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July 23, 2015
Claims have come out this week that Melbourne’s prestigious Langham Hotel, which was linked to a serious salmonella outbreak earlier this week, was previously ‘infested with cockroaches, mice and other vermin’. Investigations have found that 60 guests who dined on High Tea at the hotel on 11 and 12 July have been struck-down with food poisoning, six of which required hospitalisation. A source has reportedly told the Herald Sun that the kitchen of the iconic ho…
July 21, 2015
India’s food safety authority is once again showing they’re cracking down on food and drink imports with Jacob’s Creek wines seemingly the latest target. Food Standards and Authority India (FSSAI) stopped imports from Australia’s largest wine company late last year after reports from food safety regulators alleged the wine contained tartaric acid. Pernod Ricard India, the company responsible for importing Jacob’s Creek wine, is currently fighting against the i…
July 16, 2015
Mobile food van owners Lachlan and Cameron Hope have spoken out the Gladstone Observer about the challenges they faced when starting their food business. The pair set up Scrumptious Tatties’, a mobile restaurant that serves home-style jacket potatoes and salads, just over a year ago. In an interview with the Observer Cameron Hope admitted that setting up the business involved more than they had first thought. According to the Gladstone Observer article publish…
July 14, 2015
An American man has put his health at risk after consuming 120 raw eggs in a live performance on reality TV show America’s Got Talent. Patrick ‘Deep Dish’ Bertoletti, a 30-year-old cook from Chicago, astounded both the judges and the audience when he drank four glass jugs filled to the brim with raw eggs. Bertoletti, who owns his own food truck, is a self-described ‘extreme eater’ who competes professionally in various eating competitions. The dangers of raw…
July 7, 2015
Public health researchers are calling for the new Health Star Rating system to apply to fast food outlets as a way to better inform consumers of the nutritional facts surrounding exactly what they’re eating. The Health Star Rating scheme is a labelling system that rates the overall nutritional information of packaged foods. The ratings vary from ½ a star to 5 stars and are designed to be an easy to understand and consistent way for consumers to compare foods.…
June 25, 2015
Two Sydney butchers have been hit with a combined total of more than AUD $21,000 in fines and extra costs after being prosecuted for manufacturing meat products that were found to contain illegal amounts of sulphur dioxide. The first case involved a Sydney butcher who was fined AUD $12,950 by the NSW Food Authority and forced to pay AUD $3,870 in additional costs. The butcher was prosecuted after the NSW Food Authority found sulphur dioxide present in minced be…
June 23, 2015
Queensland’s Ebuta Goat Dairy is recalling their raw goats milk from Townsville stores after traces of E. coli were found to have contaminated the products. The Ebuta Goat Dairy, which are permitted to sell unpasteurised goats milk products to the public, are currently rushing to recall all ‘Ebuta Dairy Goats Milk Unpasteurised’ that was packaged between: 11.06.2015 – 17.06.2015, has fresh use-by dates between: 20.06.2015 – 27.06.2015 or frozen use-by dates bet…
June 18, 2015
A recent food safety scandal surrounding some of Maggi’s noodle products have led to Australian authorities suspending instant noodles packets that are imported from India. The company, which has reportedly lost hundreds of millions of dollars since the scandal first broke, is alleged to have produced instant noodle products that contain well over India’s acceptable levels of both lead and MSG. Noodles will be held and inspected On 11 June, together with the…
June 17, 2015
Starbucks stores in India have rid their shelves of many of their famous flavoured syrups after local food safety inspectors have determined them unsafe. The coffee giant has bowed to the pressure of their governing food authority who reportedly rejected the products on an ‘assessment of risk and safety’. Although specific reasons about why the products were found unsafe were not provided to the company, the 75 affected Starbucks stores withdrew the syrups, wh…
June 11, 2015
Charlie Sheen has been rushed to hospital this week suffering severe food poisoning after eating dodgy clams. Around 11pm on Monday night the 49 year-old actor reportedly called an ambulance to his Los Angeles home after falling sick from eating a take-away seafood pasta meal. Despite sources hinting that the hospital visit was due to something a little more scandalous, Jeff Ballard, Sheen’s agent, confirmed to the media that the Two and a Half Men star was ta…
June 9, 2015
Supermarket giant Woolworths has denied responsibility for a Queensland couple who were left dry-reaching and distressed after finding maggots in their dinner. Ffion Veselinovic reportedly told The Courier Mail she was just sitting down to eat when she saw her husband, Shaun, staring at maggots floating in his bowl. “We both stopped eating of course, and at that point I was dry-retching,” she said. “The heating of the tomato juice seemed to have brought them…
June 4, 2015
Big changes are on the way regarding the kinds of nutritional and health claims allowed to be displayed on food labels. Just because a muesli bar has 5 sparkly stars printed on it, does not guarantee that it has any actual benefits and the new standards will come down hard on manufacturers who make false claims. The new laws are set to begin in just seven months and will give Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), the authority responsible for regulating…
June 2, 2015
New data suggests that restaurants in Queensland’s Moreton region are cleaner and less likely to give you food poisoning than their Brisbane counterparts. Restaurants in Brisbane received almost half a million dollars in fines for various food safety breaches last year and were responsible for more than 1200 cases of salmonella poisoning. According to a report issue by the Pine River Press, in 2014 the Brisbane City Council carried out 6220 food safety inspecti…
May 28, 2015
A new study has found that cruise ships really are the perfect environments for foodborne illnesses to thrive. With so many people in such close confines, bacteria and other harmful contagions are quickly and easily able to spread from person to person. The study commissioned by independent newsroom ProPublica found that of the 22 million passengers who travelled on cruise ships last year, more than 1,700 crew and passengers became ill with some type of gastroi…
May 26, 2015
Nestlé are rushing to assure consumers that their Maggi noodle products are safe to eat after rumours that they contain unsafe and harmful ingredients have been running rampant. Tests, which were carried out on samples from Uttar Pradesh in India, revealed the noodles contained far higher amounts of MSG and lead than the permissible level. The lab results indicated there was seven times more lead present in the samples taken than the acceptable level. More tes…