first_img We welcome this announcement and the commitment shown by the Environment Secretary on this issue. At Allergy UK we believe that whilst those living with allergies must be vigilant on their own behalf, the broader food industry needs to do more than just the bare minimum when it comes to catering for the allergic community. We encourage all those living with allergies to engage with this consultation to ensure their views on this important issue are heard. The proposed reforms cover labelling requirements for foods that are packed on the same premises from which they are sold – such as a packaged sandwich or salad made by staff earlier in the day and placed on a shelf for purchase.Currently, these foods are not required to carry labels, and information on allergens can be given in person by the food business if asked by the consumer.Food businesses and allergy sufferers are being invited to have their say on four options put forward to improve the way allergy information is provided for these foods, including: mandating full ingredient list labelling mandating allergen-only labelling on food packaging mandating ‘ask the staff’ labels on all products, with supporting information for consumers available in writing promoting best practice around communicating allergen information to consumers Proposals to overhaul allergen labelling laws and give consumers clearer information on the food they buy have been unveiled by Environment Secretary Michael Gove.Subject to a consultation launched today,food outlets selling pre-packaged food directly for sale could be required to follow new rules designed to give the UK’s two million food allergy sufferers greater confidence in the safety of their food.Under current rules, food prepared on the premise in which it is sold is not required to display allergen information on the package – but the proposed rules could go as far as seeing full ingredients labelling required by law.The moves follow the tragic death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, the teenager who died after suffering an allergic reaction to a Pret a Manger baguette.Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: Food Standards Agency Chairman Heather Hancock said: Natasha’s parents have suffered a terrible loss, and I want to pay tribute to Nadim and Tanya for their inspirational work to deliver Natasha’s law. We want to ensure that labels are clearer and that the rules for businesses are more consistent – so that allergy sufferers in this country can have confidence in the safety of their food. Many businesses are already bringing changes on board independently, and in the meantime they should continue doing all they can to give consumers the information they need. It’s essential for those of us with a food allergy or intolerance to know that we can trust the food we eat. Accurate and reliable labelling is vital, and this consultation is firmly aimed at improving the confidence we have in it. In recent years choice, trust and availability has really improved for people with food allergy. We want those improvements to continue, so it’s important that we hear from everyone affected, as part of this consultation. We’re determined to keep on making life better for you. CEO of Allergy UK, Carla Jones, said: The Environment Secretary and Food Minister David Rutley met allergen groups and retailers late last year to discuss the proposed options around allergen labelling laws.The Environment Secretary has also met the parents of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse to discuss their campaign for a change in food labelling laws.A number of food businesses have already begun to implement changes to their provision of allergen information and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) will continue to provide food businesses with guidance on allergens. In September the FSA launched Easy to Ask, a campaign to empower young people to ask food businesses about allergens when eating out so they can make safe food choices.The consultation can be responded to on Defra’s gov.uk page.last_img read more

first_imgThe St Louis Golf team traveled to the rolling hills of Dearborn Country Club, Monday night, to face South Dearborn and Batesville Middle School. The conditions were ideal for scoring. Batesville finished first with a 175 followed by St Louis with 215 and South Dearborn with 277. Scoring for St Louis were Jackson Wanstrath, Cody Mohr, Cayden Pohlman, and Eli Voglesang.The Cardinals face St Mary’s of Greensburg Tuesday night at North Branch.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Randy Streator.last_img

