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.

Hepatitis A toll from outbreak linked to Chinese frozen berries climbs to 26 cases

ABC News March 4, 2015

Three new cases of hepatitis A linked to recalled frozen berries imported from China have been reported.

The Federal Health Department said two more cases in Queensland and a case in Western Australia had been confirmed.

Health authorities said the new cases take the national figure associated with the current outbreak to 26: three in Victoria, 11 in Queensland, eight in New South Wales, two in Western Australia, and one each in South Australia and the ACT.

The department said the source of the virus was still unconfirmed but the berries were the only common exposure for the cases.  Continue reading…

Suspected salmonella outbreak: 250 food poisoning cases linked to principals’ conference in Brisbane

ABC New  March 4, 2015

A total of 250 people are now sick after a suspected salmonella outbreak at a school principals’ conference in Brisbane last week, Queensland Health says.

About 1,200 delegates gathered for the conference on February 26 and 27 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC).

Chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young said 250 have now reported gastro-intestinal symptoms, up from 175 on Tuesday.  Continue reading…

Oat breakfast cereals may contain a common mold-related toxin

(American Chemical Society 25 February 2015) Oats are often touted for boosting heart health, but scientists warn that the grain and its products might need closer monitoring for potential mold contamination. They report in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that some oat-based breakfast cereals in the US contain a mold-related toxin called ochratoxin A that’s been linked to kidney cancer in animal studies. The findings could have implications for consumer health.

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Food poisoning hits 175 Queensland school principals

Brisbane Times Petrina Berry, Cameron Atfield 3 March 2015

Salmonella is believed to be the culprit behind one of Queensland’s worst mass food poisonings.  Queensland Health says 175 school principals have contracted food poisoning after attending a conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Thursday and Friday.  Twenty-four principals have been hospitalised, but none are in a critical condition.

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Dozens hit by suspected salmonella outbreak at Brisbane principals’ conference

Dr Young said Queensland Health expected to confirm the source of the food poisoning outbreak within the next 24 to 48 hours.

Food poisoning hits 164 school principals in Brisbane: report

Brisbane Times AAP 3 March 2015

More than 160 Queensland school principals have been struck down with food poisoning linked to a conference in Brisbane.

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‘Concern’ over bugs in shop chicken

BBC News Helen Briggs 26 February 2015

Chickens are growing resistant to antibiotics used to treat bugs which cause food poisoning, according to a new report covering 28 EU countries.

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Food label revamp will tell consumers where products originated, were processed and packed

Sydney Morning Herald Darren Gray 1 march 2015

Amid concern over an outbreak of hepatitis A linked to frozen berries, Australia’s food packaging laws are set for a long-mooted overhaul. What has driven the change, and what might it mean for consumers? Darren Gray explains.

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