FAO, WHO give food safety tips for bird flu era

first_imgDec 7, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Although thorough cooking ensures that chicken and other poultry are safe to eat, birds from flocks infected with H5N1 avian influenza should be kept out of the food supply, international health and agriculture authorities said this week.The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) warned against eating raw poultry parts or raw eggs from areas with avian flu outbreaks in poultry, as well as eating infected birds or using them for animal feed.The agencies said they wanted to clarify food safety issues raised by the avian flu crisis. The statement released this week is an abridged version of a bulletin issued in November through the International Food Safety Authorities Network.”In areas where there is no bird flu outbreak in poultry, there is no risk that consumers will be exposed to the virus via the handling or consumption of poultry and poultry products,” the statement said.Cooking to achieve a temperature of 70˚C throughout all parts of a bird, so that no part remains raw or red, will kill any H5N1 virus present, the agencies said. This will prevent infection from an infected bird that is mistakenly allowed into the food chain.”To date, there is no epidemiological evidence that people have become infected after eating contaminated poultry meat that has been properly cooked,” the statement said.Many of the people who have contracted avian flu were infected when slaughtering or handling diseased or dead birds before cooking, authorities said. Slaughtering poses the greatest risk of infection.Most strains of avian flu viruses are found mainly in the respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts of infected birds, not in the meat, the agencies said. But highly pathogenic viruses like H5N1 make their way into almost all parts of the bird, including the meat.Infected poultry excrete the virus in their secretions and feces, and people may be exposed by inhaling dust or touching contaminated surfaces. The virus can survive in feces for at least 35 days at low temperatures (4˚C) and for 6 days at higher temperatures (37˚C). It can survive on surfaces for several weeks, and it is not killed by refrigeration or freezing.It’s not always possible to distinguish infected and uninfected birds in outbreak areas, since ducks may harbor the virus without looking sick, officials said. This increases the importance of using preventive measures.Although public education campaigns about avian flu have reached rural people in affected countries, some continue to eat infected birds, the agencies said. They warned, “The practice of slaughtering and eating of infected birds, whether diseased or already dead, must be stopped. These birds should also not be used for animal feed.”The risk of getting infected by handling a bird produced through an industrialized slaughtering and processing chain is considered very low, even in countries with current outbreaks, authorities said.They also said eating vaccinated poultry poses no particular risk for consumers, provided the vaccination program follows proper standards and includes appropriate monitoring.Eggs from infected birds can be contaminated on both the inside and the shell, according to the agencies. Although sick birds normally stop laying eggs, eggs laid in the early phase of the disease could be contaminated. Proper cooking kills the virus, as does pasteurization used by industry for liquid egg products.Eggs from areas with outbreaks in poultry should not be consumed raw or partially cooked (with runny yolk), FAO/WHO say. But so far there is no epidemiologic evidence that people have been infected with avian flu by eating eggs or egg products.See also:FAO/WHO news releasehttp://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2005/1000172/index.htmlFull-length bulletinhttp://www.who.int/foodsafety/fs_management/No_07_AI_Nov05_en.pdflast_img read more

Samir Radovac could start playing for FC Zenit from St. Petersburg

first_imgOne of the greatest talents of FC Sarajevo Samir Radovac went to FC Zenit from St. Petersburg to play several trial matches.Radovac was born in 1996, and he went to Antalya to participate the trainings of FC Zenit, and if everything goes as planned, Radovac will be the new player of FC Zenit.last_img

NFL Week 12 Betting Guide: Spread, moneyline, over/under picks

first_imgWEEK 12 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerNFL Week 12 Betting Picks: Spread pick of the weekFalcons (-4) vs. BuccaneersEven though they’re 3-7, don’t count the Falcons out! While that’s admittedly farfetched, Atlanta is in a great spot this week. The Falcons defense has held opponents to under 10 points in back-to-back weeks for the first time in 10 years, and Jameis Winston has been intercepted 18 times and lost four of his 11 fumbles in 10 games played. For some reason, Bruce Arians continues to let Winston sling the ball all over the field 40-plus times per game. Per BetQL’s NFL consensus picks dashboard, 57 percent of total bets have gone on the Falcons ATS, while 78 percent of the money has. That tells us the sharps are all over Atlanta.WEEK 12 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endNFL Week 12 Betting Picks: Moneyline pick of the weekPatriots (-300) vs. Cowboys Tom Brady is frustrated. After New England’s recent win over the Eagles, TB12 was outspoken about his team’s lack of offense over recent weeks. When that happens, it usually spells danger for opposing teams. While the Cowboys possess the NFL’s top offense by some advanced metrics, they’ll have to go into a cold Foxborough against the league’s top defense. Betting on the Patriots’ moneyline every week is never a bad strategy, even when the potential payout isn’t gigantic. Per BetQL’s NFL public betting dashboard, 65 percent of bets have been wagered on Dallas’ +240 moneyline, while 79 percent of the money has also been wagered on the Cowboys. Apparently, they’re ignoring the fact that under Bill Belichick, the Patriots have gone 70-28 outright against good offensive teams (teams that average 24 or more points per game). Check out BetQL’s NFL expert picks to see which side the pros are betting in this game.WEEK 12 DFS LINEUPS: FD cash | FD GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | Y! cash | Y! GPP NFL Week 12 Betting Picks: Over/under pick of the weekGiants at Bears UNDER 40Words can’t accurately describe how horrendous Chicago’s offense has been. After benching Mitchell Trubisky (hip) late in their last game, it’s hard to feel confident the Bears scoring points against anyone. This is our favorite NFL over/under bet of the week, and apparently, bettors have agreed so far, as 66 percent of the bets and 78 percent of the money has gone on the UNDER. Since Chicago’s defense has still performed at an elite level, it could be tough sledding for Daniel Jones and the Giants offense.You can find all updated NFL point spreads, lines and odds at BetQL! Unlike previous weeks, there’s only one game that opened with a double-digit spread in Week 12 (Browns vs. Dolphins). Meanwhile, nine games have a spread of four or fewer points, which is an indication of how strong the matchups are on this slate. It’s easy to identify dramatic storylines for each game as the playoff picture is rounding into form.  Let’s get into this week’s NFL spreads, over/unders, moneylines, and more!All data presented is as of Thursday morning. You can track all NFL line movement on BetQL’s Line Movement Dashboard. Figures below calculated by wagering one unit on each touted bet with -110 spread odds.last_img read more