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April 15, 2015

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4:34 AM | Thank you Subway sandwich artists: Hep A exposure in Arkansas
The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is warning of a possible Hepatitis A Virus (Hep A) exposure after a Subway employee in Morrilton tested positive for the virus. The Subway is located at 1812 AR-9 Bus, of off I-40 Exit … Continue reading →
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4:23 AM | Because when food safety is in question, ask a politician: UK raw milk producer back in business after ban
The North Devon farming family banned last year by the Food Standards Authority from selling their raw milk and cheese is back in action after a six-month ordeal. And their return to production has won warm feedback from hundreds of … Continue reading →
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4:11 AM | Fancy food ain’t safe food: Pennsylvania: Skytop Lodge edition
The main kitchen and bakery at the historic Skytop Lodge reopened Tuesday after being shut down by the state Friday for food safety violations. An inspection by the state Agriculture Department’s Bureau of Food Safety resulted in 17 violations, including … Continue reading →
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2:51 AM | From the rerun files: norovirus hits cruise ships
I’ve never been on a cruise. Sometimes we talk about taking one, hopping from island to island and relaxing on the open seas. And then comes another round of norovirus outbreaks. Lots of news coverage, throwbacks to the poop cruises and pictures of … Continue reading →

April 14, 2015

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10:46 PM | Finnish researchers find Yersinia grows surprisingly quick in raw milk
Yersinia pseudotuberculosis bacteria can multiply in raw milk at refrigeration temperature within a couple of days to a “illness-causing level,” the Finnish Food Safety Authority (Evira) claims.
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10:15 PM | Poorer health, shorter lives and lower incomes: ‘We don’t really appreciate the magnitude of the problem’
Low income and poor health tend to go hand in hand — that’s not a particularly surprising or new statement. However, according to family medicine doctor Steven Woolf, we have yet to truly grasp the extent to which income shapes a person’s health and opportunity to live a long life. And if we don’t confront the widening income inequality gap, he says things will only get worse.
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4:34 PM | Safety Engagement with Workspace, Headspace and Groupspace
Safety Engagement with Workspace, Headspace and Groupspace – Toward Total Safety Organisation So much of what we do in safety takes its focus on workspace. We call this the physical or ‘primary’ dimension of safety. This is easy to administer and regulate because what is required is visible and accountable through checklists matched to regulations. […] The post Safety Engagement with Workspace, Headspace and Groupspace appeared first on Safety Risk.
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4:33 PM | Parental Identity and an Autism Diagnosis
Some things don’t get easier with time and experience. Telling parents that their young child has autism is one of those things. Even after nearly 25 years as a developmental pediatrician specializing in the early diagnosis of autism, sharing that news with a family remains one of the toughest tasks I face. A variety of [...]
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3:17 PM | Does Your Brain have the Vitamin E it Needs?
Even though the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) identified vitamin E as a shortfall nutrient, very little attention has been devoted to vitamin E in recent years. The truth of the matter is that most randomized controlled trials with vitamin E were conducted in patients with chronic diseases, the generalizability of finding to healthy adults is uncertain, and the vitamin E status (serum α-tocopherol) of the volunteers is unknown. Antioxidants, like vitamin E, vitamin C […]
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2:58 PM | Review your own CV. Frequently.
Yesterday's review of the research publications of a person who had written about closing down his lab due to lack of funding in this "unfair" grant award environment touched a nerve on at least one Reader. I assume it was uncomfortable for many of you to read. It was uncomfortable for me to write. You […]
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2:43 PM | Salmonella in raw milk cheese in Denmark
Salmonella has been found in a batch of cheeses from the manufacturer Wernersson Cheese Denmark in Stellenbosch, the company said in a statement. These are labeled ‘Roquefort Papillon Noir’ with durability date of 5 jun 2015. The cheese is sold … Continue reading →
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2:35 PM | Probiotic to reduce E. coli in beef
The probiotic strain Lactobacillus acidophilus BT-1386, available exclusively from Lallemand Animal Nutrition, was added to the 2015 pre-harvest production best practice (PBP) document released by the Beef Industry Food Safety Council (BIFSCo). This lactic acid bacteria strain was noted on … Continue reading →
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2:26 PM | From the barf files: Gross stories
A Rockville dad says his family was forced to sit in vomit on their flight home from Orlando, Fl. Sunday, while reports surfaced that UK nuns “forced children as young as 5 to eat own vomit in exchange for holiday.” … Continue reading →
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1:57 PM | Milk tea kills two in Philippines
In a follow-up to the report of two deaths linked to contaminated chilled milk tea, the Philippines Department of Health said in a statement Monday that in coordination with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and toxicologists from the UP-Philippine General Hospital (PGH), … Continue reading →
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1:50 PM | Probably cilantro that sickened hundreds with cylospora in 2013; better detection needed
The 2013 multistate outbreaks contributed to the largest annual number of reported US cases of cyclosporiasis since 1997. In this paper we focus on investigations in Texas. We defined an outbreak-associated case as laboratory-confirmed cyclosporiasis in a person with illness … Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | Bogus Psychology Instructor Sentenced for Bizarre Fraud
A woman posing as a professor of psychology has been jailed for conning prospective students out of almost £8,000 in tuition fees. 52-year-old Jacqueline Crane of Cornwall, U.K. pleaded guilty to charges of fraud, benefit fraud and perverting the course...            Related Stories"Affectionless Psychopath" Back in Jail after Violating Probation"For Heavens Sake, Catch Me Before I Kill More" (Part 2 of 2)The Heroin Miracle (Part Two
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7:00 AM | Can competition improve management quality in the NHS?
Chris Sampson reports on a discussion paper produced by the Centre for Economic Performance, which looks at the impact of competition on management quality in hospitals. The post Can competition improve management quality in the NHS? appeared first on The Commissioning Elf.
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5:00 AM | Caries: review suggests a higher risk in HIV-infected children
This review included 5 case-controlled studies only 2 of which were at low risk of bias and suggested that HIV-infected children have a higher risk of cavitated caries in their primary teeth, OR = 2.98, 95% CI; 1.59-5.59. The post Caries: review suggests a higher risk in HIV-infected children appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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4:25 AM | Top-10 kingpin in borders of your hometown: Canada has world-class food safety system?
It’s been 10 years since I left Canada. And the longer I’m away, the cuter it becomes: I want to send the country a fruit basket. Stuart Smyth, a professor at the University of Saskatchewan’s bioresource policy, business and economics … Continue reading →
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4:05 AM | UK version: Viruses in the food chain
In 1994, in response to the outcomes of a joint Advisory Committee of Microbiological Safety of Food (ACMSF) and Steering Group on the Microbiological Safety of Food (SGMSF) meeting, a Working Group was set up to investigate the science and … Continue reading →
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4:00 AM | Insects as food: Potential hazards and research needs
The consumption of insects or eat bugs, is a common practice in some parts of the world (Africa, Asia, Latin America), where it may become part of the traditional food culture. To meet the challenge of feeding the world in … Continue reading →
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3:55 AM | German survey shows Salmonella falling but no drop in Campylobacter
A survey of foodborne pathogens in poultry meat in Germany and the incidence of illness has shown that the number of cases of Salmonella poisoning are falling but there is no decrease in the number of cases of poisoning from … Continue reading →
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12:45 AM | 2000 sickened: US egg executives punished for Salmonella outbreak, sentences send strong message to industry (no it doesn’t)
If you’re an egg producer and sicken over 2,000 people with Salmonella because of your shitty procedures, three months in jail and fines is not a victory. It’s shit. They’ll be out in a month (I’ve been in jail). According … Continue reading →

April 13, 2015

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10:59 PM | Foodborne Illness: Consumer Costs, Consequences, and Choices (via The Abstract)
I’m collaborating with Matt Shipman, public information officer at NC State University and curator of The Abstract, on a set of food safety-related posts from other NCSU folks as we roll toward WHO’s World Health Day on April 7– which is focused this year on … Continue reading →
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7:26 PM | Yeah for whistleblowers: Canadian meat processor expected to plead guilty in E. coli case
Pitt Meadows Meats is expected to plead guilty on Monday to at least one count of selling E. coli-tainted meat in 2010, CBC News has learned. One of British Columbia’s largest meat processing plants, which now calls itself Meadow Valley Meats, was … Continue reading →
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5:47 PM | Omega-3 Fatty Acid Headlines are Smelling Fishy
It makes me want to cry out with frustration when I read headlines that the there is something fishy about omega-3 supplements or that fish oil supplements do not prevent heart disease. Let me share a different perspective on the value of omega-3 supplements. The biggest myth is that encouraging supplement use will undermine healthy food choices and contributes to unhealthy dietary behaviors. This is incorrect. The record shows that people who use dietary supplements are more likely to have […]
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5:41 PM | On productivity and the "unfair" grant funding game
There is an article up on ASBMB Today by Andrew D. Hollenbach that laments the shut-down of his research program. In The reality that dare not speak its name we learn: It was the day after my lab manager left, forced to find a new job by a vicious funding environment that took a trusted […]
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3:43 PM | Worth reading: Better condoms, government handouts, and online violence
Recent pieces address condom innovation and approval, government handouts to the rich, online violence against women and girls, and more.
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2:14 PM | The "Paying it Forward" Principle
We are constituted so that simple acts of kindness, such as giving to charity or expressing gratitude, have a positive effect on our long-term moods. The key to the happy life, it seems, is the good life: a life with...            Related StoriesCan Healthy Living Reduce Cancer Risk? (Part Two of Two)Preventing Cancer With Healthy Living (Part One of Two)The Five Ws of Bullying 
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12:57 PM | Public Health in the News – April 12, 2015
Global “Science can and will transform Africa. But to get there, we must train critical numbers of excellent scientists in all corners of Africa.” A new alliance will help African researchers get grants and develop research capacity. Researchers and agencies … Continue reading →
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