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December 20, 2014

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9:56 AM | UK food hygiene inspectors order takeaways and a care home to make ‘major improvements’
Food hygiene inspectors have ordered a number of takeaways, a pub and a care home in the Worksop area to undergo ‘major improvements’, it can be revealed. The Guardian understands that Thrishna, on Newcastle Avenue; Florentino’s, on Ryton Street; New … Continue reading →
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9:34 AM | Taiwan recalls tainted dried tofu in fresh food scare
In Taiwan’s latest food scandal, almost 40 types of flavored dried tofu (bean curd) involving ten different companies are suspected to have become contaminated with dimethyl yellow, which is linked to cancer in animals. Taiwanese authorities ordered more than two … Continue reading →
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9:23 AM | Televised medical talk shows—they’re just BS
I’ve written before about how I was unceremoniously relegated to the cheap seats because I wouldn’t go along with the story line on Dr. Oz a couple of years ago; it wasn’t factual and they weren’t interested in facts. Now, … Continue reading →
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9:07 AM | UK ice cream parlor fined after boy’s mouth injuries
An ice cream parlour has been landed with a £12,000 fine after a boy sliced his tongue on a shard of glass hidden inside a chocolate sundae. The 11-year-old was tucking into the dessert at Scoops Gelato, in Elm Grove, … Continue reading →
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8:58 AM | Survey of mycotoxins in dates and dried fruits from Tunisian and Spanish markets
In an effort to enforce the knowledge on mycotoxin occurrence and co-occurrence in dates and dried fruits, 228 samples purchased from Tunisian and Spanish markets were subjected to multi-mycotoxin liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) analysis of 16 mycotoxins. … Continue reading →
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8:46 AM | Seattle reinvents the wheel: A, B, C or E. coli? King County to get restaurant rating system
Seattle, self-proclaimed home of all things food safety, is finally going to get a restaurant inspection disclosure program, about 15 years after Toronto (there’s older programs, but that the one I was involved with).  King County announced this week that … Continue reading →
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6:58 AM | UK Aldershot takeaway ‘improving’ after zero hygiene rating dished out
A takeaway in Aldershot has been given a slap on the wrists for a series of food safety failings. Hafeez in Station Road was issued two cautions by Rushmoor Borough Council on Thursday following an inspection. The action came in … Continue reading →
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5:24 AM | Listeria: On the environmental trail of food pathogens
Tracking one of the deadliest food contamination organisms through produce farms and natural environments alike, Cornell microbiologists are showing how to use big datasets to predict where the next outbreak could start. Specifically, the lethal listeria bacterium, Listeria monocytogenes, might … Continue reading →
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1:15 AM | Fake grill marks aside, you could throw these sausages on the summer barbecue
Fake grill marks have the tendency for people to undercook things, when the only way to know is a tip-sensitive digital thermometer. Barbecue season is here and therefore sausages are on the menu. Sausages like these are popular at most … Continue reading →
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1:12 AM | Australia: The Hub at Varsity fined record $29,000 after council inspectors find cockroaches and filth
One of the city’s most popular drinking and dining hangouts for university students has been slugged with a huge court fine after council inspectors found cockroaches and a filthy kitchen. The Hub at Varsity Lakes has been fined more than … Continue reading →
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12:39 AM | £25,400 fine for Royal Court Hotel in UK food hygiene fine
A Coventry hotel has been fined £25,400 after pleading guilty to six food hygiene offences. Food safety inspectors found the Royal Court on Tamworth Road, which is owned by Britannia Hotels, failed to wash up dirty room service dishes promptly … Continue reading →
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12:32 AM | Australia: Operation Trident targets illegal seafood trade
Consumers are being urged to avoid stolen seafood this Christmas, with enforcement officers on the beat to stop illegal seafood traders. Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Acting Director Fisheries Compliance, Patrick Tully said Operation Trident is a multi-phase operation targeting … Continue reading →

