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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The USC Trojans went 1-2 in this weekend’s series against the No. 5 Arkansas Razorbacks at Baum Stadium, taking the Trojans record to 8-3 on the season.Junior infielder Brandon Perez catches a fly-ball. Alex Zhang | Daily TrojanThe Razorbacks ended the Trojans’ seven-game winning streak in game one of this weekend’s series. The Trojans lost to the Razorbacks by a score of 4-0; however, the game was closer than the score suggested.Star junior pitcher Blaine Knight pitched for the Razorbacks in game one against USC sophomore pitcher Chris Clarke. The Trojans managed to get seven hits off of Knight, who has a 0.53 ERA after three starts, however they were unable to score despite leaving eight runners on base throughout the game. The Razorbacks gained all the momentum in the first inning thanks to a 2-run homerun from senior outfielder Luke Bonfield. While the Razorbacks only had one more hit than the Trojans throughout the game, eight, they were able to score runners in scoring positions which helped them see off the game.Game two, however, saw the Trojans go back to their winning ways as they beat No. 5 Arkansas 3-1 on Saturday. USC junior pitcher Quentin Longrie pitched 7.1 strong innings allowing only one run with four strikeouts to help lead the Trojans to victory.Game two was a real team display from the Trojans as two of the runs scored were scored from sacrifice RBI’s. Unlike on Friday, the Trojans were able to score runners in scoring positions to close out game two. The scoring started late, as sophomore center-fielder Matthew Acosta singled in the top of the sixth to score junior shortstop Chase Bushor for the Trojans first run. Then, in the seventh, sophomore outfielder Brady Shockey hit a sacrifice fly to the outfield with junior second baseman Brandon Perez on third, scoring in the second run for the Trojans. In the bottom of the eighth inning, however, junior outfielder Eric Cole blasted a solo shot into left to score for the Razorbacks keeping the game close at 2-1. However, in the ninth, the Trojans scored one more run courtesy of a sacrifice bunt from Perez scoring Acosta and leading the Trojans to an upset 3-1 victory at Baum Stadium.“Quentin pitched a great game,” said head coach Dan Hubbs to USC Athletics. “That’s all you can ask of your starter. […] Overall this was a big win for a young team that’s still learning how to win.”Sunday’s rubber-match ended in a heartbreaker for the Trojans as they lost 7-6 on a walk-off single with bases loaded in what was a competitive game. The game had to be cut short to eight innings of play due to the Trojans’ travel arrangements, and unfortunately for the Trojans, the game was lost in the final inning of play.Freshman pitcher Kyle Hurt took the mound for the Trojans on Sunday and was in control of the game. He threw for 4.2 innings allowing only one earned run on three hits and five strikeouts. Meanwhile, the Trojans also looked great on the offensive side as they had 10 hits through eight innings of play. However, the Trojans were unable to close the game for the first time this season which resulted in a disappointing loss.The Razorbacks took an early one-run lead in the second, however, the lead didn’t last long as the Trojans scored a run in the fourth to tie the game up at 1-1 through four innings of play. The Trojans then had a big fifth inning as they managed to put 4 more runs on the board and take the lead. However, in the sixth, the Razorbacks fought back and scored four runs of their own to tie the game up at 5 runs apiece.Despite giving away the lead in the sixth, the Trojans did not put their heads down. In the seventh, sophomore catcher Blake Sabol hit an RBI single to retake the lead 6-5, giving the Trojans all of the momentum. The Trojans then went scoreless in the eighth after shutting out the Razorbacks in the seventh to go into the bottom of the eighth inning with a one-run lead and star sophomore closer Connor Lunn on the mound.Having not given up a run all season, it looked like a foregone conclusion that the Trojans would walk away from Arkansas with two victories when Lunn went to pitch. However, the Razorbacks showed composure and managed to score 2 runs in the final inning of play to steal game three from the Trojans.Despite losing two out of three games this weekend, the Trojans managed to keep every game relatively close against a great opponent in Arkansas.Next weekend, the Trojans will face off against three more ranked opponents in the Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic.