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October 09, 2014

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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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7:21 AM | 160 sickened: Australian restaurant to face criminal charges for using raw egg mayo
Over a year after 160 people were sickened from Salmonella linked to raw egg mayonnaise, owners of the former Copa Brazilian restaurant have been charged with criminal offences over the largest salmonella outbreak in Canberra’s history. Many diners who ate … Continue reading →
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5:00 AM | Behçet’s disease: review found insufficient evidence to support or refute interventions for oral ulceration
This review focuses on the treatment of oral ulceration in Behçet's disease, 15 trials examining 13 different interventions were found. There was insufficient evidence to support or refute the use of any included intervention with regard to pain, episode duration, or episode frequency associated with oral ulcers, or safety of the interventions. The post Behçet’s disease: review found insufficient evidence to support or refute interventions for oral ulceration appeared first […]
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3:29 AM | Doing the right thing: Fancy Glasgow club apologizes for Salmonella outbreak
Eleven diners at the Glasgow club’s exclusive hospitality facilities during the Scottish Premiership clash between Celtic and Motherwell on Sunday, September 21 were stricken with Salmonella. A Celtic spokesman said: “We extend our sympathy to the small number of people … Continue reading →
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2:57 AM | ‘Poor hygiene is totally inexcusable especially when selling food’ UK ‘Cockroach takeaway’ closed
Four eateries closed in Ealing after being issued with emergency prohibition notices, closing them immediately, until officers were satisfied extensive pest control cleaning had taken place. A West Ealing takeaway was closed and ordered to pay costs of more than … Continue reading →
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2:44 AM | #Hackebola The limits of laboratories
When it comes to keeping track of Ebola, there are three categories of cases: confirmed, probable, and suspected. A case is confirmed when a biological sample tests positive for the virus. Probable cases have either been seen by a clinician, or have had close contact with a confirmed Ebola patient. Suspected cases have the signs and symptoms of Ebola, but have not been evaluated by a clinician nor had a sample tested.Keeping accurate records of case counts is important to outbreak control. We […]
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2:37 AM | Irish pub closed after All Ireland hurling final due to ‘grave and immediate danger to public health’
Quinn’s Pub in Drumcondra was closed by the Health Service Executive for two days after the first All Ireland hurling final. The pub’s closure was one of 12 that was ordered by the Food Safety Authority Ireland in September under … Continue reading →
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1:45 AM | Fish fraud and safety in EU
Deficiencies in food safety controls governing the production and sale of Irish fishery products have been highlighted in an audit by the European Commission’s Food and Veterinary Office. The audit, in May, included inspections of two fishing vessels, five landing … Continue reading →
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1:35 AM | Codeine Never Works for Me
Originally published 10/29/2012 The FDA recently released a Drug Safety Announcement about the use of codeine in young children after tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy surgery for obstructive sleep apnea.  I was somewhat surprised to see a safety announcement on a medication that has been in use for decades, but the release underscores our improved knowledge of drug metabolism, and […]
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1:26 AM | Suboxone and Tooth Decay
Originally posted 10/21/2012 I have received a several emails over the past few years from people who experienced deteriorating dental health while taking buprenorphine or Suboxone.  I also have patients in my practice who have had extensive dental work, and wonder if Suboxone is to blame for their cavities or other problems. I wrote about […]
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12:54 AM | Food fraud: Main suspect in Taiwan tainted oil scandal released on bail
Chang Guann Co chairman Yeh Wen-hsiang (葉文祥), one of the main suspects in the tainted oil scandal, was released yesterday on bail of NT$9.5 million (US$311,444). Yen, who was detained on Sept. 12 after a court hearing, was ordered to … Continue reading →
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12:21 AM | ‘Food businesses must recognize legal onus is on them to ensure safe food; 14 enforcement orders served on food businesses in Sept. in Oct.
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) today reported that twelve Closure Orders and two Prohibition Orders were served on food businesses during the month of September for breaches of food safety legislation, pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998 and … Continue reading →

