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April 21, 2015

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3:52 AM | Why I don’t eat sushi: 25 sick with rare Salmonella in Calif
A rare strain of salmonella has been reported in Ventura County and appears connected to sushi and other raw fish, possibly tuna, public health officials said Monday. About 25 cases have been reported in California and other states. There have … Continue reading →
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3:38 AM | Going public: 128 sick with E. coli in Ontario, possibly from leafy greens
On April 15, 2015, the Public Health Agency of Canada announced it was investigating an outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H7, with a possible link to leafy greens. There had been 12 cases of E. coli with a matching genetic fingerprint … Continue reading →

April 20, 2015

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10:05 PM | Hope there’s a good public health system: Ethiopians are risking Salmonella to eat raw meat delicacies
Instead of chocolate, Ethiopia marks Orthodox Easter Sunday weeks after the Gregorian calendar celebration, with mass animal slaughter and a meat binge of epic proportions. Goat hides piled up to a metre high line busy city corners while goat heads, … Continue reading →
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9:58 PM | H5N2 Impacts 5.3M Chickens In Iowa, Two More Farms In Minn. - APHIS
      # 9963 APHIS updated their current listing of poultry farms to be hit by the HPAI H5 virus shortly after 5pm today, and a farm in Iowa – with 5.3 million chickens either infected or exposed – singlehandedly more than doubles the number of birds on the culling block since the virus began to spread across the United States last December.   With the exception of 200,000 chickens affected 10 days ago in Wisconsin, the H5N2 story in American […]
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8:49 PM | Wisconsin Governor Issues Executive Order On Bird Flu
  # 9962   A week ago today Wisconsin was added to the growing list of states reporting HPAI H5 – in either wild birds or poultry – when a chicken farm was hit in Jefferson County.  A few days later a turkey farm in Barron county was reported to be infected, as was a backyard flock in Juneau county.   Although we haven’t seen an update from APHIS yet this week, the specter of additional bird flu outbreaks among commercial chicken and turkey […]
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8:41 PM | What is a novel food safety technology? University of Maine researcher gets $5 million to find out
A University of Maine researcher has received a $4.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to develop the novel approach of using non-thermal technologies to control microbial contamination of low-moisture … Continue reading →
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8:30 PM | About time: Ho Chi Minh to issue fine to food safety violations
Individuals or businesses that violated food safety and hygiene regulations will receive a fine up to VND 200 million (US$9,260) said a representative from the Department of Industry and Trade in Ho Chi Minh City at a meeting. The rule … Continue reading →
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8:05 PM | A toilet entrance is not a place to vac-pack meat: UK butcher to pay £4,400 for food hygiene offences
A butcher who used a toilet entrance to vacuum-pack cooked meat has been been ordered to pay £4,400 after admitting a string of food safety offences. Kevin Blanchard, of Master Butcher in Trelawney Avenue, Langley, was sentenced at Slough Magistrates’ … Continue reading →
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7:56 PM | Nah nah na nah nah: Shanghai to grant more anonymity for food safety tip-offs
Whistleblowers seeking more anonymity when giving food safety tip-offs will be eligible for rewards under new city regulations. Until now, anyone providing a tip-off had to leave their name and contact details to receive a reward. This initiative is part … Continue reading →
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7:42 PM | CSI UV goggles? How to tell if an egg is bad
Friend of the barfblog and current Welsh tourist, Don Schaffner of Rutgers University, has a few things to say about egg safety, especially: most of those so-called tests are BS. According to SafeBee, there are lots of egg tests on … Continue reading →
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6:19 PM | WHO Statement On Nigerian (Non-Infectious) Illness Outbreak
    # 9961   Despite some of the over-the-top media coverage, from the first reports that emerged last week (see Reports Of An Unidentified, Rapidly Fatal Illness In Ondo, Nigeria) there were doubts over whether this event was due to an infectious disease, as the symptoms were more consistent with a toxin or poison.    On Sunday, in Updating The Nigerian `Mystery Illness’ Story, we learned that testing for common viral and bacterial infections had come […]
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4:17 PM | Lab Series #2: DNA sequencing
Greetings,One of the most important techniques that is relied upon in the world of life science is to study the sequence of gene of interest. The technique to determine the sequence of bases in DNA is called DNA sequencing which is the central part of current genetic technologies. The classical methods available for sequencing DNA includeSanger’s sequencing method (dideoxynucleotide method)Direct PCR PyrosequencingMaxam and Gilbert sequencingSanger’s methodFig 1: Sanger […]
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2:54 PM | FAO Reports 6 More Egyptian H5N1 Cases
  # 9960   While the Egyptian MOH has pretty much abandoned even mentioning H5N1 on their website, and the local media tries not to stray too far from the `official’ line, we continue to see evidence ongoing human infections, although the rate of new case reports seems to have slowed somewhat over the past few  weeks. The thoroughness of surveillance, testing, and reporting are issues that plague all disease outbreaks, and so it is impossible to state with […]
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1:02 PM | How Salmonella Survives the Macrophage’s Acid Attack
Salmonella has adapted what was once an antibacterial response into a signal for the correct time and place to secret its virulence proteins. Continue reading →
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12:54 PM | BacterioFiles 211 - Stenotrophomonas Summons Snare-Setting Saviors
This episode: Bacteria in soil signal to fungi to save them from predatory roundworms! Download Episode (9.9 MB, 10.8 minutes)Show notes:News blog/Journal Paper Other interesting stories: Bacteria eat photographs to make cool, creepy art Microbial communities in NYC Central Park are as diverse as anywhere Giant clams catch light just right to disperse it to their symbiotic algae Changing yeast's environment can allow it to tolerate (and produce) more ethanol Hydrothermal vent viruses seem […]
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12:20 PM | Saudi MOH Reports 2 MERS Cases
# 9959 The number of MERS cases reported by the Saudi MOH remains far lower than expected, with just 8 cases reported thus far in April.   
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12:10 PM | Media Report: HPAI H5 Bird Flu In Manipur Poultry
Credit Wikipedia   # 9958   Reports of avian flu (likely H5N1) in and around India continue this winter, with the far Northeastern state of Manipur reporting an outbreak in poultry that according to one source (see Bird flu in Manipur :: Govt takes action; Cullings to start from today) began roughly two weeks ago, and that has just now been confirmed by laboratory analysis. Bird flu in Manipur, culling of fowl starts IANS  |  Imphal April 20, 2015 […]
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10:31 AM | WHO Statement On Ebola Response & Needed Reforms
Credit CDC PHIL   # 9958   Overnight the World Health Organization published – and sent out to journalists – a statement on this past year’s Ebola response in Western Africa, the lessons learned, and the changes that must be made to ensure a better response the next time a major disease outbreak occurs.     WHO leadership statement on the Ebola response and WHO reforms 16 April 2015 The Ebola outbreak that started in December 2013 […]
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5:27 AM | No Free Lunch for Cheaters
by S. Marvin Friedman | Bacteria engage in a variety of behaviors that require coordinated gene expression, such as bioluminescence, biofilm formation, production of virulence factors, and antibiotic resistance. In these situations, gene expression requires a critical number of cells. In its absence, the exercise would be in vain, something like...
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12:17 AM | Queensland Health? Hello? Petting zoo ignorance
Petting zoos at a mall or a school without proper handwashing facilities is a bad idea. Even with proper facilities, it’s a bad idea. An alert reader sent this in from the Greenslopes mall, a few km from our house … Continue reading →

