Local News for Friday 19th May 2017
Food Standards justifies salt company action
Hebridean Sea Salt ‘deceived customers’, according to Food Standards Scotland, who have taken the unusual step of issuing a press statement about an ongoing case. The Lochs-based company has ceased to operate after queries were raised about the provenance of the gourmet sea salt, said to originate from pure Hebridean waters, and sold through national chains including Marks and Spencers and Sainsburys. Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has been leading an investigation into the company, and in a statement released yesterday, a Food Standards Scotland spokesman said: “We would not normally disclose the details of an active and ongoing investigation. However, given the coverage of this case, we believe it is now in the public interest to disclose the issues that are under investigation. This is not simply a case of mis-labelling. Investigations discovered that over 80% of the salt found in Hebridean Sea Salt did not originate in the Hebrides, but was imported table salt. It is Food Standards Scotland’s view that, whilst this is not a food safety issue, deception of consumers on this scale is not acceptable and could damage Scotland’s well-deserved reputation for high quality, authentic food and drink products.” Hebridean Sea Salt’s premises in industrial units at Habost, Lochs have closed and the product has been recalled from supermarket shelves.
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Local News for Thursday 18th May 2017
Eriskay testbed for new broadband fix
Households in Eriskay have been selected to take part in the first commercial pilot of new technology to increase the speed of fibre broadband over very long phone lines. Long Reach VDSL is being tested by Openreach, building on trials in Lewis last summer. Broadband speeds tend to slow over long distances, so higher power levels are being tested to increase the distance over which broadband can be delivered. If the Eriskay test proves successful, the test households will keep the higher speeds for the foreseeable future. Brendan Dick, BT Scotland director, said: “Being able to test new technologies like this in a real-life setting is a crucial step before we can deploy them on a much wider scale. I hope people in Eriskay will see real improvements in their broadband speed as they help us find an answer to the challenge of delivering faster, fibre broadband over longer lines.”
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