Sep 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 statement
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When USC coach Chad Kreuter jogged to the pitcher’s mound with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday afternoon, he wanted reliever Chad Smith to relax. He also wanted to assure the sophomore he could get UCLA left fielder Cody Keefer out by pitching him low and outside.Up and down · Freshman designated hitter Cade Kreuter hit a solo homer in Sunday’s 2-1 loss to UCLA but also struck out twice on the day. – Courtesy USC Sports Information Apparently, Smith did not listen.Two pitches after the meeting, Smith shook off sophomore catcher Kevin Roundtree and went against the coaching staff’s pitch selection, choosing to throw an inside fastball. Keefer turned on the pitch and lined it over the right field wall for a walk-off, two-run home run that gave the Bruins (37-11, 13-8) a 2-1 victory and series sweep of USC (23-28, 5-16) at Jackie Robinson Stadium.“We’re baffled as a coaching staff,” Kreuter said. “That was a pitch he should have never thrown. That’s a cardinal sin. You don’t throw [inside] with the winning run at the plate with two out in the ninth inning.”Kreuter placed blame on both Smith and Roundtree for not following the instructions he imparted during the mound visit.“They have to trust that we’ve got a good scouting report,” Kreuter said. “We chart all the pitches and see what we’ve got guys out on. That should not have happened. It just shouldn’t have happened.”Up until the final pitch of the game, the only scoring occurred in the fourth inning when freshman Cade Kreuter launched a 1-0 fastball from Rob Rasmussen over the left-centerfield fence for a home run.Rasmussen allowed only six hits while striking out eight batters in seven innings, but senior starting pitcher Kevin Couture’s second consecutive strong performance had USC on the verge of salvaging one win against its rivals before Keefer’s homer.“Couture went through a rut [earlier in the season] where everyone was hitting everything off him, but today he pitched to the corners and kept the ball down probably the best he has all year,” coach Kreuter said. “I’m extremely proud of him.”Couture threw five scoreless innings while allowing only two hits Sunday, following a six inning outing against Long Beach State. He gave up only two runs on six hits in the Wednesday night start against the Dirtbags.But Couture didn’t get a win in either game as limited run support and bullpen woes haunted the Trojans.Against Long Beach, USC managed only four hits and one run – a line drive home run by senior outfielder Mike O’Neill.In the series against their crosstown rival, USC was outscored 30-10 with seven of those runs coming Friday night. Despite roughing up Bruins’ ace Gerrit Cole for five runs in five innings Friday night, the Trojans fell 13-7. Sophomore slugger Ricky Oropesa knocked four hits in the series opener and drove in four runs, including two on a towering home run that bounced off the Gifford Hitting Facility beyond the right field wall.But USC couldn’t overcome a short outing by sophomore starter Ben Mount (three innings pitched, three earned runs) and six runs allowed by the bullpen.It was more of the same Saturday. Junior starter Chris Mezger was knocked around for 10 hits and eight runs – six earned – in only four and one-third innings pitched; the bullpen allowed an additional seven runs; and the offense was unable to string together hits, leaving 15 men on base and scoring only two runs.All of which made Sunday’s heartbreaking loss even more devastating.“That hurts because it’s stolen away from you with two outs in the ninth,” coach Kreuter said. “There’s more disappointment because we had the game won.”Prior to the current four-game losing streak, USC had won six of seven, including two of three from Arizona, who was nationally ranked No. 19 at the time. Kreuter hoped his team would carry the momentum of a three-game sweep of Utah into the games against Long Beach and UCLA.The Trojans are now buried at the bottom of the Pac-10 conference standings. Sitting three and one-half games behind the next closest team with only six conference games remaining, USC will need help to avoid finishing last in the conference for the second time in Kreuter’s four-year tenure — and only the third time in the last 80 years.
Wood is the first Dodger to be named NL Pitcher of the Month since Clayton Kershaw in May 2016.Bellinger made his big-league debut April 25 and hit nine home runs in May (tied for fourth in the majors) while driving in 27 runs (second in the majors) in 28 games. He tied Joc Pederson and James Loney for the most home runs in a calendar month by a Dodgers rookie. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error May was a good month for the Dodgers.They went 19-9, one of the best records in the majors for the month. And two key players in that surge are being honored for their individual performances.Left-hander Alex Wood has been named the National League’s Pitcher of the Month for May and Cody Bellinger the NL Rookie of the Month.Currently on the disabled list with SC joint inflammation in the front of his pitching shoulder, Wood went 5-0 with a 1.27 ERA in his five starts last month. He didn’t allow a run in four of those starts and finished the month with a scoreless streak of 25 1/3 consecutive innings. That is the longest scoreless streak in the majors this season. He had the lowest ERA in the NL for the month (minimum 25 innings pitched) and struck out 41 batters in 28 1/3 innings.