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Mandatory display of food hygiene ratings is being called for by the Local Government Association. The association argues that evidence shows that FHRS has hugely improved hygiene standards in food outlets in Wales and Northern Ireland and that England needs to catch up.

Also on a food theme, the tragic death of a 15-year-old in North West London following a severe allergic reaction to sesame seeds in a Pret a Manger baguette has highlighted a glaring deficiency in EU allergen labelling regulations. The loophole must be closed, argues CIEH, joining calls from the girl’s family.

European legislation, too, is behind a ‘noise health check’ that has been asked for in England under the EU Environmental Noise Directive. Defra is seeking views in a consultation.

Meanwhile, the US has experienced a large-scale egg recall due to a salmonella outbreak that has made 38 people ill and put ten in hospital. The eggs involved were sold as ‘free range’.

CIEH has long campaigned for cleaner air and is delighted that Oxford City Council’s clean air charter campaign, run with Greenpeace UK and Friends of the Earth, has attracted the support of Southampton City Council. It has agreed to sign the charter, and is asking more councils to join them.

CIEH will also welcome the news that changes to housing rules introduced this month will lead to further protection for to the public, thanks to the extension of mandatory HMO licencing to include 170,000 more properties and new minimum spaced standards, designed to reduce overcrowding.

A review into changes to RIDDOR brought in five years ago has highlighted that a number of rarer occupational health conditions are now being missed. The review proposes that this be rectified and calls for the number of non-workers involved in accidents reported under RIDDOR to be reduced.

EHPs are only too aware of the dangers from members of the public that can be attached to their job. A farmer who assaulted an EA officer and threatened to kill his family and burn his house down has been ordered to pay almost £4,000 and given a 12-month conditional discharge.

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