Teen Dies After Eating Undercooked Pork

How should you ensure food safety when eating and preparing meats?

After an 18-year-old in India died of tapeworms after consuming undercooked pork, pediatric gastroenterologist Dr. Bridget Dowd is offering her expert advice to cook food properly.

“Tapeworm is a parasite that can cause infection in humans after eating undercooked or raw pork or beef,” Dowd explained. “The more common infection that can happen is a mild illness. You might not have any symptoms or you can have nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.”

The teen, however, checked into a Faridabad hospital with seizures and pain in his groin, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. He was also confused and had swelling over his right eye.

Initial tests showed he had lesions in his brain and cysts in his eye and groin, and doctors determined he had a condition called neurocysticerosis, which occurs when someone eats tapeworm from pork. Even though doctors treated immediately, the teen died of his illness two weeks later.

Dowd explained that there are two types of parasite infections — one that can be easily treated with antiparasitic medications and another that can lead to more serious issues.

“This is unusual in the U.S.,” Dowd said. “It typically happens in the developing world where cattle and swine are grazing in a field with human feces.”

Cases in the United States often occur among people who have traveled outside of the country or among immigrant populations.

To err on the side of caution, Dowd suggested to always cook beef or pork to 145 degrees Fahrenheit, or at least medium rare, and wild game and ground beef to 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

“Make sure you are not eating raw or undercooked meat,” she said.

Meats that have been frozen for at least four days in 23 degrees Fahrenheit, or about the temperature of a residential freezer, will generally kill off any harmful eggs or cysts that might occur in the cuts of meat.

And, most importantly, basic hygiene like proper hand washing is crucial to staying healthy.

“Make sure to wash your hands before you eat food and also good hand hygiene for people handling food,” Dowd said. “And, after going to the bathroom, wash your hands.”


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Salmonella cases linked to hedgehogs spread to more states, CDC warns

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Every hedgehog has its thorn.

Two months after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised people not to “kiss or snuggle hedgehogs” because of a salmonella outbreak, the federal health agency announced that six more people in three more states, including Virginia, have fallen ill after coming into contact with the prickly pets.

As of Friday, 17 people nationwide have been infected with a strain of Salmonella typhimurium that the CDC first warned in January could be linked to pet hedgehogs.

No one has died, but two people were hospitalized.

“Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicate that contact with pet hedgehogs is the likely source of this outbreak,” the CDC said in an investigation notice.

In Virginia, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors legalized household hedgehogs in January – just days before the CDC issued the first notice that it was investigating the salmonella outbreak in connection with the creatures. A separate effort to do the same in the District of Columbia failed in December.

It doesn’t appear that the recent legalization of pet hedgehogs in Fairfax County is linked to the two cases reported in the state based on information from the Virginia Department of Health.

Both of the people sickened lived in the southwest region of Virginia and “one definitely had hedgehog exposure,” said Maribeth Brewster, a department spokeswoman.

“Washing hands after handling and cleaning up after these types of pets and all pets can reduce the likelihood of illness transmission,” she added.

Other states where people have been sickened with the salmonella strain include Colorado, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas, Washington and Wyoming.

The largest number of cases come out of Minnesota and Missouri, with three each.

Elaine Becker, who has cared for more than 100 hedgehogs over the years through her work at local animal rescues in Roanoke, Virginia, said having pet hedgehogs has become a recent fad. People have become enamored with the cute creatures but don’t know how to care for them. Household hedgehogs are usually in cages and running on wheels, where poop can get stuck on their feet, she said. Pet owners should clean out hedgehog cages weekly and pick up droppings daily – preferably with gloves to avoid getting sick.

“After touching any animal or raw food wash your hands,” said Becker, also a member of the Hedgehog Welfare Society and International Hedgehog Association. “You wouldn’t let your kid play with raw chicken and then let them stick their hands in their mouths.”

Hedgehogs have become so popular that many have their own social media accounts. The spike in hedgehog demand has also lead certain jurisdictions recently to lift bans on having them as pets.

