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Scottish salmon industry challenged over move to drop ‘farmed’ from labels | Animal welfare

Scottish salmon industry challenged over move to drop ‘farmed’ from labels | Animal welfare

[ad_1] Animal welfare campaigners are challenging the decision to allow producers of Scottish salmon to drop the word “farmed” from labelling. An application by the industry body claimed changing the protected name wording on the front of packaging from “Scottish farmed salmon” to “Scottish salmon” made sense because wild salmon was no longer sold in supermarkets, which consumers were aware of. But charities and chefs have criticised the decision by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), taken last month, to allow Salmon Scotland’s application, saying it facilitates greenwashing and will mislead consumers. Rachel Mulrenan, of WildFish, one of the organisations bringing the legal challenge, said: “As sustainability issues become increasingly important, this is a thinly disguised attempt by the Scottish salmon farming industry to pull the wool over consumers’ eyes, both in the UK and further afield. “More than ever, people need to know the true origin of the products they are buying and consuming, so that they can make informed decisions. This name-change is a step in the wrong direction.” The …

Front-of-package labels: A new era of transparency in the food industry?

Front-of-package labels: A new era of transparency in the food industry?

[ad_1] Even in supermarkets with the most kaleidoscopic array of items — dozens of cereals, a wall of jams in glass jars, a parade of soup cans — there’s relatively little variation in how those foods are packaged. On the front of a can or box is the main label, containing the product name and maybe some zesty marketing copy, while nutrition information is organized in a standardized panel on the back. However, this hasn’t always been the case.  Food labeling saw its start in the United States in the early 20th century with the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906, which largely focused on requiring food producers to label their products with accurate ingredients as a way to prevent the sale of adulterated or misbranded food and drugs. In the ensuing decades, standards became stricter; by 1940, federal regulations required food labels to include the name and address of the manufacturer and distributor, in addition to an accurate statement of the ingredients.  Then, the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990 (NLEA) was …

NSS: Government putting up “barriers” to non-stun slaughter labels

NSS: Government putting up “barriers” to non-stun slaughter labels

[ad_1] The National Secular Society has criticised the Government for putting up “significant barriers” to implementing a mandatory labelling scheme for meat from animals that are religiously slaughtered without stunning. The NSS expressed “tremendous disappointment” in response to a Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) consultation on “fairer food labelling” which excludes slaughter methods. This is despite Defra’s own research revealing overwhelming support for such labels. The consultation’s stated purpose is to seek views on options “to improve transparency” around food labelling. Animal welfare legislation requires all animals to be stunned before slaughter to minimise pain and suffering. But exemptions for religious communities allow slaughter without stunning to meet Jewish and Muslim religious dietary preferences for kosher and halal meat. Although scientists and veterinarians widely agree slaughtering animals without stunning causes unnecessary suffering, there is no legal requirement for non-stun meat to be labelled as such. Consultation “completely ignores” non-stun slaughter The NSS criticised Defra’s assertion that labelling for slaughter method is not necessary, because legislation “already sets out strict requirements to protect …

Erik ten Hag labels reaction to Manchester United’s Coventry win ’embarrassing’ and a ‘disgrace’

Erik ten Hag labels reaction to Manchester United’s Coventry win ’embarrassing’ and a ‘disgrace’

[ad_1] Ten Hag admitted Antony should not have acted in such fashion but revealed that his behaviour was a reaction to early provocation from Coventry players. “Did you see the reaction of Harry Maguire?” Ten Hag asked. “He [Antony] was provoked. This was a reaction to that. You haven’t seen the provocation, you only saw the reaction. But he should not do it. “But I have also seen Harry Maguire straight after and others. We should acknowledge the performance from Coventry to come into that final and come back. We are for 70 minutes totally dominating the game by far and creating many chances and 3-0 must have been the game closed. But the return from their side was very good.” United play bottom club Sheffield United at Old Trafford on Wednesday night when Ten Hag could be without at least 12 senior players after his squad was further decimated by injuries sustained against Coventry. Ten Hag has doubts over Scott McTominay and Marcus Rashford and hopes Alejandro Garnacho and Bruno Fernandes can recover from …

Australian prime minister labels Elon Musk ‘an arrogant billionaire who thinks he is above the law’ | Australia news

Australian prime minister labels Elon Musk ‘an arrogant billionaire who thinks he is above the law’ | Australia news

[ad_1] Australia’s prime minister has labelled X’s owner, Elon Musk, an “arrogant billionaire who thinks he is above the law” as the rift deepens between Australia and the tech platform over the removal of videos of a violent stabbing in a Sydney church. On Monday evening in an urgent last-minute federal court hearing, the court ordered a two-day injunction against X to hide posts globally containing the footage of the alleged stabbing of Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel on 15 April. The eSafety commissioner had previously directed X to remove the posts, but X had only blocked them from access in Australia pending a legal challenge. Anthony Albanese on Tuesday said Musk was “a bloke who’s chosen ego and showing violence over common sense”. “Australians will shake their head when they think that this billionaire is prepared to go to court fighting for the right to sow division and to show violent videos,” he told Sky News. “He is in social media, but he has a social responsibility in order to have that social licence.” He …

China swimmers: WADA reject cover-up charge, Beijing labels reports ‘fake news’

