US trade deal after Brexit could see milk and baby formula with cancer-causing toxins flood UK market | The Independent

Baby eating baby food (blended green beans)

Baby eating baby food (blended green beans) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Independent reports that a post-Brexit trade deal with the US could see a massive increase in the amount of cancer-causing toxins in British milk and baby food.

Source: US trade deal after Brexit could see milk and baby formula with cancer-causing toxins flood UK market | The Independent

The bottom line is that food standards in some areas in the US are looser giving food manufacturers lower costs. Meanwhile, in the EU regulations are stricter particularly it would seem with regard to baby food.

The Independent’s article is part of growing campaign of fear highlighting the downside risks of Brexit. Whilst individually these risks might to necessarily be that large, collectively they will start to increasingly worry ordinary people.

The elephant in the room is that the British people were conned about Brexit, thinking that immigration would be slashed and the EU contributions would prop up the failing public health service. I expect that in the Autumn we shall see an increasing push-back against Brexit.

Thoughts?

 

Americans Are Dying Younger, Saving Corporations Billions – Bloomberg

This Bloomberg article is worth a read. It reports that US life expectancy gains have stalled, with the grim silver lining being lower pension costs

Source: Americans Are Dying Younger, Saving Corporations Billions – Bloomberg

As I read the article, I was eagerly awaiting an explanation. Finally, the author cited a 2015 paper suggesting that mortality was rising for middle-aged white Americans, citing suicides, drug overdoses, and alcohol.

The article concludes by saying that actuaries are waiting to see whether the data is a blip or a trend. Given that the primary cause of death for the under fifties is now drug abuse, it’s probably fair to assume that ‘deaths of despair’ are on the increase.

Thoughts?