Produce linked to more disease cases than poultry

first_img Beverages: 66 and 2,643 Breads and bakery: 116 outbreaks, 3,493 cases CSPI report The group identified a total of 4,486 outbreaks involving 138,622 cases over the 14-year period, with only 7% of the outbreak reports coming from sources other than the CDC. The other leading illness-causing food categories were beef and beef dishes, 438 outbreaks with 12,702 cases, and eggs and egg dishes, 329 outbreaks with 10,847 cases. Pork and pork dishes: 170 and 5,859 Salmonella, noroviruses, and Cyclospora species accounted for most of the produce-related outbreaks, the report says. CSPI news release CSPI reported that 554 illness outbreaks totaling 28,315 cases were linked to produce and produce dishes between 1990 and 2003. Poultry, the second largest category, was blamed for 476 outbreaks with 14,729 cases. However, foodborne disease surveillance and research activities should remain in their present agencies, the report recommends. Produce-related outbreaks caused an average of 51 cases each, according to the report. Vegetables were blamed for 205 outbreaks involving 10,358 cases, and fruits for 93 outbreaks with 7,799 cases. Another 10,158 cases were traced to dishes involving more than one produce item. Dairy products were blamed for 153 outbreaks totaling 5,156 cases. Almost a third of the outbreaks (32%) were linked to unpasteurized items. See also: CSPI compiles foodborne-illness data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state health departments, and peer-reviewed journal articles. The database includes only the outbreaks in which two or more people got sick from eating the same food. CSPI also calls for a single federal agency to regulate food safety, in place of the current system involving 10 different agencies. The report notes that the Institute of Medicine and Congress’s Government Accountability Office have made similar recommendations. Numbers of outbreaks and cases linked with other food items include: Another 812 outbreaks totaling 23,126 cases were traced to multiple-ingredient foods, such as pizza and salads, in which the contaminated ingredient was not identified, the report says. In particular, fresh produce may be surpassing poultry as a cause of Salmonella infections, according to CSPI. “From 1990 to 2001 poultry accounted for 121 Salmonella outbreaks and produce accounted for 80,” the group said in a news release. “But in 2002-2003, produce accounted for 31 Salmonella outbreaks and poultry accounted for 29.” Dec 1, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Contaminated vegetables and fruits caused more cases of disease in recent years than poultry, eggs, or other food groups did, according to a recent report by the consumer group Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). The report says the CDC has made several improvements in its foodborne disease surveillance and reporting programs in recent years but needs to do more. The agency “should mandate reporting by states, provide real-time reporting of outbreaks, and organize outbreaks by food hazard [rather than by pathogen] to increase the utility of its information,” CSPI asserts. Luncheon and other meats: 145 and 5,287 The report says seafood was implicated in the largest number of outbreaks, 899, but the outbreaks were relatively small at about 10 cases each, for a total of 9,312 cases. To limit produce contamination, Caroline Smith DeWaal of CSPI commented in the news release, “FDA [the Food and Drug Administration] should require growers to limit the use of manure to times and products where it poses no risk. And packers and shippers should mark packaging to ensure easy traceback when fruits and vegetables are implicated in an outbreak.”last_img read more

South Africa rolls out mobile testing in virus lockdown

first_imgArmed with screening questionnaires and testing kits, medics and volunteers in South Africa have started mass testing. AFP Armed with screening questionnaires andtesting kits, medics and volunteers set up their testing station on the frontporch of a block of flats in the gritty business neighbourhood. CAPE TOWN – South African publichealthcare workers dispersed into the buzzing streets of Johannesburg’sYeoville neighbourhood as Africa’s worst virus-hit country rolled out massdoor-to-door testing for COVID-19. “They’ve been coming for screeningand they are even open to testing if they have symptoms,” Dlomo said. (AFP) Nurse Xola Dlomo told AFP they wereasking one resident to mobilise fellow flat dwellers to come for screening andtests.last_img read more

Cricket News This Day That Year: Sachin Tendulkar makes his Test debut against Pakistan

first_imgAfter making his debut on November 15, Tendulkar announced his retirement on November 14, 2013 in the series against West Indies. His last knock of 74 and his final walk back into the dressing room of the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai marked the end of an epoch where fans revered him and made Indian cricket the ultimate thrill in the world. The BCCI also shared the event on their timeline to honour Tendulkar’s contribution to world cricket. When Neil Armstrong became the first man to land on the moon, he spoke this famous sentence, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” On November 15, 1989, when Tendulkar strode out on the world stage, the sentence from fans would be, “A small step by a youngster, a giant leap for cricket.” New Delhi: Sachin Tendulkar had a monumental journey in international cricket. A career spanning 200 Tests, 15921 runs with 51 centuries in addition to 18426 runs in 463 ODIs made Tendulkar the ultimate batsman of this epoch.For ardent cricket and Tendulkar fans, there is one date which is revered and that is November 15, 1989. It was on this day, 29 years ago, that the ‘Master Blaster’ started on his record-breaking  international journey by making his Test debut for India against Pakistan. Facing up the likes of Wasim Akram, Imran Khan and Waqar Younis, who was also making his debut, in their own conditions was a daunting task.Read More | Not sure Virat Kohli’s Indian side best in last 15 years: Steve WaughHis first Test did not begin well as he was dismissed for 15 by Waqar. However, his tour got better and in only his second Test, the right-hander scored 59 in Faisalabad. It was in the Sialkot Test which showed that Tendulkar was a class apart. On a green track, Tendulkar came out to bat and was hit on the nose by a bouncer from Waqar. There was a deep cut and Tendulkar started bleeding, which left him dazed. However, with determination, he overcame the blow and scored an attacking 57.Read More | Happy Birthday Sania Mirza: Wishes pour in for India’s tennis star Later, in an exhibition game in Peshawar, Tendulkar would hit Abdul Qadir, considered to be the best legspinner at that time, for four consecutive sixes. The Pakistan tour signalled the arrival of a superstar.So many recordsTendulkar, dubbed the ‘Master Blaster’ has so many records to his name. The most number of runs in Tests and ODIs, most centuries in both formats and the first player to hit 100 international centuries.  In addition to his run-making capability, Tendulkar enthralled audiences the world over with his amazing strokeplay.Read More | Down Under – The making of Virat Kohli, the modern legendOn Twitter, Tendulkar shared the moment on his official page and said it was an honour to represent the country for 24 years.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more