Officials identified the salmonella strain in the recent outbreak after studying samples collected from eight hedgehogs in Minnesota, including three that were in the homes of two people who got sick. Most of those who have fallen ill appear to be young children, according to the CDC.

Of the people interviewed, 13 out of 15 said they had contact with a hedgehog before they fell sick, but the CDC said it has not identified a common supplier that may be the source of the outbreak.

“Hedgehogs can carry Salmonella germs in their droppings while appearing healthy and clean,” the CDC warned.

But some longtime lovers of the pincushions incarnate say the recent CDC hedgehog warning is hogwash.

Zug Standing Bear, who has cared for more than 500 hedgehogs in 20 years through his rescue based in Colorado, said the recent warning from the CDC echoes an alert the agency sent in 2012. That year, the CDC reported 20 cases of salmonella – including one death – in eight states where a hedgehog was in the house of someone sickened.

Standing Bear said the hedgehog-related illness could be random statistically and it shouldn’t deter people from responsibly owning one as a pet.

Becker said the recent CDC alert unfairly singles out hedgehogs. Many household pets, such as turtles and birds, can carry salmonella, Becker said. Following common sense hygiene rules and doing research before buying a hedgehog – or any pet – can prevent problems.

“They can make wonderful pets, but they’re not for everyone,” Becker said. “If you can’t handle the poop and feeding them meal worms, get a stuffed animal.”

Yellow-spotted monitors may be surviving cane toad threat in Darwin bushland


March 31, 2019 09:00:11

By the time Graeme Sawyer began tracking the yellow-spotted monitor, he had little reason to expect good news.

The large goanna (Varanus panoptes) was once abundant throughout the Top End, but like many native species, their lives were upended with the arrival of cane toads.

Researchers have tracked their shrinking populations, and the yellow-spotted monitor’s status is now listed as vulnerable in the Northern Territory.

“They basically see the cane toad as a big juicy frog and die from it,” said Mr Sawyer, the head of Biodiversity Watch.

“There’s a whole bunch of our reptiles that have been hammered pretty hard — these guys probably the worst.

“That’s why we’ve been surprised there’s such a large number of them hanging here.”

A colony of 50

Within a densely vegetated patch of habitat behind a university and bordered by Darwin’s northern suburbs, the goanna could be staging an against-the-odds survival story.

Four years ago, Mr Sawyer and a group of volunteers began monitoring the patch, routinely dropping raw chicken necks into one-way cages throughout the bushland to see what was there.

They have been mystified by a surviving colony of at least 50 goannas mere suburbs from where others have died.

“What’s surprising is from the beach car park all the way out to Lee Point [a large coastal area], we’ve got nothing,” Mr Sawyer said.

“So it’s just this pocket here of survival, and we really aren’t sure why that is.”

It’s also a tenuous survival — just last year, Mr Sawyer found dead goannas in the area with toads nearby.

Another nearby colony showed promise then died off; there’s no scientific proof, but the deaths correlated with a spike in the cane toad population.

But their survival here posed a mystery that ecologists said was worth investigating.

“These peri-urban areas in spaces and towns that wildlife can persist in are becoming increasingly important,” Mr Sawyer said.

“I think it’s important we understand how the wildlife are going in those spaces.”

Volunteers have checked the traps three times this year, around the time the goannas shake their avoidance instincts and be drawn in by the stench of raw meat.

They are hoping some of the creatures will arrive soon because none were seen during the most recent check — but there were more than 30 cane toads.

Cane toads here to stay

The report from a senate inquiry into controlling the spread of cane toads was handed down this week and contained little good news.

The pests are likely here to stay, they’re capable of spreading faster than previous estimates (55km per year), and the economic impacts of their movement are uncalculated but likely to be enormous.

A submission from the NT Department of Environment and Natural Resources said cane toads were unable to be managed once established.

The department said the focus should be on keeping offshore islands and areas with high conservation value toad-free.

