Sleep disorders, risk of diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure.... The extensive use of elecronic devices can be very harmful for a child’s health. But according to a study released by the French Academy of Sciences in January, there are also positive effects.
Until the scandal of horsemeat being sold as beef across Europe was linked to a French meat processing company, the name Spanghero was better-known in France as that of a family that had produced some of the country’s biggest sporting heroes.
The French government ruled on Thursday that meat wholesaler Spanghero knowingly sold Romanian horsemeat as beef, immediately withdrawing the French company’s license. In the UK, three men were arrested over separate allegations of horsemeat fraud.
France’s medical ethics body weighed in on the highly controversial issue of assisted suicide on Thursday, saying that euthanasia should be permissible in exceptional cases and when patients make “persistent and lucid requests”.
As the scandal of horsemeat masquerading as beef takes on a pan-European dimension, the French authorities are keen to identify exactly who is responsible for a fraud that threatens lasting damage to the European food industry.
Several major French retailers have withdrawn Findus frozen food products from sale in the wake of a Europe-wide horsemeat contamination scandal, they announced Sunday, as France promised to have the results of an urgent inquiry by Wednesday.
Britain held emergency talks on Saturday following a contamination scandal that revealed food giant Findus’s beef ready meals contained horsemeat. The Swedish company has withdrawn various frozen meals from France, Sweden and Britain.
France's health authorities have decided that a higher risk of blood clots, strokes and thrombosis in the latest versions of birth control pills pose an unacceptable danger to women’s health. As a result, the government has changed its prescription guidelines for oral contraceptives. The decision could affect 2.5 million women in France and many more overseas, should other countries follow suit.