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November 15, 2014

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8:50 PM | All you could hear was people vomiting and at night in the Sahara, noise travels far’ Desert trekker struck by Norovirus in sand storm
A Sevenoaks fundraiser had to be rescued from the Sahara Desert after he and his team were struck down by norovirus in a sand storm. Mike Purtill, of Amherst Place in Riverhead, was five days and 50km into the Alzheimer’s Society trek … Continue reading →
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6:34 AM | 20 years after Jack in the Box, foodborne illnesses still an issue
Darin Detwiler, a senior policy coordinator for food safety at STOP Foodborne Illness in Chicago and a graduate lecturer in regulatory affairs of the food industry at Northeastern University in Boston, writes in this op-ed: I am deeply saddened to … Continue reading →
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5:03 AM | Salmonella spurs peanut butter recall in Philippines
The Philippines Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the recall of several batches of Arrowhead Mills Peanut Butter products over possible contamination from Salmonella. Based on FDA Advisory 2014-079, specific batches of Arrowhead Mills Creamy Organic Peanut Butter (16oz.) … Continue reading →

November 14, 2014

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10:46 PM | Taking Buprenorphine, Having Surgery
Originally Posted 8/12/2013 I will get to ‘Part II’, but today I talked with a patient about something that happens too often, that deserves to be pointed out.  The person was in the ER with an injury that resulted in tib/fib francture.  The ER doc provided no analgesia, in the ER or at discharge, telling […]
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10:46 PM | Shopping for Safety
Shopping for Safety The bell on the door buzzed as I entered the shop, a large emporium with worn cedar shelves signifying construction in the last century. I loved the smell of these old shops with dusty stock on the shelves that hadn’t moved for years, some with old price tags in pounds, shillings and pence. The old general store was one of those places that seemed to have everything, a mix of the very old and new. The bell had obviously alerted Bruce who had been out back, he had been […]
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10:29 PM | Deadly Fishing Lures
Deadly Fishing Lures This article isn’t about SAFETY, unless you are a fish, in which case it’s about as close to 100% Harm as you can get. But it is an article about RISK, its about chucking it all in, taking a big risk and following your passion – and recognising those who do. I went to a party the other night and got talking to a group of blokes about one of my passions – fishing . We were busy telling lies about our exploits with one bloke telling us how he was […]
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9:46 PM | Food safety is our top priority, but ‘you will sell the dough’ Bugs, mold on menu at Kansas stadiums
The food safety manager at Kansas City’s Kauffman and Arrowhead stadiums, home to the Royals and the Chiefs, told ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” that poor food handling and dirty conditions have routinely been putting fans’ health at risk — including … Continue reading →
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9:33 PM | Tainted celery linked to Gonzales farm
An outbreak of E. coli in Minnesota has been linked to celery grown in Gonzales, but the attorney representing many of the sickened people said Thursday that he is not, yet, targeting the grower. According to a recently released report … Continue reading →
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9:23 PM | 7 sickened with E. coli and Campy from manure-in-wells in Wisconsin
A young family visiting Door County for a weekend in mid-September were the subject of a public health investigation when they returned to their Calumet County home and their four-month-old daughter came down with an illness that was identified as … Continue reading →
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9:03 PM | Beef balls recalled for Listeria
Nha Trang Deli Inc. is recalling Beef Balls from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. This recall was triggered by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) test results. The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may … Continue reading →
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8:46 PM | Study examines effects of San Francisco paid sick leave policy, finds low-wage workers especially benefited
As paid sick leave policies gain momentum across the country, a new study finds that such policies do indeed improve worker morale and have little overall effect on employer profitability.
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8:05 PM | “We got the top dog”: Prosecutors indict former coal company CEO
Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship was indicated by federal prosecutors for events that led to the April 2010 death of 29 West Virginia coal miners.
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7:10 PM | What do you know, the NIH has not solved the revision-queing, traffic holding pattern problem with grant review.
Way back in 2008 I expressed my dissatisfaction with the revision-cycle holding pattern that delayed the funding of NIH grants. Poking through my pile of assignments I find that I have three R01 applications at the A2 stage (the second and "final" amendment of a brand new proposal). Looking over the list of application numbers […]
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4:30 PM | Nourishing Mothers-to-Be and Babies-to-Come
Babies are beautiful. How amazing that a fertilized egg can transform over 9 months into a wiggling, sometimes screaming, little being! After birth, it seems like the parental challenges of feeding, comforting, and nurturing begin but maternal nutrition has already had a major developmental impact. Increased folate levels in women during the first trimester of pregnancy is associated with reduced risk of birth defects. Maternal folate status may affect the risk of a preterm birth. 
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10:07 AM | Whole genome sequencing reveals potential spread of Clostridium difficile between humans and farm animals in the Netherlands, 2002 to 2011
Farm animals are a potential reservoir for human Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), particularly PCR ribotype 078 which is frequently found in animals and humans. Here, whole genome single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) analysis was used to study the evolutionary relatedness of C. … Continue reading →
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10:02 AM | Poultry retailers in Europe may be penalized if they sell Salmonella contaminated fresh meat
Ute Reindl is the manager of an Austrian branch of a supermarket (MPREIS Warenvertriebs GmbH). In 2012 a food safety body took a sample at that branch of vacuum packed fresh turkey breast processed and packaged by another company (MPREIS … Continue reading →
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6:54 AM | Son recalls how eating raw cookie dough led to one mom’s death
His mother died an agonizing death, possibly because she ate a few bites of raw cookie dough years earlier. Richard Simpson, of Las Vegas, recounted his mom’s painful battle with E. coli today at an FDA hearing about stricter regulations … Continue reading →
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6:00 AM | Mouthrinses: trial finds alcohol-free rinses have similar effects on plaque levels to those containing alcohol
This equivalence trial compared two alcohol free mouthrinses with an alcohol containing rinse and toothbrushing alone. At 8 weeks all 4 interventions reduced interproximal bleeding with plaque reductions being significantly greater in the mouthrinse groups. There was more staining in the 3 mouthrinse groups. The post Mouthrinses: trial finds alcohol-free rinses have similar effects on plaque levels to those containing alcohol appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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5:37 AM | 18 sick in Salmonella outbreak at Slovenia school
A salmonella outbreak has affected a primary school in Slovenj Gradec (N), with a total of 14 children and four employees falling ill. This is the second salmonella outbreak in the town in the last three months.
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4:12 AM | Food Safety Talk 70: A Quick Overnight Servicing
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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1:44 AM | Gastro outbreak among G20 cops
Dr Jeannette Young’s worst nightmare may be coming true. In the days leading up to the G20 summit in Brisbane, Dr. Young, Queensland’s medical officer of health, warned that foodborne illness was a much bigger threat than terrorism. Today at … Continue reading →
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1:24 AM | More Stompin’ Tom: Sewing needles now found in 10 P.E.I. potatoes
The first bar I got into underage with false ID was the Horseshoe Tavern to see Toronto-based Goddo, who I would later book at my high school when I was student council president (damn glad to meet you). Due to … Continue reading →
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1:08 AM | Maybe cook from frozen, using a thermometer to verify safety? Campylobacter exploits chicken juice to flourish
A study from the Institute of Food Research has shown that Campylobacter’s persistence in food processing sites and the kitchen is boosted by ‘chicken juice.’ Organic matter exuding from chicken carcasses, “chicken juice”, provides these bacteria with the perfect environment … Continue reading →
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12:22 AM | Homelessness in Chicago: This Winter, Give the Gift of Warmth
Homelessness is a multifactorial plague of our lives and there are no easy solutions. There is no monolithic definition of “homeless” in Chicago, as homelessness ranges from very transient states of homelessness to long term homelessness, or may just refer … Continue reading →

