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Award-winning food producer fined over hygiene

  The award-winning Dorset Smokery has has about 200kg of mouldy and contaminated meat, poultry and dairy products seized by Public Health officers from Christchurch and East Dorset Councils who obtained a search warrant following a tip off. Officers found items, also including olives and pate, which they described as mouldy or past their use-by date which [...]

April 25th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Award-winning food producer fined over hygiene

Restauranteur fined £30,000 for dirt

The owner of a filthy restaurant who put the public at risk has been fined £30,000 after an investigation by Hammersmith & Fulham Council. The owners of Woody Grill restaurant and takeaway in Uxbridge Road, Shepherds Bush, pleaded guilty in court to a total of eight offences. H&F Council’s environmental health team stepped in after [...]

April 18th, 2016|Food, News|Comments Off on Restauranteur fined £30,000 for dirt

Cryptosporidium in the water supply

Only last week we wrote about Cryptosporidium outbreaks in petting zoos, but now there seems to be a lot of it in Connemara and Cork.Irish Water has identified Cryptosporidium contamination in the public water supply and has issued ten thousand homes and businesses in Cork with boil water notices over fears of contaminated drinking water. The state [...]

April 11th, 2016|Health, News|Comments Off on Cryptosporidium in the water supply

Cute animals cause rare illnesses – cook them first!

Lambs are cute. Especially when covered in mint sauce. But they also harbour some pretty nasty germs. Studies in the USA have attributed 14% of some of the most serious infections to animal contact - including Campylobacter spp. (the most common foodborne bacterial infection in the UK) , Cryptosporidium spp., Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157, non-O157 [...]

April 4th, 2016|Health, Infection, News|Comments Off on Cute animals cause rare illnesses – cook them first!

Salmonella uses GPS to conquer our immune system

Researchers have discovered that the potentially deadly foodborne bacteria Salmonella uses its food as a GPS system.The bug can sense if it’s in the gut or elsewhere in the body based on sensing a substance found in our cell membranes, which is also a nutrient it consumes. It then uses that information to determine whether it should be [...]

March 28th, 2016|Food, Health, Infection, News|Comments Off on Salmonella uses GPS to conquer our immune system

New study shows risks of cross-contamination from pork

A new study has measured the potential hazards found during preparation of pork in the home. It used Salmonella-contaminated pork products to measure how easy it is to inadvertently contaminate other foodstuffs when preparing pork.Three types of pork products were chosen: pork cuts, minced pork burgers, and fermented sausages. It showed - unsurprisingly - that heating [...]

March 21st, 2016|Food, News|Comments Off on New study shows risks of cross-contamination from pork

New regs for UK food businesses

A plan to impose tougher penalties on restaurants, cafes and takeaways infested with pests is good news for diners, according to a national trade body. Business owners found guilty of food safety offences could now face much bigger fines or even jail terms following the introduction of new sentencing guidelines.The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) [...]

March 14th, 2016|Food, Health, News|Comments Off on New regs for UK food businesses

Foodborne illness facts

The latest statistics released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show 48 million Americans get sick every year with foodborne illnesses. Approximately 128,000 of them are hospitalized and 3,000 die. According to the CDC: Produce is the most common contributor to foodborne illnesses, accounting for 46% of them between 1998 and 2008, followed by meat and poultry, [...]

March 7th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Foodborne illness facts

Blessed are the cheesemakers

A group of Wisconsin’s federal lawmakers have requested the US Food and Drug Administration look again at recent standards intended to limit the level of non-toxigenic E. coli allowed in raw milk cheese. 'Raw' milk - or to give it its proper scientific name, sewage - is milk that has not been pasteurised. While cheese carries a lower risk of foodborne [...]

February 29th, 2016|Health, Infection, News, Science|Comments Off on Blessed are the cheesemakers

Beaver fever!

Ever heard of Giardia?It's the organism responsible for one of the most common parasitic infections in the world - giardiasis, commonly referred to as beaver fever. It inhabits the digestive tracts of a wide variety of domestic and wild animals, including beavers (hence its nickname) as well as cows, rodents, sheep - as well as humans.It tends to peak in the summer [...]

February 22nd, 2016|News|Comments Off on Beaver fever!