FOOD SAFETY NEWS SCAN: Dough sample positive for E coli , beef recall after illnesses, dairy ingredients and Salmonella

first_img FDA investigators find E coli in Nestle cookie dough sampleNestle USA, based in Solon, Ohio, said it received word from US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigators that they have identified and confirmed Escherichia coli O157:H7 in a retained production sample from a 16-ounce Nestle Toll House refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough bar. The company said the product has a day code of 9041 and “best before Jun 10 2009” printed on the package. Nestle recalled all varieties of its Toll House refrigerated cookie dough on Jun 19 after federal and state health officials reported 66 E coli illnesses in 28 states that were strongly linked in case control studies to eating the dough raw. Salmonella investigation prompts dairy ingredient recallPlainview Milk Products Cooperative, in Plainview, Minn., announced yesterday it is recalling the past 2 years of its food ingredient products—including nonfat dried milk, whey protein, fruit stabilizers, and thickeners—because they might be contaminated with Salmonella, the FDA said in a press release. None of the products were sold to the public. The USDA had previously found Salmonella in dairy shake product that contained a key ingredient made by the company. The findings prompted an FDA investigation of the plant that revealed some of the equipment was contaminated with the pathogen. The FDA said it is coordinating its investigation with the USDA, CDC, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, and state and local health departments.[Jun 28 FDA press release] Jun 29, 2009center_img Multistate E coli illness investigation leads to beef recallsJBS Swift Beef Company, based in Greeley, Colo., yesterday expanded its Jun 24 beef recall to include 380,000 pounds of primal cuts because they may be contaminated with E coli O157:H7, the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced. The expanded recall is the result of a traceback investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) into 24 illnesses in multiple states, of which 18 appear to be linked. The initial recall involved 41,280 pounds of beef products, most of it boneless beef bottom sirloin and butt ball tip. The recalled items were produced on Apr 21 and 22 and were shipped to distributors and retail outlets in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin. The primal cuts that are the subject of the expanded recall were produced on Apr 21 and distributed nationally and internationally. Though most of the cuts were used for steaks and roasts, the FSIS said some were processed into ground beef by other companies.[Jun 28 FSIS news release][Jun 24 FSIS news release]last_img read more

Ireland battle to win over Nepal

first_img Thompson hit 19 not out from nine balls including the winning four from the first ball of the last over, which followed back-to-back sixes from Wilson (31no) at the end of the 19th. Having lost the toss and been put in, Nepal made 137 for seven in their 20 overs. Gyanendra Malla top-scored with 47 and put on 55 with captain Paras Khadka (31), while Andy McBrine, Kevin O’Brien and George Dockrell each took two wickets. Captain William Porterfield (38) and Andrew Poynter (28) had Ireland going well at 78 for two, but they slumped to 102 for five before Gary Wilson and Stuart Thompson saw them to 141 for five and a five-wicket victory. Ireland left it late to win their World Twenty20 warm-up game against Nepal, but eventually triumphed in style.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Dumas teen painting up for auction