November 13, 2014

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10:46 PM | 15 hospitalized in North Carolina after suspected food poisoning
I avoid potlucks like I avoid the plague: I don’t know how the person prepared the food or their general health status. Fifteen people were taken to hospitals Thursday morning after becoming sick at a U.S. Postal facility in west … Continue reading →
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8:32 PM | The Expectation of Safety
The Expectation of Safety A thought provoking article by Phil LaDuke who says: “On one hand the only one who can keep us safe is ourselves and on the other hand where ever you are and whatever you’re doing you are (often without realizing it) assuming things are safe with nothing more than faith to go on. In this week’s post I explore how we often assume that the things with which we interact are safe, but ridicule others for doing the same. I hope you will read the article […]
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8:03 PM | Campy is tops: Disease burden of foodborne infections in Denmark
Campylobacter is the foodborne bacteria that contributes most to the burden of disease in Denmark. This is the finding of a study from the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, which for the first time in Denmark ranks three … Continue reading →
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7:50 PM | Failing Forward in Graduate School
In life, failure is inevitable; in graduate school, it is guaranteed. The very nature of a graduate degree puts you into contact with failure on a regular basis, especially if you work in the lab attempting to do or show something that has never been seen before. Somehow, in the face of this failure we […]
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7:35 PM | A simple plea for SfN 2014 attendees, particularly of the older, maler demographic
Do NOT creep on junior female scientists. Do NOT creep on female scientists. Do NOT creep on ANYBODY at the Annual Meeting. (Getting drunk is not an excuse, btw.) Don't so much as say anything creepy on your Facebook or Twitter or out loud where anyone can hear you. Let everyone get as much science […]
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7:05 PM | Protect those who protect our food
Jacob E. Gersen and Benjamin I. Sachs, professors at Harvard Law School, write in the N.Y. Times that every year, 5.5 million people are sickened by norovirus, a highly contagious gastrointestinal bug. According to the Centers for Disease Control and … Continue reading →
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