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Monday, July 28, 2014

7/28/14 Health News: Halliburton Fracking Spill Mystery ♦ EUROPEANS DON’T REFRIGERATE RAW SHELL EGGS ♦ China probes food businesses ♦ Claims of chicken contamination

American travelers to Europe may have noticed that people “across the pond” often store raw shell eggs at room temperature. They can safely do that because of the way eggs are produced in Europe, but it can’t be safely done in the U.S. because of Salmonella. Salmonella bacteria, discovered in 1885 and named for the... Continue Reading
China probes food businesses, HK bans imports
Shanghai, China (Reuters) - China's food regulator has visited close to 600 restaurants, businesses and food distributors as it investigates a fast-spreading food safety scare that has dragged in a number of global brands and hit food outlets as far away as Japan. Hong Kong said on Thursday it suspended, with immediate effect, all imports from the US-owned Chinese supplier at …continue reading
UK supermarkets investigate after claims of chicken contamination
Chicken farm. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Comments (1) Supermarkets in the UK are investigating following claims that chicken being sold on Britain's high street is contaminated. UK Poultry processors 2 Sisters Food Group and Faccenda, who are at the centre of the the claims, are denying the allegations which is forcing Tesco, Sainsbury's and Marks & Spencers to … continue reading

Halliburton Fracking Spill Mystery: What Chemicals Polluted an Ohio Waterway?
A recent accident highlights how state fracking laws protect corporate trade secrets over public safety.

On the morning of June 28, a fire broke out at a Halliburton fracking site in Monroe County, Ohio. As flames engulfed the area, trucks began exploding and thousands of gallons of toxic chemicals spilled into a tributary of the Ohio River, which supplies drinking water for millions of residents. More than 70,000 fish died. Nevertheless, it took five days for the Environmental Protection Agency and its Ohio counterpart to get a full list of the chemicals polluting the waterway. "We knew there was something toxic in the water," says an environmental official who was on the scene. "But we had no way of assessing whether it was a threat to human health or how best to protect the public."Continue Reading

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