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Visit of Alan Johnson, British Secretary of State for Health, to Markos Kyprianou

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Alan Johnson, British Secretary of State for Health, was in Brussels on 20 November for a meeting with Markos Kyprianou, Member of the EC in charge of Health. They held talks on food safety, public health issues and pandemic preparedness. An outbreak of bird flu at a poultry farm in eastern England was confirmed on 13 November as H5N1, the same virulent strain that killed scores of people around the world. The disease situation was reviewed at the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health on 20 November in Brussels. Bird flu's return to Britain, weeks before the Christmas holidays, is yet another blow to Britain's farmers, already struggling after livestock herds were hit in 2007 by foot-and-mouth disease and bluetongue. Another challenge facing currently the British government is a growing obesity epidemic. The European Commission is encouraging healthy eating amongst children, with a view to tackling the rising childhood obesity levels in Europe.
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Type: EbS   Reference: 54319   Date: 20/11/2007   Duration: 00:01:25
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