Our monthly update of a selection noteworthy stories, all things food related.
Farmer prosecuted for unsafe milk
Sale of unpasteurised milk is legal in England as long as strict rules are complied with. Recently, a Suffolk farmer was recently prosecuted for selling unpasteurised milk containing unacceptable levels of a type of bacteria called coliforms – these can be an indication that the milk has not been collected hygienically. To make matters worse, the farmer then threatened the visiting Environmental Health Officers, who came to investigate the problem.
Check out Environmental Health News for more details.
Avoid the Danish pastries?
Recent research by the European food safety authorities has found that high levels of cinnamon in your diet could increase the risk of liver cancer. The Danish food authority has put in limits to the amount of cinnamon that can now be added to everyday baked products such as Danish pastries.
Read Helen Russell’s article in The Guardian to find out more.
Norovirus strikes again
In 2009, experimental chef Heston Blumenthal had to shut his world-famous restaurant, the Fat Duck, due to an outbreak of the food poisoning bug Norovirus. Unfortunately, lightening does strike twice for Heston – at the end of January he had to shut his high class restaurant in London, Dinner, for one week due to another outbreak.
Our higher education students here at Reaseheath learn about Norovirus and how to prevent outbreaks as part of their food safety module. Perhaps Heston should join us?
Read more about Heston’s restaurant crisis here.
So how do you say quinoa?
Or do you care? Have a look at this light-hearted article in The Guardian about how some of those tricky culinary terms should be pronounced. Or you could just do what I do with the Latin names of bacteria – say them fast enough and with lots of confidence, and everyone will believe you’re right!