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.

Anaphylaxis fears: Mung beans not peanuts for allergy-shy schools

ABC News | Rebecca Trigger 24 August 2016

‘Peanut butter’ may be back on the menu in allergy-shy schools, hospitals and airlines now that Australian researchers have developed an almost identical product made out of the humble mung bean.

Many institutions ban peanut products over fears people with allergies could have a potentially lethal anaphylactic shock, and earlier this week Australia was named the world leader in food allergies.

But Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre general manager Ken Quail hopes his mung bean paste could revolutionise the industry and give organisations and companies peace of mind.

“It eliminates risk in a whole lot of ways,” he told the ABC.

“Airlines can serve it to anybody, it takes out that enormous risk they face in serving any products with peanuts.

“What they do now is totally avoid them, and this could totally overcome that.”

The flavour, Dr Quail admits, may not be able to fool everyone.

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New types of African Salmonella associated with lethal infection

(Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute 22 August 2016) The first global-scale genetic study of Salmonella Enteritidis bacteria, which is a major cause of blood poisoning and death in Africa and food poisoning in the Western World, has discovered that there are in fact three separate types. Scientists at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and University of Liverpool found two novel African types, which looked the same, but were genetically different from the Western type.

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Top cafe guilty of food poisoning

Courier Mail Greg Stolz 19 August 2016

A TRENDY Gold Coast cafe, Grocer and Grind, has been slugged with more than $100,000 in penalties after pleading guilty to putting 22 customers in hospital with severe salmonella poisoning, most after eating contaminated eggs benedict.

Magistrate Catherine Pirie fined Grocer and Grind $70,000 and Ms March $7000 and ordered they pay a total of almost $27,000 in costs including for a salmonella report by Queensland’s chief s scientist John Bates.

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Event – Australian Academy of Science

The Science of Life and Death – Queensland Museum, South Brisbane 16 September 2016

Come and join us for a look at the science of MURDER!

Poisons, venom and a peek in to what makes a killer.

Come and take a dark and intriguing look at the history of poisons and venoms in war; the ingredients that make a murderer; modern murders with strange new weapons; and ways in which we’re using poison to murder cancer cells.

Join MC Bernie Hobbs to learn more, as Dr Aaron Sell pulls back the curtain on the mind of a murderer, Dr Harendra Parekh peers into poison, and Associate Professor Bryan Fry shares what he’s learned from a life studying venom.

When: Doors open at 6pm on Friday 16 September, talk begins at 6:30pm.
Where: Queensland Museum – Corner Grey & Melbourne Streets, South Brisbane.

We hope you can join us for an evening of science to die for…

Grab your tickets for the event . General admission is $35, concession tickets are $25.

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Microbeads are leaching toxic chemicals into fish, sparking public health fears

The Sydney Morning Herald Esther Han August 16 2016

Fish are eating plastic microbeads, which are capable of attracting and releasing toxic chemicals, scientists say.
Australian and Chinese researchers have shown for the first time that chemical pollutants accumulated on the surface of microbeads can pass into the fish that eat them.
With fish being a staple meat in the Australian diet, the researchers say products with the tiny plastics should be immediately removed from sale.

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Conference Alert – International Conference in Medicine and Public Health

International Conference in Medicine and Public Health; 20-23 September 2016; Melbourne Australia

All aspects of Medicine, Public Health and Biological Sciences including: – Anatomy; Parasitiology, Pathology, Genetics, Forensic Science, Public Health, Environmental and Health Science Biology, Pharmacology of chemical elements, Molecular biology, Chemical pathology, Microbiology

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Conference Alert – Australasian Genomic Technologies Association

2016 Australian Genomic Technologies Association (AGTA) Conference; 9 – 12 October 2016; Auckland New Zealand

In partnership with the 8th Annual New Zealand Next Generation Sequencing Conference

AGTA/NZ NGS 2016 will showcase dynamic cross-discipline-omics research, and uniquely allow genomics and bioinformatics researchers, as well as industry, to interact over a wide range of topics; these will include technologies focused on genome regulation: biology, phenotype and utility, genomics and agriculture, genome diversity and evolution, human disease and clinical genomics, plant genomics, microbial and single cell genomics and transcriptomics.

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