first_imgBut there are many Americans who think they don’t have even $5 to spare. Find money to save Bach says they’ve got it; they just need to find it. “It’s what some people spend in a day on coffee or bottled water or cigarettes,” Bach points out. He’s dubbed it “the latte factor” and argues that if people cut back on their spending just a bit – that is, forgo a latte a day – they can get on a savings track. The America Saves campaign, a program backed by more than 1,000 nonprofit, government and corporate groups, each February renews its efforts to get more people to save, especially low- and middle-income families. The goal, said Nancy Register of the Washington, D.C.-based Consumer Federation of America, is to convince families “that you don’t have to be rich to build wealth.” To that end, the campaign’s Web site at www.americasaves.org has strategies to build an emergency fund, buy a car or accumulate the down payment for a home. It’s OK to start small America Saves makes it clear that it’s OK to start small. Among its “found money” tips are: Cutting soda consumption by a liter a week saves $6 a month, or $72 a year. Bringing lunch to work saves $3 a day, or $720 a year. Eating out two fewer times a month saves $30 a month, or $360 a year. Paying credit card bills on time to avoid late fees saves $25 a month, or $300 a year. Ronald W. Roge, who heads a wealth management company in Bohemia, N.Y., says people often overlook the obvious when they’re trying to start saving. “I throw my change at night into a jar, an old pipe tobacco jar,” he said. “By the end of the month, it’s often filled up – and there’s $40 to $60 in there.” Or, people living paycheck to paycheck might try to get a savings program going when they get their next raise, Roge said. “Say you get a 5percent raise, so you’re going to get an extra $100 at the end of the month,” he said. “Put at least half of that into savings.” If it doesn’t sound like a lot, he points out that it’s $50 you weren’t saving before – and $600 a year toward that nest egg. Easier if it’s automated Both Roge and Bach emphasize that saving is easier if it’s automated – that is, if people automatically have money taken out of their paychecks or checking accounts every month and put into a savings account. “It’s a habit not to save,” Roge said. “Try putting the money aside for three or four weeks, and it will become a habit to save.” Bach encourages people to “pay yourself first.” That is, transfer money into your savings account at the beginning of the month, not at the end, when there may be nothing left to save. If it’s for retirement, have it automatically transferred into a company-sponsored plan, such as a 401(k), Bach said. If it’s for other purposes, have it moved regularly into one of the high-interest online accounts, such as those run by EmigrantDirect.com or INGDirect.com, he said. And Bach emphasizes that people shouldn’t let debt keep them from starting to save. “If you pay down debt only, it’s a negative thing,” Bach said. “People get disillusioned, and they stop.” Instead, he suggests, people should take the money they free up each month and put half toward debt and half toward savings. “As you start building savings, you get to take advantage of compound interest, so it starts to grow sooner,” he said. “And you also get the psychological boost of seeing yourself make progress.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – The nation’s savings rate has fallen to the lowest level since the Great Depression, a negative 1percent last year. That means many Americans are spending more than they take home in wages from their jobs. For many, the problem might be not knowing how to get started saving – and not understanding that putting just a bit of money away now can go a long way toward making sure a family has an emergency fund, will be able to buy a home and can fund a comfortable retirement. “I have always argued that saving just $5 a day can change your life,” said David Bach, a financial adviser who is author of “The Automatic Millionaire” and other investment books. Put $5 a day – about $150 a month – into an account that yields a 10percent annual return, and after 40 years, you’ve got more than $940,000, Bach said. Put away $10 a day, and the nest egg can grow to nearly $1.9million. last_img read more

first_imgNEWCASTLE’S Papiss Cisse will be banned for three matches after he accepted a charge of violent conduct from the English Football Association.Cisse elbowed Everton defender Seamus Coleman during Newcastle United’s 3-2 victory on Sunday.Match referee Craig Pawson missed the assault on the Killybegs man. The 29-year-old’s suspension begins with immediate effect.Cisse is banned for Newcastle’s Barclays Premier League home match against Burnley on New Year’s Day, Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Leicester and a trip to Chelsea on 10 January.The Senegalese striker had been expected to miss the games against Leicester and Chelsea anyway as he departs to play at the Africa Cup of Nations.Cisse has scored nine league goals already this season and five in his last six matches.  CISSE GETS THREE MATCH BAN AFTER ADMITTING ELBOW ATTACK ON COLEMAN was last modified: December 30th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:attackbancisseCOLEMANelbowFAlast_img read more