The Health News Australia January 18 2018

  • Tasmanian public servants working in some of the most difficult circumstances have been forced to rely on bottled water after high levels of lead, copper and nickel were found in the water supply of some Hobart office buildings. In mid-December, staff working at Saint Johns Park in Hobart were told not to drink the tap water in buildings that house child protection workers, and alcohol, drug and mental health support staff.
  • It might be the Australian Open, but the water on sale at the nation’s premier sporting event is decidedly unpatriotic. Tennis fans attending day one of the tournament have taken to social media to express shock that the bottled water on sale is imported from China. Ganten water, imported from China, is being sold at the Australian Open.
  • Consumers of tinned pineapple have been urged not to boycott Golden Circle, the only company processing Australian pineapples. Angry Australians vented their fury online this week after NQ Paradise Pines shared a social media post on Tuesday, criticising Golden Circle’s Brisbane cannery for not opening early to process a glut of north Queensland fruit.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 18th of January 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-15/government-workers-drink-bottled-water-due-to-water-contaminants/9330488

Tasmanian public servants working in some of the most difficult circumstances have been forced to rely on bottled water after high levels of lead, copper and nickel were found in the water supply of some Hobart office buildings. In mid-December, staff working at Saint Johns Park in the area were told not to drink the tap water in buildings that house child protection workers, and alcohol, drug and mental health support staff.

The Community and Public Sector Union or CPSU has been leading a campaign to improve working conditions and client outcomes in many welfare areas, especially child protection, which it says is under “significant strain”. The union said the revelation of the metals contamination in some buildings on the Hobart site was further evidence of the attitude the Government had to the welfare areas, and why vacancies were hard to fill. CPSU spokesman Tom Lynch said the precinct was inadequate for a modern workforce.
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Staff in affected areas at Saint Johns Park were told about the contamination in December last year. A memo from the Health Department said: “Some recent testing of samples have indicated that samples exceed the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines for copper, lead and nickel.”
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Despite staff being told not to drink the water and bottled water being provided, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services or DHHS played down the issue, arguing the problem was “in areas that were unoccupied, or not used by staff for drinking purposes”.
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Premier Will Hodgman conceded attracting staff was a constant problem, and that there were still vacancies in the system.

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Greens leader Cassy O’Connor said the Saint Johns Park complex was “starting to fall apart”, and questioned whether there was equality across the public service.

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/lifestyle/food/australian-open-under-fire-for-selling-chinese-bottled-water/news-story/1a120c06d721807bc9b55af237e0b65e

It might be the Australian Open, but the water on sale at the nation’s premier sporting event is decidedly unpatriotic. Tennis fans attending day one of the tournament have taken to social media to express shock that the bottled water on sale is imported from China. Ganten water, imported from China, is being sold at the Australian Open. Rather than opt for an Australian brand, organisers are selling Ganten bottled water, which has been shipped from the Chinese city Shenzhen.
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In a statement, Tennis Australia said the Australian Open was a global event that had “a long history of partnering with international brands”.

The statement pointed out that the Open also partnered with “iconic Australian brands such as Jacobs Creek, Coopers, Vegemite and Country Road”.
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“The Australian Open continues to expand its global reach and partnerships, which helps to grow the sport at all levels in Australia.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2018-01-12/consumers-urged-not-to-boycott-golden-circle-pineapple-glut/9323866

Consumers of tinned pineapple have been urged not to boycott Golden Circle, the only company processing Australian pineapples. Angry Australians vented their fury online this week after NQ Paradise Pines shared a social media post on Tuesday, criticising Golden Circle’s Brisbane cannery for not opening early to process a glut of north Queensland fruit. Farmers said they were being forced to leave hundreds of tonnes of pineapples to rot, due to a glut of the fruit.

But US-based processor Kraft Heinz has broken its silence to refute the claims, maintaining its Golden Circle brand was not to blame for the fresh pineapples going to waste. A spokesperson said: “For seventy years, Golden Circle has been one of the largest supporters of Australian pineapple growers.” The company processed more than twenty five thousand tonnes of Australian pineapples in spring, less than anticipated because of seasonal weather variations.

The company has the support of Piñata Farms, which grows pineapples across Queensland and the Northern Territory. According to managing director Gavin Scurr, it is crucial that Australians do not boycott Golden Circle.

The NQ Paradise Pines Facebook post has been shared more than twenty one thousand times. NQ Paradise Pines wrote: “Our previous post about a shortage of canned Australian fruit and current fresh whole pineapple oversupply obviously hit a nerve about imported food.” NQ Paradise Pines said it had been contacted by various groups including Queensland Foodbank, which purchases oversupply at cost and distributes it to people in need.

Farmers at Rollingstone, near Townsville, one of Queensland’s largest pineapple growing districts, said heaps of rotting, unsaleable fruit left them “lost for words”.

 

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