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  • Expected handwashing rise not reflected in surveys in Australia, U.S.

    There has been no large increase in Australians washing their hands since this time in 2019, according to a survey. The Food Safety Information Council (FSIC) said as handwashing was a major component of a national campaign to reduce the risk of catching COVID-19, the lack of improvement was a “considerable surprise.” Research was conducted...

  • Study findings could help develop E. coli treatment

    Research by scientists in Australia could help open up new possibilities to treat enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) infections. University of New South Wales (UNSW) microbiologists discovered a molecular pathway that controls Shiga toxin production. The findings were published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). EHEC is a foodborne pathogen that releases Shiga...

  • Salmonella illnesses linked to backyard chickens in Australia

    Authorities in an Australian state are investigating an outbreak of Salmonella linked to contact with or consumption of eggs from backyard chickens. The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services is looking into nine cases of gastroenteritis caused by Salmonella Enteritidis. People became sick between late April and the end of May. Professor Brett Sutton,...

  • Salmonella outbreak linked to cafe; mushroom poisonings also reported

    More than 30 people have fallen ill from Salmonella poisoning in a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. Officials are investigating a link to Lincoln Bakery Café in Carlton. The shop was closed on May 8. A total of 36 people who are thought to have eaten there before onset of symptoms are affected with enquiries ongoing...

  • Fruit juice recalled because of high patulin levels

    A bottled fruit juice from Australia has been recalled in three countries due to high levels of patulin. The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) in Hong Kong announced last week that a sample of the drink imported from Australia was contaminated with the mycotoxin. Patulin can be found in damaged or moldy fruits. If contaminated...

  • Australia joins U.S. in having Listeria cases linked to imported mushrooms

    Six people in Australia are part of an international Listeria outbreak traced to imported mushrooms that has also killed four in the United States. The Listeria monocytogenes patients in Australia have been identified by whole genome sequencing as being related to the U.S. outbreak strain. Their illnesses were reported between October 2017 and March this...

  • Spate of salad recalls in Australia due to Salmonella

    A number of salad products have been recalled in an Australian state because of Salmonella contamination. Recalls in Western Australia involve the Loose Leaf Lettuce Co., Supreme Salads, Fresh Frontier and Quality Produce International. There have been no reports of illness associated with the products. The Loose Leaf Lettuce Co. recalled Asian Salad Mix and Special...

  • Researchers test method to remove Salmonella from eggshells

    Researchers at a university in Australia have found a way to prevent salmonellosis affecting eggs through surface contamination. Flinders University scientists developed a shell egg decontamination method that removed Salmonella Typhimurium from the outside of an egg without impacting its usability. The method adapted a temperature-controlled water bath common in kitchens and associated with the..

  • First Australian Salmonella Havana outbreak traced to alfalfa sprouts

    An outbreak linked to alfalfa sprouts last year was the first identified Salmonella Havana occurrence in Australia, according to researchers. During June 2018, an increase in Salmonella Havana was detected through routine surveillance by the Communicable Disease Control Branch (CDCB) of South Australia (SA) Health. During 2013 to 2017, three to 14 cases were reported...

  • Almost 50 ill in Australian Salmonella outbreak

    The number of people ill in a Salmonella outbreak linked to a brand of frozen microwave meals in Australia has jumped to 46. Public health investigations have found that sick people in New South Wales (NSW), Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) reported consuming the products. Fifteen Salmonella Weltevreden infections...

  • Australia reports record high number of recalls

    A record-high level of food incidents and recalls have been recorded in Australia, according to the annual report of Food Standards Australia New Zealand. The food safety team at Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) coordinated 106 incidents and recalls from July 2018 to June 2019, which was the highest number of recalls in a...

  • Researchers find out how E. coli, other bacteria obtain iron

    Researchers have discovered how bacteria such as E. coli get the essential nutrient iron during infection. Scientists from Monash University in Australia found pathogenic bacteria obtain iron by pirating it from host proteins. The protein import system of E. coli is an important factor in infections caused by pathogenic strains of this bacteria. Understanding how...

  • Australian agencies investigate Hepatitis A outbreak

    Two health agencies in Australia are investigating a cluster of hepatitis A infections in the South Korean community. The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Health Directorate and New South Wales (NSW) Health reported eight adults of South Korean heritage have been affected since June. Most of them did not report recent overseas travel. Those sick live...

  • Paradise parasites — Challenges to controlling rat lungworm disease

    Opinion “Tropical parasites in our food? No way!” most Americans think. It’s time to think again. In May Hawaii’s Department of Health announced three more cases of rat lungworm in recent visitors. Already endemic in Hawaii, Asia, Australia, Brazil and the Caribbean, the exotic foodborne menace is also emerging in Florida and other southeastern states. Rat...