October 08, 2014

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10:28 PM | Ebola update: Dallas and Airport Screening
It's been another eventful day. We've learned the unfortunate news that Eric Duncan, the index patient with Ebola in Dallas, has passed away. There have been concerns about further transmission to three other Spanish healthcare workers and that the initial nurse may have contracted the virus through breaking PPE removal protocol. There is even news that a second person in Dallas might have acquired Ebola through contact with Mr. Duncan or his surroundings. President Obama announced […]
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8:42 PM | Winter Ambition: A Reading List for Ballsy Women (and Men)
I’m happy to announce that this will be the first post on my site as a member of the Bullish Blog Network. If you want to know more about Get Bullish (and you know you do!) click on the Bullicorn below. As you can guess from the title, this is a winter reading list for the […]
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5:29 PM | Byssinosis, an infamous booklet, and Reagan-era OSHA
In his first week on the job, President Reagan's appointee to head OSHA ordered a booklet about the hazards of cotton dust destroyed. He considered the image and words of textile workers afflicted by "brown lung" disease "biased."
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5:24 PM | McKnight doubles down on "riff raff" on NIH grant review panels
We recently discussed a President's column at ASBMB Today by Steven McKnight in which he claimed that NIH grant review panels are contaminated with "riff-raff" who are incompetent to properly review proposals. A Nature News piece published today notes that McKnight 'was “saddened” by suggestions that he has any gripe with young researchers or with […]
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2:53 PM | Another Study Reports Inadequate Vitamin E Intake
Zhao and colleagues assessed dietary adequacy and plasma vitamin E (α-tocopherol and ϒ-tocopherol) concentrations in the plasma of Irish adults. Food sources were not sufficient. Two-thirds of women were not consuming recommended amounts of vitamin E. Supplementation was important, contributing 29% of their vitamin E. People who didn’t supplement with vitamin E had much lower plasma α-tocopherol concentrations. 
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1:01 PM | Query on postdoctoral training
Is a lab that has 12 or more concurrent postdocs really "training" them? Is this in and of itself evidence that this is the scientific workforce? If, say, three-quarters of them ended up in faculty appointments would this change the equation?
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12:15 PM | Taiwan’s next health minister urged to make even street food safe
Whoever becomes Taiwan’s next health minister should devote himself or herself to promoting food safety in the country so that even the snacks sold at streetside stands are safe, said former health chief Yang Chih-liang after his successor Chiu Wen-ta … Continue reading →
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9:21 AM | Letter: Bacteria in dairy products in baggage of incoming travelers, Brazil
To the Editor: International air travel can lead to the rapid global dissemination of infectious agents. Unlike products and byproducts of animal origin imported between countries under agreements that legally establish sanitary standards, products introduced into a country illegally or … Continue reading →
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9:10 AM | Hockey, thermometers and disbelief
News has been a little slow because we spent the long weekend with 120 (ice) hockey players in Coff’s Harbour, a primarily fishing town about five hours south of Brisbane, and home to the big banana. And a decent-sized rink, … Continue reading →
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6:46 AM | Where’s the micro? Whole Foods to introduce produce ratings program
It’s just too easy to make fun of the adjective-embracing data devoid Whole Foods Market, Inc. The company is going to introduce a produce ratings program on Oct. 15, said John Mackey, co-chief executive officer of the Austin, Texas-based retailer. … Continue reading →
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6:13 AM | ‘Never happened in 27 years’ Shigella strikes again: Four sickened at second California restaurant
Zov’s restaurant in Irvine was forced to shut down briefly Wednesday in the wake of a foodborne illness probe tied to four sick customers, health department officials said Thursday. The sickened guests ate at Zov’s on Portola on three different … Continue reading →
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6:02 AM | California’s Knott’s Berry Farm restaurant reopens after treatment for cockroaches
California institution, Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant, reopened Thursday night after its permit was restored following treatment for a cockroach infestation, theme park officials said. Jason Soyster, a spokesman for Knott’s Berry Farm, referred to the infestation as an “isolated … Continue reading →
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12:52 AM | 130 people sickened from Salmonella in beef in Denmark; no one told for 40 days
Danish supermarket chain Dansk Supermarked has suspended all trade with domestic supplier Skare Meat Packers (SMP) following the discovery that salmonella-infected ground beef was delivered by SMP to the retailer’s Netto discount grocery stores in June. Last month, it was … Continue reading →

October 07, 2014

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11:07 PM | More on 10 Sure Fire Ways To Stuff Up a Safety Management System
10 Sure Fire Ways To Stuff Up a Safety Management System- Expanded version Article by the late George Robotham GET GEORGE’S FREE SAFETY MANAGEMENT E-BOOK HERE When the original paper was published there was a reader request to expand on the brief points made. This paper is my response to that request. The paper What […] The post More on 10 Sure Fire Ways To Stuff Up a Safety Management System appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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10:39 PM | Infectious Disease: JAMA Theme Issue
This week's JAMA is a special ID Theme Issue with a publication coinciding with IDWeek 2014. For the infection prevention inclined there is a Viewpoint by Dan Morgan (along with Dan Diekema and Keith Kaye) that asks us to consider contact precautions as secondary/adjunctive measures for MRSA and VRE but suggests that their use is prudent for MDR-GNR. I guess the BUGG study has me convinced that contact isolation works for MRSA, so I'll have to disagree with my esteemed colleagues. There are two […]
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9:33 PM | Antibiotic Use is Common in Hospitalized Patients
Even with Ebola and Enterovirus D68 on their plate, CDC still finds the time to do one of their day jobs - antimicrobial stewardship. In today's JAMA Infectious Diseases issue, Shelley Magill and her CDC EIP colleagues published (open access) a point-prevelance survey of antimicrobial use in acute care hospitals. The one-day survey included 11,282 randomly-selected patients from 183 hospitals in the 10 EIP states. In addition to recording which antibiotics the patient received, they also […]
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8:04 PM | Occupational Health News Roundup
Latino workers face higher fatality rates on the job; health care workers in Spain blame inadequate protective gear for Ebola infection; California law aims to prevent violence in health care settings; and the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the 10 deadliest occupations.
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6:24 PM | Thought of the day: Scientific genius
One does not demonstrate "genius" by being the first over the line to answer a question that a whole bunch of other people know is the question and are likewise pursuing. Particularly when the thing that lets you "win" is access to some particular datum that someone else just doesn't happen to have right now. […]
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