Nano-plastics accumulated by marine life may pose risk to human health, study says

WORLD - Nano-plastics, formed as a result of degradation of microplastics and easily ingested by marine life may create a risk to human food chains on accumulation, potentially threatening food safety and human health, shows a study conducted by the National University of Singapore (NUS). Nano plastics are tiny pieces of plastic less than 1µm…

WHO unveils new plan to eliminate use of trans fats in food

USA - The World Health Organisation (WHO) has unveiled a new plan to eliminate the use of trans fats, calling for the gains made against the harmful acids in richer countries to be spread worldwide. Industrially produced trans-fatty acids, such as margarine and some hardened vegetable fats, are popular among food producers because they are…

WHO launches review into potential risks of plastic in drinking water

UK - WHO has launched a health review into the dangers associated with plastic sin drinking water; assess the latest research into the spread and impact of so-called microplastics - particles that are small enough to be ingested. According to BBC, this review comes after journalism organisation Orb Media found plastic particles in many major brands of…

WHO report highlights rise in malnutrition, obesity in Africa, decries data gaps

AFRICA - A newly released nutrition report by the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa has revealed that under-nutrition is still persistent in the Continent while the number of stunted children has increased. The Africa Nutrition Report, which was launched in Abidjan, Ivory Coast also indicates that a growing number of children under…