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November 06, 2014

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7:53 AM | Familiar with strict liability? Schnucks sued over E. coli outbreak
A woman from St. Charles County is seeking damages from Schnucks and three companies in its supply chain after suffering kidney failure and long-term health problems from an E. coli bacterial infection linked to romaine lettuce sold at the Arsenal … Continue reading →
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7:20 AM | US FDA will send more inspectors to China office
Food safety is the responsibility of those who produce food. Government is there to ensure minimal standards are met. The best will always far exceed government standards. But, countries need help, so the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will dispatch … Continue reading →
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3:50 AM | A Snippet: Thioploca
by Elio | The seafloor off the coast of Chile is carpeted with bacterial mats of gigantic proportions. They cover an area as large as that of the state of Alabama. Their total weight is of the order of 100 million tons, which probably makes this the largest single species microbiome on Earth. The mats consist of huge filamentous bacteria of the genus...

November 05, 2014

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11:32 PM | Music Videos from iGEM
A number of iGEM teams made parody music videos. A couple of my favourites are here:Plasmid'outai from the INSA-Lyon team which has a nice Bollywood fell to it.The St2ool Project from the Valencia Biocampus team- a parody of YMCA.There was also a Katy Perry parody I liked, but I haven't been able to find the video yet, I'll update this post when/if I find it.
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11:13 PM | Gold!
Congratulations to the Macquarie IGEM team, who are the first Australian team to ever win a gold medal at an iGEM competition! Congrats to all of the other medal and award winners (full results here), especially the Grand Prize winners, Heidelberg in the undergrad category, and UC Davis in the overgrad category.The 2014 iGEM contestants-the Macquarie team and myself are in the very front, slightly left of the centre
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11:02 PM | Eggs should be treats not tricks
My latest for the Texas A&M Center for Food Safety. The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved introduced the world to Gonzo journalism and Hunter S. Thompson in 1970. Forty-four years later, they’re still living the decadence at Australia’s Melbourne … Continue reading →
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10:12 PM | Reverse zoonotic disease transmission (zooanthroponosis): A systematic review of seldom-documented human biological threats to animals
Thanks to friend of the blog, Michael Batz, for flagging this article. Background Research regarding zoonotic diseases often focuses on infectious diseases animals have given to humans. However, an increasing number of reports indicate that humans are transmitting pathogens to … Continue reading →
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9:59 PM | Leicester diners placed at “unnecessary risk” says UK Food Standards Agency
Leicester City Council has been criticized by the Food Standards Agency for the way it has let restaurant hygiene levels slip. Concerns were raised over the lack of enforcement action taken against low-rated businesses and the backlog of uninspected restaurants … Continue reading →
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8:15 PM | Cost of privatizing meat inspection in Australia creeps up as Europe rejects the industry inspection model
I don’t take Food and Water seriously and don’t care who does meat inspection, as long as the results are public. But according to ABC, there are doubts the part-privatization of Australia’s meat export inspection regime is working. Food activist … Continue reading →
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8:00 PM | A Great Resource for Scientists Looking for a Career Change
Cruising through the blogosphere yesterday, I happened upon an interesting blog whose primary focus is to show academic scientists how to enter industry. The Cheeky Scientist was started by Isaiah Hankel, an immunology PhD graduate from the University of Iowa who had the fortune of working at several well known life science companies (including Bio-Rad […]
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7:43 PM | 150 South African students hospitalized after glass found in food
Hungry Limpopo school children are the unsuspecting victims of an alleged tender war between food suppliers, according to reports. On Monday more than 150 pupils from Kwena Tshwena Primary School in Ridgefontein were rushed to hospital after crushed glass was … Continue reading →
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7:35 PM | Restaurant workers bring risk when sick on the job
In the absence of paid sick days and health insurance, many food service workers show up sick. Sonia Cohen has worked in the fast food business for the last 10 years. Cohen said even missing one day of work hurts … Continue reading →
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7:27 PM | WHO Ebola Roadmap Update – Nov 5th
    # 9290   The numbers coming out of West Africa’s Ebola epidemic have never been particularly credible – with huge, acknowledged gaps in both surveillance, reporting.  And as we’ve seen over the past few weeks, reassessments and reviews of the data sometimes result in unexpected swings in the data.    Despite ample evidence that new cases are showing up every day, today the World Health Organization’s  latest Ebola roadmap […]
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7:18 PM | Huge Hibachi Sushi Buffet: Food prep worker in Georgia picked nose, then continued cooking during inspection
Henry County health officials didn’t find too many things that Huge Hibachi Sushi Buffet, 5425 N. Henry Blvd., did right during the recent routine inspection. The restaurant does not have a certified food safety manager on staff, and the person … Continue reading →
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6:39 PM | 85 sick in UK shiga-toxin producing E. coli outbreak; source unknown
So far 75 people have been affected (primary cases): 67 in England, 3 in Wales and 5 in Scotland. Genetic analysis has shown that all these individuals have all been infected with the same E.coli strain. Most of these cases … Continue reading →
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5:15 PM | Origin of Mysterious Portuguese Mathematical and Geographical Tiles Revealed
A few months ago I wrote about some mystifying mathematical and geographic tiles I encountered at the National Tile Museum in Lisbon, Portugal. Their accompanying label gave no clue to who had made... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:44 PM | The Copenhagen Wheel turns any bicycle into an electric hybrid
The heyday for electric vehicles was way back in the early ’30s – the 1830s that is. By 1867, a workable two-wheeled electric cycle was on display at the Paris World Exposition courtesy of Austrian inventor Franz Kravogl. In the early 1900s, the premier…The post The Copenhagen Wheel turns any bicycle into an electric hybrid appeared first on Just Science.
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4:42 PM | The Best Sensory Integration Disorder Toys for Kids
It seems that everyone in my family has Sensory Processing Disorder to some degree or another. My mother can’t be around strong smells, my older daughter can’t handle crowds, my younger daughter either feels too much or too little, and I can’t deal with…The post The Best Sensory Integration Disorder Toys for Kids appeared first on Just Science.
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4:41 PM | The Best Sensory Integration Disorder Toys for Kids
It seems that everyone in my family has Sensory Processing Disorder to some degree or another. My mother can’t be around strong smells, my older daughter can’t handle crowds, my younger daughter either feels too much or too little, and I can’t deal with…The post The Best Sensory Integration Disorder Toys for Kids appeared first on Just Science.
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4:14 PM | Saudi MOH: 3 MERS Cases (2 in Riyadh, 1 in Taif)
  # 9289 I would note that Arabic twitter (Results for  كورونا  aka `Coronavirus’) – and to a lesser extent Arabic media – continues to carry a large amount of MERS related traffic. Rumors of cases, frequently followed by denials, are on the upswing across Middle Eastern social media.   While some – like the rumored 119 cases last week in Taif – are less than credible, others may have more […]
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4:02 PM | IOM Ebola Workshop Videos
Credit IOM   # 9288     On Monday, the IOM (Institute of Medicine) sponsored a workshop in Washington D.C. on Ebola research priorities, and about four hours of video from this conference has now been uploaded to the IOM’s Youtube Account in their 11/4/2014 - Open Session play list.   While I’ve not had time to watch all of the videos, I’m aware that the media has picked up on some of the uncertainties expressed by presenters (see […]
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12:51 PM | CDC: Decontamination & Removal Of Contaminated Waste From Residences Where An Ebola Patient Has Stayed
October 15th  Outside Nina Pham’s Apartment   # 9287   One of the more striking images that emerged out of America’s first couple of brushes with the Ebola virus involved Hazmat-suited responders sealing off and then entering – and attempting to decontaminate – spaces where an Ebola infected individual had stayed.    Out of an abundance of caution – and no doubt to reassure a nervous public - common areas at apartment buildings […]
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6:13 AM | Ebola-2014: Still in news
Greetings   In less than a couple of months, Ebola has become the search term of interest and is currently the most focused component of concern. And rightly so. It has been accused by many that there are no readily approved treatment or vaccines against this infection. But it is to be understood that scientists don't work like magic. Science needs its own time to make discoveries. But then scientists are working out of their way to bring in promising results.    The current […]
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2:06 AM | Nobel Laureates and Ebola virus quarantine
After the governors of New York and New Jersey decided that health workers who have returned from the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa should be subject to a 21-day quarantine, two Nobel laureates entered the fray. Bruce Beutler feels that the quarantine is the right thing to do, while Peter Doherty says it’s wrong. Which […]

