Category Archives: Food science

Food composition and contamination, Bacterial and physical contamination, General pollutants (heavy metals), Food labelling, food trace metals, compliance with Foods Standard Code, food forensics and/or contamination, toxins in shellfish or seafood.

Royal Society of Chemistry’s flagship journal goes Gold open access

(Royal Society of Chemistry 15 July 2014) The Royal Society of Chemistry’s flagship journal, Chemical Science, is going Gold open access from 2015 — making it the world’s first high-quality open access chemistry journal.

The Royal Society of Chemistry’s flagship journal, Chemical Science, is going Gold open access from 2015 – making it the world’s first high-quality open access chemistry journal.  From January 2015 onwards, all new content in Chemical Science will be free for anyone to access.

To ease the transition to open access, the Royal Society of Chemistry is waiving all Article Processing Charges (APCs) for two years.

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Preventing foodborne illness, naturally — with cinnamon

(Washington State University 16 July 2014) Cinnamomum cassia oil was shown to be effective as a natural antibacterial agent against several strains of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli, known to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as ‘non-O157 STEC’. The study results add to a body of knowledge that will help improve food safety and reduce or eliminate cases of food poisoning and related deaths.

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China shuts meat factory supplying McDonald’s, KFC

ABC News 21 July 2014

Authorities in Shanghai have shut down a factory of the US food provider OSI Group for selling out-of-date meat to restaurant giants including McDonald’s and KFC.  A Shanghai television channel has reported that workers at the plant mixed expired meat with fresh meat product and deliberately misled quality inspectors from McDonald’s.

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McDonald’s, KFC ’sold old meat’

Do you want flies with that?

Courier Mail Matthew Killoran 20 July 2014

COCKROACHES in the kitchen, rat droppings in the deep fryer and salmonella are just a few of the nasties that Brisbane’s food safety inspectors are finding on the menu at some of the city’s most popular restaurants.

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Study sparks organic foods debate

BBC News James Morgan 11 July 2014

A new scientific review claims organic foods are higher in nutrients and lower in pesticides compared with conventionally grown varieties.  Its authors carried out an analysis of 343 peer-reviewed studies looking at the composition of crops and foods.  The meta-analysis found differences between organic and non-organic varieties which the team concluded were “significant and meaningful”.

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‘Coachroach was standing up in my bowl’

Courier Mail Brittany Vonow 15 July 0214

A FOUR-STAR rated Brisbane restaurant at South Bank was fined more than $25,000 after a customer found a live cockroach in her chicken and mushroom risotto.

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Study reveals fungus in yogurt outbreak poses a threat to consumers

(American Society for Microbiology 8 July 2014) The fungus responsible for an outbreak of contaminated Greek yogurt last year is not harmless after all but a strain with the ability to cause disease, according to research published in mBio, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

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See Also:   Recalled yogurt contained highly pathogenic mold

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Baby formula withdrawn after mother finds dead lizard in tin

Sydney Morning Herald Lisa Visentin 14 July 2014

Aspen Nutritionals has announced it will voluntarily withdraw a batch of baby formula after a mother opened a tin and discovered a dead lizard rotting inside.  In a statement released on Monday, the company said it was “very concerned” by Mrs Castanares’ discovery and “is voluntarily withdrawing the affected batch number 40727482A2 while it investigates the issue”.

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Survey shows majority of Canberrans support ‘scores on doors’ system

ABC News 14 July 2014

A new study has found 81 per cent of Canberrans want food hygiene ratings displayed on the doors of restaurants, but the Territory’s peak body for clubs has criticised the research as a “waste of money”.

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Rotting lizard found in baby formula

Brisbane Times Lisa Visentin 13 July 2014

A mother has called on a leading baby formula brand to recall a batch of one of their popular product lines after she opened a tin and discovered a dead lizard rotting inside.  The S-26 Original Process formula is made and packaged in Singapore, which raises the possibility that the lizard was a foreign animal.

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