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January 14, 2015

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6:56 PM | Nova Scotia health inspectors apologize to breastfeeding farmers’ market vendor
From the no-risk-assessment-in-sight files, the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture has apologized to Tanessa Holt, owner of Food Noise, after citing her for food safety violations for breastfeeding while selling food. According to media reports and her Facebook page Holt’s risk management strategy … Continue reading →
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5:32 PM | Cross-contamination at Jade Dragon Wok-Out leads to poor inspection
A couple of years I saw cross-contamination in the wild while sitting at a bar that faced an open kitchen. The was grilling and used the same tongs for raw and cooked (but not temped) burgers. And placed the cooked burgers … Continue reading →
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5:23 PM | NIGMS will now consider PIs' "substantial unrestricted research support"
According to the policy on this webpage, the NIGMS will now restrict award of its grants when the applicant PI has substantial other research support. It is effective as of new grants submitted on or after 2 Jan, 2015. The clear statement of purpose: Investigators with substantial, long-term, unrestricted research support may generally hold no […]
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4:55 PM | Chapeau
Occasionally you notice one of your colleagues pulling off something you hope for within your own group. When your manuscript gets rejected from one journal you would typically submit it to an approximately equal* journal next, hoping to get a more favorable mix of AE and reviewers. If you've worked up more data that could […]
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4:36 PM | Norovirus outbreak, including a death, linked to Kansas Meals on Wheels; handwashing issues cited
When I was a kid I used to visit my grandparents in Campbellford,Ontario (that’s in Canada) a bunch. My grandparents lived most of their lives in Toronto (that’s also in Canada) but had retired to this town about 2hrs outside of the … Continue reading →
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4:30 PM | Have You Heard the News on Vitamin D and Cancer?
The media is filled with stories linking vitamin D status with survival rates among patients with advanced colorectal cancer. Since I cannot seem to find an interesting nutrition study published in the past 48 hours, let’s discuss the news. Yesterday, Medscape Medical News’ Roxanne Nelson published a synopsis of a prospective vitamin D study in 1,000 patients. The study hasn’t been published but the results were reported by researchers  at the 2015 American Society of […]
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3:53 PM | If I Let Myself
If I let it take up normal space, become a natural part of my background, then surely the crushing grief I feel when I allow myself to really look at it and all the things, good (mobility safely) and difficult (disability made visible with all that entails, the losses, the challenges, the inability to hide my challenges) are allowed through my barriers, then surely, acceptance and even appreciation will follow. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow.It's like Frost's poem about the death of a […]
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11:33 AM | The invisible patients
In my last post I looked at what good headache services can look like and many of the points are relevant to other neurological and long-term conditions. But the bigger question is, if we have models of good practice that we know save money, why aren’t they being replicated everywhere? Funding is a major issue. […]
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6:01 AM | Root caries: little evidence available on which to base restorative treatment recommendations
This systematic review only identified 5 small studies focussed on a limited sub group of the populations at risk of root caries. The available evidence is limited and cannot be used to provide recommendations on restorative treatment for root caries. The post Root caries: little evidence available on which to base restorative treatment recommendations appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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4:47 AM | CEO draws link between food safety, worker treatment
There’s a strong link between food safety and how a company’s employees are treated, according to the CEO of a major baked goods company. Workers who play a critical role in handling food products often aren’t paid much or given … Continue reading →
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4:36 AM | India midday meal horror: 23 kids get food poisoning, admitted to Sion hospital
In yet another case of food poisoning due to midday meals, 23 schoolchildren, all 13-year-olds were admitted to Sion hospital on Tuesday. The incident occurred at 3.40pm in Dayanand Balak Vidyalaya, Matunga East. The children were admitted for observation after … Continue reading →
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1:50 AM | Think Different, Act Differently in Risk
Think Different, Act Differently in Risk The ‘think different’ campaign for Macintosh (Think_different) was a highly successful campaign to differentiate one computer platform against another. The campaign was launched by this successful video. The campaign marked the return of Steve Jobs to Apple after the debacle of sending him to the wilderness to start NeXT […] The post Think Different, Act Differently in Risk appeared first on Safety Risk.

