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June17th 2016

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Read about FSANZ’s advice.

Food recalls are managed by state and territory authorities and are coordinated by FSANZ. The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services managed this particular recall. Regulatory authorities and industry moved quickly to ensure all potentially affected products were removed from retail sale.

All food sold must be safe and suitable and must meet the requirements of the Food Standards Code. Even with the best food safety practices issues like this will occur from time-to-time. The food recall system has been developed to manage recalls when there is a food safety issue.

What is Hepatitis A?

Hepatitis A is a viral disease that affects the liver but unlike hepatitis B and C, hepatitis A does not cause chronic liver disease. In most hepatitis A cases, a person’s immune system will clear the infection and the liver will completely heal.

Symptoms

Many infected people, particularly children under the age of five, often do not show any symptoms. However, for older children and adults the following symptoms may indicate a hepatitis A infection:

FSANZ provided advice to the Department of Agriculture about the food implicated in this incident.

Read about FSANZ’s advice.

Food recalls are managed by state and territory authorities and are coordinated by FSANZ. The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services managed this particular recall. Regulatory authorities and industry moved quickly to ensure all potentially affected products were removed from retail sale.

All food sold in Australia must be safe and suitable and must meet the requirements of the Food Standards Code. Even with the best food safety practices issues like this will occur from time-to-time. Australia’s food recall system has been developed to manage recalls when there is a food safety issue.

Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Weather Prediction Center reported that a coronal mass ejection (CME) -- the third in less than a week -- erupted Thursday, sending billions of tons of solar atmospheric material hurtling through the solar system toward Earth. They expected it to reach the planet Saturday afternoon.

"This event is expected to be weaker than the severe geomagnetic storm from earlier in the week," SWPC forecasters said. Moderate geomagnetic storm conditions were expected to begin June 27 and continue into June 28.

Two CMEs -- one on June 20 and another on June 22 -- reached Earth in the first half of the week. When the plasma and magnetic fields in a CME interact with Earth's magnetic field, it causes a geomagnetic storm that can sometimes interfere with high frequency radio communications and GPS signals.

June 29th

The flu in Sydney is getting worse as we speak, and the most significant thing about the statistics covering the number of people sick is that it only covers the 3 or 4% of cases because these are confirmed by laboratory tests.
So it is actually many times more prevalent than first indicated.

June 25th

Sydney doctors are getting worried about the flu numbers in the area, they say get vaccinated straight away no matter what age you are.

Top of the range baby car seats are being withdrawn

The toddler convertible car seats that were recalled included the Cozy Cline, Comfort Sport, Classic Ride 50, My Ride 65 and 70, Size4Me 70, My Size 70, Head Wise 70 with Safety Surround, Ready Ride, Nautilus Elite, Smart Seat, Nautilus Plus, Argos 70 and Argos 70 Elite

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Japan is going to start killing Minkie whales again.

There are now an estimated 10,000 users of the flesh eating killer drug Krocodile.

June24th

BEIJING (AFP) - Almost half a billion US dollars worth of smuggled frozen meat - some of it rotting and more than 40 years old - has been seized in China, reports said on Wednesday. More than 100,000 tonnes of chicken wings, beef and pork worth up to three billion yuan (S$648 million) were seized in the nationwide crackdown, the state-run China Daily newspaper said. "It was smelly, and I nearly threw up when I opened the door," said an official from Hunan province, where 800 tonnes were seized. Two gangs from the central province were among 14 busted across the country in the operation which concluded earlier this month. A report on the official Hunan propaganda website said that the meat seized locally came from the "border area" with Vietnam, where it was "difficult to control the flow of meat". But the China Daily report did not specify the frozen meat's origin and the seizures were not reported on the website of China's General Administration of Customs. Officials from Guangxi, a southern region bordering Vietnam, found some of the meat was "more than 40 years old", the newspaper said. That would mean it was originally packed and stored when the country was still under the rule of Communist China's founding father Mao Zedong, who died in 1976. The China Daily said smugglers bought cheap meat abroad, shipped it to Hong Kong and on to Vietnam before bringing it to the mainland. Yang Bo, deputy director of the anti-smuggling bureau in the Hunanese capital Changsha, said they would often transport the goods in ordinary vehicles, rather than refrigerated ones, to save costs. "So the meat has often thawed out several times before reaching customers," he added. Poor food safety is a major concern in China, where standards are lax and scandals involving tainted products are common. China was rocked by one of its biggest-ever food safety scandals in 2008 when the industrial chemical melamine was found to have been illegally added to dairy products, killing at least six babies and making 300,000 people ill. - See more at: http://www.straitstimes.com/news/asia/east-asia/story/decades-old-frozen-meat-seized-chinas-food-scandal-20150624#sthash.XsBMssxg.dpuf

And

China's food safety watchdog has asked three milk producers in central Shaanxi province to recall substandard infant formula milk powder and urged local authorities to punish the firms severely if they have broken the law.

