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February 26, 2015

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9:22 AM | Internet cheese? Be careful Europeans
The suitability for consumers of a variety of raw milk cheeses purchased over the Internet was investigated in terms of packaging, labelling, physicochemical parameters and microbiological safety. 108 purchases from seven European countries were examined. The prevalences of Salmonella spp., … Continue reading →
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9:00 AM | HIV Rev – Really Exasperating Virus protein
Two papers provide a more detailed structural picture of how HIV Rev works. Continue reading →
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1:03 AM | Except for the Salmonella: Fairway ‘Like No Other Market’ recalls raw hazelnuts (Filberts)
Fairway “Like No Other Market” of New York, NY, is recalling Fairway brand Raw Hazelnuts (Filberts), because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The Fairway brand Raw Hazelnuts (Filberts) were distributed to Fairway stores in New York, … Continue reading →
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12:07 AM | Food purchases remain faith-based, at market or megalomart: 4 sick with scombroid from tuna in Sydney
As the buy-local mantra becomes indoctrinated in Australia with 18 confirmed sick with hepatitis A from frozen Chinese berries, a Sydney café has vowed to change suppliers after four were sickened with scombroid poisoning linked to tuna from Thailand. No … Continue reading →

February 25, 2015

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10:59 PM | Floating strip club in Alaska got in trouble for dumping poop in the water
A strip club housed in an old crab fishing boat docked off the coast of Alaska is in trouble for allegedly dumping all their waste into the ocean. The owners of The Wild Alaskan, Darren Byler and Kimberly Riedel-Byler, are pleading not guilty … Continue reading →
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10:47 PM | You see a lizard, I see foodborne illness: 36 students vomit after eating dish in India
As many as 36 students of a government school in Ulupakkudi area complained of nausea after eating ‘paniyaram’ from a roadside eatery which had parts of lizard in it, police said. Paniyaram is a fried dish available both in sweet … Continue reading →
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9:23 PM | Today's all male genomics meeting brought to you by Oxford Nanopores
The Tweets about this really say it all so I am just going to embed them here:Disappointed that 9/9 speakers lined up for @nanopore’s MinION conference are men http://t.co/UJ8gSy32Rn #YAMMM cc @phylogenomics @hollybik— Karen James (@kejames) February 25, 2015@kejames Was it renamed ManIon conference? @nanopore @phylogenomics @hollybik— Claudia Taake (@ct_la) February 25, 2015@kejames @nanopore @phylogenomics @hollybik However, close to 100% of the attendees are woman, […]
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7:13 PM | OIE Notification Of H5N8 On Hungarian Duck Farm
Credit NÉBIH     # 9754   Yesterday, in HPAI Reported At Hungarian Duck Farm, I blogged about a preliminary report of what appeared to be HPAI H5 on a duck farm in Füzesgyarmati (see map above), in the southeastern part of Hungary (see map above).   Today we have confirmation via the following OIE report.   Affected population On 23 February 2015, a suspicion of avian influenza was reported to the National Food Chain […]
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5:49 PM | Saudi MOH Announces 1 MERS Case In Riyadh
  # 9753   Saudi Arabia’s streak of consecutive days with at least one MERS case extends now to 15, with 56 cases reported in just over 2 weeks.  Today’s case hails from the nation’s Capital, and is being investigated as a possible nosocomial infection.    The ministry also announced one death, and two recoveries.  
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1:42 PM | Egypt’s Uncertain H5N1 Case Count
  # 9752   Although Egypt’s Ministry of Health stopped publicly announcing YTD case count figures more than a month ago (when the 2015’s total sat at 21 cases & 6 deaths), media reports, announcements from local Governorates, and the occasional MOH update continue to show up, giving us a rough idea of the number of cases to date. Keeping track of this – as well as is possible – is Sharon Sanders of FluTrackers, whose conservatively curated  […]
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11:45 AM | HK CHP Notified Of 3 New H7N9 Cases In Guangdong, 2 In Anhui
    # 9751   For reasons we can only speculate on - except for Guangdong Province – Mainland China has been very slow to report H7N9 cases this winter.  We’ve seen some batch announcements - often buried in end-of-month provincial statistical reports - but daily reporting has been rare.   Of the 16 provinces that have  reported cases during the first two waves, only about half of those have reported cases this winter.   While it […]
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8:47 AM | CDC probing strain of Taiwan Norovirus
Whether last week’s norovirus outbreak in Taichung’s Hoya Resort Hotel Wuling (武陵富野渡假村) was caused by norovirus GII.17 — a genotype common in certain African nations — has not been determined, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said yesterday. The agency … Continue reading →
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3:53 AM | Going public: Signs of Australian hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen berries month before public disclosure
Australian health types should be further embarrassed by their lack of disclosure, public notification and political pandering after it was revealed today that the first case of hepatitis A linked to frozen berries was diagnosed on January 3 but it … Continue reading →
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2:55 AM | Thermometers, they aren’t just for omnivores
That’s what I told Lydia Zuraw of Food Safety News when she and I spoke last week about my favorite kitchen tool, the tip-sensitive digital thermometer (below, exactly as shown). We chatted about cold spots, microwaving and checking internal temperatures in multiple spots. … Continue reading →
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12:10 AM | Mo’ Farms, Mo’ (Plague) Problems
The plague is back, and this time it’s not thanks to far-voyaging ships or caravans traversing some distant trade routes, but to corn. This disease, caused by one of man’s oldest bacterial foes, Yersinia pestis, and spread by flea-infested rodents, is often overlooked in modern times in favor of more headline-grabbing epidemics like Ebola, HIV, and antibiotic-resistant STDs. But the plague has always kept close quarters with mankind and continues to surprise us with its […]
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12:10 AM | Mo’ Farms, Mo’ (Plague) Problems
The plague is back, and this time it’s not thanks to far-voyaging ships or caravans traversing some distant trade routes, but to corn. This disease, caused by one of man’s oldest bacterial foes, Yersinia pestis, and spread by flea-infested rodents, is often overlooked in modern times in favor of more headline-grabbing epidemics like Ebola, HIV, and antibiotic-resistant STDs. But the plague has always kept close quarters with mankind and continues to surprise us with its […]

