Scombroid Poisoning : A Quick FCS Guide

Scombroid poisoning, also known simply as scombroid, is a food-borne illness that typically results from eating spoiled fish. Symptoms may include flushed skin, headache, itchiness, blurred vision, abdominal cramps, and diarrhoea. Onset of symptoms is typically 10 to 60 minutes after eating and can last for up to two days Scombroid poisoning is caused by the […]

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Testing for Staphylococcus aureus

Staphylococcus aureus is a bacteria that produces a heat-stable toxin that is therefore resistant to cooking and can persist and cause food poisoning after despite normal cooking procedures. This species of bacteria occurs naturally on the skin and nasal passages of about 15% of the world’s population, but can also be picked up from cross-contamination […]

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Legionnaires Disease : The Beginners Guide To Understanding Legionella

Legionella (legionnaires disease causing bacteria) are a species of bacteria that grow and live in water. These bacteria live in low numbers in natural water sources. But when they get into man-made water systems they can grow very quickly in high numbers. Each of the below factors create the opportunity for the Legionella to increase in […]

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Listeriosis Product Recall

A listeriosis product recall has been implemented following an announcement by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) on Sunday that the source of the present outbreak was an Enterprise facility in Polokwane. Two national food manufacturers and distributors have been ordered by the South African government to start a listeriosis product […]

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Listeriosis Food Poisoning Update

The recent outbreak of Listeriosis caused by Listeria monocytogenes in South Africa The health department has released an update on the Listeriosis outbreak. At this stage the source of the contamination has as of yet, not been identified. The investigation is ongoing and there are now 727 confirmed laboratory cases, and 61 confirmed deaths as […]

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Listeriosis Alert & Advice

  As you are undoubtedly aware of the recent outbreak of Listeriosis in South Africa, there is a lot of news on what Listeriosis is and how to prevent it from happening, and there is a lot generic information being shared. Listeria monocytogenes food poisoning (Listeriosis) is a very serious disease and we urge you […]

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Contaminated foods and how it can happen

   It takes several steps to get food from farm to fork. We call these steps, “The food production chain”. Contamination can occur at any point along this chain during production, processing, distribution and preparation.   Production   Production can be defined as simply as, growing the plants we harvest or raising the animals that […]

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Food Consulting Services : What is Salmonella?

Salmonellosis (caused by the bacterium Salmonella) Salmonellosis is the most common and widely distributed food-borne illness, with tens of millions human cases occurring worldwide every year. It is caused by the bacterium, Salmonella, and is contracted by consuming food that is contaminated with the bacterium. Since the beginning of the 1990s several antibiotic- resistant salmonella […]

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