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.

Job insecurity is driving the best and brightest out of medical research

Brisbane Times Anna Patty April 29 2016

Darren Saunders was developing a cure for pancreatic cancer when he gave up his medical research job to find one that was more secure.
The constant stress of going from contract to contract each year and spending precious time applying for research grants finally took its toll.

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Raw bean sprout contamination linked to extra five salmonella cases in SA

The [Adelaide] Advertiser

AN extra five South Australians have tested positive to salmonella after eating contaminated bean sprouts, bringing the total number of victims to 244.
SA Health announced the new figure on Wednesday after testing confirmed the link to the popular Asian garnish.
While the source of the salmonella remains a mystery, the contamination has been linked to the consumption of raw bean sprouts sourced from Queensland and grown and packaged in South Australia.

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Qld bean sprouts cause SA Salmonella cases AAP April 22, 2016

Raw mung bean sprouts linked to more than 230 Salmonella cases in South Australia originated in Queensland but health authorities don’t know where they were contaminated.
Almost half of the Salmonella Saintpaul cases have developed during the past 12 days and 43 people have been admitted to hospital since the outbreak began in December, SA Health says.
Chief Medical Officer Paddy Phillips, who usually sees fewer than 20 cases of the strain each year, has urged people not to eat raw bean sprouts and food outlets not to serve them raw.
The seeds came from Queensland before being sprouted and packaged in South Australia but SA Health hasn’t confirmed where they were contaminated.

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Diet key to feeding the world in 2050 without further deforestation, modelling suggests

ABC Science 20 April 2016

Enough food can be produced to feed the world population until at least 2050 without the need to further clear forests for farmland, according to new research.

Study using robots to map orchards inadvertently identifies pollination problem

20 April 2016 QLD Country Hour

A project that set out to build a robot which could work autonomously in orchards has had the unintended side effect of helping pollinators, like bees, do their work.

New assay offers improved detection of deadly prion diseases

(Elsevier Health Sciences 8 April 2016) Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), or prion diseases, are a family of rare progressive, neurodegenerative illnesses that affect both humans and animals. TSE surveillance is important for public health and food safety because TSEs have the potential of crossing from animals to humans, as seen with the spread of mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). A study in The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics describes an advanced assay that offers better sensitivity than currently available tests for detecting a prion disease affecting elk.

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Egg producer fined $300k for falsely labelling eggs free range

ABC News | 1233 ABC Newcastle Penny Evans 15 April 2016

The consumer watchdog says it has no sympathy for an egg supplier fined by the Federal Court for misleading buyers.  The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) took Derodi Pty Ltd and Holland Farms Pty Ltd to court, claiming it had falsely labelled eggs as free range from January 2012 to December 2014.

The court agreed with the ACCC and fined the company $300,000 after finding some of the chickens were not always able to freely move about on open ranges.

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