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July 24, 2014

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10:00 AM | The moves Wales has taken to stop future outbreaks of E.coli
Positive progress has been made by the majority of Welsh local authorities in preventing future outbreaks of E.coli, a new report has found. The Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) Food and Feed Law Enforcement Review in Wales, commissioned in January 2014, … Continue reading →
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9:52 AM | Want to avoid an E. coli burger? Cook the outside and inside to 71°C (160°F) – regardless of color
It’s a beautiful thing, for a Brit publication to embrace temperature, even when their own overpaid food safety types won’t. Except the person giving the advice is Canadian. Dietitian Cara Rosenbloom, writer of the Words To Eat By blog, said … Continue reading →
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9:40 AM | Irish childcare facility closed due to E. coli outbreak
A childcare facility in county Cavan will remain closed until the area is cleaned following an outbreak of verotoxigenic E. coli. The Health Service Executive says that they were notified of a case of E. coli in a child at … Continue reading →
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9:36 AM | 125 now sick in multi-state Cyclospora investigation
The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy is reporting that U.S. federal health officials have joined with officials in 13 states to investigate a spike in Cyclospora illnesses, with 125 confirmed or probable cases reported and no specific food … Continue reading →
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9:26 AM | Why China still sucks at food safety
Michael Moss and Neil Gough write in the New York Times that China has been scrambling to right its gargantuan processed-food ship ever since six infants died and thousands more were hospitalized with kidney damage in 2008 from milk adulterated … Continue reading →

July 23, 2014

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11:47 PM | Faith-based food safety has to go after audit deception in China: McDonald’s CEO can do better
Not surprisingly, the China meat scandal has widened. McDonald’s Corp feels “a bit deceived” by the audit it received for Shanghai Husi Food Co Ltd, a China supplier that was shut down this week after a TV report showed workers … Continue reading →
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7:29 PM | Australian swimmer has gastro, just 24 hours out from the Commonwealth Games opening
A member of the Australian swim team has contracted the Norovirus after more than 50 staff members at Commonwealth Games athletes’ village have been affected by the highly contagious virus otherwise known as gastro. Despite the Games press manager Andrew … Continue reading →
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7:20 PM | We’ve always done it this way and haven’t made anyone sick; Sark Butter recalled from shops after E. coli found
Sark dairy farmer and butter producer Phil Perree was devastated about the recall, which had followed routine product testing by Environmental Health to ensure food products are safe to be eaten. Any presence of E.coli makes food unsafe to eat. … Continue reading →
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7:06 PM | Open letter to the FSA on the publication of Campylobacter survey results
Richard Lloyd of Which? a UK consumer organization, writes to the UK Food Standards Agency to say: I am writing to express our grave concern about the proposal being put to the FSA Board to withhold information about the levels … Continue reading →
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6:53 PM | Maybe use better tests? Fonterra cuts blamed on botulism scare
After a crappy botulism test sparked falling demand for New Zealand-based Fonterra dairy products, the company is now going to axe about 110 jobs at a Hamilton packing site, a union official says. The Dairy Workers Union official told Fairfax … Continue reading →
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6:52 PM | Introducing Human Metabolic and Hormone Assays
Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. announced the launch of its new Bio-Plex Pro RBM Human Metabolic and Hormone Assays. Developed in partnership with Myriad RBM, Inc., these multiplex immunoassays permit robust and simultaneous quantification of a highly relevant set of protein biomarkers for the study of diabetes, obesity, and metabolic syndrome, as well as related conditions such […]
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6:04 PM | EID Journal: H3N2v Swine To Human Transmission At Agricultural Fairs – 2012
    # 8860   I hadn’t planned on writing another swine variant influenza-related blog again so soon (see yesterday’s blog CDC: Measures to Minimize Influenza Transmission at Swine Exhibitions, 2014), but today the CDC’s EID Journal has posted an analysis of the 2012 outbreak of H3N2v associated with attendance of agricultural fairs in Ohio in 2012.   Although only 19 swine variant flu infections were reported last year,  in 2012 more […]
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5:09 PM | PR before peer review, incomplete advice, damaging food safety reputation
My grade 7 teacher in Canada, Mrs. Patrick, was the grammar police and instilled a strong value in getting things right (write?). My wife has now taken over that role. I explain to students and my kids that grammar is … Continue reading →
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2:54 PM | NASA: The Solar Super Storm Of 2012
Credit NASA     # 8859   Although it sounds like science fiction, two years ago today the earth narrowly (by cosmic standards) missed being hit by a massive solar storm that had the potential to knock our technology-dependant society back a hundred years.    Back in 2010 we looked at the granddaddy of all known solar storms, the Carrington Event of 1859, and have revisited the topic a number of times since then, including:   NASA: Solar Max Is […]
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12:35 PM | West Nile Virus, Dengue & Chikungunya Update
Credit CDC # 8858   With MERS cases dwindling, and H7N9 and H5N1 basically in hibernation until fall, our attentions this summer have been focused largely on vector borne diseases that tend to flourish during warm weather months.   And three we are watching closely – WNV, Dengue & Chikungunya – are all relatively recent arrivals to the United States.   West Nile Virus arrived in North American in 1997 and has since become endemic across the United […]
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12:17 PM | The Rise of CHARLANTA
Very occasionally, the opportunity arises for a group of people to decide where and how to build a city. In 1792 the legislators of North Carolina confronted such a moment. It had been decided that a new state capital was going to be built and that that state capital should ideally be far from the sea. Without having to worry about the best beachfront property, the legislators found themselves free to prioritize other things. So it was that they decided upon the rule to be used in placing a […]
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10:29 AM | Gene editing eradicates HIV-1
More than three decades after the discovery of HIV, AIDS remains a major public health problem affecting greater than 35.3 million people worldwide. Current antiretroviral therapy fails to eradicate HIV infection, partly due to the persistence of virus reservoirs. A … Continue reading →
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4:26 AM | Just market food safety at retail, government is hopeless: FSA plan to name and shame supermarkets selling Campylobacter chicken ditched after pressure from retailers
Maybe there’s something lost in translation; I’m barely starting to understand Australian. But if I read this right, the piping hot UK Food Standards Agency has put retail over public health after scrapping plans to regularly name and shame supermarkets … Continue reading →

