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.

Gold Coast restaurant fined $10k for appalling food safety breaches

Gold Coast Bulletin | May 19, 2015 | Meagan Weymes

A BRAZILIAN restaurant found to be in an “appalling” condition has been fined $10,000 for failing to comply with food safety standards.

Cockroach faeces were found on the ceiling and wall in addition to a rodent trap with a build up of food when council officers inspected the Surfers Paradise restaurant, A Carne Churrascaria, in August last year.  Continue reading…

Fiskville sheep farmers in ‘complete and utter shock’ over contamination, inquiry hears

ABC News Alison Savage 18 May 2015

Toxic chemicals used at the CFA’s (Country Fire Authority) Fiskville training centre contaminated a nearby sheep farm with the property owners saying it is in their “soil, grass, our sheep … and our kids”, a Victorian parliamentary inquiry has heard.

In 2012, tests revealed their land and some livestock was contaminated with the toxic fire fighting chemical perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS).    The couple closed their farm gate meat store but continued to sell their livestock.

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Chinese garlic moves local produce debate from supermarkets to farmers’ markets in Brisbane

ABC News | 612 Brisbane Jessica Hinchliffe 18 May 2015

According to the Australian Garlic Producers group, 95 per cent of Australia’s garlic is imported from China and is often sprayed with chemicals that are banned in Australia.

Discussions of clearer food labelling and buying local produce continue to be debated since the recall of a number of frozen berry products from China and Chile earlier this year.

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UQ student finds something fishy in meal

Brisbane Times Gianni Tills 16 May 2015

A University of Queensland student received a surprise when he found a metal object, which appeared to be a chain link or hook, in a fish fillet bought from the University of Queensland refectory.

Adam Connolly made his find public in a Facebook post on UQ StalkerSpace. The post was liked more than 3000 times before it was removed late Friday.

The UQ Union advised the product has since been removed from menus across all of its food outlets pending the outcome of an investigation.  “With an accredited food safety plan and a five star rating from Brisbane City Council we are taking this matter very seriously,” the union said in a statement.

The product supplier was contacted immediately and is also conducting an investigation.

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Scientists work to create ‘super prawn’

Brisbane Times | May 5, 2015 | Jorge Branco

Move over Ant-Man, scientists are working on a so-called “super prawn”, designed to be faster growing and more disease-resistant but just as tasty.

But the research may not have as large an effect on the hip pocket or those long Christmas Eve seafood shop lines as you’d expect.

A $6.5 million project launched in Far North Queensland on Tuesday, but operating since January, aims to “unleash the genetic potential” locked inside the delicious tiger prawn.  Continue reading…

Country of origin food labelling changes may be delayed until 2017, despite Government calls for ‘urgent’ reforms

ABC News | 28 April, 2015 | Dan Conifer

New country of origin food labels might not be fully rolled out until 2017, despite the Federal Government calling the overhaul “urgent” earlier this year.

A hepatitis A outbreak, linked to frozen berries imported from China, prompted the change.  Continue reading…

EndNote on Windows: The Short Course – Video Training

EndNote has just released a short course on the most-used features in EndNote.  topics can be found at the times below:

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