Day: July 13, 2015

AU: Five tips to help your family avoid gastro this winter

Food Safety Information Council: The Food Safety Information Council today released five tips to help consumers avoid the spread of norovirus, a leading cause of gastroenteritis, over the winter months. This follows recent ANU research that found there are an estimated 276,000 cases of norovirus infection on average in Australia each year, leading to 150 hospitalisations and 1 death.

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Day: July 13, 2015

US: Television cooking shows lack food safety

Michigan State University: Cooking shows and competitions have become standard fare on television over the past few years. A 2010 Harris Poll showed that eight out of 10 American adults watch cooking shows on television on a regular basis. Unfortunately, when it comes to food safety practices, television cooking shows fall incredibly short, potentially portraying dangerous practices that, if repeated in the home kitchen, could make people sick.

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Day: July 13, 2015

UK: Global food contamination data published

Food Safety Watch: According to new data released by the Fera (the UK’s reference laboratory for chemicals in foods) HorizonScan service, Pesticides (13.5%), Salmonella (11.1%) and mycotoxins (7.1%) were the most frequently reported food contaminants globally over the last quarter.

However, taken as a category, it was microbial contaminants that accounted for the highest number of reports (approximately 25%) of food safety, quality and authenticity issues. Listeria, veterinary drugs and non-permitted food colours also featured in the top ten individual food contaminants.

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