But Mr Sawyer said with regards to the monitor, its best shot at survival would be to actively suppress the toad population to slow its spread into areas cohabited by vulnerable and threatened native species.

“I can’t see why we’re not doing that with toads, at least in some particularly identified places where you might get quolls or you might get goannas persisting,” he said.

“An area like this, with a little bit of management, would make a huge difference.”

Little funding

Why the goannas have survived could come down whether there’s not enough nearby fresh water to sustain cane toads, or that the area is so rich with other food the goannas don’t eat them.

“What I would love to think is that our animals that are persisting here are able to eat them and survive, but we haven’t got any evidence of that,” Mr Sawyer said.

The delicate ecological balance raises other questions about the population dynamics, whether goanna numbers are plateauing, and whether they commute to urban areas for food.

Then, there is the funding hurdle for the conservation group.

“Unfortunately, because we don’t have any budget for this stuff, we don’t have any tracking gear,” Mr Sawyer said.

As well as the cages, the volunteers are relying on anecdotal sightings to track goanna numbers.

Mr Sawyer had previously painted numbers on them in the hope that people would find it before the skin was shed.

It was a method of finding out the damage bill on a pillar of the local ecosystem, he said.

“They’re actually one of the key animals that help manage the way ecosystems develop and form, so in that sense they’d be a keystone predator.

“We haven’t done the research to know what happens with panoptes out of places, but one thing I think we can safely assume is it’s not good for the whole ecosystem to have its predators gone.”








Students supporting students at CNC Quesnel – Quesnel Cariboo Observer

Students supporting students was a theme at the first Fit Fair held at College of New Caledonia (CNC)’s Quesnel Campus this week.

The Fit Fair, hosted by the CNC Students’ Union in partnership with CNC, took place in the college’s atrium March 27 and featured stations with first- and second-year nursing students from the University of Northern B.C. offering services such as blood typing and blood sugar testing, a nurse coming in to offer STI/STD testing and information, a mindfulness session with Laurie Crawford, massages, free healthy snacks, fitness and yoga classes offered by Quesnel Arts and Recreation Centre staff, reiki sessions with Tanya Hjorth and an information table by Dan and Casey Campbell, who shared their expertise on essential oils and eating raw. Dan was diagnosed with MS in 2017, and the couple, who live in Kersley, are writing a book called Finding Us in MS.

“This whole event was to help our students with physical and mental health,” said Carman Hill, the office and services co-ordinator for the CNC Students’ Union. “It’s hard to make good choices when you are busy. We’re showing them there are ways you can de-stress — there are breathing techniques, or you can exercise. We’re helping students de-stress and showing them there are resources out there.”

This was the first time the students’ union put on a Fit Fair, and Hill says they would like to turn it into an annual event. She says they are also thinking of opening it up to the public next year.

Hill says this was a bit of a trial, and they are excited to take what they learned from this first event and incorporate it next year. For example, they would like to get the community more involved.

“I think this will definitely be something we will want to continue, and it will grow. It’s good for the community to see our little piece of Quesnel here,” she said. “The campus is beautiful, and we are always trying to make new contacts in the community. I think for the first one, it was really good.”

A lot of people went through the nursing students’ stations, getting their blood pressure and blood sugar tested and getting their blood typed.

“It’s so good for [the students] because they get a taste of what it’s like in the field,” said Hill.

Shaylin Cooley, the student rep for the students’ union, says these types of interactive stations that are more hands-on seemed very popular.

“It puts people out of their comfort zone a bit too, which is good,” she said.

Members of the CNC Students’ Union in Prince George also came to Quesnel for the event.

