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Disposable swab withdrawn from the Portuguese market



Zaragatoa descartável retirada do mercado português

If the term “smear” was unknown to many, then with the COVID-19 pandemic it has become very common. In practice, a swab allows you to collect samples for later analysis to see if a person is infected.

In Portugal, a disposable swab has been withdrawn from sale due to incorrect CE marking.

Infarmed today ordered a suspension of marketing and a recall of the Iclean brand disposable sample collection swab for misapplying the CE mark as there is no evidence of compliance with European law requirements.

According to the Ministry of Health, this is the fact that the product is incorrectly qualified by the manufacturer as an "in vitro diagnostic medical device".when the relevant qualification relates to a medical device.

Therefore, there is no evidence that the product has been subjected to an appropriate conformity assessment by a notified body for assessment, namely aspects related to obtaining, guaranteeing and maintaining conditions of sterility.

This is the “Nasopharyngeal Swab \Flocked\” model from the brand “iclean”, from the manufacturer Shenzhen Cleanmo Technology.

According to the National Medicines and Health Products Authority, distributor Vacuette Portugal SA is "developing the necessary activities to collect said medical device."

Disposable swab withdrawn from the Portuguese market

Infarmed also says that organizations that have units of this medical device should not make it available/use.

Infarmet: there was also a ban Rapid monkeypox test

The placing on the market of the "Rapid Monkeypox Test" by the manufacturer Pantest was also banned due to non-compliance with the conditions necessary for its availability. In an information circular posted on the website, Infarmed states that by decision of August 11, it has banned the placing on the market of the in vitro diagnostic medical device “The Monkeypox Ag Pantest Rapid Test (Reference MKP(AG))”. , in accordance with Directive 98/79/EC.

There are 810 confirmed cases of monkeypox in Portugal, according to data from the Directorate General of Health released on Thursday.

On July 16, vaccination of the first close contacts of the infected began, and by August 13, 215 contacts had been vaccinated.

DGS states that it continues to identify suitable contacts in various regions and target vaccinations.

According to the DGS, Portugal remains in the list of 10 countries with the highest number of infections, being the sixth European country with the highest incidence.

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New serious injury of the player of the national team of Portugal



Extremo português oferecido ao Manchester United Lesão Pedro Neto

An injury forces Pedro Neto to be substituted in the Wolves game.

Bad news for Wolverhampton Wanderers and Pedro Neto. The Portuguese received a new injury, and, according to Bruno Lage, it could be serious.

Away to West Ham, where the Portuguese lost 2-0, Pedro Neto was replaced in the 24th minute by Adama Traore, and after the match, the Wolves coach said that the injury could be “ugly”.

Wolves are now in the Premier League relegation zone, and Pedro Neto may be left with no hope of qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar.

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The expedition will explore “an area still little known”: the Portuguese Sea.



The expedition will explore "an area still little known": the Portuguese Sea.

The Oceano Azul Foundation has joined the municipalities of Cascais, Mafra and Sintra and set off together this Saturday on the ship “Santa Maria Manuela” for a scientific expedition that will last until 12 October.

On board will be 50 researchers from institutions such as the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA), the Hydrographic Institute or the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA). During this time, scientists will embark on what they consider to be an “essential” process of “investigating the region’s natural values” that will allow for a “global assessment of the marine biodiversity” that exists in that region of the ocean.

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Every Portuguese wastes 183 kg of food a year, and this is “inconceivable”.



Every Portuguese wastes 183 kg of food a year, and this is "inconceivable".

President of the Portuguese Federation of Food Banks Against Hunger Isabelle Jonet considers food waste unacceptable and absurd, as every Portuguese wastes 183 kg of food a year.

As World Food Loss and Waste Awareness Day is celebrated, speaking at a conference on the subject in Lisbon, the official recalled statistics released by the National Statistical Institute and said the situation was “worse than expected.”

The data, official and published for the first time, refers to 2020 and shows that 1.89 million tons of food was wasted in Portugal this year, so each Portuguese wasted an average of 183.6 kilograms of food.

INE statistics show that families spend the most. The figures show that over 1.2 million tons of food was wasted by families this year, followed by catering with over 237 thousand tons, trade and distribution with 214 thousand tons, primary production with over 101 thousand tons and food . industry, about 61 thousand tons.

“We buy too much, we buy bad, we let it go bad. It is unacceptable that a third of what is produced ends up in the trash,” the official said, speaking at a debate organized by the United Movement Against Waste.

Ana Cristina Carrola of the Portuguese Environmental Protection Agency (APA), who also took part in the debate, stressed that the average amount of waste per year per inhabitant in the European Union is 173 kg, less than the 183 kg that is thrown away by the Portuguese.

“This is unthinkable in our day,” he lamented.

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