Eggs contaminated with insecticide may have entered UK, EU warns

Eggs contaminated with insecticide may have entered UK, EU warns

UK food safety inspectors trying to trace 21,000 eggs imported from affected Dutch farms but experts say that may be difficult. Eggs contaminated with a toxic insecticide harmful to humans may have reached shops in the UK. British food safety authorities were alerted over the weekend that eggs imported from Germany could be dangerous, the European commission said in Brussels on Monday. Officials in France, Sweden and Switzerland have also been informed of a risk to consumers. A spokeswoman for the commission, Anna-Kaisa Itkonen, said it was “up to the…

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The police’s General Inspection Unit short of staff

The police’s General Inspection Unit short of staff

The police’s control service, the General Inspection Unit, needs to increase their staff by 25%, the Het Nieuwsblad reported on Sunday. The head of the Unit has retired, but continues to work until a successor can be found. The General Inspection Unit is the second, less well known, police control service. The other is the P Committee. The GIU normally has at least 96 employees, but that has dropped over the last few years. This means their staff are struggling with the workload. The service has been under the ad…

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Brexit relocation of EU medicines regulator ‘will hit UK researchers hard’

Brexit relocation of EU medicines regulator ‘will hit UK researchers hard’

Amsterdam says in its bid to house the EMA that two of Britain’s top research agencies would lose much of their business. Two of the UK’s foremost research organisations will lose much of their business to Amsterdam if the city is successful in securing the relocation of the EU’s medicines regulator, the Netherlands’ formal bid for the prized agency claims. Amsterdam, which has been tipped as an early favourite to secure the European Medicines Agency (EMA), says in its application submitted to the European commission that losing the agency will…

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Prosperity increase benefits poorest Belgians least

Prosperity increase benefits poorest Belgians least

All levels of Belgium’s population saw their available incomes increase between 1985 and 2013, but the increase was greatest among high-income Belgians, according to a study by Wim Van Lancker of the University of Anvers, quoted by De Standaard newspaper on Monday. Factoring in inflation, the available income of the poorest 5% of Belgian households increased by about 16% from 1985 to 2013, while that of the wealthiest 5% rose by 46% and the richest one per cent saw theirs go up by 60%. The middle class thus saw its…

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