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November 11, 2014

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1:56 AM | PEI potato growers offer reward in tampering case
Coral Beach of The Packer writes the Prince Edward Island (that’s in Canada) potato industry is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for recent tampering incidents involving sewing needles being embedded … Continue reading →
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1:22 AM | ‘E. coli festering in the microwave’ surprise for four beer and chips-loving Irish students
Conor, Padraig, Brian and Paddy are students at Athlone Institute of Technology, and have been supplementing their studies with a diet of beer and chips while dangerous E. coli festers in their microwave. The lads, all in their 20s, are … Continue reading →
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1:08 AM | ‘Breaches completely avoidable’ 15 food businesses closed in Ireland last month
Eight restaurants across the country were hit by closure orders by Ireland’s food safety watchdog last month. The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) issued the orders to nine food businesses in Dublin and one each in Cork, Kerry, Waterford, … Continue reading →
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12:16 AM | I still prefer name and shame: Name and Fame for Dubai restaurants
Customers will soon be able to view a food safety grade on the entrance of Dubai food outlets as part of an upcoming “Name and Fame” scheme, an official said on Sunday. The scheme will reveal whether the outlet has … Continue reading →

November 10, 2014

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11:45 PM | Australian importer fined $25K for not testing imported ham
An importer has been fined $25,000 for failing to test 2241 kg Parma ham imported from Italy in 2011. Paqualino Licastro, owner of Perth import company Topas Pty Ltd, was fined $3000 while the company was fined $22,000. After breaching … Continue reading →
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11:43 PM | Listen in on small businesses discussing draft OSHA infection control regulation
A select group of small business representatives will meet with OSHA this week to discuss a possible new regulation to protect workers from infectious diseases. OSHA has been convening these panels since 1997, but it will be the first time that we'll be able to listen in on the discussion.
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11:35 PM | New Zealand to help Chinese food giant in safety
Xinhua reports that China National Cereals, Oils and Foodstuffs Corporation (COFCO), the country’s largest agricultural and food products supplier, has signed an agreement with a New Zealand government-owned food safety firm and a multinational business consultancy to improve China’s food … Continue reading →
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11:29 PM | Australian reporter drank camel milk for a month, here’s what happened
PJ Madam writes: This is a story about camels, their milk, and my bowel moments. What could possibly be more interesting and attractive? As a reporter on Sunday Night, I’m encouraged to get involved in the story as much as … Continue reading →
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11:20 PM | Don’t leave cooked rice out overnight
I never order rice when I’m out.  When I make rice, it’s into the refrigerator reasonably fast. But lots of people leave it out overnight and that’s the problem. According to a national Newspoll survey, commissioned for Australian Food Safety … Continue reading →
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9:48 PM | Raw egg mayonnaise more of a G20 threat than terrorism
As Brisbane locks down for the G20 meetings this weekend, Queensland’s Chief Health Officer, Jeanette Young, stated this week that she was more concerned about the threat of raw egg mayonnaise than terrorism, with major hospitals primed to take action … Continue reading →
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5:09 PM | Life Choices can Tip Risks and Benefits of Vitamin D
Life is a balancing act. Regularly we find ourselves weighing circumstances.  An obvious example is work-life balance. A classic nutritional example is vitamin D status. When exposed to sunlight, skin can synthesize vitamin D3. However sun exposure, especially sunburns, increases the risk skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the US. Guy Jr and colleagues report the incidence of skin cancer is increasing. Using data from the 2002-2011 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey,
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4:30 PM | How would we know when science trainees bail on the career?
We all know about the oversupply problem in academic science wherein we are minting new PhDs faster than we create / open faculty jobs to house them. Opinions vary on what is the proper ratio. All the way from "every PHD that wants a hard-money traditional Professorial job should get one" to "who cares if […]
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2:06 PM | Can We Control the Aging Process?
Nobody enjoys growing older (though it certainly beats the alternative). As we age, our bodies change in a multitude of different ways. Along with graying hair and wrinkles, there is also a general decline in physical stamina due to decreased...            Related StoriesGIving up that Driver's LicenceSurviving the Deepwater Horizon Oil SpillP.T. Barnum and You 
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10:19 AM | Nonsense Curves and Pyramids
Nonsense Curves and Pyramids Safety likes nothing more than curves and pyramids, nothing so exciting as parading out the Bradley Curve or Heinrich’s Pyramid to get the troops excited about failure and loss. The Bradley Curve was created by DuPont in 1995 to try and benchmark notions of culture and performance in relationship to safety. Like all curves, it is a geometric attempt to plot an organisations journey in safety. The Bradley Curve assumes that high injury rates are due to people […]
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5:59 AM | Dental Implants : higher failure rates in patients with aggressive periodontitis?
Another review of failure rates of dental implants shows increased failure rates in patients with generalised aggressive periodontitis. Six studies (5 from the same research group ) involving 290 patients and 834 implants were included. The post Dental Implants : higher failure rates in patients with aggressive periodontitis? appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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3:55 AM | Hearing Voices
Hearing Voices In the midst of the busyness of work and life there is much to be said for the value of volunteering. Volunteering is a great way to learn about following and serving and especially helpful for executives who become absorbed in an alternate reality that says the stock market, KPIs and triple bottom lines define reality. For safety people who think that risk is best defined by working in the field on a gas line, conveyor belt, decline or scaffold, volunteering could be a sobering […]
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3:44 AM | It’s easy being wise after the event.
It’s easy being wise after the event. A real story By Daniel Kirk – What happens when the “Safety Guy” is involved in an incident? We all now have the benefit of hindsight on this one  but I know Daniel would really appreciate your thoughts and advice – this could have happened to any one of us! The Story Background This story takes place in the Pilbara region of WA. Three main miners control the bulk of the mining in the region being BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto […]
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1:22 AM | Really? Canberra health inspectors get a big tick for their helpfulness
I don’t like surveys. I really don’t like taxpayer-funded surveys that give public servants a big thumbs up. So I’m skeptical when The Canberra Times reports that Canberra’s food safety inspectors have received a tick of approval from local business … Continue reading →
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12:42 AM | Buffalo family finds maggots in Chinese take-out
A local family sits down for dinner and finds unwelcomed guests at the table – maggots in their Chinese take-out “Don’t go to Chinese Kitchen because their kitchen is filthy,” said Maria Marti who ordered the food. Marti and her … Continue reading →

