Sample-based data model extended to veterinary drug residues

 As two Australian Football League players (the ice hockey of footie) claim their positive tests for clenbuterol came from steak consumed in New Zealand (that’s just scientifically BS, as cyclist Alberto Contador proved in 2010 ), the European Food Safety Authority is extending the use of its harmonised sample-based data reporting model to the collection of data on veterinary medicinal product residues in animals and animal products.

clenbuterol.aflSample-based reporting using standardized description elements is already used to collect occurrence data from Member States in areas such as food additives, chemical contaminants, pesticide residues and antimicrobial resistance. 

Monitoring data on veterinary medicinal product (VMP) residues are currently submitted annually in an aggregated format to a database maintained by the European Commission. EFSA then examines the data and presents the results in annual reports. However, aggregation does not lend itself to complex statistical analysis and is of limited value for quantitative exposure and risk assessments. The move to direct collection of data in a sample-based format will enable EFSA and the European Commission to tackle questions related to the risk assessment and risk management of VMP residues. 

No inquest for Bali food poisoning deaths

Many in Australia want to vacation in Bali.

bali.deathsMe, not so much.

Here’s another reason:

An inquest won’t be held into the death of a mother and daughter duo who died from food poisoning while on holiday in Indonesia.

Queensland Coroner Terry Ryan on Tuesday published his findings into the deaths of Noelene Bischoff, 54, and her 14-year-old daughter Yvana, who died within a few hours of each other in Bali on January 4 last year.

Mr Ryan said there was nothing to be gained from holding an inquest and determined the cause of their death to be a “severe reaction to food, likely to have been fish, consumed while on holiday in Indonesia”.

That severe reaction was probably scombroid syndrome, which occurs after eating certain types of fish that produce high levels of histamine, he said.

Don’t eat poop, Calif man does anyway while on trial

A Paso Robles man on trial for bank robbery put his hand into his pants, took out feces and ate it while testifying on Wednesday.

andrew.gilbertson.poopAndrew Gilbertson, 40, is accused of robbing the Bank of America located at Santa Rosa and Higuera streets in July 2013. He pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

While on the stand, Gilbertson said the Virgin Mary told him to rob the bank. He then said the Virgin Mary told him to eat feces.

Judge Donald Umhofer called a recess after Gilbertson began eating poop. Later in the day, a mental health expert testified that Gilbertson hears voices in his head.

 

No hepatitis please; I’m not that punk

As I listen to my iTunes library on shuffle, the punk rock oracles, NOFX, come on and at the end of Bob off of I Heard They Suck Live (they kind of do) one of the singers says in some stage banter, ‘Don’t spit on me. You could get hepatitis like that.’

Unlikely.

But the follow-up is pretty good

‘I’m not that punk’

Go to 2:23 below to hear it.

Focus on poop: NZ splash parks, AUS child cares, terrible people

A mystery pool pooper – or poopers – has struck again at an Invercargill, NZ swimming pool.

i.poop.youIt is the sixth Friday in a row someone has defecated in a swimming pool at the centre.

In the first instance a “smidgen” of faeces was discovered in the leisure pool at the Splash Palace Aquatic Centre about 4.30pm.

Aquatic Centre manager Pete Thompson said swimmers had been removed from the pool and extra chlorine had been added to the water but he believed this incident to be “an unfortunate coincidence”.

“The mode is dissimilar to anything else we have had. It was a very tiny 10 cent piece-size which suggests it probably came out of a baby’s togs,” he said.

He did not know if the poos were deliberate.

“How do you prove something is deliberate unless you catch them in the act?

“I hope whoever this person is, if it’s deliberate, ceases to behave in this manner. It’s disgusting.

In Australia, some childcare centres are sending kids home with their poo and undergarments in labelled plastic bags.

If a kid stocks the lake with brown trout (in their undies), it’s a health and safety issue. There is a chance of cross-contamination in sinks and fecal matter flicking up into a worker’s eyes. So instead of putting it in the teeny tiny toilets, the childcare workers just bag the undies up, log and all, name them and put them with the other packages of joy for the parents to deal with upon pick up.

We should also spare a thought for those who live in warmer climates. There would be some serious fermentation going on in those plastic bags.

