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Coroner rules raw milk caused death of three-year-old boy

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Raw milk was the probable cause of death of a three-year-old boy in 2014, the Australian Coroner’s Court has ruled. An  inquiry by Coroner’s Solicitor Rebecca Cohen found that the previously healthy Victoria boy, began suffering from gastro symptoms on Sept. 30, 2014, and was admitted to Frankston Hospital four days later. He was transferred… Continue Reading

Made By Cow’s version of raw milk available Down Under

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Cold-pressed “raw milk” goes on sale this week in Australia. It uses high pressure processing instead of heat, which the Australian Food Standards Code recognizes as pasteurization. The new process is being called revolutionary in producing milk that is said to be creamy and wholesome. That means the startup company, Made By Cow, can legally… Continue Reading

New food code now in effect for Australia and New Zealand

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The new Food Standards Code for Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) became fully effective on March 1. Steve McCutcheon, chief executive officer of FSANZ,   said the new code more closely aligns with the food acts of Australian states and territories and New Zealand. There is no transition period between the old and new… Continue Reading

Australian Outbreak Caused by Cross-Contamination From Kitchen Utensils

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A handheld kitchen stick blender contaminated with Salmonella caused a mass food poisoning outbreak in Brisbane, Australia, this past spring. According to health investigators, the bacteria were found on several kitchen utensils and had “incubated” during the cooking process. At least 250 people who attended a convention for school principals held at the Brisbane Convention and… Continue Reading

Australia’s High Court Grants New Trial to Raw Milk Dairy Farmers

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Despite calling their cowshare program a “scam,” Australia’s Supreme Court has ordered a retrial of raw milk dairy farmers Mark and Helen Tyler over their sale of raw milk. The Tyler’s dairy is located in Willunga Hill, which is south of Adelaide. A Magistrates Court had found the couple guilty of one count each of… Continue Reading

Criminal Trial Delayed in Australian Outbreak Linked to Raw Egg Mayonnaise

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A criminal trial involving a Salmonella outbreak which sickened more than 160 people in Australia in May 2013 has been delayed until February 2016. The trial was delayed in order to acquire more expert evidence, sources told a Canberra newspaper. The outbreak was reportedly linked to raw egg mayonnaise served in potato salad at the Copa… Continue Reading

Australia’s Foodborne Illness Rates Falling Except for Salmonella

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Recent reports show that foodborne illness rates in Australia are falling except for Salmonella. According to an Aug. 12, 2015, story posted by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, there has been a 50-percent increase in Salmonella infections in Victoria since 2012, and Salmonella infections have doubled in Queensland so far this year. Salmonella bacteria can be found in… Continue Reading

Review of Safe Food Australia Standards Extended Through Sept. 18

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Food safety standards with obligations for Australian food businesses to produce food that is safe and suitable to eat are undergoing a couple of changes, according to Food Standards for Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ). FSANZ is reviewing the new version of Safe Food Australia because of changes involving shopping trolleys (carts) and companion dogs…. Continue Reading

Hepatitis A Cases in Australia Linked to Frozen Berries Increase to 14

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At least 14 people in Australia have been sickened in a Hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen berries. The illnesses have been linked to two brands of frozen berries: Nanna’s Frozen Mixed Berries and Creative Gourmet Mixed Berries, both distributed by Patties Foods in the state of Victoria. The following products are subject to recall:… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A Outbreak in Australia Prompts Recall of Frozen Berries

Contamination reportedly traced to supplier in China

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Two brands of frozen berries are subject to nationwide recalls in Australia now that at least five people have been sickened with Hepatitis A virus. The illnesses have been linked to two brands of frozen berries: Nanna’s Frozen Mixed Berries and Creative Gourmet Mixed Berries. Health officials have connected the products to at least three… Continue Reading