Fewer people barfing? Pathogen versus illness reduction

I’ve commented many times on the machinations of Washington and other capitals, with their proposals, and lobbyists and general isolation from the reality of foodborne illness and ask a basic question: will whatever some social actor is proposing actually lead to few people barfing?

eintsteinquestioneverything(It’s like the question I asked my hockey club: do coaches run practice or do parents? They couldn’t answer so I stepped aside as head coach. Still coach kids and adults, but wearied of the bureaucracy; that’s for other people more skilled at it than I).

Dr. William James writes for meatingplace.com that it’s time for USDA to move from pathogen reduction to illness reduction.

Will requiring testing of an expanded array of products help us achieve a downward trend of illnesses from E. coli O157:H7? Some meat companies think not, because trim from these products is already tested.  FSIS thinks more testing might help because it claims these cuts are increasingly used for grinding by further processors, retailers, and foodservice customers.

In a puzzling statement, FSIS said it intends to focus on Salmonella Dublin. S. Dublin isn’t on CDC’s list of top 10 serotypes causing illnesses.  And according to FSIS, S. Dublin is reported to cause more severe illness than any other meat-borne Salmonella, but it “rarely infects humans.”

So, what is the plan to reduce Salmonella illnesses from beef? “[W]e think one way to get at that is through a performance standard,”Meatingplace.com reports FSIS as saying.

FSIS did mention they were looking at the presence of Salmonella in lymph nodes as a key to a new approach to controlling illnesses.  That’s encouraging.

The FSIS announcement for pathogen controls doesn’t have many new ideas, and is not likely to be effective.  We need a fresh approach.

The goal for FSIS needs to evolve from pathogen reduction to illness reduction.

South Carolina sports fan splattered with vomit live on TV as half-time show gets gross

Baseball team the Charleston Riverdogs held a ribbon dancing contest between innings during a game on Thursday.

bull-durham-mv02It went well and one of the dancers was beaming as she strolled off the field, but then out of nowhere she vomited everywhere.

And just in case the fans watching at home missed it, the Riverdogs uploaded the gross-out footage to social media.

What made her ill remains unclear, but viewers have noted that the team runs a “Thirsty Thursdays” promotion.

Others have suggested that it was simply ball-park food combined with the sudden physicality of dancing.

Regardless, her unfortunate outburst is being used as a Twitter meme to express sudden disgust.

Some fans took issue with the minor-league team for sharing the video on social media.

However the fan herself, named Bonnie, joked on Twitter that she gave “all she’s got” for her team.

Bug forces Australian women’s water polo team into quarantine on eve of Games

Amy and I are terrible swimmers.

Being good Aussies, Sorenne is developing into an excellent swimmer.

aust.water.polo.aug.16But she’s getting bored of doing laps for an hour.

We suggested water polo – they have a team at the local pool – and she was, Meh.

Now, perhaps our worlds have collided (or provided another reason to talk about microorganisms, as we did on our way home from school yesterday).

Four members of the Australian women’s water polo team have been segregated from their teammates after being floored by a virus.

In a disruptive setback to the Aussie Stingers medal hopes just four days out from the games, team management ushered the four players into building BV1 — which normally houses AOC and team officials — immediately after arriving in Rio on Monday afternoon.

The four picked up a bug while training in Rome in the lead-up to this week’s games.

Australian chef de mission Kitty Chiller said the four team members would not have any contact with their teammates until cleared by the team doctor.

Dim sum buns that barf and poop on customers in Hong Kong

Dim sum has been given a new twist in one of China’s popular restaurants, as diners are encouraged to play with their food.

At Dim Sum Icon diners squeeze their food to poo or vomit on their plate. The restaurant encourages its diners to take photos and videos to post to their social media pages. Dim Sum Icon opened their first restaurant two years ago and their second at the end of December. They are already in negotiations to open stores in mainland China and Macau.

Don’t drive drunk: And don’t barf at Burger King drive through

A man reportedly threw up at a fast food restaurant late Wednesday night — but not because of the food.

burger.kingDavid Anthony Frieko, 32, of Clermont, was charged with DUI and resisting arrest after an employee at a Burger King in Clermont called police to report a driver in the drive-thru line had vomited in a vehicle, according to an arrest affidavit.

The man also paid $35 for an $8 order.

Police said when they responded to the State Road 50 restaurant at about 11:40 p.m., they found Frieko in the driver seat with his head down, his eyes bloodshot and glassy and his vehicle running. Officers say they smelled alcohol.

They had to pull Frieko out of the vehicle after he refused to exit, and he was unsteady on his feet.

Frieko reportedly refused sobriety tests and was arrested.