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Second-year University of Northern British Columbia nursing student Chelann Davis (right) explains to first-year student Takarah Kubo how to measure blood sugar during the Fit Fair at the College of New Caledonia Quesnel Campus March 27. For more about the Fit Fair,
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UNBC nursing student Katie Shortreed measures blood sugar levels at the Fit Fair.
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First-year UNBC nursing student Takarah Kubo (left) measures second-year student Chelann Davis’s blood sugar during the Fit Fair March 27 at CNC Quesnel. Lindsay Chung photo

Casey and Dan Campbell share information about eating raw and about essential oils during the Fit Fair March 27 at the College of New Caledonia Quesnel Campus. Dan was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in August 2017, and the couple is writing a book called Finding Us in MS. They also have a website of the same name, where they share their story and where people can pre-order the book.
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Michelin-Starred Restaurant Hands Animal Rights Activists Dead Ducks

Absolute scenes in Mayfair this lunchtime, as chef Clément Leroy responded to animal rights activists with a pair of raw ducks at Michelin-starred Mayfair restaurant The Square. Leroy served the dead brace to Direct Action Everywhere — DXE — protesters, who were inside the restaurant remonstrating over foie gras. It was a story first reported by the Daily Mail.

The protesters had arrived with placards featuring the slogan “IT’S NOT FOOD IT’S VIOLENCE” and photos of ducks being force-fed, per the traditional — and now widely derided — methods of foie gras production. Leroy’s response, then, was nothing if not considered — even if it did, according to the Mail, “disrupt” the planned demonstration.

One activist commented on the health and safety ramifications: “He was waving dead bodies around far from the food preparation area. I’m sure local food safety officers will be interested in his actions.” Leroy, who, ironically, was brought in by the Square’s owners to serve food “lighter and brighter than conventional French fine dining,” is yet to comment.

The Square was at the centre of another, less foul controversy in 2017, as Michelin forgot to announce its Michelin star.

Here’s another picture of Leroy with his brace.

My vegan rituals – what works for me

I’m often asked about my vegan way of life — and specifically how I integrate my health habits, exercise, and vegan lifestyle as a Qatari living in Doha. Qatar’s healthy areas have undergone a momentous journey of transformation in recent years. The growth of new facilities, parks and open spaces ensure that we can live a healthy life, and is helping to transform the country.
As a vegan dedicated to pursing a healthy lifestyle, I find myself taking advantage of Qatar’s investment in health and fitness sector all the time. Plus, I try to eat as healthily as possible.
Here’s an insight into a day’s worth of health habits, rituals and routine.
On Saturday morning, I’ll start the day by drinking 1 litre of mineral water. At night, your body repairs itself and casts out all the toxins in the body. When you drink water on an empty stomach in the morning, you will flush out these harmful toxins, leaving your body fresh and ready for the day. Drinking water also helps in increasing the production of muscle cells and new blood cells.
Shortly after, I’ll head to the gym — armed with a green cold-pressed juice. I’ll typically take a strength class which focuses on muscle building, or I’ll join a boxing workout. Boxing is cardio, which helps keep our heart healthy, increase body strength, and also improves hand-eye co-ordination.
The cold-pressed juice that I consume during the class has cucumber, celery, spirulina, leafy greens, lemon and apple. Such green juices are rich in minerals and vitamins, and a better substitute than most energy drinks, which are often high in caffeine. I take my energy from the chlorophyll in green juices, as chlorophyll is a cell reviver that wakes up both the body and the mind — giving the right amount of energy, and helping digestion.
Upon returning home from the gym, I’ll prepare a smoothie. As a vegan, I make a plant-based protein shake with almond milk, hemp seeds, sprouted vegan protein powder, almond butter and raw cacao. Its high in amino acids — which a lot of people consider vegans lack — and also fibre, and other muscle building ingredients.
As part of my health habits, I also try to sit in the sun for at least 30 minutes per day, or every couple of days, depending on work.  Absorbing Vitamin D from the sun is very important, and I do believe in the healing power of the sun. It can help release toxins, and works magic on the skin. I also drink turmeric water throughout the day which is tasty, and has scientifically-proven health benefits, such as the potential to prevent heart disease, and cancer. It’s also an anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant too.
For lunch, I’ll try to have a raw meal, as I’ll have a cooked dinner. Eating raw ensures I’m absorbing the maximum nutrients from the food, as it’s in its purest form. I’ll have a mixed vegetable wrap — substituting the tortilla bread, for a collared green wrap (bread tends to slow down digestion and makes everything little more sluggish). I’ll have it with some form of hummus, perhaps a green or beetroot variant. I’ll also add avocado, in order to ensure I have healthy fats included in my diet.
If the afternoon is your best time to be active, (as it sometimes is for me) — a walk around the neighbourhood, or even the beach if it’s possible, can be beneficial and allows me to enjoy fresh air. Furthermore, walking on the sand can significantly reduce stress levels, and relax the mind.
By dinner time, I’ll have something like a warm quinoa bowl, with sweet potatoes and fresh kale. It’s delicious, full of nutrients, and high in protein.
We all know how important sleep is — and living in a fast-paced 2019, sleep can sometimes be perceived as a luxury. But whether you own a business, study, work in shifts or whatever — making a good night sleep a priority will have great benefits on your overall health. Personally, I try to sleep around nine hours per night — the amount of hours I know I can function on, without being tired during the day.
To summarise, we have to work out what is best for us, and what works for our bodies. If you’re wanting to improve health, try to create a realistic health schedule that works for you, and integrate organic, plant-based foods and drinks to fully feel the rewarding effects.

