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Regulating Mercury

Penultimate meeting held in Uruguay

mercuryThe Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) moved an inch closer to preparing a legally binding instrument to regulate mercury on a global scale. The fourth meeting was held at Punta del Este, Uruguay. The six-day meeting attended by over 500 participants began on June 27, 2012.

FSSAI takes energy out of the drinks

But keeps it high on caffeine

energy-drinksThe Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) have moved ahead with finalizing rules for energy drinks. They seem to have taken the steps in the wake of the rising health concerns of these energy drinks.

Food rich in fat, salt and sugar should be taxed

MavalankarDr Dileep Mavalankar, Director, Indian Institute of Public Health, Gandhinagar

The State of Salt

saltA study based on the nutritional information provided by leading fast food chains across the world has shown that there is a considerable variation in salt content of the fast food products between categories, countries and also brands. The study was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) in April.

Death by Sugar

sugarDenmark first imposed fat tax on saturated fat in October 2011 and is now contemplating imposing a tax on sugar and chocolate consumption to fight the bulge.

Oil is Not Well

Edible oil A study published in Current Science Journal (March 2012) has reported alarmingly high rate of increase in oil consumption in India. According to the study conducted by DM Hegde, project director at Directorate of Oilseed Research, the per capita consumption of edible oil in India has increased almost five folds during the period of 1950-2011.

Bhopal’s gas tragedy plight continues

bhopalA retrospective analysis between 2001 and 2009 has shown that a little more than half of the victims of Bhopal gas tragedy suffer from abnormal lung function.

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