Finland -Water contamination causes 100 to suffer gastrointestinal symptoms in Finland – E.coli

Famagusta Gazette

More than 100 people have suffered gastrointestinal symptoms as E. coli (Escherichia coli) bacteria was found in drinking water in central Finland, Finnish new agency STT reported on Thursday.

Last weekend, E. coli bacteria was found in drinking water in Aanekoski, a small city in central Finland, due to pipe fracture.

Residents in Aanekoski and surrounding areas were advised to boil the water that they need for preparing food. About 800 households were involved.

Sinikka Rissanen, health inspector from the Environmental Health Service of Aanekoski, estimated on Thursday that at least 100 residents have suffered gastrointestinal symptoms caused by the polluted tap water so far.

According to Rissanen, the cleaning work of the water supply system will last longer than expected. The water chlorination will continue until next Wednesday, she added.

The city of Aanekoski started on Thursday to supply clean water to local residents, reported STT.

Research -Dyson Airblades or paper towels: which is more hygienic?

The Guardian

There’s a war going on for your wet hands, and it’s heating up. Companies such as Dyson, makers of the Airblade, have long complained about the paper towel industry sponsoring research into the hygiene implications of different hand-drying methods. So it was this week, when a paper in the Journal of Applied Microbiology concluded that Airblades spread 60 times more germs than standard air dryers, and 1,300 times more than standard paper towels. This was “scaremongering”, a company spokeswoman suggested, “conducted under artificial conditions”.

The conditions were set up by researchers at the University of Westminster, who took an innocuous virus, MS2, put it on their wet hands, then created a target 40cm away. They then applied the three drying methods – blades, plain air, paper towel – and counted the viral load that leapt across. Unsurprisingly, given that it doesn’t involve air whooshing out, the paper towel load levels were so small as to be barely noticeable. In a second test – the long-jump competition of this disease decathlon – the Airblade shot the virus as far as 3m away, while standard air could only manage 75cm, and hand towels a frankly shoddy 25cm.

Research -Spreading Viruses in the Bathroom

Huffington Post Virusds

You never know when you walk into a public restroom what you will be using to dry your hands. The options usually are standard or high speed air dryers or paper towels. The battle about which method is more hygienic has heated up again with a recent study showing that high speed dryers spread a virus 60 times more than standard air dryers and 1,300 times more than paper towels.

Vietnam -84 kids hospitalized with food poisoning after lunch at Vietnam kindergarten

VN Express

Scores of young children from a nursery school in the southern province of Vinh Long were hospitalized with food poisoning after having lunch at school on Wednesday.

The children started vomiting and experienced stomachaches and diarrhea. The school called parents to pick their children up but the situation quickly worsened with dozens of them falling sick.

A public hospital in the area had to arrange extra beds to receive 84 children between three and five years old, nearly a third of the school’s 273 students.

Doctors at the hospital said nine serious cases were put on drips. More than half of the children had been discharged by Thursday afternoon, and the rest are stable.

Authorities in Vinh Long have taken food samples and are investigating the cause of the problem.

Research -Researchers find new way to attack gastro bug – Campylobacter



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A team at Griffith’s Institute for Glycomics identified a unique sensory structure that is able to bind host-specific sugar and is present on particularly virulent strains of Campylobacter jejuni.

In their paper A direct-sensing galactose chemoreceptor recently evolved in invasive strains of Campylobacter jejuni published in Nature Communications this week, the team explain that the ability to cause disease depends on the ability of bacterial cells to move towards their target host cells.

This movement is determined by specialised structures on the bacterial cells called sensory receptors that sense chemicals in their environment.

It is the first known finding of a bacterial sensor that can bind sugar directly.

Europe -Seven EU countries imported salmonella-infected eggs from Poland

The News

A total of seven countries in the European Union have imported eggs infected with the Salmonella bacteria from Poland.

Dutch authorities have reported the infected eggs to the European Commission, which oversees the quality of food and feed.

The threat is considered to be serious, the Polish PAP news agency has said.

According to Belgium’s Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain, “several shipments of Polish eggs contaminated with Salmonella” have been sent to seven EU countries, including hundreds of restaurants in Belgium, from “various Dutch suppliers”.

In a statement published on Thursday, the agency said that for the time being, “retail businesses have not been affected”.

It added that the infected eggs bear the code “3PL30221 ***” (*** can match any digit). (rg)

Australia -Cloud 9 Farm White Velvet Cheese – E.coli


Cloud 9 Farm has recalled White Velvet Cheese from Cloud 9 Farm in VIC due to microbial (E.coli) contamination. Food products contaminated with E.coli may cause illness if consumed. Any consumers concerned about their health should seek medical advice. The product can be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Date notified to FSANZ


Food type


Product name

White Velvet

Package description and size

Paper 150 to 250g

Date marking

Best Before 25/10/16

Country of origin


Reason for recall

Microbial (E.coli) contamination


Cloud 9 Farm in VIC

Consumer advice

Food products contaminated with E.coli may cause illness if consumed. Any consumers concerned about their health should seek medical advice. The product can be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund.


Cloud 9 Farm

0419 550 378