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

Billy Joe Saunders has boxing licence suspended after domestic abuse ‘advice’ video

first_imgWORLD champion Billy Joe Saunders has had his boxing licence suspended by the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) after he released a video advising men how to hit their female partners.In the video, Saunders uses a punch bag to explain how to react if “your old woman is giving you mouth” and showing how to “hit her on the chin”.He later apologised, saying he would “never condone domestic violence”.His promoter Eddie Hearn said he is “appalled” by the “idiotic” video.The chief executive of UK domestic abuse charity Refuge, Sandra Horley, said the video was “as dangerous as it is shocking”.The BBBofC said: “We have suspended his boxer’s licence pending a hearing under the board’s misconduct regulation, at a time and venue to be confirmed as soon as possible.”On Monday, WBO super-middleweight champion Saunders said he would donate £25,000 to domestic violence charities.Speaking to Talksport on Monday, he said it was a “silly mistake” and he “obviously wasn’t thinking”.Saunders added: “I didn’t mean for anyone to get upset about it. There are people dying all around the world with coronavirus and I was just trying to take the heat off that a little bit.“It clearly hasn’t done, my sense of humour is not everyone’s cup of tea.”Saunders said he has received death threats and has deleted his Twitter account.Hearn, also speaking to Talksport, added: “I was appalled really. It was so idiotic, it was so frustrating because I know Billy well. It’s one step forward, four steps back with Billy Joe Saunders.“It’s unacceptable for Joe Bloggs down the street to do it. It’s much more unacceptable for a world champion boxer to be doing it.“Young people are watching that video. People who are in abusive relationships are watching that video. You cannot do it, it’s unacceptable.”Horley added: “Domestic abuse is never a joke. It should never be trivialised. Doing so serves only to normalise violence against women and girls when instead we should be steadfastly challenging it.“Right now, across the country, women are isolated at home with abusive partners. Sharing content like this is as dangerous as it is shocking and we should call it out for what it is: unacceptable.”Police have warnedthat more people may find themselves being victims of domestic abuse under measures designed to stop the spread of coronavirus.Professor Nicole Westmarland, a leading academic and activist in the area of violence against women, told BBC Sport sponsors should “think twice” about supporting Saunders.“He’s a high profile boxer, people look up to him,” said Westmarland. “He should realise that his words and his actions can have an impact.“We are living though the most dangerous time for women in abusive relationships. So for him [Saunders] to do that, in this environment, is completely shocking and unacceptable.”In a statement, Adina Claire, acting co-chief executive of Women’s Aid, said: “Domestic abuse is never a joking matter, but when thousands of women are trapped in their homes with a perpetrator and are fearing for their lives, whether it is supposed to be a joke or not, the Billy Joe Saunders video sends out a dangerous message.“At Women’s Aid we know that domestic abuse is deadly serious and costs lives.”Saunders was close to finalising a deal to face Mexico’s Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in Las Vegas on 2 May before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.Saunders, who is unbeaten in 29 bouts, held a world title in the middleweight division before moving up to super-middleweight.He defended his title in a laboured knockout win over Marcelo Esteban Coceres in Los Angeles in November.In September 2018, Saunders was fined £100,000 by the BBBofC for a social media video that police described as “sickening”.If you, or someone you know, have been affected by domestic abuse or violence, these organisations may be able to help. If you are in immediate danger, you should dial 999. (BBC Sport).last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgChurch offering MySpace seminar WHITTIER – A free, informative seminar “Are you lost in MySpace” will be offered from 7:30-9 p.m. on Wednesday at the Whittier Evangelical UMC, 10262 Colima Road. Orlando Flores will present the information and look at the Internet vehicle MySpace and similar sites and show why these sites are attracting so many young people. Flores will give an on-site demonstration of the sites and explain how it works and what parents may need to know to aid their children constructively. For information call (562) 944-8909. Talbot to perform Christian concert WHITTIER – John Michael Talbot, an Internationally known Christian music performer, will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Bruno Church, 15740 Citrustree Road. This tour celebrates the release of his 50th recording, “Living Water.” Tickets for the concert are $20 and will help fund the Youth Ministry of St. Bruno. For information call (562) 947-5697, Ext. 117. Members of Temple New Tamid will be holding a fund-raising event at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the Golden Palace Restaurant, 9116 Telegraph Road, Downey. Donation is $16. For information call (562) 861-9276. Thanksgiving gathering planned WHITTIER – The 10th anniversary of the Whittier Area All Faith Community Thanksgiving will be at 5 p.m. Nov. 18 at First Friends Church, 13205 Philadelphia St. The annual service is sponsored by the Whittier Area Clergy Association and the Whittier Interfaith Council. There will be food, music and scriptures read by local pastors. All area residents are welcome. For information call (562) 947-6565. Intro to Judaism classes being held WHITTIER – Beth Shalom of Whittier, at 14564 East Hawes St., offers Judaism class for adults at 6:45 p.m. every Thursday. Classes will be taught by Rabbi Aaron Katz. The class studies different texts of the Bible. The class is bilingual. Parking for the temple is at 14579 Mulberry St. For information call (562) 941-8744. Free Alpha courses available WHITTIER – Whittier Evangelical United Methodist Church, 10262 S. Colima Road, is offering weekly Alpha courses at 6:45 p.m. Thursdays. There is no charge. For information call (562) 944-8909. Fellowship for all at the park WHITTIER – Hometown Christian Fellowship now meets at Guirado Park, 5798 Pioneer Blvd. There are ministries for all ages. While adults attend Bible study at 7:30 p.m. Fridays, children can enjoy movie night and the older children have game night. On Sundays at 9:45 a.m., school classes are offered for children and older youths while adults listen to a Sunday message. A couples’ Bible study meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Saturday of the month in the pastor’s home. This is a time to enjoy appetizers, dessert and a message from the pastor and his wife. Ladies’ Bible study is from 5-7 p.m. the third Saturday of the month. For information call (562) 291-0561 or visit Send religion announcements to Community News, Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax to (562) 698-0450; or e-mail in plain text to or 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Dinner meeting Monday at Sizzler NORWALK – Women of Faith International Inc. will have a dinner meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday at Sizzler, 11835 Imperial Highway, Norwalk. Gemma Wenger, and international televisions and radio evangelist, will be the guest speaker. Cost is $11. For information call (562) 926-7920. Fall craft fair, boutique planned MONTEBELLO – Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church, 820 N. Garfield Ave., is sponsoring its annual fall craft fair/boutique from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. There will be many vendors offering a variety of gift items, including jewelry, home-baked items, homemade articles, a silent auction and a raffle. All are welcome. For information call (323) 725-7578. Temple New Tamid schedules fundraiser last_img read more