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April 06, 2015

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9:14 PM | 13 Recycling Life Hacks You Can’t Live Without
1. You can upcycle your duct tape into a jar opener. gifak-net.tumblr.com 2. Melt down your dad’s records and turn them into bowls. Karen Mardahl (CC BY-SA 2.0 ) / Via Flickr: kmardahl Then put chips in the bowls, and eat the chips while you listen to… The post 13 Recycling Life Hacks You Can’t Live Without appeared first on Just Science.
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8:14 PM | Yup, it happens: Salmonella in flour
Navajo Agricultural Goods Business close to Farmington, New Mexico, has issued a voluntary recall of flour that may perhaps be contaminated with salmonella. The Each Day Times in Farmington reports the tribal company mentioned Thursday that bleached, all-objective flour labeled … Continue reading →
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8:06 PM | Don’t eat poop: Feces could have been found in three food samples tested by safety chiefs
Around one-fifth of the samples checked at food outlets in North Lincolnshire last year by safety watchdogs were found to be contaminated. Among the 150 products tested were cakes, eggs, ice cream, sausages and poultry. Of the samples, 27 were … Continue reading →
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7:59 PM | Smells like teen spirit: 168 sickened at Auckland University
Health chiefs are confident a gastroenteritis outbreak that left 168 Auckland University students with diarrhea and vomiting is over. The Auckland Regional Public Health Service said 12 students were treated in the Auckland City Hospital’s emergency department. The outbreak happened … Continue reading →
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7:47 PM | What’s worrying is no one said thermometer: cooking all the way through doesn’t cut it
Australians under 34 don’t know enough about how to safely handle food to avoid food poisoning, according to a report card by the Food Safety Information Council. The 18 to 34 year olds didn’t do as well compared to over … Continue reading →
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6:33 PM | APHIS: 2 More Minnesota Turkey Farms Hit By H5N2
  # 9995   The USDA’s APHIS has announced that two more Minnesota farms have been hit by the Highly Pathogenic H5N2 virus, bringing to 7 the number commercial flocks hit so far in that state.  Stearns county, with three farms now reporting the virus, has been the hardest hit.   For now – in North America, anyway – the biggest concerns lie with poultry producers.    While related to the H5N1 virus – which has killed several […]
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12:53 PM | BacterioFiles 209 - Myxococcus Menace Motivates Megastructures
This episode: Microbial predators in soil cause microbial prey to build fortifications! Download Episode (8.8 MB, 9.5 minutes)Show notes:Journal Paper Other interesting stories: Using bacteria to produce adhesives that shellfish use underwater Maintaining gut community may be important for surviving intensive care Human gut might actually have some useful bacteria for biofuels too Termites use mixture of fungal and bacterial symbionts Bacteria help seeds sprout faster Post questions or […]
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10:01 AM | Referral: Mackay On Lesser Ebola Transmission Risks
Credit CDC PHIL   # 9904   Making news last week was the story Liberia Recommends Ebola Survivors Practice Safe Sex Indefinitely, which came after an Ebola patient died the previous week with just one known risk factor: her boyfriend had been successfully treated for Ebola last September. You may recall that last  August, Dr. Ian Mackay writing on his VDU Blog, posted Ebola virus in semen is the real deal...., which he followed up 10 days later with  […]
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4:00 AM | Three Roads to Cellular Compartments
by Merry Youle | The contents of our own cells, like those of all eukaryotes, are compartmentalized within a collection of diverse, membrane-bounded organelles. The lipid bi-layer margins, studded with embedded transport proteins, pass some molecules while blocking others. The enzymes that catalyze sequential steps in a metabolic pathway are often clustered together inside...

April 05, 2015

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4:31 PM | Glyphosate, Roundup, GMOs and the microbiome part 1: crowdsourcing literature
For many reasons I have been interested for the last few years in how agricultural practices affect microbiomes.  For example in regard to crops, how do farming practices affect the microbiomes of the plants, the microbiomes of the soil and area around the plants, and the microbiomes of organisms (including humans) who make use of the plants?I won't go into all the detail right now for why I am interested in this topic but for some examples of my work in this area see The microbes we […]
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3:09 PM | TWiV 331: Why is this outbreak different from all other outbreaks?
On episode #331 of the science show This Week in Virology, the TWiV team discusses the possible association of the respiratory pathogen enterovirus D68 with neurological disease. You can find TWiV #331 at www.twiv.tv.
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2:04 PM | Media Report: 2 H5N6 Cases In Nghe An Province
    # 9903 With the caveat that we are dealing with a media report, and I’ve yet to locate an official source, today several Vietnamese news sites are carrying a report of two people infected with the recently emerged A/H5N6 avian virus in Nghe An Province.   Giving at least some credence to this report is the fact that just over two weeks ago we saw the virus reported in the adjacent province to the north (see H5N6 Reported In Thanh Hóa Poultry). […]
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1:05 PM | Saudi MOH: 2 New MERS Cases
# 9902   After a couple of quiet days, the Saudi MOH is back with two new MERS Cases; one in Riyadh and the other in Mecca.  No known exposure risks are listed for either of these cases.  
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11:30 AM | HIV: Temporary Needle Exchange Program Begins In Scott County, Indiana
Credit Wikipedia   # 9902   Ten days ago, in Indiana Gov To Declare HIV Health Emergency In Scott County, we looked at a growing outbreak of IV drug-abuse related HIV in rural southern Indiana.   With 72 cases reported over the past 3 months, their rate of infection was roughly 50 times higher than the state average.   Many local physicians were urging the establishment of a needle exchange program to slow the spread of the virus, but this is a public health […]
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10:10 AM | HK CHP Notified Of H7N9 Case In Shanghai
Location Shanghai China   # 9901   For nearly a month we’ve heard practically nothing regarding H7N9 cases from the Chinese mainland – case reports abruptly stopped on March 9th – a full two months earlier than previous waves would have led us to expect.  Whether this represents a true halt in cases, or a change in the way the Chinese are choosing to report cases, isn’t known.  Even before this stoppage, getting timely reports out of […]
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2:03 AM | Highway to Hell: 22 sickened with Salmonella at wedding at Arizona winery
Highway to Hell, one of the West’s most popular wedding songs, took on added meaning when at least 22 guests were stricken with Salmonella at a winery in Arizona. Pinal County’s Public Health Services District say they’re investigating the outbreak … Continue reading →
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1:49 AM | Blue Bell suspending operations at its Broken Arrow facility after Listeria outbreak
Blue Bell Creameries has voluntarily stopped operations at its manufacturing plant in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, so it can be inspected to determine out how some ice cream products recently were contaminated with listeria. “We are taking this step out of … Continue reading →

