A new strain of an organism called E. Coli has surfaced in Europe and now appears to be spreading throughout the global village. The concern is that that it can cause fatal complications. The organism has caused a severe outbreak of food poisoning in Germany and has spread to twelve other European countries (News24, 2011B). New cases are being reported daily and by now the E. coli infection has migrated to America (Randall & Larkin, 2011).
“We work far too hard to waste money on poor service and products and especially those that make us ill” says Sue Illgner. “There are a lot of dodgy restaurants out there”.
Sue lives in Port Elizabeth and is 1 of 4 winners in this month’s EatSafe competition. In partnership with 4 of its key members, EatSafe is currently running a competition via its Facebook page. Over the next three months, 4 winners will be announced per month, each receiving a meal voucher up to the value of R350.
To enter click on this link and "Like" our Facebook page!
December/January voucher winners were:
Primi Piatti- Sue Illgner, Port Elizabeth
Braza - Mary Archibald, Cape Town
Cappuccino’s - Farhana , Midrand
Ocean Basket - Zelna de Lange, Uitenhage
- Prevent contaminating food with pathogens spreading from people, pets and pests
- Separate raw and cooked foods to prevent contaminating the cooked foods
- Cook foods for the appropriate length of time and at the appropriate temperature to kill pathogens
- Store food at the proper temperature
- Use safe water and raw materials
Source: World Health Organisation
About 130 school children were rushed to Port Alfred hospital on Tuesday afternoon with stomach cramps, the Eastern Cape health department said. Spokesman Sizwe Kupelo said the children, aged between five and 16, were all pupils from the Qhayiya primary school near Port Alfred.
All were being treated, but none of them was in a critical condition. The cause of the illness was not immediately known.
Kupelo said it was thought the children had all eaten the same meal of umvubu -- a mixture of sour milk and dry pap. None of the teachers had reported being ill.
Food safety and awareness is not an option!
South Africa is experiencing a shortage of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) due to unplanned shutdowns within the local oil refinery industry, the South African Petroleum Industry Association (SAPIA) has confirmed.
SAPIA, the industry body which represents the oil refinery sector, said a number of refineries are currently on planned maintenance shutdowns, and others are on unplanned shutdowns due to technical difficulties.
The Department of Energy has expressed its concerns over the growing shortage, which it says is impacting economic activities.
In a meeting last week on logistics planning by the department, the petroleum industry confirmed that four of the refineries were not in a position to produce LPG.
The department believes that there is a need to accelerate decisions on LPG import infrastructure and to this end the Director-General (DG) of Department of Energy, Nelisiwe Magubane, has already expressed this need in a letter to the chief executive of Transnet.
Article credit: by Andrew Moth http://www.hotelandrestaurant.co.za/
Without trying to offend anyone, I am amazed at how we complain about so many things, the weather, politics, taxi drivers, road conditions, well every day stuff, but that brings me to a story of two guys having a chat and one of the guys dog is lying nearby. The dog is howling away and his master is taking no notice of the noise. But his friend says to him, “but why is your dog howling like that?” well said the other, “he is lying on a nail” well why does he not get off the nail?” ask the other, “well, It seems it’s not hurting him enough” says the owner.
That may sound really silly to us but is that not true about most of us, we have something that gets up our nose and irritates us but yet we do little or nothing to move on from it or make the changes necessary to take the pain away. Albert Einstein said it,” if you continue to do the same things and expect a different result, you are insane”. EatSafe has put in place some really useful ways of ensuring food safety standards are met and that commercial food outlets work towards an international standard to ensure the food we eat is in-fact safe? EatSafe wants to promote all outlets who volunteer to clean up their back of house and employ external audit companies to check that they are clean and following the correct process.
EatSafe takes those Audited results and gives the consumer the information required regarding the status of such an establishment.
EatSafe invites consumers to question all and any restaurant, fast food outlet, hotel, retailer, canteen, hospital, food manufacturer and any other supplier of food, butchery and even bakery products, as to whether or not they have a food safety program and if they are in-fact EatSafe rated?
We also are inviting all those outlets to join hands with EatSafe and start the food safety revolution we so badly need in our world.
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