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Japanese Government to Push for Tighter Control on Drug Pricing

March 15, 2017 - 12:00am
The Japanese government has called for greater price regulation in the pharmaceutical industry, the Japan Times reported on Tuesday. Japan is the latest country to join the ranks of growing dissent over the sector's prices. Previously, the UK's NHS, the European Union and even President Donald Trump agreed that pharma prices are "astronomical" across the globe. As a consequence, Japanese government officials and advocates are urging changes to be made in the industry in

Self-Driving Cars Tested on UK Roads for the First Time

March 15, 2017 - 12:00am
Nissan is testing prototypes of its Leaf model in London Nissan has started testing self-driving cars on UK roads for the first time. The Japanese car manufacturer is testing prototypes of its Leaf model in London - using its enhanced autonomous driver technology. Nissan is planning to clock up more than 300 miles on busy routes in London on the prototype vehicles as it aims to introduce a fully developed version by 2020.

Imported Australian Sheep Embryos Get Surrogate Mothers in China

March 15, 2017 - 12:00am
A total of 1,800 Australian sheep embryos have found surrogate mothers in northern China's Tianjin Municipality. The 1,800 embryos of Australian white sheep have been impregnated into 1,605 Chinese recipient ewes, among which 1,152 have successfully conceived, success rate of 71.8 percent. Embryo transfer allows high genetic merit to pass more widely onto new generations. It is usually performed on cattle, sheep and goats. Compared to directly importing sheep from

Advert for Hands-Free Jaguar Banned Over Unsafe Driving

March 15, 2017 - 12:00am
An "irresponsible" advert for the new Jaguar XE car's hands-free mobile technology has been banned for encouraging unsafe driving. The advertorial in a newspaper for Jaguar Land Rover described new in-car features such as wi-fi connectivity and smartphone-integrated apps, allowing the driver to "organize your next meeting and stay in touch with colleagues and family on the move". It said: "For busy executives, the car is increasingly becoming an extension of the workplace. What

Abuja Airport Shutdown ‘Hugely Embarrassing’ Say Critics

March 15, 2017 - 12:00am
It is the gateway to Nigeria's capital and seat of government. It is a vital resource for public officials, VIPs, and business travelers. Abuja's Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport handled almost 5,000 domestic flights in December alone, making it the second busiest airport in the country. But it will shut down for six weeks from Wednesday March 8. The shutdown is expected to cause severe disruption. But the decision has been forced by the increasingly decrepit

Mayo, Wings, Butter: ‘Fake Milk’ Is the Latest Food Fight

March 14, 2017 - 12:00am
Is "fake milk" spoiling the dairy industry's image? Dairy producers are calling for a crackdown on the almond, soy and rice "milks" they say are masquerading as the real thing and cloud the meaning of milk. A group that advocates for plant-based products, the Good Food Institute, countered this week by asking the Food and Drug Administration to say terms such as "milk" and "sausage" can be used as long as they're modified to make

Wales Public Health: Five People a Day Die Due to Air Pollution

March 14, 2017 - 12:00am
Five people die because of air pollution every day in Wales, Public Health Wales has said. The health body has warned that tiny particles in the air and nitrogen dioxide pumped out by diesel engines are more dangerous than either obesity or alcohol consumption. It says air pollution causes 2,000 deaths a year in Wales, the equivalent of more than five a day, and amounts to a public health crisis. Studies have suggested that

Retailer Target Tightens Made in the USA Enforcement

March 14, 2017 - 12:00am
FTC closes review of Target brand pillows After a brush with the FTC, Target is taking a harder look at US-made claims. The action followed a revelation that some of Target s house-branded Room Essentials pillows had outer packaging marked Made in the USA while the pillows themselves were tagged as Made in China. In response to the FTC s investigation, Target agreed to take steps to prevent consumer deception. They removed all affected pillows

Skills Shortage to Hit Chinese Companies

March 14, 2017 - 12:00am
The higher costs of hiring mid- to high-level management talent have resulted in the fact that multinational companies hardly set up their core research sectors in China. Tens of thousands of jobseekers attend a job fair offering 3,000 jobs in Liuzhou, the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. [Photo/Xinhua] The sudden resignation of Chen Xiangli, former president of the GE Technology Center in China, announced at the beginning of this year, raised concerns over the talent

Apple Pay Contactless Payments Service Launches in Ireland

March 14, 2017 - 12:00am
Tech giant has deployed multiple layers of security for the system Apple Pay has launched in Ireland, more than two years after it first hit the market. The contactless payment service can be used with more recent Apple products to pay for items in-store, online or through apps The service requires one of Apple's newer smartphones - the iPhone 6 and later - or an Apple Watch to be able pay for goods