* The author is an expert in vegan wellbeing and health.
Instagram handle: @Ghanim92

Man Devours Raw Pig’s Head Outside Vegan Food Festival In Protest

A man so infuriated by people leading a meat-free lifestyle purchased a pig’s head and ate it raw outside of a vegan food festival.

via Catdumb

Accordant to reporters, the chap was faced by animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere – who were carrying signs which bared slogans like ‘it’s not food, it’s violence’ and ‘meat is murder’ penned on them.

Vegfest manager, Tim Barford, stated: “We knew about the planned protest and were expecting 30 protestors – three turned up, which was slightly sad for them and reminiscent of a Nigel Farage march. But they proceeded to upset kids and members of the public, and with that in mind, the police arrived, gave them a warning and sent them packing.

“What was interesting was that we had meat-eating members of the public saying that this revolting spectacle had encouraged them to give up eating meat – so it seems the anti vegan protest actually encouraged people to go vegan.”

A DxE Brighton member furthered: “A lot of everyday people walking past are also repulsed by the sight of a pig’s head which is interesting as most of these people eat pigs as well. It goes to show what we already know, that people don’t like seeing the faces of the animals they eat. Eating animals is eating a product of torture and death. Why is animal abuse so normalized when it’s in a burger but shocking when we see the being behind the burger?”

A DxE organizer too commented, expressing: “We live in such a speciesist society we often forget who we are eating and I think today serves as a very visual reminder of the victims behind our choices.

“We call ourselves an animal loving nation but our actions don’t reflect that as most people eat and wear animals every day. Over 10 million pigs are killed a year in UK slaughterhouses, they are usually killed at just five to six months old. There’s nothing just about what we do to animals and no humane way to exploit and take their lives.”


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Contaminated ground beef that made over 400 people ill could still be in your freezer, CDC warns

The Centers for Disease Control warns Friday that many consumers could still have contaminated beef in their freezers. (Photo: CNN)

An outbreak of salmonella infections that led to the recall of more than 5 million pounds of ground beef in December is over, the Centers for Disease Control announced Friday, but warns that many consumers could still have contaminated beef in their freezers.

More than 100 stores and chain retail establishments nationwide sold the beef, manufactured by JBS Tolleson, Inc., of Tolleson, Arizona, and sold as Kroger, Laura’s Lean and JBS generic.

Consumers checking their frozen beef should look for the establishment number EST. 267 within the USDA mark of inspection, the CDC said, although it might be stamped in another spot on the package as well. If found, return the recalled beef to the store or throw it away. Do not “eat, serve, or sell it,” the CDC said.

