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January 17, 2015

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4:04 AM | Synthetic marijuana found in Rosca de Reyes bread that poisoned dozens
Gustavo Arellano of OC Weekly writes that a Santa Police Department investigation determined that the drug used in a rosca de reyes cake that poisoned at least 40 people across Orange County was synthetic pot. The police investigation matched the … Continue reading →
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3:03 AM | Washington health officials investigate tragic Listeria outbreak
According to KIROTV soft cheese has been linked to three cases of listeriosis, including a death. State health and agriculture officials are looking into an ongoing outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections linked to consumption of Latin-style soft cheese produced by Queseria Bendita, … Continue reading →
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2:22 AM | UK takeaway fined for almost £12,000 food hygiene offences
Food business operator Mr Yakup Kuyumcu of Mr Chips takeaway on Doncaster Road in Scunthorpe will have to pay a total of £11,965 in fines and costs for failing to maintain the necessary food hygiene standards at his premises. North … Continue reading →
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1:46 AM | Go Salmonella: Go Raw brand Organic Spicy Seed Mix recalled
Ecomax Nutrition is recalling Go Raw brand Organic Spicy Seed Mix from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product. This … Continue reading →
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1:37 AM | L.A. Times says smart knife is on its way
This week, Neil Young, the greatest rock and roller of all time, released his version of the iPod, the Pono, at CES. The L.A. Times, equally enthralled by electronics buzz, predicts the future in food tech. Stuff like a smart fridges that generate shopping lists for you … Continue reading →
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1:08 AM | Opryland linked to outbreak; health officials think it’s norovirus
On my first trip to Nashville in 1999, Dani’s aunt (who we were visiting) took us to the Opryland hotel. We walked around for about an hour, grabbed some ice cream and took in the vibe. The drive down Music Row was more … Continue reading →

January 16, 2015

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10:47 PM | Local New Jersey officials integrate worker safety into restaurant inspections; collect new insights on occupational risks
Food safety is at the top of the list for local restaurant inspectors in Rockaway Township, New Jersey. Recently, however, inspectors tested out the feasibility of adding a new safety checkpoint to the menu — the safety of restaurant employees. The effort was a success and one that organizers hope will ultimately lead to safer working conditions for food service workers statewide.
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10:19 PM | Not an “accident”: Richard Johnson, 31, suffers fatal work-related injury in Phoenix, AZ
This week’s snapshot of just one work-related fatality in the U.S. This one occurred on January 12, 2015 in Phoenix, AZ.
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8:58 PM | Poop emoji: Fecal fashion available through a junk mail near you
Emojis have become one of social media’s ways to entertain its users in its quest to draw people’s attention and there are tons of them. Faces with all sorts of expressions, different colored hearts, smiley devils, aliens, stars, hearts, musical … Continue reading →
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8:51 PM | It’s a good thing: Restaurant inspection disclosure in Philadelphia
According to an editorial in the Philadelphia Inquirer, much about restaurants is a matter of taste, but we can all agree on minimizing the involvement of rodents and bacteria. Fortunately, a cadre of city food-safety inspectors stands between Philadelphia’s diners … Continue reading →
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8:48 PM | Hundreds fail food safety inspections across South Yorkshire, UK
Almost 800 businesses across South Yorkshire have failed food safety inspections in the past two-and-a-half years. Figures from the Food Standards Agency show 764 firms across the region are currently listed as failing to meet the minimum three out of … Continue reading →
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4:25 PM | What is the Role of Nutrition in Healthy Aging?
People in the United States are living longer than ever before; one of the great public health triumphs!  However growing older also means a greater risk for many diseases, conditions and physical limitations.   Since we (unfortunately) can’t change our age, what can be done to maintain health into old age?  There is strong evidence that modifiable lifestyle factors such as body weight, nutrition and physical activity are linked to functional outcomes in old age. […]
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1:00 PM | The Evolution of Charlotte Bach
Announcements placed on the social page of the London Times can range from the strange to the mundane depending on the sort of message being sent out. Still, there were few announcements more off-beat that the one that ran on...            Related StoriesThe Nazi PatientThe Great New York Starvation ChallengeBelieving the Unprovable 
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1:00 PM | The Nazi Patient
Adolf Hitler never had much luck with his doctors (not that being a hypochondriac helped). And he certainly had his share of medical issues. Along with lingering problems from his World War I injuries (including posttraumatic stress), he also suffered...            Related StoriesThe Great New York Starvation ChallengeThe Evolution of Charlotte BachThe Phantom Cannibal (Part Two of Two) 
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8:57 AM | Fancy food ain’t safe food, Spain edition: Food poisoning sucks even for food safety experts
Elizabeth Meltz, Director of Environmental Health for Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group (B&BHG), writes on Mario Batali’s blog that even for a healthy person, food poisoning sucks. If you are remembering the last time you had it and thinking it … Continue reading →
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8:28 AM | Remember that Oregon strawberry outbreak? E. coli in deer feces
White-tailed deer are an important reservoir for pathogens that can contribute a large portion of microbial pollution in fragmented agricultural and forest landscapes. The scarcity of experimental data on survival of microorganisms in and release from deer feces makes prediction … Continue reading →
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8:18 AM | Escherichia coli O104:H4: Effect of rifampicin and gentamicin
Background: A novel pathotype, Shiga toxin–producing Escherichia coli O104:H4, was the cause of a severe outbreak that affected European countries, mainly Germany, in 2011. The effect of different regimens of rifampicin and gentamicin were evaluated to determine possible treatment modes … Continue reading →
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8:11 AM | Antimicrobial potential of cauliflower, broccoli, and okara byproducts against foodborne bacteria
The antimicrobial potential of cauliflower, broccoli, and okara byproducts was assessed against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium, Escherichia coli O157:H7, Bacillus cereus, and Listeria monocytogenes serovar 4b. Growth behavior was assessed under exposure to 5% vegetable byproducts … Continue reading →
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7:58 AM | Acid and plants (man) to reduce E. coli and Salmonella populations in ruminal microorganism fermentations
Foodborne pathogenic bacteria can live in the intestinal tract of food animals and can be transmitted to humans via food or indirectly through animal or fecal contact. Organic acid blend products have been used as non-antibiotic modifiers of the gastrointestinal … Continue reading →
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7:41 AM | Stay away from chicken blood tofu: Thai doctors
Thai social networks have been buzzing with warnings against eating steamed chicken with rice (khao man gai) served with chicken blood tofu, which is said to contain the bacterium Vibrio parahaemolyticus.  fAccording to Dr. Surasing Wisarutratana of Chiang Mai Provincial … Continue reading →
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7:19 AM | What is excessive regulation doing to us all? Competition Winner
What is excessive regulation doing to us all? by Dave Gettins Congratulations Dave Gettins – He’s coming to the Social Psychology of Risk Conference, on Dolphyn! A big well done to Dave Gettins for submitting the winning entry in Dolphyn’s competition to win a place at the inaugural Social Psychology of Risk Conference being at […] The post What is excessive regulation doing to us all? Competition Winner appeared first on Safety Risk.
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7:16 AM | Humans as source of Campylobacter in Scotland’s seals
In one of the first studies to establish the land-to-sea transmission of a human pathogen, scientists have detected high levels of a human bacterial strain in gray seals. The study also suggests these bacteria may make some seals sick. Terrestrial … Continue reading →
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6:00 AM | Orthognathic surgery: antibiotic prophylaxis reduced surgical site infection
This new Cochrane review identified 11 RCTs and suggests that for those undergoing orthognathic surgery, long term antibiotic prophylaxis decreased the risk of surgical site infection compared with short-term regimens. The post Orthognathic surgery: antibiotic prophylaxis reduced surgical site infection appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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1:36 AM | Balancing Tight and Loose Coupled Systems
Balancing Tight and Loose Coupled Systems My last two articles on art and helping, generated feedback and questions that are worthy of further explanation. Amongst the feedback was that I ‘systems bash’ when I write about risk and safety. Firstly, while I can understand how people may feel that I don’t value systems, however, the […] The post Balancing Tight and Loose Coupled Systems appeared first on Safety Risk.

