Local News for Monday 22nd May 2017
Aline woodland vandalism – call for information
Trustees of the Aline Community Woodland in Lewis are asking for information from anyone who saw anything suspicious at the site over the past week, after finding the children’s playpark cabin vandalised. The woodland in South Lochs is maintained and run by volunteers, with 636 hectares of woods and lochs, threaded through with walkways and a woodland playpark. Volunteers found at the weekend that the walls of the playpark cabin had been kicked and damaged. A spokesman said: “This is a public amenity created through the hard work of a small voluntary group for the benefit of children and their parents. If you saw anyone acting suspiciously please let us know so that we can track down the culprits.”
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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.
Read more: Local News for Friday 19th May 2017