Posts tagged "The World Health Organisation"

WHO calls for trans-fat to be eliminated within 5 years

[15 May/CNBC] The World Health Organisation has said the world could eliminate industrially-produced trans fats by 2023 while unveiling a plan to prevent 500,000 deaths a year from cardiovascular disease. Trans-fats are popular in fried, baked and snack foods as they have a long shelf life. WHO data indicates they increase heart disease risk by...

W.H.O. Recommends Taxing Sugary Drinks

[12 October/ The New York Times] The World Health Organisation has urged countries to impose a tax on sugary drinks to battle the growing obesity epidemic. World Health Organisation Department for the Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases Director, Douglas Bettcher said a 20 percent tax on sugary drinks would decrease consumption by 20 percent and save...

Compromise softens infant feed guidelines

[6 June/ Farmers Weekly] The World Health Organisation’s 194 countries have agreed to new guidelines which banned the promotion of breast milk substitutes for children up to three years old. The agreement was only achieved through a negotiated consensus, rather than a full endorsement, after strong opposition from the United States, the European Union and...

Poultry farmers ‘using more antibiotics linked to resistant food poisoning bugs’

[6 February/ The Independent] According to British Poultry Council figures, British poultry producers increased the use of fluoroquinolones antibiotics by 59 percent last year. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control Chief Scientist, Mike Catchpole warned that the overuse of the antibiotic in farming has encouraged bacteria behind food poisoning illnesses to evolve and become...