Day: October 17, 2014

Growers blame cuts for food poisoning fiasco

John Weekes writes: Angry growers are doubtful authorities will be able to prove the origins of the painful food poisoning outbreak as a consumer backlash against carrots and lettuce hits home.
Horticulture New Zealand and the Labour Party yesterday blamed cutbacks to the Ministry for Primary Industries’ (MPI) food safety service for exacerbating the outbreak.
MPI yesterday released reports showing a high proportion of people suffering from yersinia pseudotuberculosis were exposed to lettuce and carrots.
A growers’ representative, John Seymour of Horticulture NZ, said the information provided to the public and to growers was inconclusive.
Read the full article at the NZ herald website.

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Day: October 17, 2014

Salmonella food poisoning cases increasing despite education campaigns: ANU study

Craig Allen writes: The number of Salmonella food contamination cases in Australia is increasing despite more education campaigns on food safety.
While foodborne illnesses dropped overall by 17 per cent in the decade to 2010, the two leading causes of hospitalisation, Salmonella and Campylobacter, increased by 24 per cent and 13 per cent respectively.
Read the full article at ABC news.

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