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Germany finds H5N1 in frozen duck meat

first_imgSep 10, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A government official in Bavaria said today there was a chance that some frozen duck meat contaminated with the H5N1 avian influenza virus made its way to consumers’ tables, according to a German news agency.The virus was found in 18 frozen ducks from a batch sample at a poultry company slaughterhouse, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) reported today.The DPA article says the birds are from a processor in the town of Wachenroth, which is the location of Germany’s most recent H5N1 poultry outbreak, according to a report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).After the disease struck 4,000 birds at Wachenroth, animal health officials culled more than 129,000 birds, the OIE report said.Meanwhile, German officials culled more than 205,000 birds at two nearby farms in Trumling and Hofing because the two facilities have business ties to the affected Wachenroth site, Reuters reported on Sep 8. Frank Pfeffer, a Bavarian government spokesman, said the birds didn’t appear sick but were destroyed as a precaution, because blood tests showed they had antibodies to the H5N1 virus.Roland Eichhorn, a Bavarian consumer affairs minister, said that at the first sign of the outbreak, authorities impounded all meat produced on the farms on or after July 30, DPA reported. He said animal-health officials believe the outbreak began Aug 1.However, Eichorn told DPA that he couldn’t rule out the possibility that some of the infected meat reached food stores and was sold to consumers. But if it was, the health risk would be low, he asserted.”This type of duck is casseroled, and then the meat poses no danger to the consumer,” he told DPA.According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cooking poultry to 70°C (158°F) kills the H5N1 virus, and so far humans have not gotten sick from eating properly cooked poultry, even if the meat contained the virus before it was cooked. (The US Department of Agriculture recommends cooking meat to 165°F to kill foodborne pathogens, including avian influenza.)Several human H5N1 cases have resulted from eating improperly cooked poultry products. Also, unsafe food-handling practices could allow the virus to spread from raw poultry to other foods to be eaten raw, leading to infection.During the H5N1 outbreak at a British turkey farm last February, officials were concerned that turkey meat imported from restricted avian flu zones in Hungary might enter the UK food chain. However, an investigation by the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) found no evidence of illegally imported turkey meat and concluded no H5N1-infected meat reached food stores.See also:OIE reports on Germany outbreakAug 25 CIDRAP News story “Germany, Vietnam battle H5N1 in poultry”CIDRAP avian influenza overviewFeb 16 UK Food Standards Agency statementlast_img read more

Bathed in beachside beauty

first_img Developer: Traders in Purple Price: Three-bedroom from $899,000 Vave Scarborough Vave Scarborough launched this month.TWO new projects from builders Traders in Purple have been launched on the Redcliffe Peninsula, offering owner-occupiers the opportunity to invest in a growing region. Bathers Beachside at Margate Beach is currently under construction, and Vave Scarborough launched this month. Both aim to compete with the waterfront property markets of Sydney and Melbourne while remaining affordable. A render showing a kitchen at Vave.He said Redcliffe Peninsula’s beaches and the recent addition of the train line meant it was an attractive place to invest. “The Redcliffe apartment market continues to perform strongly, with increased buyer demand off the back of infrastructure improvements attracting a diverse range of buyers for its location, value and overall laid-back beach lifestyle and cafe culture,” he said.*** THE BASICS Bathers couple David Brougham and his wife Nora Hyde.“We selected that apartment because it’s boutique, and it gives us the layout we wanted,” Mr Brougham said. “Three bedrooms give us room for visitors.“But what we want to do is just push a paddleboard out.”Mr Brougham also cited the recently completed Redcliffe Peninsula rail line as a factor in choosing the area, as his wife could easily commute to her work in the CBD. “We weren’t seriously looking at Redcliffe until the rail line had been completed,” he said.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019Traders in Purple chief executive Brett Robinson said the two projects would complement the area’s beachfront location in a similar fashion to the company’s recent project at The Sebel Brisbane.“Both developments capitalise on the picturesque coastal setting and more affordable waterfront housing compared with Sydney or Melbourne,” Mr Robinson said. “The village feel and waterfront living boasts 23km of flat walking paths along the waterfront, and close proximity to the new Sebel hotel at Margate Beach.” Vave Scarborough encompasses 50 two and three-bedroom options, including 11 penthouse apartments, while Bathers Beachside will have 24 three-bedroom apartments. center_img Vave Scarborough launched this month.“The development of both Bathers Beachside and Vave Scarborough will offer something for buyers at every stage of their lives and every budget, including those who wish to downsize from the family home,” Mr Robinson said. Developer: Traders in Purple Price: From $585,000 for two-bedroom, from $768,000 for three-bedroom Bather’s Beachside Bathers Beachside at Margate Beach is currently under construction.Recent data showed Redcliffe was one of the southeast top 10 markets for interstate buyers looking for a new home. David and Nora Brougham have bought a three-bedroom apartment at Bathers Beachside. They said their main motivation for buying in to the project was the lifestyle on offer.last_img read more

Watching lots of TV ‘makes you stupid’ – Researchers

first_imgThe Independent 3 December 2015Watching TV for hours impairs your mental ability, according to study.Researchers from the Universities of California and San Francisco studied the link between watching TV and cognitive functioning.The results, published in the JAMA Psychaiatry Journal, found the more TV people watched, the worse they performed in a series of intelligence tests.Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.The study looked at 3,247 adults aged between 18 and 30, with participants categorised by how much TV they watched on average and then tested for their processing speed and verbal functioning.Overall, the results showed those who watched the most TV were twice as likely to have poor mental functioning.http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/watching-lots-of-tv-makes-you-stupid-says-american-universities-a6759026.htmllast_img read more

Nikias contributes to reward

first_imgPresident C. L. Max Nikias is one of the 29 donors to contribute to a $1-million reward for information leading to the capture of suspect-at-large Christopher Jordan Dorner, according to Los Angeles Police Department.Dorner was named a suspect Wednesday in the murders of Dept. of Public Safety officer Keith Lawrence, 27, and his fiancee Monica Quan, 28. The two were found dead late Sunday night in Lawrence’s car in the parking garage of their Irvine apartment building. An autopsy on the victims determined that they died of multiple gunshot wounds.Dorner is also a suspect in the murder of a Riverside police officer.Other donors to the reward include police officer associations, law enforcement departments across Southern California, the Dodgers and Anschutz Entertainment Group, along with six anonymous donors.The $1 million was raised within 24 hours, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said, through phone calls to the department.The manhunt for Dorner began last week and has spanned several Southern California areas, including Riverside, Corona, Big Bear, Point Loma and San Diego.Police uncovered a manifesto written by Dorner, which mentioned Monica Quan’s father, Randy Quan, a retired LAPD officer, along with other LAPD officials. Dorner was fired from the deparment in 2009.The LAPD also said it will reevaluate Dorner’s firing.last_img read more