Australian outbreak data shows Salmonella typhimurium is the biggest offender

The latest foodborne illness outbreak data is in from OzFoodNet, a tracking network organized by Australia’s Department of Health.

The report shows that in 2012, 2,117 people in Australia were affected by foodborne illness outbreaks, resulting in nine deaths and 183 hospitalizations. Exactly 144 outbreaks led to these numbers, 47 of them recorded in the […]

Outbreak alert: Listeria in frozen vegetables in Australia and New Zealand

First it happened in Europe, and then in the land down under.

Like the United Kingdom did last month, Australia and New Zealand have recalled a wide amount of frozen vegetable products due to concerns of Listeria contamination — specifically Listeria monocytogenes.

The recall involves the same supplier as the overseas recall, […]

Australia’s organics industry doubtful of proposed mandatory fungicide treatments

Discussion has been fervent in Australia’s organics industry after the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) proposed mandatory fungicide treatment for certain imported crop seeds.

In “Draft review of import conditions for brassicaceous crop seeds for sowing into Australia,” DAWR says that its proposal would minimize the risk of introducing foreign plant pathogens to […]

Neogen acquires Australian animal genomics laboratory

Neogen announced today that it has acquired the assets of The University of Queensland Animal Genetics Laboratory (AGL) — the leading animal genomics laboratory in Australia, a country with large cattle and sheep markets.

The acquisition of AGL is intended to help accelerate the growth of Neogen’s animal genomics business in Australia, New Zealand and […]

How to get your dog on a journal review board

A lot of people think their pets are pretty darn smart. But are they as smart as Dr. Olivia Doll, former researcher at the Shenton Park Institute for Canine Refuge Studies, and holder of a degree in canine abdominal massage from Subiaco College of Veterinary Science?

Dr. Doll, who is an expert in the role […]

‘Grazing the crop like stock’ — Australia’s mouse plague

The state of Victoria, Australia, is dealing with some pesky invaders right now.

Emerging crops, such as canola, are being decimated by mouse infestations, with numbers in some areas reaching plague proportions and forcing farmers to resow areas of crop. What’s more — there is a shortage of mouse bait to deal with the problem.

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Best in show: Sandy the dingo wins genome competition

Photo by Barry Eggleton

It’s best-in-show time at the World’s Most Interesting Genome Competition.

Yes, it’s real. A public competition was held to determine which animal on earth has the most interesting genome. The winner, selected by popular vote from more than 200 entries, is Sandy Maliki, a rare purebred desert dingo from Australia. […]