Food safety

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Takeaways in poor parts of England more likely to fail on hygiene
One in five takeaways in some areas of UK did not satisfactorily meet required standards, data shows

Carmen Aguilar García and Pamela Duncan

01, Jan, 2023 @3:21 PM

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‘Too much’ nitrite-cured meat brings clear risk of cancer, say scientists
Call for UK government ban of chemical in processed meat such as bacon and ham after mice tumours study

David Batty

27, Dec, 2022 @7:36 PM

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Australians reassured spinach in supermarkets is safe as sales drop 30% in wake of poisonings
Bags containing toxic thornapple leaves have been recalled but cautious shoppers are still leaving the vegetable on supermarket shelves

Cait Kelly

22, Dec, 2022 @8:21 AM

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Weed responsible for hallucinogenic spinach recall identified as thornapple
Riviera Farms says Victorian health authorities confirmed nightshade had contaminated harvest, with neighbouring crops now being destroyed

Guardian staff

21, Dec, 2022 @9:37 AM

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‘Likely a nightshade’: Australians urged not to seek out spinach products for recreational high
Warning comes as more than 130 people who ate range of contaminated fresh food items suffer symptoms including hallucinations and delirium

Tamsin Rose

18, Dec, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Recall extended over spinach contamination caused by leafy green ‘weed’ on Victorian farm
Authorities say recalled spinach which causes delirium and hallucinations has affected more than 120 people across Australia

Tamsin Rose

18, Dec, 2022 @7:07 AM

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Victoria police to prosecute pitch invaders; more contaminated spinach cases in Queensland – as it happened
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Nino Bucci (now) and Royce Kurmelovs (earlier)

18, Dec, 2022 @6:27 AM

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Authorities investigating severe food poisoning outbreak at NSW Central Coast hotel
Almost 70 people of the 230 who attended a Terrigal conference have been struck down and 27 have confirmed salmonella infections

Melissa Davey Medical editor

07, Dec, 2022 @6:14 AM

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Coroner calls for UK anaphylaxis register after Pret a Manger deaths
Families of customers who died after eating food containing allergens welcome report urging reforms

Steven Morris

05, Dec, 2022 @11:18 AM

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‘I want Nestlé to explain’: families fight for answers in Buitoni E coli scandal
Pizza night turned to tragedy after Nathan Aïech, 8, died from an infection linked to E coli. A group of 48 families have filed a €250m civil suit for gross negligence against Nestlé France

Angelique Chrisafis in Paris

27, Oct, 2022 @11:00 AM

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Watchdog warns over eating food past use-by date amid UK cost of living squeeze
One in three people surveyed for FSA had eaten food past its use-by date in past month to save money

Christy Cooney

20, Oct, 2022 @11:56 AM

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Cheap, delicious - and only three years out of date: my week of eating food past its best-before
Some buy it to save money; others to save the planet. The market for ageing food is booming – but what’s it like and is it safe?

Harry Wallop

15, Oct, 2022 @8:00 AM

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