April 04, 2015

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5:33 PM | Soybean sprouts recalled because of Listeria risk
Henry’s Farm Inc. of Woodford, VA is recalling all packages of soybean sprouts because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections to individuals with weakened immune systems. The contamination was … Continue reading →
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11:49 AM | EID Journal: Emerging Norovirus GII.17 - Guangdong, China
  # 9900     Noroviruses - which are often mistakenly called `stomach flu’ - are single-stranded RNA viruses that (like influenza) are able to evolve rapidly. So we typically see a new dominant norovirus strain emerge every two or three years. In 2009, we saw the emergence of the New Orleans strain of GII.4, while in 2012, the Sydney strain appeared.   Victims usually experience nausea, frequent vomiting & diarrhea, and stomach pain – and may […]
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7:58 AM | Reduction of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli attached to stainless steel
Amy R. Parks and Mindy M. Brashears write in Food Safety Magazine that shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) are pathogens of concern across various products within the food industry, as they have been connected to a wide variety of outbreaks … Continue reading →
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7:49 AM | Stop touching yourself: Corn flakes invented to prevent masturbation
Trader Joe’s corn flakes contain mixed tocopherols (Vitamin E); Kellogg’s adds the preservative BHT to its packaging. The makers of early Corn Flakes devised a solution that required no additives and shot the product’s popularity up like the puck in … Continue reading →

April 03, 2015

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10:17 PM | Canada says Canada is best at food safety, but inspectors don’t have CSI goggles to see bacteria: Leaked documents contradict CFIA claims, as Lilydale recall grows
Not sure what’s going on in Canada, but consumer confidence in food safety should be questionable. Leaked documents appear to contradict statements by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s top bureaucratd that oversight at meat processing plants in Alberta has not … Continue reading →
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8:38 PM | Dr. John H. Silliker: Obit
Dr. John H. Silliker June 20, 1922 – March 19, 2015 Biography Dr. John H. Silliker, a renowned food microbiologist and founder of Silliker Laboratories, the largest independent network of food testing and consulting laboratories in the U.S., died after … Continue reading →
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7:46 PM | U.S. database of food safety inspections
University of Maryland faculty and graduate students in computer science and economics, together with a colleague from UCLA, have created the largest national database of food safety inspection information. In the U.S., such inspections are done by local public health … Continue reading →
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7:09 PM | Not all meat juice is the same
I’ve always wanted to use the phrase, meat juice, in a peer-reviewed journal article, but researchers from Sweden beat me to it. Meat juice samples are used in serological assays to monitor infectious diseases within the food chain. However, evidence … Continue reading →
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6:51 PM | Fancy food ain’t safe food: Pakistan polo edition
 Expired food, chocked sinks and unhygienic conditions in the kitchen and food storage area have exposed high quality standards claimed by the management of a top restaurant located inside the Polo Ground, Race Course Park.  The shocking truth was unveiled … Continue reading →
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6:47 PM | Take charge, inspect yourself: Health violations at Philly airport have dropped
More than a decade ago, city health inspectors would see occasional mouse droppings at Philadelphia International Airport, black residue and slime inside ice machines, and eggs and other cold foods kept at temperatures too warm. In 2011, the airport approved … Continue reading →
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6:16 PM | EID Journal: H5N1 In Nigerian Poultry – 2015
H5 Clade Diversity Around the Globe – Credit WHO   # 9899   We’ve discussed the immense, and growing, diversity of avian H5N1 often over the years, including just last week in WER: Development Of Candidate Vaccine Viruses For Pandemic Preparedness, where we saw two new H5 virus candidates (both H5N1 & H5N8) proposed by the World Health Organization. The continual evolution of HPAI H5 viruses over the past dozen years has resulted in more than 2 dozen […]
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5:33 PM | Food Safety Talk 74: Lait de Poo
Food Safety Talk, a bi-weekly podcast for food safety nerds, by food safety nerds. The podcast is hosted by Ben Chapman and barfblog contributor Don Schaffner, Extension Specialist in Food Science and Professor at Rutgers University. Every two weeks or … Continue reading →
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4:57 PM | Wonderful Things: The Amazing Mimicry of the Mummy Berry Fungus
Author’s note: This is the latest post in the Wonderful Things series. You can read more about this series here. There is a fungus on our planet which is capable of not one, but two audacious and... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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