February 24, 2015

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11:44 PM | Hockey and food safety? Sure they’re the same, keep elbows up when you go in the corners
This isn’t about food safety. It’s about coaching, mentoring, whatever words you like that are often thrown around in the food safety world but often not practiced (follow the money). No money involved here, just me and fellow coach Kyle … Continue reading →
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11:17 PM | UK restaurant gets hygiene award; practices shared with other restaurants
Some food safety coverage is incomplete, leaving the food safety nerds wanting more. According to The Star (the U.K. version, not the one the covers the Toronto Maple Leafs) a Sheffield Cafe is doing great things, stuff that others could … Continue reading →
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10:08 PM | Wanted: Evolutionary biologist who engages the public
Nothing in biology — not agriculture, not medicine, not conservation nor public health — NOTHING, makes sense except in light of evolution.** Yet, much of what evolutionary biologists do takes place in cloistered labs or faraway jungles. We hope to change this by doing evolutionary biology in the public eye, partnering with the public on research relevant not just to scientists, but to all of us. At North Carolina State University we’ve had the good fortune of partnering […]
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7:24 PM | HPAI Reported At Hungarian Duck Farm
Credit NÉBIH   # 9750   Although the Hungarian translations are somewhat tortured, a report posted on Hungary’s National Food Chain Safety Office (NÉBIH) appears to be reporting an HPAI (likely H5N8) outbreak at a duck farm in Füzesgyarmati (see map above), in the southeastern part of the country.   Assuming this gets confirmed by the FAO/OIE, Hungary would be added to the short but growing list of European nations (UK, Netherlands, Germany […]
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6:20 PM | UK hotel fined £20k for kitchen hygiene breaches
A landmark Swindon hotel has been ordered to pay more than £20,000 in fines and court costs after admitting a dozen breaches of hygiene regulations said to pose a significant risk to public health. Great Western Hotel (Swindon) Ltd, which … Continue reading →
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2:21 PM | Saudi MOH Reports 5 New MERS Cases
    # 9749   Riyadh’s recent MERS woes continue today, with new of 4 new cases in the Saudi Capital (3 being investigated as possibly nosocomial in nature), along with a fifth ( hospital acquired) case reported in Hofuf.    Today’s report raises February’s total to 67 cases.   You’ll find two other MERS-Centric reports already posted this morning; Postcards From The MERS Twitterverse & ECDC: 14th Rapid Risk Assessment On […]
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1:42 PM | Postcards From The MERS Twitterverse
# 9748   Between the rising case counts of the past couple of weeks, yesterday’s WHO Mission statement which cited critical lapses in our understanding of how the MERS coronavirus transmits, a new report that suggests 90% of camels in the region may be infected, and a new statement by the Saudi MOH on diagnosing the virus – Arabic twitter traffic  (hashtag  كورونا  aka `Corona’) is really humming this morning. […]
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1:00 PM | Soil microbes of the Kalahari and the Pennines
Soil is a non-renewable resource which sustains life and delivers countless beneficial ecosystem services that we need and take for granted. The microbial diversity of soil dwarfs above-ground plant diversity, but is intimately linked with it. Whilst macroscopic ecology is a well-developed discipline that supports our efforts to manage and …
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11:55 AM | ECDC: 14th Rapid Risk Assessment On MERS-CoV
    # 9747   Although the MERS coronavirus has yet to be declared a PHEIC (Public Health Emergency Of International Concern), it is nonetheless a worrisome, high-mortality virus that after nearly three years - and more 1,000 cases -  we still know far too little about.     Recently  we’ve seen assessments from the World Health Organization (see Saudi Arabia: WHO MERS Mission Summary & WHO Summary & Risk Assessment On MERS-CoV) […]
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11:03 AM | Hong Kong: Update On 3rd Imported H7N9 Case
  # 9746   We’ve an update from Hong Kong’s CHP this morning on their epidemiological investigation into this seasons’ 3rd imported H7N9 case. This is the 13th known importation into Hong Kong since H7N9 emerged two years ago, and authorities have contact tracing and surveillance pretty much down to a science.    While human-to-human transmission of the H7N9 virus has only rarely been reported, the incubation period is thought to be up to 10 days, […]
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8:54 AM | 2 dead, 27 sick in Salmonella outbreak linked to Australian aged care facilities
Two people from Illawarra aged care facilities died after being transferred to hospital. The director of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Health District’s Public Health Unit, Curtis Gregory, said the unit was interviewing patients and staff, and doing tests to track the … Continue reading →
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8:44 AM | 15 sick: Norovirus strikes in NZ play area affects 15
At least 15 people have become ill after contracting a virus from the children’s play area of a Tauranga ten pin bowling venue. Toi Te Ora – Public Health Service medical officer of health Dr Jim Miller said, in a … Continue reading →
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8:37 AM | Australian students and staff struck down with salmonella poisoning after end of year event
Six members of the Double Bay Public School community were struck down with salmonella poisoning following a Year 6 farewell event. South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) public health unit director Mark Ferson confirmed the illnesses were linked. An … Continue reading →
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1:59 AM | Reheat cooked burgers to ‘steaming hot?’ USDA disappoints
While promoting today that the “U.S. Department of Agriculture continues to modernize its food safety program,” a press release from last week contradicts its own agency advice. Jane Doherty, international coordinator, at USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, writes that … Continue reading →
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