first_imgMarlene Dumas is one of the world’s topfemale artists, and her talent was evidenteven in her earliest work.(Image: Bonhams)MEDIA CONTACTS • Julian RoupBonhams+44 207 468 8259Fiona McRaeA fun birthday greeting painted by a teenager nearly 40 years ago for a friend is expected to fetch between US$11 100 (R79 000) and $15 900 (R113 100) when it goes under the hammer as part of a London sale of South African art in two months’ time.According to Bonhams auction house, which will handle the sale on 23 March, the work “would be of no great significance were it not for the fact that the then budding schoolgirl artist, Marlene Dumas, now has an international reputation that assures her work of six-figure sums at auction”.Dumas – renowned as one of the world’s leading female artists – painted the “charming picture of a girl” way back in 1971 while still a schoolgirl, as a 16th birthday present for a friend, Alida Louw, the auction house said in a media release on the sale.At the time, the teens attended the Afrikaans-medium Bloemhof high school for girls in the picturesque town of Stellenbosch, in South Africa’s Western Cape winelands region. The town is South Africa’s second-oldest after Cape Town, and was named in 1679 by the then Governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel, in honour of himself after he fell in love with the beautiful surroundings while on a visit to the early victualling station outpost.The historic Bloemhof was founded in 1874, as an English school, switched to Afrikaans in 1925, and moved to new buildings in 1960.Earliest known workThe humble painting, on which the year is indicated along with the words “Happy birthday” and “Baie geluk, met liefde Marlene” (Afrikaans for “Congratulations, with love Marlene“) is now the earliest known work by the ex-patriate Dumas.Nearly 40 years after its creation, its owner told Bonhams that when it was painted it seemed like a light-hearted work that took a few moments “but now Marlene Dumas is a major figure in the art world and I am still greatly flattered she took the trouble to capture this image for me”.“I would like to see this picture find a loving place between other Dumas works in the home of a passionate collector, rather than remaining in obscurity,” she said of her decision to part with the gift she has kept all these years.Its personal message and the motivation of friendship behind its creation will add to its interest and value, says Bonhams. However, the amount it is expected to reach is a far cry from the $3.34-million (now calculated at R24-million) ) paid in 2005 for a Dumas artwork on a Christie‘s sale after a surprising bidding war between two dealers – a price that made her the highest-paid living female artist in the world. Dumas had completed the work, a 160cm x 200cm oil on canvas titled The Teacher, in 1987.Another of her works, titled The Benefit of the Doubt, can be seen in South Africa’s Constitutional Court in Johannesburg. The giant three-piece tapestry was donated to the country’s new court, which opened in 2004, by the Dutch government and is a replica of a Dumas work that graces the Dutch Court of Justice in Den Bosch.Top South African artistDumas was born in South Africa in 1953 and grew up on a wine farm in the Kuils River area, near Cape Town. After school she studied at the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Art before leaving her home country in 1976 on a scholarship for further studies at Haarlem’s Atelier 63. Now a resident of Amsterdam, she has lived in the Netherlands ever since.Dumas was in South Africa last month to open an exhibition titled Mother Nature: Art and Psychology in Conversation, at the Sasol Art Museum in Stellenbosch. Located in a beautiful neo-classical building that was once home to her alma mater Bloemhof, the museum houses a permanent collection of more than 3 000 artworks belonging to the University of Stellenbosch. The collection features pieces relating to South Africa’s history, as well as works by foreign artists who resided in the country. Many of South Africa’s top artists are represented.Along with Dumas, the current exhibition features works by, among many others, photographer Jodi Bieber, sculptor Claudette Schreuders, visual artist Lyn Smuts, video artist Sonya Rademeyer, and Benedicte Kurzen, a French photographer living and working in Johannesburg. It may be viewed until 14 February 2011.The University of Stellenbosch also recently conferred an honorary doctorate on Dumas. This was for “her commitment to interrogating representational tropes of gender and socio-political identity“, according to information from the university. Known particularly for her depictions of the human form, Dumas’s works have been seen in some of the world’s top art museums including New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Centre George Pompidou in Paris, and London’s Tate Modern.Local art in international demandAs the country’s artists continue to make their creative mark around the globe, Bonhams says the success of previous sales indicates clearly that South African art is no longer only of domestic interest. “Record-breaking prices and worldwide bidding have propelled modern South African art into the frontlines of the global art market,” it says.Proof of this is the record-breaking $3.7-million (R26.4-million) fetched by Irma Stern’s 1945 painting Bahora Girl after brisk bidding at a Bonhams auction of South African art in London in October last year.Before the sale Bonhams had said it believed the painting, painted during Stern’s sojourn in Zanzibar, could set a new record for South African art sold at auction if current trends continued. The painting far surpassed expectations of $930 000 (R6.6-million) to $1.39-million (R9.9-million) and indeed made history for South African art, which according to Bonhams “can be said to have truly come of age in London”.The October auction of 151 pictures and sculptures realised a total of $9.29-million (R66-million).After the sale, Bonhams said the unprecedented price fetched for Bahora Girl would cause the art world to take a fresh look at art out of Africa and that it “marked a massive milestone in the journey of recognition for South African art”.Entries are currently being accepted for the sale in March 2011, which already includes pieces by Stern, Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, Gerard Sekoto, William Kentridge, Cecil Skotnes and other South African masters.Founded in 1793, Bonhams is one of the world’s oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The firm is based in London but has offices in countries around the globe.last_img read more

ECM and Standards

first_imgAIIM did a recent survey to try to determine end-user opinions about standards and Enterprise Content Management (ECM) Systems.  Their survey was sent to 1200 end-users of content and document management systems in nine different countries.  The top three benefits of standards and ECM cited by users include:Unifies Business Practices (42%)Leverages our IT skill set (38%)Decreases total cost of ownership (37%)Some standards that AIIM mentions in the survey that they feel are relevant to ECM include XML, .NET, SOAP, UDDI, ebXML, and CORBA.While standards like SOAP are important to any IT initiative today, two initiatives that are very important to ECM and interoperability of ECM systems are AIIM’s iECM (Interoperable Enterprise Content Management) and JCR (Java Content Repository).  The JCR has been specified within the JSR-170 and on-going JSR-283 initiatives.  AIIM provides a very good blog that discusses some of the differences between the two iECM and JCR.One major difference between iECM and JCR is that iECM is language agnostic while the JCR is language-specific for Java.  The first planned protocol binding for iECM is Web Services based.  iECM is designed to work well in Services Oriented Architecture, while JCR is not.  This deficiency is one reason that JCR is being addressed and reworked as part of JSR-283.The services approach of layering a Web Services interface on top of an content management system that can be implemented using any language or architecture style is an approach that is much friendlier to existing content systems than that of JCR. iECM is a developing ECM standard that deserves more detailed consideration as an approach for providing ECM interoperability via a common interface.  It has yet to develop much momentum, but it appears to be in good position to gain popularity.last_img read more