January 13, 2015

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11:19 PM | ‘I don’t walk around with baby puke on me’: Breastfeeding mom forced to quit selling at Halifax market
Tanessa Holt opened her first business in the fall, selling dry foods at local farmers’ markets. She said she has been forced to stop selling containers of soup mix, homemade protein bars and energy balls, and prepackaged oatmeal and granola. … Continue reading →
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10:33 PM | Too risky: Petco stops selling pet treats from China
Petco says it has cleared its store shelves of all dog and cat treats made in China, in response to consumers’ concerns about contamination. The announcement includes more than 1,300 stores nationwide, including 42 in Ohio, as well as Unleashed by … Continue reading →
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10:07 PM | Raw milk risks: a science perspective from Europe
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) concludes that raw milk can carry harmful bacteria that can cause serious illness. Implementing current good hygiene practices at farms is essential to reduce raw milk contamination, while maintaining the cold chain is also … Continue reading →
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9:43 PM | Occupational Health News Roundup
Staten Island worker death highlights risks facing Latino construction workers; fight continues to ban asbestos; Minnesota minimum wage increase in jeopardy for tipped workers; and researchers look for ways to protect respiratory health among dairy farm workers.
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8:46 PM | "Well, I don't know if I believe anyone is 100% a dick..."
I rescued a comment from the spam filter which addressed an older post on Scott Kern. As a reminder he's the researcher that published a long commentary wondering why kids these days weren't devoting insane hours in the lab anymore. He intimated that if you weren't spending your every working minute trying to cure childhood […]
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7:56 PM | STECs in Sweden on beef and leafy vegetables
This study investigated the occurrence of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) in beef and leafy greens available on the Swedish market. New data are required for assessing the public health risk of STEC in food, which could be used for … Continue reading →
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7:35 PM | Nanopore sensor for botulinum toxin detection
By Dr. Yong Wang, Nanopore Single Molecule Sensing Group, Biological Engineering and Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center, University of Missouri-Columbia, writes in Nanowerk: Botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs) are the most poisonous substances known to humans, with a median lethal dose (LD50) of … Continue reading →
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7:32 PM | Surprise inspections: Pakistan officials fine food outlets, seal hotel
The Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), Administration in its ongoing drive against adulterated food items, conducted surprise inspection of food outlets in different markets and imposed fines amounting to Rs110,000 on owners for unhygienic conditions at their premises. According to details, … Continue reading →
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3:51 PM | Let’s Stop Judging Food Choices and Start Measuring Status to Find Nutritious Solutions
Fortification of foods is an important source of nutrients for many. There are two approaches to food fortification: 1) mandatory fortification of staples such as folic acid addition to flour, vitamin D addition to milk, and iodization of salt, and 2) voluntary fortification, e.g. ready-to-eat cereals, bars, and beverages. Dachner and associates examined changes in voluntary fortification of beverages in Canada during two periods of differing federal regulations. 
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1:00 PM | Malaysian "Exorcist" Jailed for Molesting Girl
A Malaysian man has been sentenced to one year in jail for inapproprately touching a 17-year-old Singapore girl on whom he was allegedly conducting an exorcism. 52-year-old Mohamed Said Mohamed Sani, who describes himself as a technical officer who treats...            Related StoriesBelieving the UnprovableAccused Witch Burned at the Stake in Paraguay"Sexual Sadist" Given Two-Year Sentence for Bizarre Cat Killing 
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11:06 AM | China arrests over 110 people for selling contaminated pork
China has arrested more than 110 people, suspected of selling pork from pigs that died from disease, and confiscated more than 1,000 tonnes of contaminated pork in its latest crackdown on food safety violations. The Ministry of Public Security said … Continue reading →
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11:03 AM | False sense of security? Study finds NYC food vendors don’t change gloves enough
The majority of New York City mobile food vendors don’t change their gloves after exchanging money and before serving the next customer, as required by law, found a new study. Researchers from William Paterson University in New Jersey studied 10 … Continue reading →
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10:59 AM | Market food safety at retail: Consumer group says UK supermarkets ‘must act on food bug’
Supermarkets should make a joint stand and show consumers they are serious about Campylobacter by taking a “more visible and co-ordinated industry wide approach” against the problem. Which? has written to the UK’s seven major supermarkets to demand they take … Continue reading →
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10:55 AM | ‘Disgusting’ Quinn’s of Dublin fined for breaking food safety laws
Landmark Dublin pub Quinn’s in Drumcondra has been fined €1,750 after health inspectors found a dead rat, raw sewage and soiled toilet paper in their main stockrooms. The pub – one of the most popular spots for GAA fans because … Continue reading →
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10:51 AM | 69 dead in Mozambique after drinking deadly beer
At least 69 people including a toddler in the north-west of Mozambique have died from apparent poisoning after consuming traditional beer known as “phombe”, local authorities said on Sunday. Carla Mosse, director of health for the province of Tete, told … Continue reading →
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10:47 AM | India: Adulterated sugar samples seized
Tilkut and other sweet products are high in demand before Makar Sankranti. However, one must be careful while buying these products as they may be adulterated. This came to light during raids conducted by the food safety wing of the … Continue reading →
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10:29 AM | UK: Toilet waste from older trains risks workers health, union claims
Rail workers’ health is being risked by sewage flushed from older coaches a union has said, with one-in-10 coaches in the UK still released toilet waste on to the tracks Ken Usher, from the Rail Maritime and Transport Union (RMT), … Continue reading →
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8:00 AM | Lessons on long term planning from challenged health economies
Alison Turner summarises a recent long term planning report from Monitor, TDA and NHS England, which shares lessons from 11 health economies involved in the Intensive Planning Support Programme. The post Lessons on long term planning from challenged health economies appeared first on The Commissioning Elf.
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