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Sunday, September 14, 2014

9/14/14 Health News :157 sick from crypto ♦ Cinnamon oil kills E.coli strains ♦ ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE ♦ CONTROLLING FOOD ALLERGENS

157 sick, up from 11 last year; reports of crypto rise in Florida county
The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County is asking for the public’s help to prevent the spread of Cryptosporidiosis, a disease that spreads easily person to person in in households, child-care settings and schools, and through swimming in contaminated water or from contact with animal Continue Reading

Cinnamon oil kills pathogenic E. coli strains

A newly published study by researchers at Washington State University in the USA has found that an essential oil from cassia cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia) is an effective antibacterial agent against several strains of non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC). Continue reading
ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE – a global food safety problem

The development of antibiotics in the 1940s led to a revolution in the treatment of infectious diseases. But after more than 60 years of use and misuse, many antibiotics have lost much of their effectiveness as bacteria develop resistance to them. This situation has arisen partly as a result of overuse in clinical medicine, but also as a consequence of the huge quantities of antibiotics used in agriculture, not only to treat infections in animals, but also to increase productivity in the meat industry by promoting animal growth. Continue Reading

The issue of food allergy has become an increasingly important one for the food industry over the last ten years. The prevalence of allergic reactions to certain foods seems to be increasing in the population and legislation has been introduced requiring food businesses to label foods containing major allergens. Continue Reading

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