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October 10, 2014

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12:37 PM | EFSA Finds no Safety Concerns with Algal EPA and/or DHA and Increases Upper Intake Level
Experts from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published a scientific opinion that supplemental DHA and EPA from algal oil sources (Schizochytrium species) can be safely increased from 3 grams daily to 5 grams daily as there is no safety concerns for adults.
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11:32 AM | Escape from Australian Salmonella outbreak nightmare for small business
The owner of a family-owned business identified as the source of a salmonella bacteria outbreak says he has avoided a “nightmare” by having the correct food safety procedures in place. Max Schofield is the founder of Fresh Fodder, which employs … Continue reading →
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10:42 AM | Blood-covered cardboard and rat droppings found at UK supermarket sentenced for food hygiene offences
Rat droppings on pallets of bottled water and cardboard covered in blood were just some of the shocking finds made at a supermarket in Slough. The director and manager of Marwa Superstore in High Street have been fined and banned … Continue reading →
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10:29 AM | UK store fined £2,000 after rotting mouse found among
A decomposing mouse was found sandwiched between packets of beans at a convenience store. The owner of the Gurkha SP4 Mini Market in Brompton High Street, Gillingham, has been fined after the discovery. Rodents had torn their way into packets … Continue reading →
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10:18 AM | Sri Lanka temporarily halts some Fonterra milk product sales after illness
New Zealand’s Fonterra’s still got some problems after Sri Lanka suspended the sale of some Anchor milk powder after some children consumed the product and fell ill, government health officials said on Sunday. However Fonterra, a New Zealand dairy giant, … Continue reading →
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8:34 AM | Don’t Just Sit There–Do Something
Don’t Just Sit There – Do Something Although sitting seems to be a natural and comfortable thing to do, our bodies just aren’t designed to do it as much as we do and we do it more these days than ever before. I’ve read a number of articles recently that alluded to sitting down being […] The post Don’t Just Sit There–Do Something appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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5:00 AM | Fixed functional appliances for treatment of skeletal class II malocclusion
This review of fixed functional appliances for the treatment of class II malocclusions could only find 11 small studies with methodological problems to assess the effectiveness of this approach. Some benefit was noted but larger higher quality studies are needed. The post Fixed functional appliances for treatment of skeletal class II malocclusion appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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2:25 AM | Wash the poo, reduce campy rates?
A move to scrub poo from dirty chicken crates has spared New Zealanders from hundreds of cases of Campylobacter, authorities say. New research presented to a health conference has revealed that New Zealand’s once-dire problem with the painful and embarrassing … Continue reading →
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12:12 AM | #Hackebola Guest Post: Healthcare worker infections
Today's #hackebola piece is a guest post by Jessie Gunter.  A particularly alarming characteristic of the Ebola epidemic is the high infection rates and deaths of healthcare workers.  Many community health workers, nurses, doctors, and even hospital administrators have been infected since the outbreak began, sometimes even while taking diligent precautions against exposure to the bodily fluids of the patients whom they are treating (according to this report by the WHO, 401 […]