A lengthy outbreak

The outbreak began in October, 2017, and JBS Tolleson Inc. recalled more than 6 million pounds of raw beef products. The recall was expanded in early December, when the company recalled another 5.1 million pounds.

Illness from the outbreak ranged from August 5, 2018 to February 8, 2019, the CDC said. As of today, a total of 403 people were infected in more than 30 states, ranging in age from 1 to 99 years old. Nearly half of those infected were male. No one died, but 117 people were hospitalized.

Symptoms of salmonella usually begin 12 to 72 hours of consuming contaminated food. These can include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever that last between four and seven days. Most people recover on their own, but those who experience persistent diarrhea may need to be hospitalized. In rare cases, the infection can enter the bloodstream and cause severe illness.

Those at most risk for severe illness include people with weakened immune systems, babies and elderly individuals.

Ground beef safety

In general, don’t eat raw or undercooked ground beef, the CDC advises, suggesting that all hamburgers and meatloaf or other beef mixtures be heated to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit, which should be checked by using a food thermometer. Place the thermometer into the side of the hamburger patty until it reaches the middle, the CDC says, and in the thickest part of the loaf or other item.

And of course, don’t forget to wash any utensils, such as serving ware, countertops and cutting boards, that may have come into contact with raw meat, as well as your hands with soap and water.

Deiveson Figueiredo reveals 39-pound cut to make weight for UFC Nashville: I was ‘very stressed’

Sometimes weight cutting can reach extreme levels.

Although not that unusual, most fighters prefer not to reveal how much extra weight they need to shed before a fight, especially in a case such as UFC Nashville’s Deiveson Figueiredo, who told Combate he needed to brush off a whopping 39 pounds in order to make weight for his bout against fellow flyweight contender Jussier Formiga.

Despite the enormous amount of weight Figueiredo had to cut, the Brazilian explained the process wasn’t all that straining and only left him stressed out and craving junk food such as pizza and soft drinks.

“The weight cut was actually good, I made weight quite easily. I got a little emotional, making weight is your first win and I was very professional, that made me emotional,” Deiveson said. “I was walking around at 165 for this fight, so I was really heavy, maybe even more than that. The diet was very strict, only proteins and raw salads. I had to cut 39 pounds in three months. It was an intense diet, but thank God I was able to cut it really well, without starving, I only got a little stressed out. Some fruits helped me, I ate a lot of oranges at lunch. Eating fruit killed some of the cravings I had for other foods and made me a little less stressed.”

“Spending all this time eating nothing but raw salads and proteins got me very stressed out,” Figueiredo continued. “That’s one of the reasons I was so glad I made weight. I missed eating pizza and drinking soda. I’m not much of a soda guy, but you really miss those things in times like these, hamburgers, too. I love roast beef, so I really missed that. It was gratifying to make weight, now I can take one week off after the fight and go after all my cravings.”

Since he was cleared by his nutritionist to pig out on fruit, Deiveson decided to really go at it the day just before the weigh-ins, revealing to have eaten nearly a dozen strawberries in the afternoon and more in the evening, which fortunately did not affect his weight cut.

“I ate 11 strawberries in the afternoon, then I ate the rest that night,” Figueiredo said. “It was funny, my coaches were desperate, they thought my weight would go up, but my nutritionist was with me for every step of the way. She said I could eat some fruits to get rid of the stress. My weight didn’t go up that much, I woke up on weight.”

Despite being able to make the limit for the flyweight division, Figueiredo does plan to move to bantamweight in the future, but not before trying to score UFC gold at his weight class.

“I think about moving up a lot, but I have goal to fight and win the belt before that. Once I have it, I’ll ask to move up and then I’ll go after the bantamweight belt, too.”

Deiveson Figueiredo is scheduled to take on Jussier Formiga at UFC Fight Night 148, in Nashville, Tennessee, on March 23. The card will be headlined by a welterweight match between Stephen Thompson and Anthony Pettis.