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August 29, 2014

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3:16 PM | Don’t eat the bird poop ice cream
Yes, it’s gratuitous. But it is a Salmonella and Campylobacter risk.
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11:02 AM | Are You Creating an ‘Obeyience Culture’?
Are You Creating an ‘Obeyience Culture’? When I started consulting in risk and safety, people would regularly contact me and ask “are we meeting our legal requirements?” or “are we doing all we need to do, ‘under the law’”. Consulting in risk and safety seems to attract these questions, and people expect that this is an area I am interested in. After all, if you’re into safety, you must be focused on legislation, right? When an organisation […]
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12:06 AM | Shrimp sashimi sold in Hong Kong Thai restaurant contaminated with Salmonella
The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) announced today (August 28) that a sample of shrimp sashimi taken at a Thai restaurant was found to be contaminated with a pathogen, Salmonella. The CFS … Continue reading →

August 28, 2014

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11:57 PM | Saks Restaurant and Bar owners in Australia assure public the food is safe after cockroaches in kitchen fail
Saks Restaurant and Bar at Marina Mirage owners were forced to spend more than $55,000 on cleaning and structural changes after Gold Coast City Council food safety officers busted them for failing several inspections last year. Inspectors discovered dead and … Continue reading →
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11:50 PM | Lizards and worms should not be on the school lunch menu in India, or elsewhere
Rice and lentils was the free lunch on Aug. 22 at the Government Model Senior Secondary school in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh. Teachers took a look at the meal. They found worms. Lunch was not served. Seven hundred … Continue reading →
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11:37 PM | Dog meat fades in S. Korea
The USA Today today reports that for more than 30 years, chef and restaurant owner Oh Keum-il built her expertise in cooking one traditional South Korean delicacy: dog meat. In her twenties, Oh traveled around South Korea to learn dog … Continue reading →
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11:31 PM | Danish scientists uncover clue to Listeria’s toughness
Birgitte Kallipolitis, an associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Southern Denmark, and colleagues report their findings in the journal Nucleic Acids Research. Listeria, a bacterium that sometimes occurs in unprocessed and processed … Continue reading →
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10:24 PM | In my mind, every talk I’ve given is like Led Zepplin, 1972, Melbourne
In reality, not so much.
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9:59 PM | San Jose Mercury News investigates the drugging of California foster children
The San Jose Mercury News has begun publishing a multi-part series on the alarming use of psychotropic medications among youth in California's foster-care system. Among the findings: 60% of foster children have been prescribed an antipsychotic, and 12% of those who received a psychotropic drug were prescribed two to four psychotropic medications at a time.
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9:45 PM | Give Directly-Observed Hand Hygiene Compliance Monitoring a Chance
As I've said before, "It's amazing how little evidence is required before infection prevention interventions are adopted." This phenomenon is particularly evident in the setting of automated hand hygiene monitoring systems. Few trials have been completed that have assessed the efficacy, effectiveness or cost-effectiveness of these systems, at least as of our recent systematic review.  However, it appears that many facilities are purchasing these systems anyway. Why is this?It appears that […]
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7:39 PM | Chasing an Ebola Strain: A Q&A with Researcher Dr. Jonathan Lai
There are five known species (or strains) of the deadly Ebola virus. Dr. Jonathan Lai, associate professor of biochemistry at Einstein, recently developed new antibodies that could one day be used as a therapy for the Sudan ebolavirus strain.  The Doctor’s Tablet recently sat down with Dr. Lai to discuss his latest study; his ongoing [...]
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7:39 PM | Cyclospora redux: Cilantro linked to 21 illnesses in Texas
We eat a lot of cilantro in my house; whether in fresh salsa, guacamole or as an ingredient in tacos it’s a favorite. I’m rethinking my love of the herb as it’s entering the raw sprouts realm. After notable recalls in … Continue reading →
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6:02 PM | "I'm sure we can put it on the Training Grant..."
LOL
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1:02 PM | Clinical Studies With Food Highlight Limitations of Nutrition Research
Today, two studies that conducted clinical trials using food appeared on my nutrition research radar: a study by Navarro and co-workers looking at the effect of cruciferous vegetables on markers of inflammation, and another by Pereira-Caro and colleagues on the bioavailability of polyphenols from orange juice. What do these types of studies tell us about health benefits of foods and phytonutrients?
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12:00 PM | Envy and High Performance
Drawing from victim precipitation, social comparison, and identity theories, a recent study in the Journal of Applied Psychology develops and tests an integrative model of the victimization of high-performing employees. The researchers examine envy as an explanatory mechanism of the...            Related StoriesVideo Games ReduxCan Online Training Help Prevent Sex Assaults?Naming That Tune 
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12:00 PM | Does Envy Lead to Victimizing Top Performers?
Drawing from victim precipitation, social comparison, and identity theories, a recent study in the Journal of Applied Psychology develops and tests an integrative model of the victimization of high-performing employees. The researchers examine envy as an explanatory mechanism of the...            Related StoriesVideo Games ReduxCan Online Training Help Prevent Sex Assaults?Naming That Tune 
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11:46 AM | Food Safety Talk 64: The One With Doug
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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10:15 AM | Foster Farms, forget the soundbites and PR; market food safety at retail so consumers can choose
According to state-sponsored jazz, Foster Farms, California’s biggest chicken producer, has been accused of poisoning people with salmonella bacteria. After an outbreak last fall, the U.S. Department of Agriculture threatened to shut down three of the company’s plants. Since then, though, the … Continue reading →
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9:24 AM | Wales to close only public food safety lab
I’m big on my Welsh heritage as I get older, but not sure I understand this. UK food safety go-to-person, Groundhog Day’s Hugh Pennington, says the closure of Wales’ only publicly-run food testing laboratory due to cuts mean councils may … Continue reading →
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9:13 AM | Food safety takes a hit in Danish budget proposal
At a time when a listeria outbreak continues to claim new victims – 13 people have died and a 29th person was confirmed as infected on Thursday – salmonella fears caused an egg recall and a steep increase in MRSA has been recorded, the government’s budget … Continue reading →
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8:30 AM | Hundreds sick: that egg problem in Europe; apparently came from Germany
Sporadic or outbreak cases of Salmonella Enteritidis reported by Austria, France, Germany and the United Kingdom, in addition to one case reported in Luxembourg in a patient residing in France, appear to be linked by time of symptom onset and … Continue reading →
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8:24 AM | Mars to set up food safety center in China
Mars Inc, whose brands include M&M and Dove, is building a global food safety center in China to help further expand knowledge and understanding of effective global food safety management. Scheduled to open in the summer of 2015 in Huairou, … Continue reading →
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8:19 AM | Food safety is crucial in China deal for baby milk
Six years ago, when tainted infant formula killed six babies in China and sickened 300,000, one of the biggest foreign investors in the sector was caught by surprise. The investor, the Fonterra Cooperative Group of New Zealand, one of the … Continue reading →
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7:58 AM | Would you eat off a subway platform? This guy in Canada did
A vacuum brand manager is so confident in his product’s cleaning power that he decided to eat his lunch straight from the floor of Toronto’s busiest subway station, and to record the experience on video. Ravi Dalchand, brand manager at … Continue reading →
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7:13 AM | Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacter cloacae Isolates Producing KPC-3 in North Dakota, USA.
A recent letter in the Emerging Infectious Diseases journal discussed the emerging threat of Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacter cloacae (CRE) in the "far-flung" land of North Dakota (ND). CRE infections are usually mediated by acquisition of Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase (KPC) expressed by Klebsiella spp. Klebsiella pneumoniae on a MacConkey Agar PlateAfter reporting of CRE infections became mandatory in ND in 2011, 20 CRE cases were noted in 12 of 53 counties. Most cases occurred in Cass […]
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4:32 AM | Nosestretcher alert: ‘no salmonella on basil from decent companies’
Research from earlier this month from a bio-scientist from Gent University shows that certain intestinal bacteria, such as E. coli and Salmonella, can survive at 22 degrees on basil leaves and therefore can cause health risks. According to John Van … Continue reading →
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4:25 AM | L. monocytogenes in a cheese processing facility: Learning from contamination scenarios over three years of sampling
The aim of this study was to analyze the changing patterns of Listeria monocytogenes contamination in a cheese processing facility manufacturing a wide range of ready-to-eat products. Characterization of L. monocytogenes isolates included genotyping by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and … Continue reading →

August 27, 2014

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9:15 PM | Occupational Health News Roundup
Texas workers face higher workplace fatality risks; Washington state court ruling holds parent company liable for wage violations; rail workers dismayed by union deal that threatens safety; and transgender workers receive new workplace protections.
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2:52 PM | Thought of the Day
Cling fiercely to what you want to do with your life and what kind of person you want to be. View it through your expectations of yourself and your view of what constitutes a good person. Defend that against all comers.
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2:36 PM | Fish-to-Krill isn’t exactly Apples-to-Apples
Krill oil has hit the Omega-3 supplement market as an alternative to fish oil, touting claims of better absorption. But is it really true? A recent re-examination of the evidence challenges these assumptions.
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