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Italy moves to ban lab grown meat to ‘protect food heritage’

Italy moves to ban lab grown meat to 'protect food heritage'
Mar 30 2023 Share

Italy’s government has backed a new bill that seeks to ban laboratory-produced meat and other synthetic foods. 

If the proposal goes through, which highlights ‘Italian food heritage’ and ‘health protection’, breaking the ban would attract fines of up to €60,000. 

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Francesco Lollobrigida, who runs the rebranded ministry for agriculture and food sovereignty, cited the importance of Italy’s food tradition as part of the move. This earned the praise of the farmer’s lobby but the criticism of animal welfare groups and even the Opposition. 

The production of cell-based food avoids the need for animals to be killed and is better for the environment, supporters of the practice argue. 

Meanwhile, Italian health minister Orazio Schillaci said that the ban is based on precautionary principles. This echoes what the new rightwing government, led by Giorgia Meloni, promised before coming into power – protecting food from technological advancements. 

Just last November, the FFDA cleared cell-cultured chicken for human consumption after ‘careful evaluation.’ Despite no approval sought by the European Food Safety Authority, the EU Commission has suggested that this could be considered a promising and innovative solution for health and environmentally friendly food systems. 

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Gianluca Bezzina awarded by Prime Minister for Mużika Mużika win

Gianluca Bezzina awarded by Prime Minister for Mużika Mużika win
Mar 30 2023 Share

Following his victory during the third edition of Mużika Mużika, Gianluca Bezzina was awarded by Prime Minister Robert Abela in Castille. 

Bezzina, who had represented Malta in the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with ‘Tomorrow’, won the prestitiogus song contest with his song ‘Sabiħa’.

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Prime Minister Robert Abela congratulated the winner, saying he and his government will continue to invest into the cultural calendar of Malta.

The calendar is a ‘celebration of that which makes us Maltese and a platform for Maltese talent.’

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TikTok shows crane caught in street power cables in Malta

TikTok shows crane caught in street power cables in Malta
Mar 30 2023 Share

A TikTok shared by user @villred6 shows a crane seemingly caught in overhead street power cables in a Maltese locality. 

The crane can be seen being pulled away from the entanglement by the driver, however not much information is currently available about the situation. 

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The power cables can be seen being pulled away from the lining, creating an unsafe situation for any people in the vicinity.

Malta has seen various calls for more action and security when it comes to construction sites, given the increasing amounts of accidents and fatalities due to reckless infrastructural work. 

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Tributes for 22 year old Ukrainian boxer who died defending country

Tributes for 22 year old Ukrainian boxer who died defending country
Mar 30 2023 Share

Olympian and European youth boxing champion Maksym Galinichev is being heralded as a war hero after he died defending his country of Ukraine in the Luhansk region. 

The 22-year-old died on March 10th while serving with the 25th Separate Airborne Sicheslav Brigade in the village of Chervonopopivka. 

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Maksym was introduced to boxing at age 10 by his father and went on to win gold at the 2017 European Youth Championships and silver at the Summer Youth Olympics in 2018. 

He was also awarded second place at the European Championship for boxers under age 22 in 2021. In 2022, Galinichev refused to participate in the European Boxing Championship to volunteer for the airborne assault troops as the war broke out. 

Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, confirmed the death of Galinichev in a Twitter post. 

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