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July 25, 2014

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8:02 AM | Viruses: Friends, Foes, Change Agents
In contrast to their negative reputation as disease causing agents, some viruses perform crucial biological and evolutionary functions that help to shape the world we live in. Continue reading →
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7:45 AM | A Bench Scientist’s Worst Nightmare
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1:45 AM | At least 22 sickened in E. coli outbreak on Minnesota Reservation
At least 22 people on the Fond du Lac Reservation experienced foodborne illness linked with E. coli bacteria, a spokesperson with the Minnesota Department of Health said Wednesday. The news was first posted on the band’s website Tuesday, when it … Continue reading →
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1:28 AM | Junk science: Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster to faithfully ensure his meals aren’t poisoned
As a genetics student in the early 1980s, we were taught about the silliness of Trorfim Lysenko, who set back Russian agricultural production by hundreds of years. Today’s current Russian leader, Vladamir Putin, wants to go further back to the … Continue reading →
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12:38 AM | At least 10 confirmed with staph at horseriding event in Luxembourg: it was the pesto pasta salad
A pesto pasta salad has been officially blamed for a food poisoning outbreak at a horseriding event in Roeser. The conclusion was drawn by Luxembourg’s Health Ministry following an investigation into the food-borne infection, which spread among people who ate … Continue reading →
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12:18 AM | 33 sickened: tuna linked to E. coli O157:H45 in South Korea
Background: In May 2013, an outbreak of gastroenteritis occurred in a high school in Incheon, South Korea. We investigated the outbreak in order to identify the pathogen and mode of transmission. Materials and Methods: A case–control study was performed using … Continue reading →

July 24, 2014

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11:57 PM | Earth Circle Organics recalls organic carob powder for possible Salmonella contamination
Maybe we all experiment in university. For me, it was vegetarianism for six months. And I started baking with carob. It tasted like dust. Earth Circle Organics, (River Canyon Retreat, Inc.) has been notified by its supplier of a recall … Continue reading →
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11:49 PM | UK council warns there’s no hiding for food outlets flouting the law
Food outlets found to be flouting the law will face the full weight of legal powers Bradford Council has warned. The message comes as a new report revealed the local authority’s Food Safety Team prosecuted 18 food outlets and issued … Continue reading →
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11:37 PM | Veterinarian and pork producers president-elect arrested for trying to take gun in to DC meetings
Capitol Police confiscated a 9mm Ruger handgun from the bag of Camden, S.C., resident Ronald William Prestage shortly after 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning at the Cannon House Office Building. Prestage, 59, was arrested and charged with carrying a pistol … Continue reading →
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11:27 PM | UK take-away shut down after 14 people sickened with Salmonella
The Woks Cooking eatery on Richard Hesketh Drive in the Westvale area of Kirkby was shut down on Monday after 14 people caught Salmonella. A number of people – suffering from fever, diarrhoea and vomiting – were diagnosed with food poisoning. One … Continue reading →
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9:06 PM | The Effects of Urbanization on Biodiversity: Interview with Myla Aronson
Our blog and social media feeds have been overcome by urban sprawl this week. Yesterday, Rob wrote about the rise of a new mega-city: Charlanta. He described new research by Adam Terando and team that predicted the future spread of cities in the South. Our colleague Steve Frank and his PhD student Adam Dale in Entomology just published two research papers describing what increased warming associated with this urbanization means for street trees and and a common insect pest, the gloomy scale. […]
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8:43 PM | How do journals like this even exist? Lovely spam! Wonderful spam!
Just got this email.  I consider this almost unquestionable proof that this is a spam open access journal (e.g., I don't do any work in this field ..)Dear Dr. Jonathan A. Eisen,Greetings from the Journal of Immunology and Immunotherapeutics!!!At the outset, it’s your eminence & reputation in the quality of research field for which you have been invited to become Editorial Board member for our Journal.  We are aware of your reputation for quality of research and […]
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7:19 PM | CDC Statement On Formation Of An External Lab Safety Workgroup
Credit CDC PHIL   # 8864   In the wake of two serious breaches in biosecurity at CDC labs involving anthrax and H5N1 avian flu, and a third incident involving long forgotten and improperly stored smallpox at an FDA lab  (see FDA Statement On Additional 300 Vials Discovered At NIH Campus Lab), the CDC has promised a complete review of their safety procedures.    Earlier in the week CDC Director Thomas Frieden indicated an external committee of experts […]
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6:38 PM | TWiM #83: Illuminating tuberculosis and cryptococcosis
Vincent, Michael, Elio and Michele review a new fluorogenic diagnostic test for tuberculosis bacteria, and the role of a metalloprotease in helping a fungus invade the central nervous system.   
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2:28 PM | OIE: Foot & Mouth Disease In South Korea
    # 8863   Foot & Mouth Disease (FMD) is a highly contagious viral disease that primarily afflicts cloven-hoofed animals (including cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, deer, etc.) and poses a serious threat to agricultural interests around the world. It is caused by a picornavirus, and has no relation to HFMD, which is a childhood disease in humans caused by a number of non-polio enteroviruses.   There are seven known types and more than 60 subtypes of the FMD […]
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1:13 PM | WHO Ebola Update – July 24th
@WHO & Partners Ebola Response In Guinea     # 8862     Despite the concerted efforts of international agencies and local governments, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa continues to expand, with nearly 1,100 cases and 660 deaths recorded to date.    To try to put this outbreak into perspective, it is nearly 2 1/2 times larger than the next biggest outbreak on record (Uganda 2000-2001 with 425 cases & 224 deaths), and shows no signs of […]
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11:00 AM | Microbial to Human Cell Ratio: Just Bragging Rights?
by Jeffrey L. Fox | Microbiota buffs repeat it often these days, proudly reminding the public that the microbial cells associated with humans outnumber their host cells by a ratio of ten-to-one. In his letter in the February 2014 Microbe, however, Judah L. Rosner of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) makes a strong case for…
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10:48 AM | Xinhua News: Plague Quarantine Lifted In NW China
Credit CDC     # 8861     Last Friday, while writing about the Colorado DPH Statement On 4 Cases Of Plague, I also mentioned the report of a single case of pneumonic plague in Gansu Province in North Central China (see CHP notified by NHFPC of plague case in Gansu ).   Yesterday it was widely reported that parts of one (or more) cities were `sealed off’ or under quarantine (see Reuters Parts of Chinese city in quarantine after plague death: […]
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10:37 AM | 3 dead from Listeria in Macedonia
Three people infected with the bacteria Listeria, which was detected in seven patients in Macedonia, died in a month, Dnevnik daily reports. The Committee on Infectious Diseases held meeting late Monday, third in the past four days, in the presence … Continue reading →
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10:21 AM | Prevalence, distribution, and diversity of Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and Salmonella in kiwifruit orchards and processing plants
The kid loves her kiwi (right, not exactly as shown). I’ve started putting one in her daily lunch, and my wife eats them with skin on, and I just like them. But are there microbial risks? Feng et al. report … Continue reading →
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10:09 AM | 300 suffer food poisoning at Japanese sports tournament
Police and health officials in Ueda, Nagano Prefecture, said Monday that around 300 students suffered food poisoning at a soccer and rugby tournament. Of those, 120 were taken to hospital but none suffered any lasting effects, police said. According to … Continue reading →
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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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