And in Washington State an 8-year-old girl received a package of animal poop, perhaps an anonymous form of bullying.

caddyshack.pool.poop-1Oddly enough, there are some companies that specialize in these sort of deliveries.

When Jamie Villanueva’s daughter opened the package, she thought someone sent her chocolate ice cream.

“And when I saw it, my heart just sunk,” Villanueva said.

Her worst suspicious however, turned out to be true.

“So I opened it and inside it has feces,” Villanueva said. “A container of feces.”

The container came with a calling card from a company called “I Poop You.” According to its website it specializes in packaging and delivering animal waste as a joke.

“I get it. I have a sense of humor. I think it’s very clever of the company,” Villanueva said. “But it’s really inappropriate with children.”

There are several websites that offer poop delivery and there doesn’t seem to be any specific law against it.

Clean hair policy: But don’t shave over a McMuffin

One of McDonald’s UK guests who bought McMuffin for breakfast was left dismayed after finding beard trimmings on her meal.

McMuffinThis made April Gilmour, a 24-year-old from Kilmarnock, felt nauseous as she discovers short, dark hairs littered in the sandwich which includes the egg and sausage. She had been astonish to discover it after ingesting already half of her breakfast snack down

On her disappointments, the mum-of-two spontaneously announced the grubby treat on social media.

The beautician then wrote on Facebook: “This was my sausage and egg McMuffin from McDonald’s in Kilmarnock this morning. I had eaten half of it and opened it up to put more sauce on and noticed it was full of hair shavings. Disgusting!

“The manager told me they will operate a clean shave policy – well clearly some wee rage has shaved all over their uniform and it’s falling into my breakfast.”

“It’s obviously an accident but I can still feel the sick in my stomach thinking about it.”

The spokesman of McDonald’s said: “Food safety is our highest priority and both our restaurants and our suppliers place enormous prominence on food hygiene and following accurate standards in order to evade imperfections in our foodstuffs.

“We have launched an investigation following the reporting of this incident.”

Macaroni & metal

Kraft Foods Group is voluntarily recalling approximately 242,000 cases of select code dates and manufacturing codes of the Original flavor of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner – due to the possibility that some boxes may contain small pieces of metal. The recalled product is limited to the 7.25-oz. size of the Original flavor of boxed dinner with the “Best When Used By” dates of September 18, 2015 through October 11, 2015, with the code “C2″ directly below the date on each individual box.  The “C2″ refers to a specific production line on which the affected product was made.

heavy.metalKraft has received eight consumer contacts about this product from the impacted line within this range of code dates and no injuries have been reported.  We deeply regret this situation and apologize to any consumers we have disappointed.

How to know your Canadian

I go to sleep earlier than Amy, while she watches Real Housewives of Somewhere to wind down.

doug.coach.happy.feb.15Last night, while asleep, I asked her, “What time is it?”

“9 o’clock.”

“Beauty.”

And then I apparently added, “Party on.”

Coaching (ice) hockey is also a clue (most of the coaches are Canadian).

Food porn crazy in Australia: feed your baby formula from liver and beef broth

An Australian baby recipe book that advocates milk formula based on liver and bone broth has been put on indefinite hold after intervention by a consortium of health organizations.

PeteEvans_articleBut no worries for one of the authors of Bubba Yum Yum: The Paleo Way, Pete Evans (right, exactly as shown), he’ll keep his food porn gig as a Channel 7 My Kitchen Rules judge.

The other authors are baby recipe blogger Charlotte Carr and naturopath Helen Padarin. None have medical qualifications.

“In my view, there’s a very real possibility that a baby may die if this book goes ahead,” Professor Heather Yeatman, president of the Public Health Association of Australia, has told The Weekly online.

Experts warn it contains more than ten times the safe maximum daily intake of vitamin A for babies and inadequate levels of other nutrients.

“That’s the really troubling thing: the infant is totally at the whim of their parents when it comes to feeding,” says Prof Yeatman. “If the wrong decision is made, they may be seriously affected.”

Paleo advocate Pete Evans has more than 780,000 Likes on his Facebook page, which includes many personal testimonials from fans. He describes his current national speaking tour as “spreading the medicine”.

In his foreword to the book, he implies that the Paleo diet may help prevent autism, birth defects, behavioural disorders, digestive disorders, rashes and asthma.