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Uninspected meat sale nets fine for rancher
January 12, 2006
Edmonton Sun
Tony Blais
John Brown, of St. Albert Ranches Ltd., Alberta, was cited as pleading guilty in provincial court to selling uninspected meat from three goats and a lamb to the Juba-Link convenience store, 10719 107 Ave., on April 25.
Brown admitted the carcasses had not been inspected and he knew the rules under meat inspection legislation, but told the judge it had been a rush order from the store.
Judge Ralph Chisholm, who was shown pictures of the carcasses - including one which had feces in it - dismissed Brown's excuse, saying he knew better.
Brown said he sells between $30,000 and $60,000 worth of goat meat to the store each year and explained it is used by the Muslim community for meals at weddings, funerals and special religious celebrations.

Bad Burgers Make Metro Students Sick
January 7, 2006
Source of Article: http://www.channeloklahoma.com/news/5912857/detail.html?rss=okl&psp=news
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Several metro middle school students were sick Friday night after eating food that had been left out since before Christmas.
Cafeteria workers at Western Oaks Middle School, in the Putnam City school district, on Northwest 23rd Street made the mistake, officials said. According to reports, the workers left behind a tray of about 25 burgers inside a warmer.
When school resumed after the holiday break, that food was mixed with fish sandwiches and served to students.
Officials said they took immediate action to get the bad food out of the cafeteria rotation. However, 10 students took at least a bite of old hamburger. Some ate the whole thing. more information

E coli outbreak threatens infants in creches (Ireland)
By Catherine Shanahan
Source of Article: http://www.irishexaminer.com
INFANTS attending creches were among those most at risk of E coli infection, public health specialists investigating Ireland¡¯s largest recorded E coli 0157 outbreak have found.
A report on the outbreak in West Limerick between October 15 and November 30 last also identified drinking water from private group water schemes (GWSs) as a hazard.
A total of 18 cases of E coli 0157 infection were recorded in the Kilfinny area of West Limerick at the time. As a result of the outbreak, two children were hospitalised with haemolytic uraemic syndrome, a type of acute renal failure associated with anaemia. The syndrome has a fatality rate of about 10%. One child required dialysis.
The report, published in Eurosurveillance Weekly and reported in Medicine Weekly, found nine of the 18 cases were in preschool children attending two local creches, which closed voluntarily. There were five family clusters, including three sets of siblings.

Hepatitis outbreak in Alamance County
January 9, 2006
ABC Eyewitness News (North Carolina)
ALAMANCE COUNTY - The Alamance County Health department is warning the public about the dangers of Hepatitis A after 11 cases have been confirmed.
All 11 cases were confirmed in the pass week with more than 6 of the cases popping up this past weekend.

OUTBREAK NEWS
01/12. Bad Burgers Make Metro Students Sick
01/12.
Positive listeria test after hospital death
01/11.
Listeria found again in hospital
01/11.
County investigates jail outbreak
01/11.
E coli outbreak threatens infants
01/11.
Jackson first grader is on slow recovery from E. coli infect
01/11.
Five more hepatitis A cases recorded
01/11.
Ten confirmed cases of Hepatitis
A in Alamance County

01/11.
Hepatitis outbreak in Alamance County
01/09. Cholera Claims Harare Family
01/09.
Hepatitis 'A' outbreak worries Christchurch health authoriti
01/09.
Child sickened with E-coli leaves hospital
01/06.
Effingham children fight E. coli
01/06.
[UK] E.coli outbreak 'handled well'
01/06.
FSA Wales response to E.coli report
01/05.
[Indonesia] Two hospitalized for food poisoning
01/05.
Hotel escapes censure over hepatitis outbreak
01/05.
Govt accused of listeria outbreak cover-up

Acrylamide may not be carcinogenic in dietary amounts
January 11, 2006
IFT Weekly Newsletter
http://www.ift.org/cms/?pid=1000363
Researchers at Harvard Medical School, Boston, U.S., have found that dietary intake of acrylamide does not appear to be associated with colorectal cancers in women. The group examined the association between colon and rectal cancers and acrylamide intake in 61,467 women who participated in the Swedish Mammography Cohort. During follow up 504 cases of colon and 237 cases of rectal cancer were recorded. The average intake of acrylamide via the diet was 24.6 ?Ig/day. The main sources of dietary acrylamide were coffee 44%, fried potato products 16%, crisp bread 15%, other breads 12%. After adjusting for potential confounders, there was no association between estimated acrylamide intake and colorectal cancer. What is more, the intake of specific food items with high acrylamide contents (eg. coffee, crispbreads, and fried potato products) was not associated with cancer risk either. For more, see the International Journal of Cancer, 118 (1), 2006; pp 169 - 173.

