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

Paul Merson predicts winner of Manchester United vs Chelsea

first_imgPaul Merson predicts winner of Manchester United vs Chelsea Advertisement Comment Merson is backing United to win (Picture: Getty Images)Manchester United and Chelsea will go head-to-head on Sunday in what could prove to be a pivotal battle in the race to qualify for next season’s Champions League.Just three points separate fourth-placed Chelsea and sixth-placed Manchester United before their Premier League clash, with Arsenal sandwiched in between them in the table.The three sides look set to be fighting it out for one remaining Champions League spot, with Tottenham Hotspur perhaps just out of reach in third, and United could effectively be out of the running, should they suffer defeat to Maurizio Sarri’s men.However, Paul Merson is expecting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men to keep their hopes alive with a vital three points – and believes Marcus Rashford will be the man to make the difference.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Sarri: We will try to beat Man United, but we must not loseTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 13:53FullscreenSarri: We will try to beat Man United, but we must not losehttps://metro.co.uk/video/sarri-try-beat-man-united-not-lose-1913480/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘I expect United to win, believe it or not,’ Merson told Sky Sports.‘I think Rashford will be too much for the Chelsea defence. I watch Chelsea, if [Eden] Hazard doesn’t turn up it’s difficult, or if teams keep him quiet. You’ve seen teams do it before.‘I don’t think there’s a lot between the teams, [N’Golo] Kante being injured changes things, if he does play then they might have too much energy for United’s midfield but otherwise, Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be moving out to the left, Jorginho is never going to get you a goal and [Mateo] Kovacic – I can’t remember when he last had a shot.‘It’s just because of Rashford, no other reason, I think he’ll have too much for David Luiz and [Andreas] Christensen.’Who will win at Old Trafford?Manchester United0%Chelsea0%Draw0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsIt will be a good weekend all round inside Manchester United if Merson’s predictions come to fruition as he’s backing Leicester to beat Arsenal, too.‘I just don’t know with Arsenal,’ he added. ‘They go to Napoli, keep a clean sheet against the second-best team in Italy, and then let in six goals in two league games. You’re watching it and thinking what’s changed? It’s so up and down.‘Sometimes you look at it and think the manager does an unbelievable job to get them where they are, but then you look at him playing [Mesut] Ozil and [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan in midfield for Wolves away, which he did at Everton too where they never looked like winning, but the penny didn’t drop.‘I’ve got to go for Leicester though. [Jamie] Vardy will be too much for the Arsenal defence, they’ve got pace. Look at Leicester since Brendan has gone there, they find it hard to break teams down. But when teams like Arsenal come in who are going to have a go, they’re a dangerous animal. Very dangerous. Arsenal have half an eye on next Thursday as well which doesn’t help.’ Solskjaer: Pogba determined to succeed at Man UtdTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 3:14FullscreenSolskjaer: Pogba determined to succeed at Man Utdhttps://metro.co.uk/video/solskjaer-pogba-determined-succeed-man-utd-1913430/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 27 Apr 2019 11:59 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link657Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

Simon Zebo earns bonus point for Munster in win over Treviso

first_imgMunster left it late to secure their try-scoring bonus point against Benetton Treviso as Simon Zebo’s 75th-minute try topped off a 32-7 European Champions Cup win at Thomond Park A mostly forgettable first half ended 10-7 in Munster’s favour, BJ Botha burrowing over in the fourth minute and fellow South African Braam Steyn replying with a terrific solo effort on the quarter-hour mark. However, in wet and windy conditions, Treviso’s resolute defence was worn down in the third quarter as Ian Keatley clipped over his second successful penalty and captain and man of the match CJ Stander weighed in with his fourth try of the season. Replacement hooker Duncan Casey and winger Zebo both crossed to the left of the posts, either side of a yellow card for Treviso’s Matteo Muccignat. Zebo’s 40th touchdown saw him go within one of equalling the province’s record try scorer Anthony Horgan. The home side were quick out of the blocks, Donnacha Ryan’s lineout win on the 22-metre line setting up a purposeful maul. Conor Murray almost sniped over from close range before prop Botha, whose contract has been extended to next June, got in under James Ambrosini’s tackle. Keatley converted and an eighth-minute pick-and-go effort almost saw Botha grab his second try. The video replay showed he lost control of the ball as he lunged for the line and Treviso, with the wind advantage, gradually gained a foothold in the game. The Italians’ number eight Steyn showed them the way when he charged down Keatley’s attempted clearance kick in the 16th minute, dribbling through to the left of the posts before acrobatically dotting down before the ball went dead. Jayden Hayward levelled with the conversion. Three minutes later, Keatley responded off the kicking tee but the hosts’ play was pockmarked by individual errors and a general lack of penetration with the difficult conditions making for a defence-dominated half. Treviso lost their talismanic captain Alessanndro Zanni to concussion, and Munster’s Mike Sherry suffered a knee injury as the Ireland-capped hooker’s first European appearance in over two years was unfortunately cut short. The conditions worsened on the restart with the rain teeming down. Keatley’s 48th-minute place-kick was followed by Stander’s unconverted try seven minutes later, the Irish-qualified number eight outmuscling Matteo Zanusso and Ludovico Nitoglia from a couple of metres out. Munster went the direct route again for their third try, Ryan winning a lineout near the left corner and Casey piling over on the end of a well-executed forward drive. Keatley converted and further pressure from the home pack saw Muccignat sin-binned for not rolling away. Barely a minute later, Zebo was handed a simple finish and Keatley added the extras for a 25-point winning margin. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more