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American Thanksgiving in Hong Kong was served with Salmonella

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At least 33 customers of an American restaurant were sickened from the turkey served as part of a Thanksgiving dinner. The restaurant, Dan Ryan’s, is cooperating with the investigation into the illnesses by Hong Kong’s Food and Environmental Hygiene Department. Ryan’s has also said it will cover medical costs and provide unspecified support to those… Continue Reading

UK takes one year snap shot of E. coli resistant bacteria sources

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A year-long evaluation of meat, fruit and vegetables from retail stores in five regions of the United Kingdom as sources of extended spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL)-producing and carbapenem-resiislant Escherichia coli is being published in the January 2017 issue of the International Journal of Food Microbiology. It’s behind a $35.95 paywall, but shows that about 2 percent… Continue Reading

Frozen turkey pet food distributed in Norway and UK recalled

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Pet owners in Norway and the United Kingdom are being warned about salmonella in the recall of Natures Menu product Country Hunter 80% Farm Reared Turkey with Wholesome Fruit and Veg (frozen pet food). Nature’s Menu says the recalls involves the 1 Kg. package size with a batch code of 13122017 and a “use by”… Continue Reading

Travelers to Cuba might first listen up about the food safety risks

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Fidel Castro’s death came by coincidence just ahead of several more American airlines this week beginning regular airline service to Cuba. On the runway for take-off to Cuba this week are United and Delta Airlines. Jetblue Airways, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and Silver Airways began flying to Cuba earlier this year, Frontier Airlines and Sprit… Continue Reading

Local food safety staffing in UK down by 6 percent

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The Food Standards Agency in the United Kingdom this week published official statistics on food law enforcement by local authorities across the UK for 2015-16. Information provided by local authorities and compiled by the FSA, gives a detailed breakdown of enforcement activity across the country. The figures show an increase in some local authority enforcement… Continue Reading

UK study: Juices from bagged salad can encourage Salmonella

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A recent study by researchers at the University of Leicester found that traces of salad green juices released when the leaves become damaged can significantly encourage the growth of Salmonella enterica. The researchers reported that they concentrated on Salmonella because it is “an aggressive pathogen that has been implicated in salad-associated infections.” Their work was posted online… Continue Reading

Hairy crabs taking dioxin and dioxin-like PCBs into Hong Kong

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Among six hairy crab samples — three collected at the import level and three from retail sales — Hong Kong’s Center for Food Safety recently found one with levels of dioxin and dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs that exceeded the maximum allowed by law. The finding promoted further review and caused Hong Kong to suspend import… Continue Reading

Food Standards Scotland continues ban on Errington Cheeses

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There have been more chapters written in the saga of a Scottish cheesemaker fighting for the survival of its premier brands after they were linked to 22 E. coli illnesses and the death of a 3-year-old girl from Dunbartonshire. In official action, Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has revised the Food Alert for Action (FAFA), originally… Continue Reading

Alberta health officials shut down rogue food-sharing operation

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Alberta Health Services has issued a cease and desist order to a food-sharing company in Edmonton that was flouting Canadian food safety regulations by matching home cooks with customers through an online system. The co-founder of Scarf said that letting customers check in online with 30 vetted home cooks, order, and pre-pay for a meal… Continue Reading

Final report published on boy’s death from drinking raw milk

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Were it not for his drinking raw milk, a 3-year-old Australian boy who died in 2014 would very likely still be alive to this day. That much has been known since the inquiry by Coroner’s Solicitor Rebecca Cohen. With the publishing of findings by Coroner Audrey Jamieson, those findings became final and official on Nov…. Continue Reading