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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

12/30/14 Health News: Diseased meat on sale ♦ Oyster Contamination ♦ Technique Quickly Identifies Bacteria For Food Safety ♦ Fast-food consumption linked to lower test score

Unanswered Questions Over Oyster Contamination
THE reason and source of cadmium contamination of Namibian oysters, which resulted in Hong Kong stopping all live oyster imports from Namibia on 23 December till further notice, still has to be identified, according to the chairman of the Namibian Mariculture Association, Gonçalo Murta. "We know of the ban but none of us have received the official test results from Hong Kong. … Continue Reading
Diseased meat on sale
BEIJING: China has dismissed eight officials after pork from pigs infected with a "highly contagious virus" was found to have entered the market, state media said Monday. The country's latest food scandal was revealed in an investigation by state broadcaster China Central Television which said the annual revenue of the tainted pork was more than 20 million yuan ($3.2 …Continue Reading
Technique Quickly Identifies Bacteria For Food Safety, Healthcare And Homeland Security
Researchers at Purdue University have used a new technique to rapidly detect and precisely identify bacteria, including dangerous E. coli, without time-consuming treatments usually required. The technique, called desorption electrospray ionization, or DESI, could be used to create a new class of fast, accurate detectors for applications ranging from food safety to homeland …Continue Reading
The amount of fast food children eat may be linked to how well they do in school, a new America-wide study suggests. This study can't say why fast-food consumption is linked to lower grades, but other studies have shown that fast food lacks certain nutrients, especially iron, that help cognitive development. In addition, diets high in fat and sugar -- similar to fast-food meals -- have been shown to hurt immediate memory and learning processes. Continue Reading

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