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.

Dirty food mixer responsible for salmonella outbreak at Burnside Hospital, SA Health issues warning

ABC News 28 September 2015

A dirty kitchen appliance used to blend and puree food has been blamed as the source of a salmonella outbreak at the Burnside War Memorial Hospital in Adelaide’s eastern suburbs.

Superbug study reveals how E. coli strain acquired deadly powers

EurekAlert 22 September 2015

A strain of E. coli became a potentially fatal infection in the UK around 30 years ago, when it acquired a powerful toxin, a gene study has revealed.

Scientists say their findings show that E. coli O157 is continuing to evolve and should be monitored closely.

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United Nations to decide on ban for toxic chemical linked to contamination at Williamtown RAAF base

ABC News 23 September 2015

A United Nations group will soon begin investigating whether to include a toxic chemical, linked to a contamination case involving the RAAF Base in Williamtown, on a global list potentially banning its use.

The chemical perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) is a component of firefighting foam which was used at Defence Force and fire service bases around Australia for decades.

The New South Wales Government announced two inquiries after it emerged the chemical had turned up in groundwater and fish species in the Williamtown and Fullerton Cove areas surrounding the Williamtown RAAF Base, north of Newcastle.

The Stockholm Convention is a global treaty that was set up 10 years ago with the aim of protecting human health and the environment by eradicating toxic chemicals known as Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).

Baristas help design fool-proof non-dairy milk coffees

Sydney Morning Herald 20 September 2015

It’s the coffee issue that has plagued hipsters and baristas the world over – how to make a soy or almond milk latte without having the milk split and curdle into an unpalatable mess.

An Australian company has now solved the scientific puzzle, and is about to release a range of milks that have been designed and blended to work specifically with black coffee.

Some of the nation’s leading baristas have worked on the MILKLAB with Freedom Foods, which has been making gluten-free and allergen-free products since 1990, to create the new range of milks.

Nanotechnology found in popular foods, despite repeated denials by regulator

Brisbane Times Esther Han 17 September 2015

For many years, Food Standards Australia and New Zealand has claimed there is “little evidence” of nanotechnology in food because no company had applied for approval. It has therefore not tested for nor regulated the use of nanoparticles.​   Frustrated at the inertia, environment group Friends of the Earth commissioned tests that found potentially harmful nanoparticles of titanium dioxide and silica in 14 popular products

FSANZ said it has recently engaged a leading toxicologist to undertake a review of nanotechnology in food and expects the report at the end of this year.

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Egg producer fined $250 000 for misleading ‘free range’ label

ABC News | ABC Rural Arlie Felton-Taylor 14 September 2015

A Queensland egg producer, which operates near Pittsworth, has been fined a quarter of a million dollars for falsely labelling their eggs as “free range”.

The Federal Court has found RL Adams Pty Ltd, which trades as Darling Downs Free Range Eggs, engaged in misleading conduct and made misleading representations in its labelling, in a case brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

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Introduction to CKN Resources – Training Webinar

Tuesday 15 September 3:30 pm

This 45 minute session will get you started with researching using CKN resources. We’ll cover how to search effectively across multiple resources with a single search; find evidence-based information; locate individual journals; and utilise specific resources suitable for your area of interest. We’ll also cover setting up alerts to monitor the latest research; and mobile access via your phone or tablet.

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