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Timeline on Australian listeriosis outbreak has yet to expire

Government banking on best case scenario; says there shouldn't be any new cases after May 4

A woman who lived into her 90s in the Australian province of New South Wales (NSW) has become the sixth fatality in a rockmelon-caused listeriosis outbreak. With her death, the outbreak’s fatality rate is approaching 32 percent. Rockmelons, or what we call cantaloupes in North America, are again being sold in Australia. NSW Health officials… Continue Reading

Australia, S. Africa post high fatality rates in Listeria outbreaks

The Australian and South African listeriosis outbreaks have one thing in common — fatality rates as high as 26 to 28 percent. Health officials in Victoria, Australia, late last week announced the death of a man in his 80s as the fifth fatality in the country’s listeriosis outbreak. Two others who lost their lives from… Continue Reading

Another Listeria death recorded; Australian ‘discussion’ is weak

Opinion

Editor’s note: This opinion column was originally posted on barfblog.com on March 7, 2018. I’ve always believed in don’t complain, create. When I didn’t like the university newspaper I was editor of, I created my own — along with others. When I didn’t like my higher education, I created my own path to a PhD. I… Continue Reading

Australia seeks comments on maximum residue limit changes

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has called for comment submissions on a proposal to change maximum residue limits (MRLs) for some agricultural and veterinary chemicals for Australia only. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Mark Booth said some of the proposed changes would align limits in the Food Standards Code with overseas limits, while others have… Continue Reading

Briefly: Whoa, chicken — Summit discounts — Bakers fined

Every hour of every day people around the world are living with and working to resolve food safety issues. Here is a sampling of current headlines for your consumption, brought to you today with the support of Alchemy Systems. Food Safety Summit discount deadline Focusing on the importance of food safety through the entire supply… Continue Reading

OIG says USDA reviews of exporting countries are inadequate

Inconsistencies increase risk of adulterated or unsafe meat, poultry, egg products being imported

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines,” said early-American philosopher and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson. But in the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, consistency gets greater appreciation. In its recent evaluation of USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service equivalency… Continue Reading

More raw milk sold by vending machine at the farm gate in NZ

A family-owned raw milk dairy with a new name in New Zealand has installed an Italian made dispenser at its farm gate, hoping people passing by on the road will purchase the output of its 520-cow herd. The dairy farm is 112 years old, located at Turua on the Hauraki Plains, and owned by Neil… Continue Reading

Deadlines set for comments to FSANZ on changes Down Under

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), which has responsibility for food safety in Australia and New Zealand, has upcoming comment deadlines for several draft variations to its food code.   Three applications with comment deadlines in coming weeks are: A1131 – 1 (Protease) as a Processing Aid (Enzyme) Seeks a permit for the use of aqualysin 1 sourced from Bacillus subtilis… Continue Reading