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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

Aussie Health Officials Want Consistent Approach to Raw Milk Ban

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Doug Powell, the former Kansas State University professor who reports from Down Under on his popular Barfblog, says that while raw milk is legally sold in Australia as “bath milk” in stores alongside pasteurized milk, those days may be drawing to an end. Michael Baird, premier of New South Wales and leader of the New… Continue Reading

Australian State Restricts Raw ‘Bath’ Milk After Boy’s Death

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Following the death of a 3-year-old boy and hospitalizations of other children last month, the Australian state of Victoria has significantly restricted the sale of raw milk labeled as “bath” milk, which is said to be labeled as such to circumvent Australia’s ban on sales of raw milk for human consumption. Beginning Jan. 1, all… Continue Reading

Australian Boy, 3, Dies in E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Raw Milk

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A 3-year-old boy has died and four other children have fallen ill in an E. coli and Cryptosporidium outbreak linked to raw milk sold by a company based in Victoria, Australia. The milk, Mountain View Organic Bath Milk, was labeled as being “for cosmetic use only” and “not for human consumption,” as well as “organic,… Continue Reading

USDA Petitioned to Block Imported Meat From Privatized Inspection Systems

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Food and Water Watch has petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture to revoke equivalency status for four meat inspection programs in Canada, Australia and New Zealand because they have replaced government meat inspectors with company employees. The Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) “has based its equivalency determinations for these inspection systems for meat imports on… Continue Reading

Australian Salmonella Cases Nearly Doubled Over Past 10 Years

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The increasing incidence of Salmonella infections in Australia has prompted health officials Down Under to warn the public about the risks of consuming raw or undercooked eggs. According to a story published Tuesday at Good Food.com.au, Salmonella cases in Australia have almost doubled in the past 10 years from about 7,000 cases in 2003 to… Continue Reading

Imports and Exports: The Global Beef Trade

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Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture updated the nation’s stance on beef imports with regard to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), the fatal affliction in cattle commonly known as “Mad Cow Disease.” The U.S. is moving to adopt international standards set forth by the World Organization for Animal Health, which bases trade policies on… Continue Reading

Food & Water Watch Questions USDA Assessment of Australian Meat-Inspection System

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Consumer rights group Food & Water Watch has expressed concern in a new letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack over the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2011 decision to reaffirm equivalency status to the meat-inspection systems in Australia. The concern stems from the fact that the Australian Export Meat Inspection System (AEMIS) has removed government meat… Continue Reading

E. coli Outbreak Linked to Australian Petting Zoo Sickens 12

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At least 12 people – primarily children – have likely fallen ill after visiting a petting zoo at a fair in Brisbane, Australia. Four people, including three girls between the ages of six and 13, have tested positive for Shiga toxin-producing E. coli in connection with the Ekka, an annual fair-like agricultural show in Queensland…. Continue Reading