 

 Hilda and David Smith

Also see http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2010/feb/17/margaret-wynn-obituary


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Pennington E Coli Inquiry Report

The Welsh Food Alliance have written to the Welsh First Minister as follows:

“We welcome the reports second recommendation that food businesses should get to grips with food safety management based very clearly upon HACCP (Hazard Analysis of Critical Control Points) principles in ensuring it is a core part of the way they run their business. Further, that additional resources should be made available to ensure that all food businesses in Wales intelligently use the HACCP approach and have in place an effective, documented, food safety management system which is embedded in working practice and culture.

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Report: The new Wales NHS II consultation

Revitalising NHS Democracy
A report of the only open public event on making a reality of the Health and Social Care Ministers commitment to revitalising democracy. Download it here as a PDF or browse it online here.

This public conversation was held on Thursday, 29 January 2009,  at the Open University in Wales, Cardiff.

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Co-operation - the beautiful idea.

Edgar Parnell  today launched his new booklet, Co-operation - the beautiful idea.  Edgar states "my aim is to provide clear and contemporary explanations about ‘co-operation’, its role and potential within the economy - and how to make it work in practice. This new guide also seeks to address the organisational defects that often inhibit the growth and development of many forms of economic enterprise, but specifically focuses on all forms of co-operative and mutual enterprise (CMEs).

You may order at:  www.co-oppundit.org/publications <http://www.co-oppundit.org/publications> To sample or purchase the eBook version please see: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/41342 <http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/41342>