CONTAMINATION STILL A PROBLEM IN E.U. FOOD
Source of Article: http://www.meatnews.com
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EUROPEAN UNION: An increased incidence of food contamination
indicates that food companies need to improve their safety procedures.
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European consumers are more concerned about food safety. As a result the E.U. and regulatory authorities in member states have been increasing their regulation of the industry, resulting in more costs and greater public scrutiny of manufacturers' operations. According to a recently released report, in 2004, the 25 E.U. countries reported a total of 6,860 outbreaks of zoonoses diseases transmitted between animals and humans with 42,447 people affected.

By far the most frequently reported zoonotic diseases in humans were salmonellosis and campylobacteriosis, with the most deadly being listeriosis, the report found. There were 192,703 reported cases of salmonellosis and 183,961 of campylobacteriosis during 2004 in the 25 E.U.-member states. The totals increased for 2004 due to the expansion of the E.U. to include 10 new member states, the report concluded. more information

Action in BSE lawsuits
January 9, 2006
Lean Trimmings
Edited by Jeremy Russell
R-CALF filed Friday in the District Court in Montana to request a hearing in its litigation against USDA regarding the closure of the Canadian border to cattle imports.
R-CALF¡¯s motion argues the District Court should not feel bound by the 9th Circuit¡¯s conclusion that threw out its preliminary injunction. R-CALF attempts to prove through circuitous reasoning related to trade with Japan that USDA is not consistently applying scientific standards.
¡°In order to provide multinational meatpackers with cheap foreign supplies, USDA has left the U.S. with some of the least protective BSE mitigation requirements of any developed country, turning the U.S. into a dumping ground for meat and livestock other modern nations have banned,¡± said R-CALF President and Co-Founder Leo McDonnell in a press statement.
¡°Recently, fast-food giant McDonald¡¯s, as well as a group of the world¡¯s foremost scientific experts on BSE, all filed formal comments with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that back up, with solid scientific research, the message and the position that R-CALF has maintained since the onset of our case,¡± he said.
The cited filings, in fact, say nothing about banning imports, but rather contend that FDA tighten its ban on Specified Risk Materials (see Herd on the Hill page 1).
As it typical of R-CALF in these press statements, the group then includes a laundry list of errata that supposedly prove its claims. Not surprisingly, most are either unrelated ? for example, questions about the FDA feed ban ? or appear to prove the opposite, as when R-CALF points out the FSIS is stopping violations and APHIS has kept pregnant Canadian heifers from crossing the border.
Meanwhile, an unrelated lawsuit by Canadian ranchers against the Canadian government survived dismissal last week. The class action suit alleges that the BSE crisis, the closing of the U.S. and other international borders to Canadian cattle and beef, and the loss of billions of dollars by the Canadian cattle industry, was the result of gross incompetence on the part of the Canadian government. The damages claimed are in excess of 20 billion dollars. Findings of liability against the federal government remain to be made. More information is online at: www.bseclassaction.ca.

Kronos Air Purification Technology Completely Decontaminates Rooms Infected With Bacteria Spores According to Disinfection Research Institute Sterilization Laboratory In Moscow
Tuesday January 10, 9:21 am ET
Source of Article: http://biz.yahoo.com/pz/060110/92135.html

BELMONT, Mass., Jan. 10, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- Kronos Advanced Technologies, Inc. (OTC BB:KNOS.OB - News) today announced that a team of senior researchers at the Disinfection Research Institute Sterilization Laboratory in Moscow found that the Kronos technology completely disinfected a room contaminated with strains of airborne bacteria spores including Staphylococcus aureus strain 906 (S. aureus) and Bacillus cereus strain 96 (B. cereus). The Laboratory is affiliated with the Federal Research Center in Moscow and its study will be published in the Magazine of Microbiology, Epidemiology and Immunology, a Russian peer-reviewed journal established in 1924. The journal focuses on vital problems of epidemiology, diagnostics and profilaxes of human infectious diseases.
The Kronos air purification device was placed in a contaminated room (30 m3 in size). The air circulation, movement and purification was provided by the Kronos technology and used in conjunction with a ventilator that was necessary to ensure the microorganism stayed alive during the testing.


