November 18

NEWS SCAN: Multistate E coli outbreak, H9 flu case in Hong Kong, WHO pandemic guidance

first_imgNov 3, 2009E coli outbreak with 2 deaths linked to ground beefAn outbreak of 28 Escherichia coli cases in 16 states, with two deaths, has been linked to ground beef from a firm in New York, according to federal officials. The US Department of Agriculture reported Oct 31 that Fairbank Farms of Asheville, N.Y., was recalling 545,699 pounds of ground beef potentially contaminated with E coli. Yesterday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said isolates from seven patients genetically matched an isolate from an opened package of the firm’s ground beef from a Massachusetts patient’s home. Most of the patients fell ill between Sep 17 and Oct 10, the CDC reported. Sixteen were hospitalized, 3 suffered hemolytic uremic syndrome, a form of kidney failure, and 2 died, the agency said. States affected by the outbreak are California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Vermont. Most of the recalled products list “Est. 492” on the USDA mark of inspection and carry the date “091509” or “091609.”Oct 31 USDA recall noticeNov 2 CDC statementChinese woman treated for H9 avian flu in Hong KongA woman from Guangdong province on the Chinese mainland is being treated in Hong Kong for a rare case of H9 avian influenza, Hong Kong government officials reported today. The woman fell ill with breathlessness and a cough Oct 26 and was admitted to a Hong Kong hospital 2 days later, the statement said. The woman, who has a preexisting medical condition that requires regular medication, is in stable condition in isolation. Five previous H9 infections have been identified in Hong, all involving children, in 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2008, officials said. They gave no information about the source of the infection.WHO issues pandemic guidance for non-health sectorThe World Health Organization (WHO) has released a set of guidelines—developed before the H1N1 influenza pandemic—on pandemic preparedness outside the health sector. The 18-page document includes sections on business continuity management, interdependencies among essential services, government’s role, and the role of other organizations. A foreword cautions that, because the guidance was developed before the H1N1 pandemic, some information and recommendations may not be relevant to the current situation.WHO document “Whole-of-Society Pandemic Readiness”last_img read more

August 26

Masters 2019: Final round begins with Tiger Woods two behind leader Francesco Molinari

first_imgThe 2019 Masters was set to finish in somewhat unfamiliar circumstances, but perhaps with a very familiar winner, as the final round began much earlier than usual on Sunday.Due to the anticipated arrival of thunderstorms in the afternoon, organizers brought the tee times forward in round four, while grouping players in threesomes and using the first and 10th tees. Open champion Francesco Molinari held a two-shot lead at 13 under, but Tiger Woods — a winner at Augusta on four previous occasions — was only two behind alongside Tony Finau.Woods was looking to complete the most incredible comeback from multiple back surgeries. As recently as November 2017, he was ranked 1,199th in the world and two months earlier he acknowledged he was unsure if he would ever play professional golf again. Related News Molinari, Woods and Finau were due off at 9:20 a.m. local time. The Italian famously got the better of Tiger last July when they were paired together for the final round of The Open at Carnoustie.Brooks Koepka was three off the lead at 10 under with 18 holes to play, with Ian Poulter and Webb Simpson a further shot back.Here are the hole locations for the final round of #themasters. pic.twitter.com/V2qOk7zXDe— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 14, 2019Although the forecast rain had yet to arrive when play began, there were already strong winds at Augusta, providing additional intrigue on the final day. Masters 2019: Francesco Molinari once again finds himself in duel with Tiger Woodslast_img read more

December 24

RAMELTON CHINESE TAKEAWAY CLOSED DOWN BY FOOD STANDARDS AGENCY – LIFFORD BUTCHER INVESTIGATED

first_imgThe Food Safety Authority of Ireland says that nine Closure Orders were served on food businesses last month, including two in Co Donegal.The Orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive.Golden River Chinese Takeaway, Shore Road, Ramelton, was closed and has not re-opened. A Closure Order was also served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on Country Meats (butcher), Coneyburrow Road, Lifford, DonegalProf. Alan Reilly, Chief Executive, FSAI warned that food businesses need to be vigilant in relation to food safety, ensure full compliance with food regulations and demand high standards from their suppliers.He said: “Each Enforcement Order sends a clear message to food businesses that unsafe food safety practices or non-compliance with food legislation is not tolerated by the inspection officers.“Again and again, we encounter cases involving improper storage of foodstuffs and poor cleaning and sanitising. These breaches are completely avoidable when food businesses have proper food safety management systems in place. “Food businesses must recognise that the legal onus is on them to make sure that the food they serve is safe to eat. This requires ongoing compliance with food safety practices and hygiene standards. There is absolutely no excuse for negligent practices.” RAMELTON CHINESE TAKEAWAY CLOSED DOWN BY FOOD STANDARDS AGENCY – LIFFORD BUTCHER INVESTIGATED was last modified: July 8th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ChineseFood Safety AuthorityGolden RiverIrelandRameltonlast_img read more