From the who cares files: Corey Taylor drank his own vomit in front of Marilyn Manson

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor recalls drinking his own vomit from a cup in front of a “freaked out” Marilyn Manson.

corey.taylorSlipknot’s North American tour with Manson kicks off in Nashville tonight, having been postponed when Taylor underwent surgery on his spine.

And the vocalist says things have previously gotten a little weird backstage when his band and Manson were on the same Ozzfest 2001 bill.

Taylor tells Rolling Stone: “I was pretty lit, pretty much for that whole tour. I do remember throwing up in a cup and drinking it in front of Manson and he kind of freaked out.

“He didn’t really know how to take it. And then he ran into our dressing room in tighty-whitey underwear and kind of danced for us and kind of ran back out, and we were like, ‘What the fuck just happened?'”

Taylor adds that, despite both Slipknot and Manson’s reputation for shenanigans, they tend not to try outdo each other when it comes to pranks.

“… there’s a mutual respect that goes along with that positive competition that will make for great shows no matter where we are. To me, that’s the best respect that you can show a fellow artist, especially someone you really enjoy what they do.”

They both suck.

 

Vomit cruise: Australian couple find barf on Pacific Dawn cruise ship

An Australian couple were left extremely disappointed after their cruise ship holiday turned into a nightmare on the sea.

vomit cruiseJohn Forenca and Jennifer Miles had booked to spend a week on the P&O cruise ship Pacific Dawn.

But, after spending hundreds of dollars on the cruise, the couple were met with a string of problems including vomit in the elevator, broken facilities and mould in their bedroom. 

“One of the lifts you couldn’t use because the doors closed on you — that didn’t seem very safe,” Forenca told the Geelong Advertiser.

“There was an outdoor TV screen so you could watch movies after dinner but that wasn’t working either.”

Forenca also said that his partner found vomit in the elevator which was not cleaned up after she reported it.

“The last three or four days people got gastro … three toilets broke down as well,” he told the newspaper. 

A spokesman for P&O Cruises said they were sorry to hear the couple hadn’t enjoyed their cruise but did not believe it was the “widespread sentiment”. 

“As Australia’s largest cruise operator, P&O Cruises is very proud of the high standards that we maintain across our fleet and this is reflected in the positive feedback we receive from our guests. If customer service issues do arise on board they are attended to quickly.”

Pacific Dawn has capacity for 2000 passengers and departs from Brisbane. 

Will fewer people barf? Ho Chi Minh City plans food safety agency

Ho Chi Minh City authorities are planning to set up a major food safety agency as the number of food poisoning cases has been on the rise.

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The new agency, directly managed by the city’s administration, will have more authority in coordinating with relevant agencies and handling violations, according to the plan.

The current food safety agency of the city, managed by the Department of Health, has limited personnel and authority, the city’s Interior Department said in the plan.

A total of 248 people were hospitalized for food poisoning in the first four months this year, according to the Food Safety Agency. That was nearly equal to the number of patients with food poisoning in 2015. 

Martine McCutcheon barfed on Simply Red singer during first date

Some-kind-of-Brit celeb Martine McCutcheon, 40, has revealed that she once found herself on the arm of the amorous Simply Red frontman, Mick Hucknall, now 56 – but things soon came to a sickly end when she vomited in his hair.

Mick Hucknall‘We met at a premiere,’ she recalled. ‘And I can’t eat, drinking the champagne and I’ve gone in the car, engine goes over, I [grumbled] like something out of the exorcist.’

Speaking on Loose Women on Wednesday, she added: ‘I [vomited on him]. He had dreadlocks. The dreadlocks flicked [into the vomit]. Not long after that, he had to cut his dreadlocks off!’

 

Top Gear: Chris Evans barfs after going too fast

During a segment about the Audio R8 2.0, the Radio 2 DJ had to pull over trackside so he could vomit on the road.

Top-Gear-679211He was doing laps in the car at the Laguna Seca, which is known for its corkscrew twists and turns, with motor racing champion Sabine Schmitz in the driver’s seat.

Chris, 50, seemed to be fine at the start but things went a bit pear-shaped when he seemed to look a little worse for wear.

“My stomach wants a divorce,” he told Sabine, 47, as she drove the car around the track.

Once they crossed the finish line on the first lap, Chris was seen panicking and telling Sabine: “Oh, slow down Sabine, please.”

“You need some fresh air?” she said with a laugh as Chris appeared to go slightly green.

He then released a profuse stream of swearing as the car ground to halt.

Chris managed to keep it together but he wasn’t faring too well as they went round again.

After completing the second lap, Chris said: “Stop, please stop!” He then proceeded to open the door and hurl up onto the tarmac.

“Woah! Go out! Go out!” Sabina exclaimed aa she shooed him out of the motor before Chris was heard vomiting.  

“Why is it red?” Sabine asked curiously, peering over his shoulder, Chris replied: “Strawberries, for breakfast.”