UK business group condemns Labour nationalisation plans, Brexit delay

Reuters | May 21, 2019

Plans by Britain’s opposition Labour Party to nationalise utilities including the country’s electricity grid will damage investment as well as hurting many small shareholders, one of the country’s main business groups warned on Tuesday. Last week, Labour published plans to renationalise the country’s 60-billion-pound energy networks, taking companies such as National Grid, Scottish Power and SSE into public ownership.Utilities warned this would damage investment, and on Tuesday the Confederation of British Industry’s president, John Allan, said he feared the impact would spread beyond the businesses directly affected.

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Food safety and the related issue of food protection continues to be a public health priority that requires extensive research, education, and extension efforts focused on the prevention of foodborne outbreaks. This continued priority is in part due to that fact that the production, processing and distribution system for food in and for the U.S. is a diverse, extensive, and easily accessible system. Such an open system is vulnerable to the introduction of contaminants through natural processes, global commerce, and by intentional means. The reduction and control of foodborne pathogens, toxins, and chemicals in the food supply are not possible with a single strategy but rather through concomitant efforts along the food production chain.

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Food safety and the related issue of food protection continues to be a public health priority that requires extensive research, education, and extension efforts focused on the prevention of foodborne outbreaks. This continued priority is in part due to that fact that the production, processing and distribution system for food in and for the U.S. is a diverse, extensive, and easily accessible system. Such an open system is vulnerable to the introduction of contaminants through natural processes, global commerce, and by intentional means. The reduction and control of foodborne pathogens, toxins, and chemicals in the food supply are not possible with a single strategy but rather through concomitant efforts along the food production chain.

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Noblis | August 11, 2021

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Stratasys | September 30, 2021

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