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Massive Frozen Vegetable Recall Expands to Australia

July 11, 2018

Australia has been the latest country to be hit by mass recalls of frozen vegetables, following the recall of hundreds of products across the UK and Europe last week. These recalls follow the deaths of 9 people in the UK from listeria thought to be linked to the consumption of frozen vegetables. Australian supermarkets affected include Woolworths, Aldi and IGA stores. About ten frozen vegetable products have been recalled in total including frozen corn, carrots, broccoli and mixed vegetables. ...

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Food Safety Applies to Our Furry Friends Too

May 14, 2018

Food safety for pets has been in the news recently after 74 dogs across Australia were struck down with an incurable illness called megaesophogus. Megaesophogus is an incurable and sometimes fatal condition that causes the oesophagus to become enlarged and restricts the ability of food to move through the animals stomach. Whilst no definitive link has been proven as yet, all of the dogs are thought to have consumed pet food called Advance Dermocare, made by global food and confectionary compa ...

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Gold Coast School to Close Temporarily After Norovirus Outbreak

March 7, 2018

The prestigious Southport School based on the Gold Coast in Queensland is set to end the current school term three days early following a recent norovirus outbreak that's already affected over 400 students and staff. The school, which teaches both day pupils and boarders, will close on March 23rd to allow time for a 'complete and thorough antiviral clean'. This is deemed necessary as new cases of infection continue to arise five weeks after the start of the outbreak. The first signs of an ...

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Authorities Warn Against Eating Laundry Detergent….Seriously

January 22, 2018

In a bizarre social media trend, people are biting into capsules of laundry detergent in order to impress followers. The craze called the 'Tide Pod Challenge' involves biting into a Tide Pod (a popular US brand of laundry detergent) that is bright blue and green in colour and looks somewhat like a hard lolly. Clearly this is a bad idea. The capsules contain high levels of dangerous chemicals, as well as ethanol, polymers and hydrogen peroxide, that are highly poisonous if consumed. The ...

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USA Trend For Raw Water Raises Concerns

January 7, 2018

A new trend in the USA is seeing demand for "unfiltered, untreated, unsterilised spring water" - or "raw water" - increase at an alarming rate. Companies such as Live Water, Tourmaline Spring and Liquid Eden are selling the water for up to AUD $76 for 9.4 litres of untreated water. Other companies such as Zero Mass Water sell technology that enables consumers to collect raw water from the atmosphere from near their homes. Furthermore, people following the "water conscious movement" are gat ...

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Virgin Australia Suspends In-Flight Food Service Due to Listeria Scare

November 17, 2017

Virgin Australia passengers flying from LAX to Australia are being given vouchers to purchase food prior to boarding following a listeria scare with the airline's food provider. The in-flight catering company used by Virgin, Gate Gourmet, has had a number of airlines stop using it's services after a recent inspection found traces of listeria at it's facilities. Airlines Response to Situation Airlines that are known to have stopped using the Gate Gourmet service include Virgin Australia, Del ...

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Man Poisons Baby Food In German Supermarkets

October 3, 2017

A man in southern Germany has deliberately slipped poison into baby food and other supermarket food items in an attempt to extort millions of euros. The man contacted police by email to alert them to what he'd done and threatened to target other supermarkets in Germany and across Europe if his demands weren't met. He said that he'd poisoned the food with ethylene glycol, a colourless, odourless liquid used in the manufacture of antifreeze, which can be deadly if consumed. The threats appea ...

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Tasmanian Oysters Banned in Hong Kong

September 29, 2017

Raw oysters and shellfish harvested in Tasmania have been banned from import and sale into Hong Kong according to a directive issued this week. The announncement was made by the food safety authority of China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) adter a batch of oysters were identified as containing the Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) toxin. The affected oysters were from Blackman Bay Lease 44 however all oysters and shellfish from the region are being recalled. "For ...

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WA Residents Hit With Major Stomach Bug Outbreak

July 18, 2017

Residents of Western Australia are struggling through a terrible year for stomach bugs. Just last month the Australian Institute of Food Safety reported that a record high of 713 cases of Salmonella had been recorded already in 2017. That number has now exploded with 4076 cases of gastrointestinal disease reported so far this year, 1566 of which have been linked to the consumption of uncooked eggs. Australian Medical Association WA president Dr Omar Khorshid explains that the spike in egg- ...

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QLD Kangaroo Processing Facility Gets Hit With Suspension Notice

June 15, 2017

After only three months of operations, a game meat processor based in Charleville in Queensland has been issued with a Suspension Notice from Safe Food Queensland. Barco Queensland began operations at the plant in March this year and had 25 employees working on the premises. The Charleville plant received carcasses from 30 kangaroo shooters which were then skinned on the premises before being sent to premises belonging to parent company, Millennium Pet Foods, for further processing. In the ...

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