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Horse turns to Donkey

Amid worsening horse meat scandal in Britain that has forced the country’s food standard agency to test all beef products for the presence of horse meat, worries are now being raised that meat suppliers could be also feeding people with donkey meat. – daily alternative news

Last month, the Irish Food Safety Authority said beef burgers with traces of horse DNA have been supplied to British supermarkets that led to some 10 million burgers being taken off the shelves.

Horse meat was later also found in burgers in France and French Consumer Affairs Minister Benoit Hamon announced on Saturday that they have traced the horse meat to Romania, but there were also links with French, Dutch and Cypriot companies as well as a factory in Luxembourg.

European officials partly blamed a recent law in Romania that banned horse-drawn carts from roads as responsible for the fraudulent sales of horse meat as thousands of animals formerly used on the roads were feared to have been slaughtered for their meat.

“Horses have been banned from Romanian roads and millions of animals have been sent to the slaughterhouse,” vice-president of the European Parliament agriculture committee Jose Bove said.

Now, it has emerged that the mentioned law also banned the use of donkeys on the roads, triggering concerns that donkeys may have also been sent to slaughterhouses and fed to the European market by insincere suppliers.

This comes as the French government has pointed the finger at Britain as one of the culprits in the scandal by cutting the budget for EU food-safety checks in Brussels.

French and British governments have already promised to punish those behind the sales of horsemeat in beef products in European countries.


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Google Now Has Access To Millions of Patients’ Medical Records

A controversial deal between tech giant Google and the National Health Service (NHS) will allow artificial intelligence units access to 1.6 million confidential medical records. Since 2014, Google has partnered with several scientists in an attempt to understand human health, but a new report reveals the data gathering goes far beyond what was originally anticipated.

According to documents obtained by the New Scientist, the data sharing agreement between Google-owned artificial intelligence company DeepMind and the Royal Free NHS Trust gives access to the sensitive healthcare data of millions of NHS patients. The chilling and wide-reaching deal allows DeepMind access to the medical records of the 1.6 million people passing annually through the three London hospitals owned by the Trust — Barnet, Chase Farm, and the Royal Free.

The Google-owned A.I. firm announced in February it was working with the NHS to build an app called Streams — intended to help hospitals monitor patients with kidney disease. However, the new information has revealed that the extent of the data being shared goes much further and includes logs of day-to-day hospital activity, records of the location and status of patients, and even logs of who visits them and when.

Results of pathology and radiology tests are also shared, as is information from critical care and accident and emergency departments. In addition, DeepMind’s access to the centralised records of all NHS hospital treatments in the U.K. means the tech company can access historical data from the last five years, all while receiving a continuous stream of new data.

At the same time, DeepMind is developing a platform called Patient Rescue, which uses hospital data streams to build tools to carry out analysis and support diagnostic decisions. The New Scientist explained how it works:

Comparing a new patient’s information with millions of other cases, Patient Rescue might be able to predict that they are in the early stages of a disease that has not yet become symptomatic, for example. Doctors could then run tests to see if the prediction is correct.

While the Royal Free has not yet responded to the question of what — if any — opt-out mechanisms are available to patients, the New Scientist suggests this is unlikely to be a straightforward process. Despite the agreement stating Google cannot use the data in any other part of the company’s business, many will be seriously wary of the access the online tech giant now has to the confidential data of millions of people.

As the New Scientist wrote:

Data mining is the name of the game in the burgeoning field of machine learning and artificial intelligence, and there’s no company in the world better at that than Google.


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