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Monday, September 30, 2019



BARFBLOG WEEKLY - 07/31/2019




Food Safety Talk 187: Must Split and Toast

By Ben Chapman on Jul 30, 2019 03:43 pm
Don and Ben do their annual live from IAFP show. This year, from the dungeons of the Kentucky International Convention Center, the guys are joined by listeners coming from as far at New Zealand. The show starts with a discussion … Continue reading

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BARFBLOG WEEKLY - 08/07/2019




E. coli O157, England and Wales

By Doug Powell on Aug 07, 2019 09:51 pm
I am fascinated with viruses, and we’re all hosts on a viral planet. We used whole-genome sequencing to investigate the evolutionary context of an emerging highly pathogenic strain of Shiga toxin–producing Escherichia coli (STEC) O157:H7 in England and Wales. A timed phylogeny … Continue reading

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UK PHE issues advice to people travelling to Egypt

By Doug Powell on Aug 06, 2019 04:25 pm
What terrible writing. All travellers had been to the Hurghada region of Egypt. Public Health England’s (PHE’s) scientists are gathering further information to understand the cause of these infections. E. coli can cause an unpleasant diarrhoeal illness with stomach cramps … Continue reading

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North American Cyclospora outbreaks

By Doug Powell on Aug 05, 2019 10:23 am
My aunt got sick from Cyclospora in some basil-based thingy in Florida, in 2005. She was sick for weeks. On June 12, 1996, Ontario’s chief medical officer, Dr. Richard Schabas, issued a public health advisory on the presumed link between consumption … Continue reading

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21 sick: Ground bison products recalled due to E. coli 0121 and 0103

By Doug Powell on Aug 04, 2019 08:44 am
Little Powell would get them. Company / Firm: Northfork Bison Distributions Inc. Distribution: National Extent of the distribution: Consumer Contents Recall details Recalled products What you should do Background Illnesses Photos Public enquiries and media Recall details Ottawa, July 16, … Continue reading

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Worker scratching his crotch led to Florida restaurant’s temporary closure

By Doug Powell on Aug 04, 2019 06:50 am
Beau Zimmer of WTSP reports that ants were seen crawling inside a Tampa Bay area Mexican restaurant – our favorite part of Florida and equidistant from the equator as is Brisbane. Sabor A Mexico in Brandon is the go-to spot for … Continue reading

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BARFBLOG WEEKLY - 08/14/2019




Everyone’s got a camera, cat edition: Australian man captures CCTV footage of cat suffocating him in his sleep

By Doug Powell on Aug 09, 2019 09:08 pm
For a year in 1986-87  I wrote in the University of Guelph weekly newspaper a science column about cats. (These are the current two, right) I was fascinated. The next year, I became editor-in-chief. They were the first warm-blooded pets … Continue reading

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St Louis ‘porch pooper’ defecating on woman’s property

By Doug Powell on Aug 09, 2019 06:42 pm
I’m thankful Australia has an abundance of public bathrooms (mainly because they are in parks that are flood areas). I was in Gerrmany a few times, impossible to find a public bathroom, the train conductor told me to just piss … Continue reading

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At least 30 sickened: Multistate outbreak of listeriosis associated with packaged leafy green salads, United States and Canada, 2015-2016

By Doug Powell on Aug 09, 2019 05:51 pm
We investigated an outbreak of listeriosis detected by whole-genome multilocus sequence typing and associated with packaged leafy green salads. Nineteen cases were identified in the United States during July 5, 2015–January 31, 2016; isolates from case-patients were closely related (median difference … Continue reading

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The kid

By Doug Powell on Aug 09, 2019 03:01 am
I love this picture that Amy, the team manager took of Sorenne. See, she’s got my last name My health woes have kept me away from the rink, but Sorenne and Amy are stepping up in fine form.
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BARFBLOG WEEKLY - 08/21/2019




Someone was inpatient: Waiter shot dead by customer who waited too long for a sandwich in France

By Doug Powell on Aug 21, 2019 01:46 am
A waiter was shot to death in a restaurant just outside Paris by an impatient customer who lost his temper for having to wait for a sandwich, bystanders said. The customer, who has not been identified, shot the waiter in the … Continue reading

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Lost luggage with roasted green chiles leads to a food safety issue

By Ben Chapman on Aug 20, 2019 01:08 pm
Don and I were part of the latest episode of Underunderstood where we chat about the food safety risks associated with roasted green chiles (that started out frozen, and ended up ‘cool to the touch’) being in lost luggage for … Continue reading

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What a difference a grade makes

By Doug Powell on Aug 19, 2019 04:44 am
When I was about 10 or 11, playing goal in AAA hockey, I used to vomit before games I knew I was starting, Gump Worsley style. There was this one time in a 3rd year cell biology class about a … Continue reading

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50 sick: Norovirus the cause of Shropshire-area hotel illness outbreak

By Doug Powell on Aug 18, 2019 06:22 am
There’s about six new Norovirus outbreaks reported every day, but I choose this one today because I have a friend who lives in Shropshire, UK. Deborah Hardiman of the Shropshire Star writes provisional tests carried out by Public Health England … Continue reading

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In Denmark food companies caught selling fake organic products escape prosecution

By Doug Powell on Aug 17, 2019 09:04 am
Bullshit. The systematic kind. Dutch News reports government and organic food label inspectors identified 68 companies which have been selling or trading products labeled as organic which broke the rules, RTL Nieuws.  In some cases the companies earned tens of … Continue reading

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When your food safety product recalls make it into pop culture

By Ben Chapman on Aug 16, 2019 08:47 am
It’s usually bad when your product make it into a barfblog post. It’s worse when you make it into a Jimmy Fallon bit.
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