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January 24, 2015

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6:31 PM | Fake fish from plants; sous vide safety concerns?
Alastair Bland, a freelance writer based in San Francisco who covers food, agriculture and the environment, writes for NPR that San Francisco chef James Corwell wants to “create a great sushi experience without the tuna.” To make this Tomato Sushi, … Continue reading →
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6:21 PM | Daddy, why is there airport security? More than 2300 turtles seized at Jakarta international airport
While traveling recently with daughter Sorenne, she asked why she had to go through security at the airports. I tried to explain, but probably failed. Maybe this turtle story will help. Authorities in Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta Airport have foiled a bid … Continue reading →
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5:08 AM | Hawaii restaurant cited for removing yellow placard
The Hawaii State Department of Health has issued a Notice of Violation and Order against 3 W Restaurant Group LLC d.b.a. Ichiben for $8,000 for intentionally removing the posted yellow “CONDITIONAL PASS” placard from its facility and for food safety … Continue reading →
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4:53 AM | Sprouts still suck; another outbreak sickens at least 115 with Salmonella
The prison warden told Paul Newman’s Cool Hand Luke in the 1967 film that “what we have here is a failure to communicate.” It’s based on an authoritarian model and is the oldest excuse out there; all kinds of problems … Continue reading →
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4:16 AM | Its All Good – The Trees Were Killed For OH&S Reasons
Its All Good – The Trees Were Killed For OH&S Reasons Radio Station B105 reported today that trees on a wealthy Brisbane Street have been dressed in shade cloth as part of a fight against vandals.  The trees were poisoned last April, allegedly by local residents, hoping to improve the value of their properties and […] The post Its All Good – The Trees Were Killed For OH&S Reasons appeared first on Safety Risk.
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2:38 AM | Safety Entitlement and Compulsory Safety Mis-Education
Safety Entitlement and Compulsory Safety Mis-Education Image Source As things continue to remain unchanged in the safety sphere safety people turn to the schooling system for the next bite at the cherry. Publication of injury statistics of young workers injured at work always seems to spark the crusade for teaching safety in schools yet again. […] The post Safety Entitlement and Compulsory Safety Mis-Education appeared first on Safety Risk.
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12:24 AM | First partially successful vaccine developed against prion disease in deer
Investigators at the New York University School of Medicine have developed a weakly successful vaccine against Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in white-tailed deer[1]. CWD is a prion disease which is common in cervids and can cause progressive, irreversible degeneration and … Continue reading →
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12:19 AM | Nothing about choosing wisely: USDA sings Katy Perry to promote food safety
As millions of Americans prepare to eat takeout on Super Bowl Sunday, the Agriculture Department is turning to the game’s half-time entertainment to help promote food safety. In a blog titled “Hot N Cold”: A Katy Perry Guide for Food … Continue reading →
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12:12 AM | Thanks Batz: Scientific opinion on the development of a risk ranking toolbox for the EFSA BIOHAZ Panel
EFSA Panel on Biological Hazards EFSA Journal 2015;13(1):3939 [131 pp.]. doi:10.2903/j.efsa.2015.3939 Eight tools relevant to risk ranking of biological hazards in food were identified and assessed using two case studies. Differences in their performance were observed, related to the risk … Continue reading →

