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Start Well, Live Better is the Faculty of Public Health’s manifesto for improving the public’s health during the next parliament. A child born today is very much more likely to live to be 100 than at any time in the past so we see our manifesto as a charter for the health and the future of those who can’t yet vote. Whoever forms the next government, we want them to take up our demands: to give every child a good start in life; to introduce good laws to prevent bad health and save lives; to help people live healthier lives […]
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People’s health in the UK and across Europe is threatened by plans to introduce measures that could lower vital health, consumer safety and environmental standards to dangerous levels, say 71 public health organisations from 41 European countries in a joint statement today. The UK Faculty of Public Health and the European Public Health Association are calling on the EU to oppose the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a proposed free trade agreement between the European Union and United States. Professor John Ashton, President of FPH, said: “We believe TTIP is a threat to the public’s health. The EU tells […]
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Food crime is big business. It is everywhere. It is international. The same organised crime networks that profit from drugs, cigarettes, booze, people, or any other kind of international traffic also profit from food crime. You can call it food fraud if you wish. But we should not be tempted to think that the “horsegate” scandal was a novelty, a one off, a “fraud” with no health risks. It was a lucky accident if horsegate did not damage public health; in practice our surveillance systems and knowledge of the provenance of the meat are inadequate to tell us whether it did or not. These […]
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The impact of the Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership on public health The Faculty of Public Health, the specialist body for public health in the United Kingdom, is concerned about the damaging potential of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) for public health, environmental protection and sustainability. TTIP is being touted as a major benefit for trade between the European Union and America.  But the means by which greater trade is to be gained is through deregulation of standards of health and safety, standards in consumer safety, environmental, and public protection.  The deal is also likely to further add to […]
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Public health is never far from the news in any week – this week is no exception. Since this is a  ‘round up’, let’s start with the  ‘Roundup-ready’ soya bean. The Chinese army is banning genetically modified foods including Roundup ready soybeans. The Roundup ready soya bean is not more nutritious-it is a bean that can survive in a swamp of Roundup, glyphosate, the weed killer.  The Chinese are concerned that pesticide residues are causing birth defects, depression, infertility and other afflictions.  These health concerns may be circumstantial, but the Chinese are applying the precautionary principle. The harms of GMO […]
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