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Edition No. 161

Date:- 31 July 2004

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THE Food Standards Agency is advising people not to eat a particular type of seaweed known as hijiki, following an investigation that showed that it contains high levels of a form of arsenic, which is known to add to the risk of people getting cancer. 

The Agency is advising people not to eat the seaweed and to choose alternative types instead. The type of arsenic found in the hijiki samples was not detected in any of the four other types of seaweed that the Agency tested, Hijiki is distinctive, being almost black in colour with a shredded appearance.

International experts say that the intake of this type of naturally occurring arsenic (inorganic arsenic) in food should be reduced so that it is as low as is practical. The Agency's expert advisers, the Committee on Toxicity, have said that the levels of inorganic arsenic found in hijiki would add significantly to people's exposure to the chemical. 

The Agency will now be raising the possibility of action over the sale of hijiki seaweed with the European Commission. 

Hijiki is a variety of seaweed harvested mainly from the seas off Japan and Korea. It is used mainly as an appetiser or starter in some Japanese and Korean restaurants, but not in sushi. This variety of seaweed is not used in Chinese restaurants.

Added note:- Hijiki has a mild flavor, often added unobtrusively into soups and stews in order to fortify them with calcium, iron, and other nutrients. When rehydrated, it roughly quadruples in size.

New appointments at Greggs North West

LEADING sandwich and bakery retailer Greggs North West has made two key appointments to support its ongoing growth and expansion in the region, Mark Fowler, new Area Sales Manager will be responsible for 12 of the Greggs shops in Merseyside, including Kirkby, Bootle and Ormskirk. 

Mark said:- “I am delighted to be working for Greggs who are committed to producing the highest quality products at exceptional value for money served quickly by friendly staff. It really is a great place to work with everybody so enthusiastic about producing fantastic products."

Angel Takoree, Product Development Manager based in the Manchester bakery will be responsible for the continual process of product improvement.


MP Condemns Call for Merseyside ‘Super Council ‘Assembly

LOUISE ELLMAN MP has this week condemned the call by George Howarth MP for a Merseyside Assembly to be established across Merseyside, Halton and Ellesmere Port. 

Speaking today from her constituency of Liverpool Riverside, Ellman said that an Assembly for the Region would be nothing more than reorganising of local government which would do little for the prospects of Liverpool.

It is thought that only a Northwest assembly by the Riverside MP that will be sufficient enough to tackle the problems of the North-South divide in which the gap that currently represents the economic and social differences could be breached.

Speaking about the council proposals Ellman said:- “Only with a Northwest Assembly would we gain control over the unaccountable quangos that run our region, and only with a Northwest Assembly would we have a real say in jobs, strategic transport decisions, housing, business investment and a better quality of life.

This is plan for a ‘super council’ is a sideshow, nothing more, and our campaign for true devolution will continue until we win an elected, democratic assembly for the people of England’s Northwest.”

A referendum on elected assemblies in Yorkshire and in the Northwest was postponed last Thursday, pending an Electoral Commission report into the performance of postal voting systems in both regions. The vote in the North East will go ahead, as planned, on November 4th. 

Local Ladies to Compete at National Crown Green Bowls Final

NEXT week two pairs of local townswomen will represent the Wirral Federation of Townswomen’s Guilds by competing at the National Crown Green Bowls Final.

Held at the Marine Gardens in Fleetwood thirty pairs of ladies from across the country will bowl it out to become the National Champions. Olive Dunne and Barbara Ruse will join Pat Williams and Jean Cubbin in the finals after winning their local qualifying rounds.

The tournament will begin when TG’s new National Chairman, Pamela Pollock bowls the first wood of the day. Joined by the Deputy Mayor of the Wyre Borough Council Councillor Ramish Ghandi the winners will be presented with two Indian Silver goblets.

Pamela Pollock, TG National Chairman said:- “As this is the 75th anniversary year of TG we are looking forward to a very special National Crown Green Bowls Tournament. The day is always great fun and we are sure that this year will be no exception”.

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