April 19, 2015

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7:30 PM | The Maps Within: Using Viruses in Forensic Biology
Forensic biology has made tremendous strides in the past few decades thanks largely to advances in DNA techniques and analysis. Genomic sequencing has generated new methods of human identification reaching far beyond fingerprints and dental records, providing crucial information in the course of investigations, valuable evidence in historical fieldwork, and personal closure in the wake of tragedy. There are, of course, certain events that can pose enormous challenges in identifying the de
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7:30 PM | The Maps Within: Using Viruses in Forensic Biology
Forensic biology has made tremendous strides in the past few decades thanks largely to advances in DNA techniques and analysis. Genomic sequencing has generated new methods of human identification reaching far beyond fingerprints and dental records, providing crucial information in the course of investigations, valuable evidence in historical fieldwork, and personal closure in the wake of tragedy. There are, of course, certain events that can pose enormous challenges in identifying the de
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2:26 PM | Lab Series #1: Luminescence
GreetingsEarlier, I had been having a second blog to focus on writing some basic stuff in the laboratory. But the blog has been now inactive for more than a year and half. I plan to close the blog since I cannot keep it up. But then completely deleting the blog will close down a great deal of information that I have put down. Many posts have had more than 3K+ views each. So, I will migrate posts one by one to this blog so that the content will be out there. All the posts will be posted as Lab […]
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1:11 PM | TWiV 333: Naturally curious chimeras
On episode #333 of the science show This Week in Virology, Vincent returns to Vanderbilt University and meets up with Ben, Megan, Bobak, and Meredith to learn about life in the Medical Scientist Training Program, where students earn both an MD and a Ph.D. You can find TWiV #333 at www.twiv.tv.
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11:53 AM | Updating The Nigerian `Mystery Illness’ Story
  # 9957   Four days ago, in Reports Of An Unidentified, Rapidly Fatal Illness In Ondo, Nigeria, we looked at reports of a horrific disease outbreak in Nigeria - propelled by Twitter and social media accounts, often accompanied by dubious photos of purported `victims’ -  which induced the local MOH to activate their emergency situation room in Response To `Mystery Illness’ In Ondo, Nigeria. Although testing for bacterial and viral causes (including Ebola) […]
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10:47 AM | HPAI H5: 2nd Outbreak In Ontario, Changes In APHIS Reporting
HPAI H5 Detections In North America   # 9956 From Canada’s CFIA we get word this weekend that a second farm in Oxford County, Ontario has tested positive for HPAI H5 (sub-typing pending) – roughly 11 days after the first farm in the county seat Woodstock was reported infected (see CFIA: H5 Avian Flu Found On Ontario Turkey Farm). These two southern Ontario detections represent the farthest eastward expansion of the H5 virus we’ve seen this year, […]
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9:57 AM | On Lanthanium & Co
x We live off rare earths, which have become essential to our way of life. These elements are integral components of the gadgetry of the modern world, and in a big way. Lanthanides, as they appear in the Periodic Table, are used in the manufacture of a large number devices...
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9:14 AM | Always the kids: UK nursery is told to clean up after dire food-hygiene rating
A nursery school for children aged between six weeks and five years old has been given a food-hygiene rating of one out of five. Wolfson Nursery on Linton Road, North Oxford, was inspected by Oxford City Council’s environmental department last … Continue reading →
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9:08 AM | It is embarrassing and deadly: Blue Bell working to get past Listeria contamination scare
Blue Bell Creameries will survive the crisis caused by a recent recall of products prompted by a finding of bacterial contamination in some of its products, but it will take a lot of work and a lot of money, experts … Continue reading →

April 18, 2015

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6:10 PM | Former student does CanadaGAP
While Heather Gale, executive director for CanadaGAP, earned recognition for her work at the annual Safe Food Canada Symposium earlier this year, it’s technical manager Amber Bailey (the one holding the certificate, nee Luedtke ) that got my attention. Amber did … Continue reading →
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