November 09, 2014

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10:48 PM | Public Health in the News – November 9, 2014
Global A dangerous, highly infectious strain of H5N8 was found on a German farm—the first known case in Europe. A new study reveals that in 2012, more than 70% of the Chinese population was exposed to particulate pollutants at levels more … Continue reading →
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8:12 PM | To gain trust, put facts up front (but only comfortably facts)
If environmental groups can funnel millions into campaigns against genetically engineered foods, and develop databases on more than 80,000 items sold in groceries across the U.S. with details of ingredients and nutritional information, why is there no effort to provide … Continue reading →
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7:48 PM | Addicted to Suboxone
First Published 7/23/2013 I hear from the anti-buprenorphine people now and then, less than I used to.  I also hear from fans of this blog’s early days, when I routinely lost my temper in response to those people.  Their general line was that things on heroin weren’t all that bad, but now, on buprenorphine, things are […]
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7:29 PM | UK food stores flock to roast-in-the-bag chickens
It’s the one recipe to which even rudimentary cooks like to add their unique touches – perhaps a herby garnish or a few strips of bacon. But it seems the days of roast chicken prepared in the distinctive way that … Continue reading →
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7:06 PM | Gypsum with your pudding? Trouble in Taipei
A New Taipei-based food company has been found to be illegally adding industrial gypsum powder to its beancurd puddings and to be storing herbal tea in recycled containers originally used for medical liquids, local health authorities said Saturday. The officials … Continue reading →
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6:53 PM | Wal-Mart to focus on food safety in China: High-tech or high-touch?
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is focusing on food safety as the world’s largest retailer aims to boost profitability of its more than 400 stores in China, Wal-Mart Asia chief executive Scott Price told Reuters. “We play an important role in China … Continue reading →
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2:18 PM | Apple Pay and inconvenience
Neuropolarbear cannot imagine what is inconvenient about the use of credit cards. This is most likely because he uses the highly efficient wallet and the highly efficient pants-pocket in preference to the purse. Discuss.
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1:00 PM | The Unwritten Law and the Right to Kill (Part 1 of 2)
TERRIBLE TRAGEDY IN WASHINGTON! P. BARTON KEY, U.S. DISTRICT ATTORNEY KILLED BY HON. DAN'L SICKLES of NEW YORK News of the murder of U.S. District Attorney Philip Barton Key (son of Francis Scott Key of Star Spangled Banner fame) on...            Related StoriesFamily of "Baked To Death" Inmate Reaches Settlement with CityP.T. Barnum and YouChild's Murder Reveals Desperate Plight of Single Mothers in Japan 
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8:49 AM | Got a risk assessment to back that up? UK nutritionist say soft-boiled eggs ‘now safe for pregnant women and babies’
This is not the advice of UK health types, but according to a new review published in the Journal of Health Visiting and cited in Parent Dish, nutritionist Dr Juliet Gray, said mothers may be unwittingly putting their children at … Continue reading →
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8:38 AM | Spray-on DNA bar codes could detect pathogens on produce
Stephanie Lee of the San Francisco Chronicle, writes that to prevent and contain outbreaks of food-borne illness, which sicken 1 in 6 Americans annually, a Bay Area startup is developing bar codes that go directly on fruits and vegetables. But … Continue reading →
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5:00 AM | Creative Safety – How can I become more creative?
Creative Safety – How can I become more creative? A common element of any safety system is to list and analyze hazards as part of a risk assessment process. But, when asked to think outside the square and come up with new actions to solve a problem, our brains go blank, get stuck in a rut and instead we tend to revert back to the traditional solutions that seem to have served us well in the past. Also, our brains have limited cognitive capacity, so asking people to come up with solutions […]
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