Day: August 18, 2016

NZ: Hawke’s Bay food safe to eat say growers

FreshPlaza: Last week, the Havelock North water supply was contaminated with campylobacter, leading to more than 2000 people coming down with violent vomiting and diarrhoea.

Growers are desperate to reassure the public it’s safe to eat fruit and vegetables from Hawke’s Bay, despite the region’s contaminated water supply.

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Day: August 18, 2016

US: IBM researchers use grocery scanner data to speed investigations during early foodborne illness outbreaks

PR Newswire: During a foodborne illness outbreak, rapidly identifying the contaminated food source is vital to minimizing illness, loss and impact on society. IBM Research announced its scientists have discovered that analyzing retail-scanner data from grocery stores against maps of confirmed cases of foodborne illness can speed early investigations.

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Day: August 18, 2016

NZ: Top scientist appointed food safety director

Scoop: Massey University’s Professor Nigel French, a world leader in molecular epidemiology and public health research, has been appointed the inaugural director of the New Zealand Food Safety Science and Research Centre.

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