November 04, 2014

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10:21 PM | So what should be done about it? Listeria at deli
Postprocessing contamination in processing plants has historically been a significant source of Listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat delicatessen meats, and therefore a major cause of human listeriosis cases and outbreaks. Recent risk assessments suggest that a majority of human listeriosis cases linked to … Continue reading →
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10:10 PM | Public health always gets hit first: Maine CDC missing top hepatitis expert for recent case
When the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention decided last week how to respond to a potential hepatitis A exposure at a Cumberland County restaurant, it did so without its top hepatitis coordinator and two leading epidemiologists, positions that … Continue reading →
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8:44 PM | Between the Buns owner: ‘There’s a stigma inspectors out to get us. Not. They’re just here to help’
How many tri-city or tri-state areas are there in the U.S.? According to KULR NBC Channel 8, nearly 1,300 restaurants are inspected every year in the Tri-Cities area (we think it’s Washington state, but aren’t quite sure), but not many … Continue reading →
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8:29 PM | It’s like Australians are marketing food safety: ‘Scores on doors is a fantastic marketing tool’
The New South Wales Food Authority Scores on Doors program (that’s the state that includes Sydney, in Australia) sees shops judged on hygiene and safety. They then receive a score out of five — five being the best — which … Continue reading →
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8:23 PM | Automated Droplet Generator System Tour
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8:08 PM | Mold this: Conn. students boycott cafeteria
Students at Farmington High School in Connecticut are boycotting their school lunch program this week, accusing the campus food service provider of serving low-quality meals and embarrassing students who can’t afford them. Over 500 people have joined a student Facebook … Continue reading →
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