  • Australia recalls frozen desserts linked to Salmonella outbreak in Canada

    Frozen profiteroles and eclairs from Thailand linked to a Salmonella outbreak in Canada have also been sold in Australia. Three deaths and 76 cases have been reported across seven provinces, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) in an update from the two deaths and 73 lab-confirmed cases of Salmonella Enteritidis infections reported...

  • Salmonella in eggs risk prompts recall in Australia

    Steve’s Fresh Farm Eggs has become the latest company to recall eggs in Australia due to Salmonella. Fresh Eggs From My Farm 12 Free Range Eggs 700-gram and Fresh Eggs From My Farm Cage Eggs 700 gram with use by date May 6, 2019, were sold at butchers and independent stores in New South Wales...

  • 167 with Salmonella due to Egg in Australia

    NSW Health of Australia now report a total of 167 cases of Salmonella Enteritidis since the strain was first detected in May 2018. The outbreak is linked to contaminated eggs. The ongoing investigation into the outbreak have resulted in the following products to be recalled: Southern Highland Organic Eggs 300g (6 pack) and Southern Highland Organic Eggs 700g (12 pack). The Best Before...

  • Listeriosis death prompts investigation, closure of hospital catering company

    Health authorities in Australia have closed a catering firm while they investigate the death of a woman who contracted listeriosis. Officials at the Department of Health and Human Services in the state of Victoria said the confirmed case of listeriosis may be linked to consumption of food supplied to a hospital. An elderly woman in...

  • Nine hospitalized with Salmonella infections linked to Vietnamese rolls

    Nine people have been admitted to hospitals in connection with a Salmonella outbreak in Australia that has been linked to raw egg butter, pate or barbecue pork ingredients. A notice from South Australia (SA) Health said the agency is investigating a cluster of Salmonella cases linked to three Angkor Bakery stores in the northern suburbs. There...

  • FDA downgrades Gate Gourmet airline catering operation

    In a March 29 warning letter the FDA formally notified Gate Gourmet Inc. owners that the classification of their airline catering facility in Erlanger, KY, has been downgraded from approved to provisional. In November of 2017 Gate Gourmet found Listeria in its Los Angeles kitchen at LAX airport, and several airlines including American, Delta and Virgin Australia suspended their use of the air...

  • French Cheese Recalled in Australia due to Listeria

    Washed Rind Pty Ltd has recalled a variety of cheeses made in France from IGA and Supa IGA in NSW, independent retailers in QLD and ACT, Foodworks and independent retailers in VIC, Foodlands IGA and independent retailers in SA and IGA, Supa IGA and independent retailers in WA due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Product...

  • 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...

  • Australia Rockmelon Listeria Outbreak Hits 15 with 3 Dead

    NSW Health is urging high risk groups to be wary of foods that cause listeriosis, confirming there are now 15 cases linked to the national rockmelon outbreak, three of whom have died. Dr Vicky Sheppeard, Director Communicable Diseases NSW Health, said four of the additional cases are from Victoria and one is from Tasmania. The...

  • Food Poison Law in Australia – I view from the United States

    Watching the growing “rock melon” cantaloupe Listeria outbreak in Australia (at least 10 sick with 2 dead), brings back bad memories of the 2011 Jensen Farm Cantaloupe Listeria outbreak that sickened nearly 150 with over 30 killed. Although food poisoning is a prevalent issue in Australia and New Zealand, both countries have taken major legislative...

  • Gigantic cruise ship hit with foodborne illness outbreak

    Almost 200 people on one of the world’s largest cruise ships are sick with what public health officials say appears to be a foodborne illness from the boat’s bottomless buffet. Part of the Royal Caribbean International fleet, the American-owned Ovation of the Seas has more than 5,800 people on board for its current cruise. Australian...

  • 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...

  • How did Salmonella Hvittingfoss get on Aussie rockmelons?

    In the week since the New South Wales Food Authority connected “a spike in Salmonella Hvittingfoss cases” to Red Dirt Melons in Australia’s Northern Territories, there’s been precious little reported about how the rockmelons were actually contaminated. Government and industry comments since the outbreak was announced on Aug. 3 have focused on cautioning consumers, a...

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

    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...

  • 1 Child Dead, 4 Sickened After Consuming Raw “Bath Milk” in Australia

    Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Dr Rosemary Lester has issued a warning about the dangers of drinking raw cow’s milk. Her warning has been prompted by five cases of gastroenteritis illness in children who had drunk unpasteurised milk. “There have been three cases of Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome (HUS) and two cases of cryptosporidiosis. “HUS is a...

  • TRAVEL SERVICES “A Concierge Travel Agency” IN SEATTLE ACCEPTED INTO VIRTUOSO

    Travel Services Now Part Of Exclusive Luxury Travel Network             SEATTLE, WA  April 8, 2014 – Travel Services in Seattle has achieved membership in the by-invitation-only Virtuoso luxury travel network, comprised of top leisure travel agencies in North and South America, the Caribbean and Australia.  According to Mark Johnson, President and Master Travel Planner of...

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