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

Fury, Wilder trilogy fight may hold in China

first_imgTyson Fury against Deontay Wilder could be heading to the Chinese gambling mecca of Macau.The third fight between the heavyweight pair was pencilled in for Las Vegas on July 18 before the coronavirus pandemic. But with fears growing mass gatherings will be banned in the US and UK until next year, the trilogy clash could now be heading to the “Las Vegas of Asia” in November or December.Fury’s UK promoter Frank Warren revealed over the weekend that there is interest from a Far East territory in hosting the fight.Daily Star Sport understands that has come from Macau and those involved in the fight are awaiting an official offer.The financial deal will have to be at least an eight-figure one to tempt the organisers into bringing the bout to the region.But concerns have been growing about the loss of revenue if Fury and Wilder was staged behind closed doors in the US should crowds be banned until 2021. Fury’s seventh-round stoppage win over Wilder to win the WBC title took in £13.8 million at the MGM Grand Garden Arena gate.That broke the record for a heavyweight fight in Las Vegas and was a huge chunk of the money earned for the fight.So now organisers are open to taking the bout on the road and, with China more likely to allow mass gatherings at sporting events before the US and UK, they have made an initial move.Fury’s US promoter Bob Arum informed Warren of the interest late last week.Arum has staged fights in Macau before as he took Manny Pacquiao there to fight Brandon Rios and Chris Algieri in 2013 and 2014 respectively. The US promoter was also due to bring WBO and WBC light-welterweight champion Jose Ramirez against Viktor Postol to Hainan in China on February 1 before the virus shut down the country.Fury is contractually obliged to face Wilder in a third fight owing to the agreement before their second meeting on February 22.Wilder’s camp have dismissed any talk of taking a financial offer to step aside to allow Fury to take on WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua next.So Fury’s team are keen to get the third Wilder fight on for this year despite the uncertainty around the sport due to coronavirus.RelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk China waste treatment plant fined $16m for dumping untreated waste Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Tags: ChinaDeontay WilderLas VegasMacauTyson Furylast_img read more

Robinho gets off on right foot with hattrick that is value for

first_imgShares00 Robinho match reports Share on Twitter Sun 26 Oct 2008 20.01 EDT @DTguardian Share on Facebook First published on Sun 26 Oct 2008 20.01 EDT Share via Email Share on Facebook Topics Manchester City Robinho gets off on right foot with hat-trick that is value for money Premier Leaguecenter_img At £32.5m, with a weekly salary of £160,000, Robinho might have to pull up a few more trees before anyone at Manchester City can think of him as a bargain but if these things actually matter to the club’s new owners there can be no argument that their showpiece signing has thus far been value for money.In eight appearances since swapping Madrid for Manchester and becoming the most expensive player in English football, Robinho has now accumulated six goals, his hat-trick of right-footed finishes here yesterday making it a chastening experience for a Stoke City side that might have to learn one or two new tricks to go with Rory Delap’s torpedo-like throws.Delap’s speciality has become such a key part of Stoke’s artillery that their supporters have even adapted a strange little hands-in-the-air routine whenever he gets the chance to hurl the ball into the opposition penalty area. On this occasion, however, the tactic came up short as, after a bright opening, Tony Pulis’s side were bamboozled by some lovely one-touch passing football, with Robinho too elusive and too clever for the visiting defenders.”The crowd adore him, and rightly so,” Mark Hughes, the home manager, later reflected. “He was excellent – not just because of his goals but his football intelligence, his appreciation of where his team-mates were, where the opponents were and how best to hurt them. He had all that.”He was entitled to eulogise because, for Stoke, the damage could conceivably have been worse if their opponents had been more clinical during a second half in which they should really have emulated the six-goal drubbing they dished out to Portsmouth last month. Once he has put the match ball away as a souvenir, Robinho will reflect on two glorious but spurned opportunities to consolidate his new status as City’s leading scorer, while Shaun Wright-Phillips and Stephen Ireland both wasted one-on-ones against the visiting goalkeeper, Thomas Sorensen. Stoke, in fairness, looked threatening for pockets of the game and afterwards Pulis was restrained in his criticisms, pointing out they had 56% of possession. It was an unexpected statistic and, on reflection, Pulis will be dismayed about the time and space his defenders afforded not only Robinho but also City’s more unlikely hero, the 19-year-old Daniel Sturridge.Despite all Robinho’s repertoire, Sturridge laid on the game’s most impressive moment, in the 47th minute, when he set off on a marauding run before splitting the visiting defence with a beautifully weighted through-ball. Having beaten Sorensen with a confident shot, Robinho was quick to kneel down and pretend to shine the boots of his young accomplice. When the two players combined again in the 72nd minute, Robinho’s cool finishing produced a similar outcome. “They showed a fantastic understanding of each other’s game,” said Hughes.Sturridge had come on three minutes before the break after another 19-year-old, Ched Evans, suffered a knee injury. Both look outstanding prospects – as does the young goalkeeper Joe Hart who yesterday signed a new five-year deal -and Evans can also reflect on an important contribution when, on 14 minutes, Elano knocked the ball down to him from a Wright-Phillips cross. The teenager was in a shooting position and might have been tempted to have a go at goal himself but had the presence of mind to angle a pass into the path of Robinho, coming in from the left, and the former Real Madrid player did the rest with a crisp finish. Two months into the latest, most unorthodox, period of his career, Robinho has his first English exam this week. If he is as clever off the pitch as he is on it, he can expect to pass with distinction.Man of the match RobinhoThe biggest compliment that can be paid to the Brazilian is that he has been as good as City’s supporters had dared to hopeBest moment The confidence with which he put away his hat-trick goal Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Daniel Taylor at City of Manchester Stadium Premier League Share on Twitter Stoke City Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Robinho celebrates after scoring a hat-trick for Manchester City. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Imageslast_img read more