January 23, 2015

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11:23 PM | An open letter to the Food Babe
Greetings Ms. Hari, We are writing to you as a group of students, scientists-in-training if you will.  Collectively, we study all different aspects of the science of food: food microbiology, food chemistry, functional foods, food processing and variety of other … Continue reading →
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11:15 PM | ‘Perverting the course of justice’ UK pub Christmas dinner death, chef and manager jailed
Della Callagher, 46, died after eating at the Railway Hotel in Hornchurch, east London in December 2012. Chef Mehmet Kaya and Ann-Marie McSweeney were found guilty of perverting the course of justice and jailed at Snaresbrook Crown Court for 12 … Continue reading →
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11:08 PM | Child poverty remains high, with nearly 32 million American kids living in low-income families
Rarely do poverty and optimal health go together. In fact, income is consistently tapped as a major factor underpinning a person’s opportunity to live a long and healthy life. Unfortunately, children don’t fare much better, with low-income children facing increased risks of poor health and development. So, just how many American children face this challenge today? Four out of every 10.
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10:58 PM | Listeria in pet food: J.J. Fuds, Inc. issues recall
J.J. Fuds in Valparaiso, Indiana, is recalling a select lot and product of J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks Pet Food because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled product was distributed regionally in Minnesota, Wisconsin, … Continue reading →
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10:12 PM | Food safety in Lebanon: Moral deterrent doesn’t exist among some traders
Public Health Minister, Wael Abu Faour, visited on Wednesday Justice Minister, Ashraf Rifi, at the Ministry of Justice in presence of General Prosecutor, Judge Samir Hammoud. Abu Faour said that the meeting majorly focused on the ongoing communications and efforts … Continue reading →
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9:47 PM | Screening for Vitamin D Status: What Do Experts Think?
Last month, we had posted an article about the release of the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation on screening for vitamin D deficiency, which effectively said that they were neither for or against screening, and that more evidence was needed before making a decision. However, we were of the opinion that given the widespread prevalence of low vitamin D intake and the increasing prevalence of vitamin D deficiency, screening was a good idea. What do the experts think?
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8:30 PM | ‘Total lack of knowledge’ In poor taste in Phoenix
Parenting and preparing food are about the only two activities that do not require some kind of certification in Western countries. To coach little girls playing ice hockey in Canada requires 16 hours of training. To coach kids on a … Continue reading →
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4:23 PM | Marj’s in Alma, Ontario source of hepatitis A exposure
When I was a grad student I played in a few co-ed slopitch baseball tournaments close to Guelph, Ontario (that’s in Canada). These tournaments consisted of a lot of beer drinking and my team (which completed in the Guelph restaurant league) … Continue reading →
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4:09 PM | Open Thread
Whatcha got today, folks?
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1:00 PM | Down on the Heebie-Jeebie Farm
It was probably just as well that there were no animal rights activists picketing Dr. Howard Liddell's psychophysiology laboratory during his long career at Cornell University. As it was, outside visitors might well have been appalled at what the man...            Related StoriesThe Reporter in the Madhouse (Part Two of Three)The Evolution of Charlotte BachAbraham Lincoln and The Embalmer 
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9:48 AM | Philippines farm workers downed by suspected food poisoning
Two more farm workers were hospitalized due to suspected food poisoning after complaining of stomach pain and nausea, health authorities said. The two, according to Dr Manuel Rabara, chief of Dr. Amado Diaz Hospital, said the two were among the … Continue reading →
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6:41 AM | Would you play hockey in Brisbane? Steal sticks?
With daytime highs of 100F and nighttime lows of 79F, what better time to head back to the rink next week in Brisbane. For years, Amy and I have talked about building our own rink, with a restaurant where we … Continue reading →
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6:00 AM | Dentine hypersensitivity following periodontal treatment reduced by use of desensitising paste
In this small trial the use of either an 8% arginine desensitising paste or prophy paste reduced dentine hypersensitivity after scaling but the arginine base paste was significantly better than the standard prophy paste. The post Dentine hypersensitivity following periodontal treatment reduced by use of desensitising paste appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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5:36 AM | A prisoner at Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre last month claimed to have purposely bled and urinated in the communal food
Brisbane just gets weirder. The Courier-Mail has obtained information detailing the female prisoner’s claims at Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre last month, which prompted an investigation by prison and health officials. Staff within the centre have raised concerns over bouts of … Continue reading →
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5:30 AM | Norway finds ‘probable’ case of mad cow disease
A second positive test for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) on a 15-year-old cow reinforced suspicions that it had mad cow disease, the Norwegian Veterinary Institute said. “We have a likely and strong suspicion of a possible variant of BSE,” Bjørn … Continue reading →
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5:12 AM | Public health ispectors are there for a reason: Law frowns on California students’ front-yard, food-sharing fridge
An experiment by University of California, Davis students to share food with the community proved to be a successful, yet illegal, venture. Yolo County health officials say Ernst Bertone and his roommates broke the law by putting a refrigerator on … Continue reading →
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4:52 AM | It was in her wedding vows: Would you play hockey in Brisbane? Steal sticks?
With daytime highs of 100F and nighttime lows of 79F, what better time to head back to the rink next week in Brisbane. For years, Amy and I have talked about building our own rink, with a restaurant where we … Continue reading →
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3:17 AM | Jesus: the missing years, and baby poop is the worst; the ideal poop is a ‘continuous log’
I did an interview with Mother Jones magazine yesterday about relatively safe beef cuts. I got to use my line, Don’t eat poop, and if you do, make sure it’s cooked. Robynne Chutkan, a gastroenterologist at Georgetown Hospital and the … Continue reading →
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1:33 AM | Gastrointestinal outbreak confirmed at Canadian psycho ward
The London Health Sciences Centre (that’s in Canada) is in the midst of a gastrointestinal outbreak. AM980 has confirmed an Alert Level Two outbreak has been called for gastrointestinal illness. The outbreak is confined to the 7th floor of the … Continue reading →
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1:21 AM | Let It Go on Glee made Lea Michele vomit
I still haven’t watched Frozen, but the household has seen it thousands. Lea Michele was magical performing the Frozen classicLet It Go on Glee. But for her, the experience was less than enchanting! She revealed to Jimmy Kimmel that her … Continue reading →
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12:59 AM | Bill Gates and Jimmy Fallon face off in a poop water taste test on ‘The Tonight Show’
On a recent episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, host Jimmy Fallon was challenged to a poop water taste test by philanthropist Bill Gates. In a scene reminiscent of The Princess Bride, Gates presented Fallon with two glasses of water, one containing … Continue reading →
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