January 15, 2015

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5:11 PM | Hidden Hunger, Micronutrient Inadequacies and Health Consequences in the U.S.
More than 1/3 U.S. adults are obese; 79 million people. Almost 1 out of 5 children and adolescents (17%) is overweight. In 2008, medical costs were $1,429 higher for obese versus normal weight individuals. Many presume that adiposity is the root cause of these additional health costs. Maybe not. Vitamins and minerals are essential for normal growth, development and function. Fat accumulation occurs 
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4:47 PM | LPNs supervised by an EMT: Poultry company’s answer to an employee health clinic
OSHA found what I'd call medical malpractice going on at a nursing station at a Wayne Farms poultry processing plant. The agency called them on it in a letter to firm's operations manager.
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4:06 PM | Why quarantine for measles is critical…and quarantine for Ebola was not
Measles has come to the happiest place on Earth. As of this writing, a total of 32 cases of measles have been linked to Disneyland visits that took place between December 17th and 20th. About 75% of the cases identified to date were not vaccinated, either because they chose to forgo vaccines or because they…
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1:10 PM | Teaching Students to Advocate for Patients and Communities in a Complex Health System
Over a century ago, American educator Abraham Flexner established what would become a traditional curriculum structure for U.S. medical schools: two years of basic science education in the classroom followed by two years of clinical experience. Although medical schools have been successful at producing physicians, Flexner could not have imagined the modern practice of medicine [...]
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1:00 PM | Weight Bias and the Belief in a Just World
A research study published in the journal Health Psychology explores the effects of belief in a just world on exercise and psychological well-being among individuals who have experienced weight bias. In Study 1, 804 participants in an online study reported...            Related StoriesCan Personality Help You Live Longer>The Pursuit of HappinessLoneliness, Chronic Illness, and Growing Older 
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8:03 AM | Scared by the apple recall? These 5 fruits and veggies are even bigger risks
I’m still somewhat bemused that anyone has no trouble contacting me – this time while goofing around in Hawaii – yet university admin types were baffled so much they fired me for bad attendance. Excellence in education. Amy Rushlow of … Continue reading →
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