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Pride's Purge

(satire – sort of)

The Food Standards Agency is urgently investigating how excess amounts of artificial sweeteners – including significant traces of fudge – have been allowed to find their way into what was supposed to be the red meat of David Cameron’s speech today on Britain’s relationship with the EU.

The Food Safety Authority reported on Wednesday that results of an analysis they carried out into the speech have revealed it also contained dangerous levels of unprocessed tripe – which they say accounted for as much as 80% of the total red meat content of the speech.

The FSA also expressed concerns about the inaccuracy of some of the labelling of a number of the ingredients contained within the speech – which had been sold to the public as pure British bulldog but was in fact found to contain large traces of cattle, sheep and chicken DNA.

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Profiling Yersinia enterocolitica « eFoodAlert

What is yersiniosis? How long does it take to develop?

Yersinia enterocolitica infections in younger children usually result in enterocolitis – diarrhea, low-grade fever and abdominal pain. In older children and young adults, the infection may produce symptoms that resemble appendicitis. Symptoms typically require from one to 11 days to develop.

What are the symptoms of Yersinia enterocolitica infections?

Symptoms may include diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain, and vomiting. The severity of the symptoms depends upon the age of the victim and the size of the dose. The disease symptoms last from one to three weeks in most cases.

What is the prognosis of a Yersinia enterocolitica infection?

Most infections are self-limiting; however, complications and secondary illnesses can include appendicitis, arthritis, erythema nodosum, bacteremia, or extraintestinal infections. Among individuals who develop bacteremia (infection of the bloodstream), the fatality rate is 34-50%.

What foods carry Yersinia enterocolitica?

Yersinia enterocolitica has been found in meats (beef, poultry, lamb and, especially pork), milk and other dairy products, and seafood. Many – but not all – of the strains found in food are not pathogenic to humans.

How can people protect themselves from Yersinia enterocolitica infections?

Yersinia enterocolitica is killed during pasteurization of milk and by normal cooking procedures. Ways to minimize the risk of contracting an infection include:

Always cook pork, beef, lamb and poultry thoroughly, to an internal temperature of 165ºF (74ºC)

Take care to avoid contact between raw meat juices and foods that are ready-to-eat, including cooked meats, side dishes, salads and desserts

Wash and sanitize hands, utensils and work surfaces after working with any raw meat

Avoid consuming raw milk and dairy products made using unpasteurized milk

Avoid drinking untreated water

Always wash hands after touching a pet or barnyard animal

Do not allow toddlers and young children to play with pets or barnyard animals unsupervised.

via Profiling Yersinia enterocolitica « eFoodAlert.

Mexico: Hunger Strike Against GMO Corn | Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy

We want to express our indignation faced with the terrible blow that would come with the imminent approval of large-scale commercial planting of GMO maize in Mexico, and we demand that the Mexican government place the interests of peasants and the majority of Mexican farmers above the interests of a few transnational corporations. After his official visit to Mexico in 2011, the Special Rapporteur for the Right to Food of the United Nations, Olivier de Schutter, recommended that the government of then-president Calderón immediately suspend experimental planting of GMO maize, because of its impact on the rights of peasants, on biodiversity, and because of the importance of maize in the diet and culture of Mexicans. The government ignored that

via Mexico: Hunger Strike Against GMO Corn | Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy.