Saturday, October 25, 2003

STUFF : HEALTH - STORY : New Zealand's leading news and information website: "Making a mountain out of a nipple? Health groups create a fizz
26 October 2003
Nipples or mountains? It's a question that has health groups fizzing over beer advertising which they say is irresponsible. Health groups say breweries are producing more aggressive, and often offensive, ad campaigns as they fight to capture dwindling numbers of beer drinkers. Billboards for Waikato Draught and a radio station promotion giving away a year's supply of beer to an 18-year-old have the Alcohol Advisory Board (ALAC) concerned. ALAC acting chief executive Paula Snowden will contact the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) about its recent rejection of two Waikato Draught billboard complaints. Last week the industry watchdog ruled a Hamilton billboard featuring two raised circular shapes with the slogan: 'Winter. It's outstanding', did not break advertising codes. "
Revealed: UK mums milk second most toxic in world
Survey shows chemicals from everyday products are poisoning breast milk
By Rob Edwards, Environment Editor
Sunday Herald
"Toxic contamination of mother's breast milk in Britain is among the highest in the world, a new survey by scientists has revealed.

Concentrations of chemical flame retardants, suspected of damaging brain development and causing cancer, are higher in the UK than in Germany, Sweden, Belgium, Finland and Canada. Scientists say the levels are "a real cause for concern", while environmentalists describe them as "shocking" and "extremely worrying"."