China Food and Drug Administration said on its website on Tuesday that excessive nitrate was found in five batches of milk powder products made by Shaanxi Guanshan Dairy and tested earlier this year.

Higher than standard levels of selenium were found in another two batches of milk powder produced by Xi'an Guanshan Dairy and Shengtang Industry. All the products were made from goat's milk.

The watchdog said nitrate itself was harmless but could become toxic if it encountered particular kinds of bacteria, and that food safety regulators had yet to approve selenium as a nutrient suitable to be used in infant milk formula.

June 21st

Mers

BANGKOK: -- A Thai resident who just returned from a trip to South Korea is suspected of being infected by the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

The resident was one of four tested for MERS. The other three, who have just returned from a trip to China, have already tested negative.

A thorough lab test on the fourth patient is expected later Friday, said a health official in Chiang Mai who insisted that there was no reason to be panic. He said measures are in place to handle the situation.

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha said that 69 hospitals in Thailand specialised in SARS and bird flu are now assigned to be watchful for MERS cases.

Asked if he was confident in keeping the situation under control, he shot back at reporters. "Can I give order to the disease? It’s up to all Thais who have to be on alert and contact the authorities if something suspicious happens. I can’t give order to the disease."

BANGKOK: -- The Department of Disease Control says the 75-year-old Mers-infected Omani patient under isolation care at the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute (BIDI) can breathe and eat by himself while his sick son and brother are also getting better with no fever now.

 

Dr Rungruang Kijpati, spokesman of the Department of Disease Control, said the condition of the Omani patient now is improving with no fever.

He could eat mild food by himself while his three relatives also are getting well with no fever and no cough.

However they are still needed to be closely monitored separately, he said.

For the 175 people in risk group, all have good health, and are all located, he said.

For about 30 people who have close contact with the Omani patient, he said they were advised to stay in hospitals for close monitoring of their conditions for safety reason.

He also assured that all areas in the country can be visited with no concern of health safety as the department has high standard of disease control , adding that the people can inquire information at Hotline 1455 on a 24-hour basis.

June 20th

And in MUMBAI

MUMBAI (AFP) - Fifty-three people have died in Mumbai and 28 others are being treated in hospital after drinking toxic home-made liquor, police said Friday, in the latest incident of alcohol poisoning in India.

Dhananjay Kulkarni, Mumbai police deputy commissioner, said the victims had started to fall ill on Wednesday morning after consuming the illicit moonshine.

“The number of dead has risen to 53,” the commissioner told AFP late on Friday, up from an earlier death toll of 41.

“Twenty-eight others are receiving treatment after consuming the spurious liquor. Crime branch is investigating and three suspects are being held in custody,” Kulkarni added.

The three men, aged 30, 47, and 50, were arrested on Thursday night, he said.

The commissioner also said eight police officers have been suspended for a “negligent approach while discharging their duty” for failing to stop production and sale of the liquor on their beat.

Bootleg liquor is widely consumed across India where it is sometimes sold for less than a dollar for a 25cl bottle, with deaths frequently reported.

It is rare, however, for such incidents to occur in a major city like Mumbai, with most cases taking place in poor, rural villages.

Kulkarni said it was the worst case of its kind to be recorded in the western Indian city in more than a decade.

“Such a tragedy happened in 2004 when more than 100 deaths took place,” he explained, referring to the “Vikhroli hooch tragedy", named after the suburb where the victims lived.

The victims of the latest incident were residents of a slum in the suburb of Malad West, in the north of the city.

Devendra Fadnavis, chief minister of Maharashtra state of which Mumbai is the capital, ordered an immediate inquiry.

In January, more than 31 people died near Lucknow in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh after drinking a lethal batch of home-brew.

And police arrested 12 people in October 2013 after more than three dozen villagers died from toxic liquor also in Uttar Pradesh.

In 2011, nearly 170 people died in the eastern state of West Bengal after drinking moonshine.

Methanol, a highly toxic form of alcohol used as an anti-freeze or fuel, is often added to bootleg liquor in India as a cheap and quick method of upping the alcohol content.

In January, more than 31 people died near Lucknow in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh after drinking a lethal batch of home-brew.

Police arrested 12 people in October 2013 after more than three dozen villagers died from toxic liquor also in Uttar Pradesh.

In 2011 nearly 170 people died in the eastern state of West Bengal after drinking moonshine.



And the Deadly Flu

From petitioning people to donate blood, to reminding them of good hygiene habits, Hong Kong is trying to tackle the flu outbreak that has killed nearly 150 people this year.

That is more than the 136 flu fatalities through all of last year.

The Hong Kong Red Cross is appealing for people to donate blood, as demand has increased.

The authorities and doctors are also stepping up calls for those with flu symptoms to seek anti-viral therapy quickly, while urging the population to take precautions, such as washing their hands more frequently.