July 22, 2014

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6:40 PM | Footie star suffers from Salmonella
I tried my hockey goalie re-debut in Australia and strained both my ACLs (that’s anterior cruciate ligament) within 10 minutes. Maybe I’ll prep better next time, or stick to coaching. Aussie rules football has become my second favorite sport because … Continue reading →
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6:24 PM | Quantifing Early Rejection Biomarkers in Transplant Patients
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6:22 PM | Cyclospora surge in Texas
Tarrant County Public Health issued a warning Monday about an outbreak of Cyclosporiasis. Prior to this month, there were just eight cases reported in the State of Texas, and Tarrant County had seen just one. But there are now 69 … Continue reading →
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6:09 PM | E. coli outbreak at Minnesota reservation
The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed several cases of a foodborne illness linked to E-coli on the Fond du Lac reservation. Between six and 12 people have come down with symptoms of E-coli poisoning over the last week. The … Continue reading →
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5:51 PM | Leafy greens cone of silence; 33 sickened: environmental investigation of an Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak in Oct. 2013 associated with pre-packaged salads
California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Food and Drug Branch (FDB), Emergency Response Unit (ERU) investigated a multi-state foodborne illness outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H7 (PulseNet Cluster ID 1310CAEXH-1) linked to the consumption of pre-packaged salads purchased in October 2013 at … Continue reading →
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5:33 PM | Auditor’s role? Three years since people died from cantaloupe
Attorney Bill Marler writes: It has been almost three long years since dusty Holly, Colorado, became the epicenter of a Listeria monocytogenes human tragedy. Many are painfully aware that litigation has been ongoing since the fall of 2011. The litigation … Continue reading →
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2:23 PM | CDC: Measures to Minimize Influenza Transmission at Swine Exhibitions, 2014
Credit Wikipedia   # 8857   A little over three weeks ago, in Keeping Our Eyes On The Prize Pig, I wrote about the upcoming county & state fair season, and concerns that we could see a resurgence in Swine Variant Influenza infections in fairgoers this year.  Although only 19 such cases were identified in 2013, the previous year more that 300 cases were reported.   The CDC describes Swine Variant viruses in their Key Facts FAQ. What is a variant […]
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12:48 PM | Hong Kong: Two Hospital Clusters Of MDR Acinetobacter Infections
Credit CDC PHIL   # 8856   Because it is such an international city, and boasts one of the most diligent (and open) public health agencies in the world (Centre For Health Protection), Hong Kong has become a terrific  barometer for the growth of multiple drug resistant infections from around the world.   One of the toughest bacteria that hospitals must deal with is called multidrug-resistant (MDR) Acinetobacter baumannii, which in recent years has made headlines […]
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12:30 PM | Insects Headline Art of Science Exhibit
Science is boring. Art is Stupid. Prove us wrong. These are the words that launched the annual Art of Science exhibition at Princeton University. The exhibit highlights examples of accidental art – images and video collected in the process of doing science that somehow go beyond the numeric values of their pixels. This year I was excited to have four of my photographs included in the exhibit. Taking photos while doing research gives students and scientists a chance to embrace their […]
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11:40 AM | mBio: Airborne Fragments Of MERS-CoV Detected In Saudi Camel Barn
Credit FAO   *** UPDATED with mBIO Link ***   # 8855     A little later today the open access journal mBio will publish a new paper, prepared by researchers from King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia, on  RT-PCR testing of air samples taken from a camel barn during the time of a well studied probable camel-to-human transmission event last November (see CIDRAP: More Evidence for Camel-to-Human MERS-CoV Transmission).   mBio usually posts new […]

July 21, 2014

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10:24 PM | Lizard found in egg puff, 3rd in a month in India
 The city police have registered a case against owner of the New Ragam Bakery at Ammankoil near Sivanandapuram after one of the customers found a dead lizard in an egg puff on Friday evening. The customer was rushed to a … Continue reading →
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10:11 PM | Chinese meat supplier of McDonald’s and KFC gets the ax
The Chinese outlets of McDonald’s and KFC have stopped using meat from a Shanghai company after a local television news program accused the supplier of using chicken and beef past their expiration date, triggering an investigation by local food safety … Continue reading →
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