October 09, 2014

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11:49 PM | More cases of Yersinia in NZ
A total of 124 cases of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis, up from 120, have been confirmed throughout New Zealand, possibly linked to bagged carrots and lettuce. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) said they are continuing to interview those who have become … Continue reading →
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11:38 PM | Taiwan tycoon resigns over food safety scandal
The head of a leading Taiwanese food company resigned on Thursday after his firm was implicated in a string of food safety scandals that resulted in hundreds of tonnes of products being pulled from shelves. Wei Yin-chun stepped down as … Continue reading →
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11:23 PM | Over half of food inspections in mainland China failed last quarter
Orders for food inspections in mainland China—almost half of which have failed—have increased at a fast rate in the wake of recent food scandals, a report by quality-control services provider AsiaInspection (AFI) has said.
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11:23 PM | Stereotype This
Originally posted on Gray Matters:On a crisp fall evening of November last year, a young woman was heading home after a night out with friends.  In the early hours of the morning, she reportedly sped down the street and hit a…
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10:14 PM | C. perfringens: UK Christmas Day diner died and dozens seriously ill after Xmas turkey lunch at pub ‘where staff paid lip service to safety procedures’
A Christmas Day diner died and dozens of others became seriously ill after eating their turkey lunch at a pub where staff paid ‘lip service’ to safety procedures, a court heard today. Mother-of-one Della Callagher, 46, died after paying £39.95 … Continue reading →
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9:51 PM | Second Group Completes Graduate Certificate in Psychology of Risk
Second Group Completes Graduate Certificate in Psychology of Risk This week the second student group completed the Graduate Certificate in the Psychology of Risk at ACU. The Graduate Certificate comprises four units: · An Introduction to the Social Psychology of Risk · Leadership and Risk · Understanding the Unconscious and Risk · The Social Psychology […] The post Second Group Completes Graduate Certificate in Psychology of Risk appeared first on Safety Risk […]
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9:09 PM | Traveling With Ebola Is Not Traveling With Influenza
With everyone away at IDWeek, I've had time to think about Ebola and things like airport screening programs. I'm not supportive of outright travel bans. As many have eloquently said, bans will do more economic harm than good and hinder efforts in West Africa. What I do have trouble with is equating Ebola with Influenza. Many of the discussions concerning travel restrictions and Ebola spread have centered around models and estimates derived from respiratory viruses epidemics like the 2009 […]
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8:48 PM | Salmonella found in Danish Montagnon Morbier cheese
Fødevarestyrelsen, the Danish food administration, has withdrawn Montagnon Morbier cheese from circulation following the detection of salmonella, Metroexpress reports. “If you eat this cheese, you risk being infected with salmonella,” warns Fødevarestyrelsen in the newspaper. Forbrugerrådet, the Danish Consumer Council, … Continue reading →
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8:39 PM | Growth of Listeria monocytogenes and Listeria innocua on fresh baby spinach leaves: Effect of storage temperature and natural microflora
Leafy greens such as spinach may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes during pre-harvest and postharvest handling. Recent recalls issued for Listeria-contaminated leafy greens are driving the need for technologies to minimize safety issues in fresh and fresh-cut produce. This study … Continue reading →
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8:10 PM | Sometimes.....
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7:25 PM | ‘More info better for consumers’ NC County restaurant inspection ratings to appear on Yelp pages
Restaurant inspections have long revealed the dirtier side of food locales, including the restaurants frequented by residents of Chapel Hill and Carrboro. In an effort to make inspection ratings more accessible, Orange County announced Sept. 16 that it would begin … Continue reading →
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6:52 PM | Hepatitis A outbreak investigated in Wales
According to BBC News, a cluster of hepatitis A cases in Cardiff, Wales may be linked. Or maybe not. I can’t tell.  The children attend three different schools but there is no evidence at the moment of further transmission within … Continue reading →
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6:21 PM | Skipchen – translated as garbage bin kitchen – takes dumpster diving sorta commercial
Dumpster diving, or freganism, has been around for a while but the current movement gained momentum through restauranteur (and Against Me! drummer) Warren Oakes’ magazine, Why Freegan? Although we’ve detailed the movement a few times, a twist on things UK Chef Dylan Rakhra … Continue reading →
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6:08 PM | Hepatitis E prevalent in French raw pork liver products
Hepatitis A is a commonly known pathogen in the food safety world – hepatitis E isn’t. There have  been a few papers detailing illnesses and outbreaks linked to the uncommon viral pathogen (mostly all out of Europe and Asia).The November … Continue reading →
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4:45 PM | Fear vs. apathy as Ebola expands beyond Africa
Should you be afraid? How afraid? While it’s tough to report well on any public health issue, it’s especially tough in the case of Ebola, where the essential messages seem to be contradictory: First, that Ebola is dangerous and devastating; … Continue reading »The post Fear vs. apathy as Ebola expands beyond Africa appeared first on Public Health.
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4:23 PM | Food Safety Talk 68: We Found It In Wild Pig Feces
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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4:14 PM | Minnesota Ground Round closed due to community norovirus outbreak (whatever that means)
As a child of the 80s in Southern Ontario I grew up like many others: living for cross-border shopping trips to Buffalo, Rochester or Syracuse and convincing my parents to buy my toys at Walmart and Hills (those were not … Continue reading →
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1:50 PM | From Einstein Medical Student to Einstein’s Associate Dean of Diversity
It was the fall of 1984 when I interviewed at Einstein to become a medical student. I can still remember the jitters I felt. I was the first person in my Puerto Rican family who was born in the U.S., the first to pursue a graduate degree, the first to attempt to become a physician. [...]
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12:49 PM | Long-acting contraceptives for teens
The American Academy of Pediatrics published a "Contraceptives for Adolescents" policy statement that advises pediatricians to consider long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) methods as first-line contraceptive choices for adolescents. Recent research shows that women, including teens, will choose LARCs when cost is not a barrier and when healthcare providers can help patients choose and access the contraceptives that best meet their needs.
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12:00 PM | The Personality of Being A Troll
An article recently published in Personality and Individual Differences described two online studies (total N = 1215) with respondents completing personality inventories and a survey of their Internet commenting styles. Overall, strong positive associations emerged among online commenting frequency, trolling...            Related StoriesSleeping Your Way to a Longer LifeCan Childhood Bullying Lead to Suicide?Can Media Use Cause ADHD
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7:39 AM | Canadian potatoes recalled after possible tampering
Potatoes grown and packaged on a farm in Prince Edward Island are being recalled and RCMP are investigating after a metal object was found inserted inside a potato. On Oct. 6, P.E.I. RCMP were informed a potato in Labrador City, … Continue reading →
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