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UK cuisine may not be as celebrated as other countries' gourmet offerings - but more than 60 British foods can now claim protected status.

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European prime ministers to meet over Ukraine crisis

The prime ministers of central European countries part of the Visegrad group are to hold a summit tomorrow to discuss the crisis situation in Ukraine, according to Slovakian government officials.

An anti-government protester waves a Ukranian flag
An anti-government protester waves a Ukranian flag near barricades at the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev Credit: REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

The Visegrad group, made up of The Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland has called an extraordinary meeting of the prime ministers following the Ukrainian parliament's decision to back-track on controversial anti-protest legislation.

Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich accepted the resignation of prime minister Mykola Azarov and his cabinet, in the hope that a peaceful settlement can be found to end the unrest in the country.

Read: A pivotal and complex time lies ahead for Ukraine

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Comedian Rufus Hound to stand as MEP

Rufus Hound wants to stand as an MEP.
Rufus Hound wants to stand as an MEP. Credit: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

Comedian Rufus Hound has announced he intends to stands as a prospective Member of the European Parliament to campaign against changes to the NHS.

In a post on his blog he said: "In May, I will be standing as a prospective Member of the European Parliament, and doing so for The National Health Action Party.

"For anyone who follows me on Twitter, I doubt that my party of choice will come as too much of a surprise. I’ve been tweeting endlessly over the past few months about the dangers the NHS currently faces."

He added: "The NHS is the one of the single greatest achievements of any civilisation, ever, anywhere in the history of the world."

British salt and beef granted protected status

Anglesey sea salt and West Country beef and lamb have been awarded European Union protected food name status.

The sea salt is sourced harvested in the Menai Strait in Anglesey Credit: PA

The status guarantees authenticity and origin and prevents imitation products from using their name.

Food name status will protect West Country lamb and beef. Credit: ITV News West Country

Family business Halen Mon Anglesey Sea Salt predicted that being awarded the status will allow it to increase its workforce by 25% this year.

Read: Protected foods 'bring £900 million to economy'

Protected foods 'bring £900 million to economy'

Protected food products in the UK contribute an estimated £900 million to the European economy, and the government is keen to encourage more food producers across the UK to apply for the special status. Farming Minister George Eustice said:

Exceeding the 60th registration is an achievement to be proud of. Legal protection of the quality, provenance and reputation of British food will help small businesses make a valuable economic contribution both locally and nationally.

We now want to help many more UK food producers who are thinking about making an application for protected name status to get their quality produce fully recognised.

Read: UK foods gain protected status

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UK foods gain protected status

West Country beef and lamb, and Anglesey sea salt have joined the ranks of some of the UK's most famous foods such as Stilton cheese and Melton Mowbray pies by gaining protected status.

West Country beef and lamb are now protected under EU rules. Credit: Press Association

The foods have been awarded European Union protected food name status, which guarantees their authenticity and origin and prevents imitation products from using their name.

The latest awards bring the total of UK products which are protected to more than 60, including Cornish clotted cream, Whitstable oysters and Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese.

Thousands of cancer patients 'die unnecessarily'

As many as 10,000 lives could be saved every year in Britain, if cancer treatment was more effective.

New figures show survival rates are among the worst in Europe. Part of the problem is the length of time it takes for cancer to be diagnosed.

Medical Editor Lawrence McGinty reports:

“It’s tragic. It means 10,000 people a year are dying of cancer completely unnecessarily,” cancer specialist Professor Karol Sikora says.

“The problem can be solved by fast-tracking diagnostic process – scans, biopsies not just for those likely to have cancer, but for everybody,” he says.

Research into cancer survival rates found that only the Czech Republic, Poland and Denmark had worse rates for surviving bowel cancer than Britain while cervical cancer rates were worse in only Ireland and Poland, the Health at a Glance 2013 study found.

Read: Cancer survival rates warning

NHS England says the first step is to increase awareness.

“Campaigns over the last two years have demonstrated that we can make improvements in patients’ awareness of symptoms – that’s the first step,“ says Sean Duffy, NHS England Cancer Services director.

UK 'lagging behind' Europe on cancer survival rates

Research into cancer survival rates found that only the Czech Republic, Poland and Denmark had worse rates for surviving bowel cancer than Britain while cervical cancer rates were worse in only Ireland and Poland, the Health at a Glance 2013 study found.

Here is a breakdown of the study's findings:

  • Britain also had higher rates of infant death than most other countries, the Health at a Glance 2013 study found.
  • It recorded 4.3 deaths out of every 1,000 births compared with the OECD average of 4.1.
  • Researchers also found that more than 40 per cent of 15 year olds in the UK have been drunk more than twice and it was one of four countries where more girls than boys reported drunkenness.

Read: Study reveals UK's cancer survival rates behind Europe

Study reveals UK's cancer survival rates behind Europe

A new study suggests 10,000 lives a year could be saved in the UK.
A new study suggests 10,000 lives a year could be saved in the UK. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Britain's cancer survival rates are lagging behind the rest of Europe and other major economies, with just Poland and Ireland faring worse in some strains of the disease, an international health study has revealed.

Experts said 10,000 lives a year could be saved if the United Kingdom managed to simply meet the average rates achieved across Europe.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development report compares key health records from its 34 member countries as well as the so-called BRIC countries and other nations where possible.

It found that women with breast cancer were more likely to reach the five-year survival point in almost all countries other than Britain, with only the Czech Republic, Poland and Ireland trailing behind.

Read: Rise in the number of children surviving cancer

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