Some high street lunch meal deals contain the equivalent of up to 30 teaspoons of sugar, according to a survey by a health group which criticises retailers for including super-sized fizzy drinks and calorific snacks such as chocolate and sweets. Consumers could be putting their health at serious risk by eating and drinking such high sugar combinations on a daily or regular basis, said Action on Sugar. The worst offenders among the popular “mix and match” offers were two meals from WH Smith and Tesco that each contained 30 teaspoons of sugar – the same as in 79 chocolate fingers, and more than four times an adult’s daily maximum recommended intake. At the start of this year’s Sugar Awareness Week, Action on Sugar is calling on retailers to ban all drinks and confectionery that would attract a red traffic light label (indicating it is high in sugar) from such cut-price combinations, and to include wider choices of healthy options such as fresh fruit and … [Read more...] about High street lunch meal deals ‘can contain up to 30 teaspoons of sugar’
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Thousands of lawsuits across the United States have accused a drug company owned by the billionaire Sackler family of using false claims to push highly addictive opioids on an unsuspecting nation, fueling the deadliest drug epidemic in US history. Yet, even as its US drugmaker collapses under the charges, another company owned by the family has used the same tactics to peddle its signature painkiller, OxyContin, in China, according to interviews with current and former employees and documents obtained by the Associated Press. The documents and interviews indicate that representatives from the Sacklers' Chinese affiliate, Mundipharma, tell doctors that time-release painkillers like OxyContin are less addictive than other opioids-the same pitch that Purdue Pharma, the US company owned by the family, admitted was false in court more than a decade ago. Representatives from the Sacklers' Chinese affiliate, Mundipharma, tell doctors that OxyContin (pictured) is less addictive than other … [Read more...] about How the opioid epidemic is spreading to China: Report claims OxcyContin salespeople pose as doctors and falsely claim the painkiller is ‘less addictive than other drugs’
10.31am GMT Late reaction I asked Martin Taylor, managing director of plastic packaging manufacturer Sharpak, whether he felt the supermarket industry was driving innovation in packaging. Not surprisingly he told me his clients were: "Committed to reducing food waste and they realise that packaging plays a large role in ensuring food is maintained at the highest quality. Without the support of the retail industry we would not be able to manufacture meat packaging which has the potential to counteract the large scale waste of food across Britain." For those interested in how packaging is evolving, Sharpak says they are focussing on developing anti-microbial packaging, which "eradicates the harmful surface bacteria present on raw meat products". He said: “The packaging industry must demonstrate exactly how it can drive home the importance of reducing food waste. For example, offering packaging which enables consumers to reseal their fresh meat products will drastically … [Read more...] about Why do we still waste so much food at home?
The grandmother of a 12-year-old black boy shot dead by police while carrying a toy gun in Cleveland, Ohio, today said her grandson was 'murdered'. Heart-broken Mildretta Warner spoke after a video of the fatal shooting of Tamir Rice in a playground was released by the Cleveland Police Department. The schoolboy was shot twice less than two seconds after police officers arrived at the scene following a 911 call that a ‘guy was pointing a gun’ at people in a playground in a poor neighbourhood of Cleveland on Saturday. Mrs Warner, 56, told MailOnline: ‘The police outright murdered Tamir.’ Scroll down for videos Too young: Tamir's father said he was distraught over the death of his 'superhero', Tamir (pictured), whom he described as a keen basketball player who was tall for his size, polite and 'very artistic' Evidence: This still image taken from a surveillance video played at a news conference held by Cleveland Police, Wednesday shows Cleveland … [Read more...] about EXCLUSIVE: ‘My 12-year-old grandson was outright MURDERED by police.’ Family of black boy with BB gun shot dead for not putting his hands up breaks silence to slam officers who killed him
Researchers have discovered the remains of an ancient ceremonial site in the Atacama Desert – one of the driest places in the world. The stone complex holds several signs of the rituals that took place there thousands of years ago, including a gold-plated vulture head, mortars and grinding slabs used to prepare pigments and hallucinogens, and more than two dozen infant burials. The discovery in the Chilean desert, coupled with the reinterpretation of another nearby site, suggests the harsh region was home to hunter-gatherer communities that developed complex ceremonial traditions over the years. The stone complex holds signs of the rituals that took place there, including mortars and grinding slabs used to prepare pigments and hallucinogens, and more than two dozen infant burials. An infant buried with the gold plaque is indicated with the black arrow The site, called Tulan-52, is estimated to have thrived in the desert’s largest salt flat from around 1110-900BC until … [Read more...] about Massive stone structures in the middle of Chile’s Atacama Desert used for ‘ceremonial purposes’ as far back as 5,000 years ago