Vodka Recalled Due to High Alcohol Content

March 13, 2017 - 12:00am
Georgian Bay Vodka Recalled in Ontario Because Alcohol Level is Too High The Canadian Press An Ontario-made brand of vodka is being pulled from store shelves in the province because of a faulty batch that contained double the alcohol content shown on the label. Christine Bujold of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario says one batch of Georgian Bay brand vodka was not properly diluted prior to bottling. She says the 654 bottles in batch 19

Mercedes-Benz Recalls 300,000 U.S. Vehicles Due to Fire Hazard

March 13, 2017 - 12:00am
More than 300,000 Mercedes-Benz vehicles in the United States have been recalled due to a possible fire hazard. The recall includes about 308,000 C- and E-Class vehicles, as well as CLA, GLA and GLC vehicles and has been linked to 35 car fires in the United States, according to the company. "This situation typically occurs in the rare situation where a vehicle is stranded in a significant amount of standing water and the

Bird Flu Found at Commercial Chicken Farm in Tennessee, USDA Says

March 13, 2017 - 12:00am
A strain of bird flu has been found in a commercial chicken farm in Tennessee, the US Department of Agriculture and state government agencies said Sunday. The H7 strain of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, or HPAI, was found in a flock of 73,500 chickens in Lincoln County, in the central part of the state on the border with Alabama, the USDA said. The facility alerted authorities Friday that a large number of chickens were

Subway Responds to Claims That Chicken Strips Are Mostly Soy

March 13, 2017 - 12:00am
A DNA testing of chicken sold at Subway restaurants in Canada revealed that two of the chain's popular sandwiches contain poultry that's only part meat, according a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation report. A DNA researcher from Ontario's Trent University analyzed six grilled chicken sandwiches from fast food chains for the CBC's Marketplace program and found that while most sandwiches-from chains including McDonald's, Wendy's and A&W-contained "very close" to 100% chicken, the Subway products fell woefully

MIT Research: Volkswagen Emissions Scandal Could Lead to 1,200 Premature Deaths across Europe

March 13, 2017 - 12:00am
Researchers at MIT have published a new research paper claiming that nearly 1,200 people could face premature death due to pollution caused by diesel vehicles sold by Volkswagen in Europe by cheating during emissions tests. Volkswagen accepted that the company sold diesel vehicles with a software loaded on the vehicles to cheat emissions standards setup by government agencies. In the United States, Volkswagen has agreed to pay a massive fine for the settlement of

EU Proposed Simpler Food Safety Rules for Small Retailers

March 10, 2017 - 12:00am
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on Thursday proposed simpler rules of food safety management for small retail businesses. These include guidelines for small retail businesses, such as groceries and butchers, on how to identify the most relevant biological, chemical and physical hazards at each stage of food production process. Marta Hugas, head of EFSA's Biological Hazards and Contaminants unit, said that this would make it easier for small retailers to identify hazards and

UFood Grill's Self-Serve Kiosk Recognizes Customers’ Faces

March 10, 2017 - 12:00am
Patrons at the newly opened UFood Grill in Owings Mills, Maryland, won't be forgotten. They can order at a self-serve kiosk that will remember them for future visits, thanks to facial recognition. The kiosk is the technological highlight of the fast casual chain's first stand-alone street location, said Samantha Rincione, UFood Grill's vice president of franchise development. "Nowadays, the biggest thing, especially in restaurants, is convenience. They walk in, they place their order, they

Emissions Investigation Widens at Fiat Chrysler

March 10, 2017 - 12:00am
Carmaker says it is cooperating with federal, state agencies Fiat Chrysler has disclosed that additional federal and state agencies are now investigating its alleged diesel emissions violations. The automaker said in a corporate filing that it has "received various inquiries, subpoenas and requests for information from a number of governmental authorities, including the Department of Justice, the (Securities and Exchange Commission) and several states' attorneys general." Fiat Chrysler said in the filing Tuesday it

Nutritional Labels Added to Beer

March 10, 2017 - 12:00am
A number of New Zealand beer producers have voluntarily started printing nutritional information panels on their labels. Unlike any other kind of food, alcohol is not legally required to feature nutritional information or ingredients lists on any products, under an exemption provided to the industry by the Food Standards Code. The new labelling will help consumers understand what's in their beer by providing them with sugar content, preservatives, carbohydrate content, and total kilojoules/calories on

Aldi Adds to Transparency and Sustainability Commitments

March 10, 2017 - 12:00am
Discount retailer Aldi is working to improve transparency and the sustainability of its supply chain through a number of initiatives, including a commitment to the Business Environmental Performance Initiative (BEPI). The supermarket retailer, which launched its first Fairtrade T-shirt line in the UK last year, has joined the BEPI, an initiative of the Foreign Trade Association (FTA), that aims to promote environmental protection throughout supply chains. For example, it works to eliminate the

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