China swimmers: WADA reject cover-up charge, Beijing labels reports ‘fake news’

[ad_1] Banka said “no credible evidence of wrongdoing was provided by any source who came forward on this file, so the threshold for WADA intelligence and investigations to open an investigation was not met”. One of the options that WADA had would have been to take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and challenge the Chinese anti-doping body (CHINADA) decision. WADA has made such moves in the past but Banka said that was not an option in this case. He said the body had “no credible way to disprove the contamination theory that was accepted by CHINADA, a position that was also accepted by World Aquatics. “In short, if we had taken such an appeal and challenged the contamination explanation, we would certainly have lost,” he said. WADA’s general counsel, Ross Wenzel, said such an appeal’s chances of success at CAS would have been “close to zero”. Banka questioned Tygart’s motives for his criticism of WADA. “I have to say that from our perspective, look(ing) at the comments on social media …

Students clash over Israel at elite French school – POLITICO

Students clash over Israel at elite French school – POLITICO

[ad_1] The movement has been embroiled in controversy over the past six months after refusing to label Hamas a “terrorist” organization, instead describing the Oct. 7 attack as a “war crime.” Sciences Po counts French President Emmanuel Macron among its alumni and is known as a breeding ground for the French political class. A few dozen members of the Unbowed student branch there faced off with activists from UNI, a student union with traditionally strong ties with the conservative Les Républicains party and the Nemesis collective, an Islamophobic far-right group that officially promotes women’s rights. “Unbowed France and the far-left are corrupting universities,” UNI representative Yvenn Le Coz told reporters. The anti-Mélenchon students chanted calls to rid universities of “Islamo-leftism” as the opposing activists replied with anti-fascist and anti-Israel slogans. As Mélenchon made his way toward the university a man confronted him, accusing the 72-year-old politician of being “complicit of Hamas.” The ensuing conference was also briefly interrupted by protesters. [ad_2] Source link

India, grappling with election misinfo, weighs up labels and its own AI safety coalition

India, grappling with election misinfo, weighs up labels and its own AI safety coalition

[ad_1] India, long in the tooth when it comes to co-opting tech to persuade the public, has become a global hotspot when it comes to how AI is being used, and abused, in political discourse, and specifically the democratic process. Tech companies, who built the tools in the first place, are making trips to the country to push solutions. Earlier this year, Andy Parsons, a senior director at Adobe who oversees its involvement in the cross-industry Content Authenticity Initiative (CAI), stepped into the whirlpool when he made a trip to India to visit with media and tech organizations in the country to promote tools that can be integrated into content workflows to identify and flag AI content. “Instead of detecting what’s fake or manipulated, we as a society, and this is an international concern, should start to declare authenticity, meaning saying if something is generated by AI that should be known to consumers,” he said in an interview. Parsons added that some Indian companies — currently not part of a Munich AI election safety accord …

Kanye’s back – labels might care about his misdeeds, but the public doesn’t seem to | Shaad D’Souza

Kanye’s back – labels might care about his misdeeds, but the public doesn’t seem to | Shaad D’Souza

[ad_1] Over the course of about a month in late 2022, Kanye West seemingly blew up his career for ever. Weeks of increasingly erratic behaviour culminated in a slip into full-blown reactionary populism with a series of offensive stunts, including but not limited to: wearing a White Lives Matter T-shirt, reviving hoary antisemitic tropes about Jews controlling the media, and threatening on X (then Twitter) to go “death con 3” on Jews. Within weeks, West’s record label and publisher – Universal Music Group and Sony Music Publishing, respectively – terminated their contracts with him; he was dropped by his agency, CAA; and Adidas, Balenciaga and Gap canned their continuing collaborations. The vast majority of his $2bn (£1.6bn) net worth evaporated overnight. Kanye Is Never Coming Back From This read the headline of one Rolling Stone article at the time. Less than two years later, the opposite is true: West’s latest album, a collaboration with the singer Ty Dolla $ign called Vultures 1, hit No 1 on the US Billboard 200 album chart and No 2 …

Ukraine embraces far-right Russian ‘bad guy’ to take the battle to Putin – POLITICO

Ukraine embraces far-right Russian ‘bad guy’ to take the battle to Putin – POLITICO

[ad_1] From football fields to the battlefield The 40-year-old Kapustin was born in Moscow. He moved with his parents at the age of 17 to Cologne, Germany, where he quickly established a fearsome reputation as a street-brawling white-power skinhead always up for a punch-up with everyone, especially Antifa activists. He tells POLITICO he was unhappy with the move and missed his friends and felt disconnected. He’s long been prominent on the European football hooliganism and far-right martial arts fight club scene — participating in the riots at the UEFA Euro 2016 football tournament in the French port city of Marseille. After he moved to Kyiv, Germany canceled his residency in 2019 and imposed a Schengen-entry ban on him for “efforts against the liberal democratic constitution.” He has links with American neo-Nazi groups, and in 2021 co-hosted a podcast with Robert Rundo, founder of the Rise Above Movement, which participated in the Charlottesville white supremacist rally. Nonetheless, Kapustin bristles at being called a neo-Nazi himself, even though he is hazy about what he is. He relishes sparring …