The effects of reduced sucrose intake on the formation and composition of dental plaque in a group of men in the Antarctic

first_imgSucrose was omitted from the diet of a group of 19 men over a period of 14 weeks, and replaced by glucose syrup and calcium cyclamate. Dental plaque was assessed fortnightly, and samples were taken for analysis. The subjects refrained from any oral hygiene procedures for 3 days before each examination. The extent of plaque rose to a peak at 6–10 weeks, then fell, until by 14 weeks it had declined to a significantly lower level than on the normal sucrose-containing diet. No such pattern was discernible during a similar period on the normal diet. Compared with the normal diet, the low-sucrose diet produced plaque containing significantly more soluble carbohydrate, but there was no significant difference in total insoluble carbohydrate, or in soluble “levan”. Levels of soluble calcium in the plaque were similar on both regimes, but the low-sucrose plaque contained significantly more phosphorus than the normal plaque.last_img read more

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Major shareholder accuses Premier Foods of ‘arrogance’

first_imgA major shareholder has accused Premier Foods of “arrogance” in its handling of US suitor McCormick.As reported by City A.M., US hedge fund manager Paulson & Co followed up a previous attack on the Mr Kipling-owner’s failure to secure a deal with another singeing attack – this time going as far as saying it would support the idea of the company’s chairman, David Beever, resigning over the matter.US spice brand McCormick recently made three offers for Premier Foods, at 52p, 60p and 65p respectively, the latter of which valued the company at an enterprise value of £1.5bn. However, Premier Foods rejected all the offers, leading to McCormick walking away from the deal.A spokesman for Paulson & Co said: “McCormick, after making three offers, understandably decided to withdraw rather than proceed without a recommendation. Now, the shareholders are left with a price of 39p with the same management making the same promises as it did two years ago when it sold stock at 81p on a blended basis.”It added that Premier’s failure to recommend an offer at a 106% premium on the pre-announcement price was “a record for corporate arrogance” and, on the subject of whether Beever should resign, said: “We have not written a letter asking for his resignation, but would certainly support the idea.”last_img read more

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FOB urges government to continue international trade

first_imgThe Federation of Bakers (FOB) is among trade bodies to have urged the government to ensure the continuation of critical imports and exports during the Covid-19 crisis.A letter co-signed by FOB chief executive Gordon Polson, as well as representatives from other trade associations including the Food & Drink Federation, UK Hospitality and the Food and Drink Exporters Association, said “Covid-19 is the biggest threat this country has faced in decades”.As such, they called on the government to allow trade to “flow freely and without restriction”.“Now, more than ever, it is critical that we keep imports and exports of food and drink flowing. Essential movements of ingredients and raw materials must continue, so that we can supply consumers across the UK,” the letter stated.It added that the continuation of trading through open markets would be “absolutely vital” to help aid global economic recovery, as would the essential movements of ingredients and raw materials.“We have seen some countries introduce trade restrictions that may have the unfortunate consequence of impeding the flow of goods between nations. While it is understandable that some may place temporary selective restrictions on exports where there is a direct threat posed to the ability of their communities to access affordable food and drink, it is incumbent on the UK and other developed nations to lead the way and reject moves towards protectionism.”The letter went on to highlight the UK food and drink industry’s “international success story” which included the export of £23bn-worth of products each year. These, it stated, were essential to ensure UK businesses had access to working capital.“Our industry cannot operate in isolation if we are to continue providing world-leading quality, choice and value for money.“Our farmers rely on imported feed and need access to other markets to sell their products, especially where demand in the UK is insufficient. Our manufacturers rely on exports to grow their businesses and imports to complement their use of domestically produced ingredients and raw materials. Our restaurants and retailers need access to a full range of goods all year round to balance seasonality and meet consumer demand.”last_img read more

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Indonesians, Malaysians return home via North Sumatra airport

first_imgAs many as 194 Malaysian and Indonesian citizens flew back to their respective homelands on Tuesday via Kualanamu International Airport in Deli Serdang regency, North Sumatra.Sixty nine Indonesians arrived at the airport at around 4 p.m. on a Malaysia Airlines flight.Around 45 minutes later, 125 Malaysians flew home with the same airline, Kualanamu airport spokesperson Mulia Rahman said. Read also: COVID-19: Govt repatriates, isolates more than 500 TKIs from MalaysiaHe added that all recently repatriated citizens would be quarantined in their respective regions to ensure public health and safety.Malaysia Airlines station manager Rahmat Iskandar Dinata said the repatriation of the 125 Malaysians from Sumatra was facilitated by the Malaysian government. “The majority of them are students studying in Medan, Aceh and Padang,” he said.The Indonesian government had previously stated that it had no plans to repatriate Indonesian migrant workers and other citizens living in Malaysia, even though the neighboring Southeast Asian country has imposed a lockdown, effective since March 18, to curb the spread of the virus.The lockdown has reportedly forced thousands of Indonesian workers to voluntarily return home.Unfortunately, not all workers have used legal means to return. Authorities in North Sumatra and Riau Islands recently caught dozens of Indonesian migrant workers attempting to sneak past border authorities while returning from Malaysia. (vny)Topics : The group of Indonesians that returned from Malaysia comprised 13 men, 53 women, two children and a toddler, the majority of whom were migrant workers.Earlier this month, 513 Indonesian domestic workers arrived from Malaysia at same airport.  All returnees were tested for COVID-19 upon arriving at Kualanamu, with all of them testing negative, authorities claimed.”Upon arrival at Kualanamu airport, we checked their body temperatures and sprayed them with disinfectant. They all tested negative for COVID-19,” the head of the Medan Port Health Office, Priagung Adhi Bawono, confirmed separately on Wednesday.last_img read more

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