Approaches to food safety inspections are similar between five countries but personal preferences could be responsible for some of the differences, according to a study.

Research identified how environmental health practitioners (EHPs) from Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Ireland perform food safety inspections. Data was

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The Food Safety Information Council has warned people in Australia against picking and eating wild mushrooms.

The charity raised several issues around picking mushrooms for consumption after recent wet weather in the country.

Cathy Moir, chair of the Food Safety Information Council, said foraging for wild food is becoming popular

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A study has shown increased detection of mild E. coli infections and revised lab testing practices in Australia which may lead to changes in public health response.

In Queensland, 31 of 96 Shiga toxin‒producing E. coli (STEC) cases during 2020 to 2022 were reported by a specialty pathology laboratory for alternative health

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An Australian survey of patulin in apple juice and other apple products has found the concentration in most items was low.

In 2020, ​​​​​several apple juice products were recalled because of high patulin levels. In response, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) and other government, state, and territory health authorities ran a

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Police in Australia have charged a woman as part of an investigation into the deaths of three people from suspected mushroom poisoning.

Homicide squad detectives from Victoria Police arrested a 49-year-old woman at her home in the town of Leongatha earlier this week. The suspect, Erin Patterson, is the daughter-in-law

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