It is so refreshing to learn that the waste reduction charity, Wrap, is advocating ditching ‘use-by’ dates for milk.
Like many others I was brought up to tell whether milk was okay by sniffing or sipping it. Using old-fashioned common sense has served generations well in terms of sussing out if food and drink is safe or not.
Food safety is obviously very important but we now live in a risk-adverse namby-pamby society where more than 100 million pints of milk and more than 4 million tonnes of food are needlessly chucked out each year.
Unfortunately some people get confused between ‘use by’ and ‘best before’ dates and education by Wrap can only but help.
Meanwhile I am delighted that they are in talks with the dairy industry, Food Standards Agency and government officials over whether to scrap the use-by dates to reduce milk wastage.
I hope this comes about and is also applied to other food stuffs that don’t need such labels.
People in the North West are being encouraged by local MEP Louise Bours to “do their bit” during Fairtrade Fortnight, which begins today. ( Mon)
“These days we are all used to buying products which have been shipped here from all over the world.
“But how often do we pause to think about the farmers who grow these items, such as coffee, chocolate, bananas, tea and sugar?” queried Ms Bours, UKIP Euro-MP.
“The reality is that millions of farmers who grow food in developing countries are barely making a living. Fairtrade Fortnight is a timely reminder of this and the need for us to do our bit to help. Continue reading Do your bit for Fairtrade→
Taxpayers have been warned by local MEP Louise Bours not to be tricked by bogus emails purporting to be from HMRC.
“Although the Inland Revenue has introduced controls to stop such phishing emails reaching their customers it has not completely eradicated the problem,” said Ms Bours, UKIP Euro-MP.
“While many people these days are on their guard against identity theft some people could be fooled into thinking they have received a genuine HMRC message and unwittingly hand over all their private information.
“Only today I was contacted by one of my constituents who had just received such a bogus email saying that they were due a tax refund and to click on a form that then asked for absolutely all the information a fraudster would need to hack their accounts and set up new ones,” said Ms Bours.
“They wisely ignored it and forwarded it to the HMRC at email@example.com, and I would advise anyone else who receives a suspect email like that to do the same.
“I hate to think of people being taken in by such scams, particularly the more vulnerable in society, and I hope that those unscrupulous people behind them are traced and prosecuted, though as I suspect they are often based abroad, this can be difficult,” said Ms Bours.
Concerns over failure by some health authorities to provide a simple heart failure test which could save the NHS £3.8 million have been raised by local MEP Louise Bours.
Early diagnosis of heart failure greatly improves outcomes for patients and saves the health service money with reduced hospital referrals, admissions and procedures.
In the wake of a report by the All Parliamentary Group on Heart Disease, which has highlighted the problem, Ms Bours is writing to all the Clinical Commissioning Groups and hospital trusts in the North West.
“I want to know if they provide this test, which measures natriuretic peptide, and if they do not I want to know why not and if the situation is to be reviewed and the test introduced,” said Ms Bours, MEP for the North West.. Continue reading Heart failure test concerns→
It has been reported that lobbyists are having an influence on official alcohol safety limits.
But the EU has banned minimum alcohol pricing and just objected to Ireland introducing alcohol labelling laws.
Responding UKIP Health spokeswomen Louise Bours MEPs said:”Anybody worried about the influence of lobbyists should come to Brussels where there are 15,000 of them working for mainly large corporations.
“But an even more important issue before we ask is a specific law good or bad, is the question of ‘Who finally decides the law?’
“The European Court of Justice forbade the Scottish Parliament from introducing a minimum price on alcohol a few months ago.
“And just yesterday we learn that 11 EU states and the European Commission have objected to the Republic of Ireland from introducing a law regarding labelling for alcohol and calories in drinks. Continue reading EU Alcohol rules row→
European Parliament vote against reduced Tampon Tax
Published May 26, 2016
The EU parliament today voted against calls for a reduced rate of VAT on tampons as part of a vote on the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality report, “Poverty: a gender perspective”.
There was a separate vote on paragraph 39 of the report which said: “39. Stresses that taxation policies have a gender dimension; calls, therefore, on the Commission to promote best practice on taxation policies that takes gender impact into account and furthers gender equality, particularly in terms of taxation of household income, which in some cases can subject lower earners to higher rates of taxation, including VAT, also by introducing a reduced VAT rate for goods that are essential for women, such as tampons;”
UKIP MEP Louise Bours said after the vote in Brussels: “The Commission promised urgent action to allow reductions on VAT for things like tampons, but yet they have not included it in the latest VAT reform proposals and have kicked it in to the long grass by saying they will come up with something later this year. And now the EU parliament has voted against calls for reduced VAT on tampons, which shows this is very unlikely to happen anytime soon. The EU has so much power over the UK that we can’t even decide how much to tax women’s sanitary items. Only the EU Commission can propose changes to legislation and they are not elected or accountable. If we really want to scrap the hated tampon tax, the only way is to vote to leave the EU on the 23rd of June.”
Women have been treated with contempt by the EU Parliament, said UKIP MEP Louise Bours.
Her anger follows the parliament voting against calls for a reduced rate of VAT on tampons.
“”The Commission had promised urgent action to allow reductions on VAT for items such as tampons, but yet they did not include it in the latest VAT reform proposals.
“They kicked it in to the long grass by saying they will come up with something later this year and now the EU parliament has voted against calls for reduced VAT on tampons, which shows this is very unlikely to happen anytime soon.
“I think it is an insult to women that such an attitude has been displayed by this male dominated organisation,” said Ms Bours, North West Euro-MP.
‘“The EU has so much power over the UK that we can’t even decide how much to tax women’s sanitary items. Only the EU Commission can propose changes to legislation and they are not elected or accountable.
“Outside the EU we could set our own VAT rules and act immediately rather than beg for EU concessions that could take years to implement.
“If we really want to scrap the hated tampon tax, the only way is to vote to leave the EU on the 23rd of June.”
Leave the EU or lose the NHS says UKIP health spokesman Louise Bours
Published May 03, 2016 Leaks detailing the hidden parts of the proposed controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the United States and the European Union prove quitting the EU is the only way to save the NHS in its current form, says UKIP health spokesman Louise Bours.
Hundreds of papers released online confirm fears that TTIP talks between Brussels and Washington will lead to the health service being privatised or dismantled.
The documents, obtained by Greenpeace Netherlands, include a US proposal to have a committee with representatives from Washington and Brussels to meet each year “to review state-owned enterprises and monopolies” which would include the NHS.
“This goes exactly against what UK Prime Minister David Cameron has been assuring us”, said Ms Bours, MEP for the North West.
She said: “This leak proves beyond doubt that if we don’t say goodbye to the EU, we will have to say goodbye to the NHS.
“This committee has been requested by the American investors, who will meet with EU officials once a year to decide the fate of our NHS.
“Anyone that doesn’t want to see our NHS being run for profit, by company directors from a country where it is easier to get shot than to get healthcare, needs to vote to leave the EU.
“Anyone still undecided needs to ask if they prefer the EU or the NHS, because it is clearer now than ever, that we cannot have both.”