December 19, 2014

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11:40 PM | UK dog found eating raw meat in illegal Co Armagh meat farm
Pictures of a dog eating raw meatd being prepared for the human food chain in an illegal Co Armagh butchery, have been released by a council. The owner of the premises Benard Muchan of Back Road, Mullaghbawn was arrested when … Continue reading →
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10:36 PM | Outbreaks associated with cantaloupe, watermelon, and honeydew in the United States, 1973–2011
Fresh fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. Melons have been associated with enteric infections. We reviewed outbreaks reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Foodborne Disease Outbreak Surveillance System during 1973–2011 in which … Continue reading →
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10:27 PM | The Perils Of Planning
Conversations on the Couch – The Perils of Planning Latest Video by Gab Carlton and Rob Sams. See the whole series HERE In risk and safety, and in life, we do a lot of planning. This can include things safety management plans, daily work plans and in life we are planning all the time – […] The post The Perils Of Planning appeared first on Safety Risk.
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8:36 PM | Food safety remains priority in age of organic food
Even in an age when the consumption of organic food is booming, strict global food safety standards are needed to protect the consumers, a leading expert at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said. Mary Kenny, officer of FAO’s … Continue reading →
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8:23 PM | Whole Foods faces tremendous risk in connection with the death of an 8 year-old from E. coli O157:H7 infection
Whole Foods trumps food porn over food safety. The parents of Joshua Kaye, an 8 year-old boy from Braintree, Massachusetts who died on July 7, 2014, after contracting an E. coli O157:H7 infection that turned into hemolytic uremic syndrome, have … Continue reading →
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8:14 PM | Maggots top NZ food complaints
Gingerbread wriggling with maggots, a sausage roll growing fuzz on it, a salmonella outbreak and the sale of four-year-old frozen oysters were among bought food complaints the Ministry of Primary Industries dealt with from Whangarei in the past three years. … Continue reading →
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7:41 PM | Food poisoning in Australia – the unwanted gift that keeps on giving
We’ll probably do the feast of the seven fishes again this year on Xmas Eve (it’s summer and it’s hot and the seafood is fabulous). New South Wales Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson, said the extra supplies of food … Continue reading →
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6:49 PM | Not an “accident”: Gary Keenen, 26, and Kelsey Bellah, 27 suffer fatal work-related injuries near Colgate, OK
This week’s snapshot of a work-related fatality in the U.S. This one occurred on December 19 just west of Colgate, OK.
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4:06 PM | Compounds Found in Chocolate May Help Cognitive Function
Could the chocolate in your advent calendar have health benefits including improving cognition and metabolic measures?  Flavanols which are found in green tea, red wine, cocoa, and yes, chocolate have previously been reported to be associated with cardiovascular and metabolic health.  The results of study published this week, suggest beneficial effects of flavanol consumption from cocoa in older adults.  
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1:19 PM | 2015
My plan is to stir up some trouble. What do you have on tap for 2015?
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11:09 AM | It was the raw milk that sickened 40 in Wisconsin: Report
State health officials Thursday made public more evidence that raw milk was the cause of a foodborne illness outbreak that sickened nearly 40 people associated with the Durand High School football team, including many players. In an investigation report from … Continue reading →
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10:58 AM | 2 dead, 2 sick: Minnesota links caramel apples, 2 listeria deaths
Minnesota health officials say two people died and two others became ill this fall after eating prepackaged caramel apples contaminated with the bacterium listeria. The Minnesota Departments of Health and Agriculture are warning consumers to wait for more information before … Continue reading →
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10:27 AM | Careful with that dead calf: Outbreak of cryptosporidiosis among responders to a rollover of a truck carrying calves — Kansas, April 2013
We saw a lot of weird stuff on I-70, usually bathtubs for cooking meth. But according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, in April 2013, the Thomas County Health Department notified the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s Infectious … Continue reading →
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1:43 AM | Zooneses: are we too clean?
Hygiene hypothesis; we really don’t know much;on a recent episode of the TVO current affairs show “The Agenda with Steve Paikin” explores the topic of “Our Relationship with Cleanliness” – an informative, yet fun look at the topic of germs. … Continue reading →
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1:36 AM | H-index
I can't think of a time when seeing someone's h-index created a discordant view of their impact. Or for that matter when reviewing someones annual cites was surprising. I just think the Gestalt impression you generate about a scientist is going to correlate with most quantification measures. Unless there are weird outliers I suppose. But […]
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1:06 AM | Santa, Myths and Regulators.
Santa, Myths and Regulators. I was at a building site yesterday and up pulled a ute full of cases of beer, gifts for loyal and faithful service. A few weeks ago the same company hired a cruise boat for a Christmas party complete with endless alcohol and strippers as a way of saying thanks to […] The post Santa, Myths and Regulators. appeared first on Safety Risk.

December 18, 2014

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9:50 PM | Instant noodles recalled as Taiwan food scare widens
Taiwanese authorities on Thursday (Dec 18) ordered a leading food company to recall two flavours of instant noodles over fears they contain a banned dye as the island’s latest food scandal deepened. Health officials said sauce packages in the two … Continue reading →
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8:31 PM | CDC Study finds Sodium Intake is Lower than Expected
New study finds 24h dietary recall overestimate sodium and potassium intake. Using objective measures of nutritional status, in this case 24 hour urinary collection, Mercado and colleagues suggest that the discrepancy may partially reflect inaccurate food databases. In other words, foods may contain less than expected amounts of sodium.
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