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General Food Safety News
01/12. Soy could damage fertility in mice, new study
01/12.
Acrylamide study suggests new formation pathways
01/12.
CJD (new var.) Update 2006
01/12.
Food Authority develops international safe mercury message
01/12.
Acrylamide may not be carcinogenic in dietary amounts
01/12.
Uninspected meat sale nets fine for rancher
01/12.
FSIS responds to Inspector General's comments
01/12.
County Cattle Ranchers Are Split On A Tagging Procedure
01/12.
Raw-Milk Sales Issue Resurfaces In Assembly
01/12.
$5,000 fine for Les Aliments T & N Inc
01/11.
U.S., Korea talks struggle over bones
01/11. Canadian food safety slammed
01/11. UK food safety authority seeks lab experts
01/11. Pasta mill head arrested, wheat stocks alleged to be contami
01/11. Nut and Peanut Allergy Diet
01/11.
Doctors puzzled by surge in peanut allergies
01/11.
CONTAMINATION STILL A PROBLEM IN E.U. FOOD
01/11.
Wheat chief arrested over food contamination
01/11.
IAFP 2006 to be held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
01/11.
Protect yourself from salmonella
01/11.
Pennsylvania implementing tough strategies to protect consum
01/11.
Demand on Listeria
01/11.
Feed ban rulemaking redux
01/11.
Action in BSE lawsuits
01/11.
Raw milk: The raw truth
01/11.
SAFEGUARDING FOOD FROM CONTAMINATION DURING TRANSPORT
01/11.
Brodhead Brothers Face Sentencing For Watering Down Milk
01/11.
Security Improvements Needed In Food Supply, Panelists Say
01/11. [UK] Join the ACMSF
01/09.
Local restaurants keeping food safe during outages
01/09.
Report: Canadian Meat Not Well-Screened
01/09.
Penn: Tough Strategies to Protect Consumers, Food
01/09.
S. Korea, U.S. open talks on beef imports
01/09.
FSIS Will Hold Outreach Sessions in Pa.
01/09.
Impact Of Chronic Wasting Disease On Humans
01/09.
Dietary Fiber Is Key in Fighting Pathogens
01/09.
[Denmark] Foreign veggies making us sick
01/09. ROSA Aflatoxin Test Approved for 16 Commodities
01/08. DIRECT-FED MICROBIALS REDUCE PATHOGEN RISK IN BEEF
01/08.
Novazone to Present Environmentally Friendly Ozone Disinfect
01/08.
2nd International Conference on Microbial Risk Assessment
01/08.
Formaldehyde food scare in Indonesia
01/08.
Can food be dangerous? Learn about online food safety traini
01/07.
Health inspectors help ensure the public stays safe
01/07.
Famous cheese maker fights recall fallout
01/06.
McDonald's: FDA feed ban falls 'woefully short' of the mark
01/06. Thailand may lift U.S. beef ban
01/06. Biodegradable plasticiser developed as phthalate replacement
01/06. FSIS Issues Question & Answer Document for Notice 68-05
01/06. Update on BSE Lawsuits Against Ridley Inc. and Canadian Govt
01/06. Teen jailed in food tampering
01/06. Eating all sprouts risky, health officials warn
01/06.
Imports
01/06.
Restaurant employee diagnosed with hepatitis A
01/06.
Dirty dining numbers drop
01/06.
New hygiene legislation to ensure food safety of game
01/06.
FSA reports fall in food safety breaches
01/05.
Sadex Group Revives Food Irradiation Facility
01/05.
Toxicology Testing of the Unique Radiolytic Product
01/05.
Quotable Quotes
01/05.
Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF)
01/05.
Boil water order remains in place
01/05.
Responding to criticism, Norway insists its salmon is safe
01/05.
Group: U.S. Not Protected Against Mad Cow
01/05.
Children's food allergies 'can cause lasting trauma'
01/05.
Take care of your food allergies
01/05.
Acrylamide not seen to affect colon cancer risk
01/05.
EU rapid alert finds listeria monocytogenes in smoked salmon

Recall News
01/12. [UK] Bernard Matthews sliced turkey withdrawn
01/12.
FDA Requests Seizure of More Dietary Supplements Containing Ephedrine Alkaloids
01/12. Undeclared egg protein in PICCOLI FIORETTI ITALIAN BAKERY COFFEE CAKE
01/11. Whole Foods Market® Recalls Whole Catch™ Trout Due to Possible Health Risk
01/11. [UK] Marca Pina soy sauce withdrawn
01/09. [New Zealand] Regal Marlborough Dips Recalled
01/09. Undeclared Peanuts Prompts Recall of Fisher Mixed Nuts
01/09. Voluntary Recall: Log House Cherry Flavored Chips, Butterscotch Flavored Chips
01/06. [New Zealand] Regal natural flavoured salmon dips
01/05. Trader Joe's Company Recalls Gourmet Chocolate Fudge Original
01/05. Arnold Recalling Country Classic Oat Bran Bread In Five Southern States
01/05. Publix Issues Local Recall for Cinnamon Raisin Bagels
01/05. Pennsylvania Firm Recalls Beef Franks Due To Undeclared Allergen

New Methods for food Safety/Quality
01/12. Kronos Air Purification Technology Completely Decontaminates
01/09.
ROSA Aflatoxin Test Approved for 16 Commodities
01/05.
Sensor sniffs gases on meat to determine freshness
01/04.
Pathogen tester speeds up process of detecting contamination
01/03.
Microbiological Media in a Stand Up "Hands Free" Bag!
01/03. Anachem - The Future for Filtration in the Food Industry
01/03. Easier to Use Isolate™ for Improved Cryptosporidium Results
01/02. Integrity Nutraceuticals Expands Microbiology Detection Capa
01/02.
Studies find irradiation suitable for cilantro, sprouts
01/02.
Tech's IMT to develop food safety bio-sensors
01/01.
Pasteurizing fruit? It could help fight salmonella
01/01. BioDetection can cut testing time