Onion Flats’ Big Multifamily Passivhaus Plan

first_imgPhiladelphia-based developer Onion Flats has been mentioned in GBA at least twice before in connection with TED, a 1,130-sq.-ft. single-family home that was selected as one of three residential projects to win a spot in “From the Ground Up: Innovative Green Homes,” a competition co-presented by Syracuse University’s School of Architecture, the Syracuse Center of Excellence, and nonprofit housing and community groups Home HeadQuarters and the Near West Side Initiative.Fifty-two teams submitted project proposals for the competition, which were evaluated for their design, sustainability, and affordability. Construction costs were capped at $150,000. All three winning projects were built in Syracuse’s Near Westside neighborhood.Using PV to achieve NZEMore recently, Onion Flats, founded in 1997 by brothers Tim and Pat McDonald, has been focused on a project of markedly larger scale, although still with energy efficiency at the forefront. Last month, the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority selected the firm to lead the redevelopment of a city-owned property close to the Schuylkill River, in the East Falls neighborhood. This project will be mixed-use: 126 rental units, 8,700 square feet of retail space, and an open area called “River Terrace.” Its performance goal, however, is to meet the Passivhaus standard, as an Inhabitat post noted, and to operate at net zero energy with the help of a photovoltaic system.“I feel like this is an opportunity to do what we’ve been trying to do for a long time, to really kick it up in scale and do something that will not just impact a neighborhood but the city as a whole,” McDonald told PlanPhilly, a local news source affiliated with PennPraxis, the clinical arm of the School of Design of the University of Pennsylvania.Onion Flats now has until June to enter into a full redevelopment agreement, which will include a final sales price for the city-owned property, notes Newsworks, the online outlet of radio station WHYY. If construction begins in early 2013, as anticipated, the project could be completed in spring 2014.We’ll have more on this as the project progresses.last_img read more

Narsingh Pancham Yadav looks to cash in on London Games

first_imgNarsingh Pancham Yadav prefers to describe the London Olympics as the most important journey of his life. The 74kg freestyle grappler had made it to the Olympics in the last qualifying event in Helsinki in May this year. It was a big relief for the Uttar Pradesh boy as he was out of form in the previous three qualifying tournaments. Doubts had surfaced whether Narsingh would make it to the London Games.”It was a make-or-break tournament for me and I thought that no matter what, I will qualify,” Narsingh said.”It is not always that an athlete will come up with good performances. I won gold at the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Championships, but sometimes your body is not ready. Sometimes you are unfortunate or you are just not able to give your best. But the coaches always had confidence in my ability and I also thought that I will give my all in the last qualifier.”It is not only about qualifying. If I can win a medal for the country, then nothing like it. I am at par with the wrestlers who have qualified in my category.”Narsingh said making it through the world qualifying event boosted his confidence. “All the top wrestlers were there and to win gold in that tournament was big.” Expectations have soared after the qualification and Narsingh is aware of the challenge ahead of him. “There will be pressure. Since we have qualified, we are in the limelight. It makes you feel good and at the same time you want to do better.advertisement”I know this is the most important moment of my life. Olympics come once in four years and who knows whether I will be competing next time. So this is the opportunity I have got and I have to make full use of it.”Coming from a humble background has made him work hard to achieve his goals. “Despite the financial problems, my father always made sure that I get everything and my training is not hampered. The diet of a wrestler is costly but my father managed it.”When I took up the sport in Mumbai, I just wanted to be a good wrestler. I wanted to be popular, wanted people to know me.”Gradually I started performing well in the nationals and then won at the senior level as well. It was then that I thought that I am good enough to compete at the Olympics,” the 24-year-old added.last_img read more

Quota Movement JU students boycott classes and exams

first_imgJahangirnagar UniversityStudents of several departments of Jahangirnagar University have boycotted classes and exams protesting at the recent attacks across the country on the quota protesters, reports UNB.Five of the departments – Botany, Anthropology, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry – formed human chains along different locations of the campus around 11:00am on Wednesday and declared they were boycotting classes as well as exams for an indefinite period seeking immediate release of all the leaders of the movement who are in jail.At the latest development, all batches of seven departments – Philosophy, Government and Politics, Accounting and Information, Zoology, Physics, Finance and Banking, and History – boycotted their classes while several batches of eight other departments boycotted their classes and examinations in the same ground.Earlier on Tuesday, Philosophy department students staged a sit-in programme in front of their department and boycotted their classes demanding release of all quota reform leaders under the banner of fair and logical reformation of quota system.last_img read more