As of yesterday, 145 people had died in this year's flu outbreak.

"There is no doubt that the outbreak is much bigger than usual because it is a different variant affecting the population," said Professor Malik Peiris, director of the School of Public Health at the University of Hong Kong.

One key reason is that the annual flu vaccine is effective for less than 5 per cent of Hong Kongers hit by the flu this year.

This is even lower than the 23 per cent protected by the jab in the United States.

This, in turn, compares poorly with the 10 per cent to 60 per cent range of the previous decade.

The vaccine was developed by the World Health Organisation before the variant of the H3N2 strain emerged. So, while it covers those who have been infected with the strains of previous years, it does not protect those with the new H3N2 variant.

As the Hong Kong flu season arrives later - after the November to January flu season in the US and other parts of the northern hemisphere - H3N2 would have developed and had a stronger grip, he explained.

"So by the time the virus reaches Hong Kong, more than 95 per cent of those infected are infected by the new strain."

Hong Kong's population density is another reason why the city has been hit hard compared with other cities along the same latitude, such as Taipei.

The flu season usually hits Hong Kong from January to March, and the concern now is over how much longer it will last. There is a "distinct possibility" it will extend to April or even May, warned Hong Kong Food and Health Secretary Ko Wing Man.

For now, the authorities are "doubling our effort in sourcing vaccines", said Dr Ko.

"Hopefully, the vaccine could arrive in April to help us in preventing an excessive outbreak in summer this year."

The worst-case scenario is if the winter and summer flu seasons - the latter usually begins in July or August - merge, as has happened in previous years.

Much will depend on the weather, said Professor David Hui of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. "If it warms up a bit, the virus may become less active."

MERS

MORE than 80 people in Thailand have been exposed to the Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers) virus, the health authorities revealed, as the kingdom rushed to stem any panic from its first such case.

The deadly disease, which was first identified in Saudi Arabia three years ago, has killed 24 and infected 166 people in South Korea since it was detected there last month, although the authorities there said the outbreak appeared to be levelling off.

Singapore's Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said yesterday that travellers from Thailand were not being screened at Changi Airport for Mers symptoms as the country had only one such case and the situation was contained. He added, however, that developments were being monitored closely.

Thailand's Ministry of Public Health revealed that the Mers virus was detected in a 75-year-old man from Oman on Thursday. Yesterday evening, it said in a press statement that 85 people had come into contact with him.

It was not clear though whether all 85, including a taxi driver, airline passengers and medical staff, have been traced and quarantined.

The man landed in Bangkok on Monday and sought treatment that night at Bangkok's Bumrungrad International Hospital for a cough, later running a fever. The private hospital kept him and his relatives in isolation quarters before they were moved to the state-run Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute just outside Bangkok on Thursday.

The hospital called a press conference yesterday, saying it had quarantined 58 staff members.

Meanwhile, the Mers patient is "a little bit better", Dr Sopon Mekthon, director of the Health Ministry's disease control department, told The Straits Times. "He is out of the respirator."

Tests on the patient's two sons turned out negative yesterday.

Passengers at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport had to go through thermoscan machines yesterday and health warning cards were issued on flights connected to high-risk areas for Mers.

The airport is a major aviation hub for the region, while the city is one of the world's top tourism destinations.

Singaporeans, meanwhile, are not rushing to call off trips to Bangkok. Instead, they are monitoring the situation and are hopeful that it will not be a repeat of the South Korean case, travellers, travel agencies and airlines told The Straits Times. Hundreds of Singaporeans have cancelled their trips to South Korea.

Dynasty Travel has a number of clients going to the popular shopping destination over the National Day weekend. "We're keeping our fingers crossed," said its director of marketing communications Alicia Seah.

CTC Travel yesterday received some calls from concerned customers travelling to Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. "They are still monitoring the situation as the departures are mainly in August and September," said a spokesman.

Graphic designer Jason Fu, 26, does not plan to cancel his two upcoming holidays to Bangkok next month and in September for now. "I'll wait and see. The public should not be paranoid," he said


June 19th
BANGKOK: -- Thai health officials Thursday said a 75-year-old man from the Middle East was confirmed to have MERS, the country's first case after a deadly outbreak of the virus hit South Korea.

"(The man) is from a Middle Eastern country. The (test) results confirmed that he has Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)," said Rajata Rajatanavin, Thailand's Public Health Minister, adding the patient had arrived in the kingdom with his family three days ago.

Thailand had investigated around 20 people for the virus, all of who tested negative.

MERS has spread at an alarmingly rapid pace in South Korea since the first case was diagnosed on May 20, infecting 165 in what is the largest outbreak outside Saudi Arabia and prompting a major public health scare.

Earlier on Thursday World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan had expressed guarded optimism over South Korea's ability to contain the MERS outbreak, saying it was now "on a very good footing" after an initially slow response to the virus which has killed 23 people.


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