• Posted: June 11th, 2012 - 7:38am by Doug Powell

    Salad stigma persists in Germany.

    A bad salad at a German hotel might have caused the food poisoning that sickened 10 players of European Championship co-host Ukraine before their final warm-up game against Turkey on Tuesday.

    Ukraine team doctor Leonid Mironov believes the weakened players suffered from “the bad effects of eating a salad,” the Interfax news agency reported Thursday.

    Team spokesman Oleksandr Glyvynskiy told The Associated Press there will be no further investigation into the cause of the food poisoning, despite head coach Oleg Blochin suggesting on Ukrainian TV that “it may have been sabotage.”

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  • Posted: June 3rd, 2012 - 1:36pm by Doug Powell

    Some 83 tourists were hospitalized Wednesday due to an outbreak of food poisoning in the seaside city of Bodrum, about 790 km south of Turkey's Istanbul.

    A provincial health director said that the tourists had been diagnosed with nausea and heavy stomach aches.

    Officials from Food, Agriculture and Animal Breeding ministry took samples of the food and drinks that the tourists might have consumed.

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  • Posted: May 11th, 2012 - 4:33am by Doug Powell

    Ten years ago, armchair epidemiologist and fidelity poster boy Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers (apparently a basketball team) came down with food poisoning after eating a room service dinner of a cheeseburger and cheesecake at the Lakers' Sacramento hotel. The Lakers won.

    Last night, Bryant was again suffering from gastro but the Denver Nuggets crushed the Lakers, 113-96, forcing a game 7 in their playoff series.

    Bryant was not available for comment before the game, ignoring reporters' questions as he walked from the bus into the arena and down a corridor to the locker room. He headed directly for the training room.

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  • Posted: April 5th, 2012 - 10:25am by Doug Powell

    Three-year-old Sorenne is doing her best Jeremy Lin.

    Started at 9:30 p.m. Brisbane time with explosive vomit involving volume and chunks of undigested and curdled stuff.

    Then another.

    She’s at about vomit number seven, lying beside me on the couch, sleeping for 15 minutes and then gasping before the next vomit. Little containers don’t work so well with little kids; I have a pail on the floor.

    It’s classic foodborne illness, which means I’m wracked with guilt. I buy all the food; I prepare all the food; I make her lunch; I nag at the school about petting zoos and handwashing. Even the French professor chimed in with her diagnosis of norovirus.

    That’s how food safety infects and inflects our lives.

    Yesterday was the Easter celebration at school, so lots of chocolate was involved, but that’s not what’s involved here. Just a feeling of helplessness, self-doubt and concern. It happened with all my other kids growing up, it’ll probably happen again, but it sucks.

    And then there’s the laundry.

    Famed basketball star Jeremy Lin tried to run an online Facebook Q&A yesterday just hours after undergoing knee surgery.

    Until he threw up.

    As reported by Mashable, the numbers and demographics of the Facebook chat are pretty astounding. According to The Wall Street Journal, 90% of participants were Asian and 50% were evangelical Christian. The average age of the chatters was 15, with males and females equally represented. And the thousands of participants asked more than 8,000 questions — a rate of about two per second.

    Lin answered a range of questions including his biggest pet peeves, the video games he plays, how he stays humble and plans for rehabilitation.

    With the sheer volume of participants and the rate of participation, the session turned out to be a “tremendously disorienting experience,” according to The Wall Street Journal.

    And it wasn’t just that way for the viewers. Lin, still reeling after his surgery, had to interrupt his own chat for some post-surgery puking — which he announced on Facebook as well:

    “WOW just threw up in the middle of the Q&A lol. time to get some rest but before i go just wanna say much love to all you fans! thanks to you guys who make MSG the best arena and thanks to all the NY media/beat writers for all your hard work in getting information to the fans. goodnight!”

    More than 43,000 people liked his vomiting update alone.

    We’re not famous. Explosive diarrhea three just accompanied vomit eight.


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  • Posted: April 4th, 2012 - 5:42am by Doug Powell

    It’s not often the New South Wales Food Authority is mentioned along with Shakespeare.

    But the health types have been brought in after the Opening Night performance of Bell Shakespeare’s Macbeth was cancelled due to severe illness amongst the company.

    Bell have been forced to recategorise the performance on Wednesday 4 April as a preview performance for family and friends after cast members Dan Spielman (Macbeth), Ivan Donato (Macduff) and Robert Jago (Malcolm) as well as Assistant Director John Kachoyan all contracted severe food poisoning. Two of the group had to be admitted to hospital as a result of their illness, with the other two members bed-ridden for several days.

    Other opening night guests will be contacted and moved to another performance next week, with the season set to commence as planned on Thursday 5 April.

    The downgrading of the show's Opening Night follows the cancellation of the first three previews of the production, that had been scheduled for Friday 30 March, Saturday 31 March and Sunday 1 April.

    Bell Shakespeare General Manager, Christopher Tooher said in a statement that “the condition of the four affected Company members is being constantly monitored. All are now showing significant signs of improvement and we aim to go ahead with a preview tomorrow night, with a second preview now scheduled for Wednesday 4 April.

    "We are currently working with the NSW Food Authority regarding the source of the food poisoning."

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  • Posted: February 24th, 2012 - 3:35am by Doug Powell

    Captain Kirk told the ladies of The View on Monday that his one-man Broadway show, Move out of your parent’s basement and get a life Shatner’s World: We Just Live in It, was spoiled by food poisoning.

    The armchair epidemiologist figured it was a Klingon hamburger.

    The veteran’s one-man show was met with a standing ovation and rave reviews but his night of celebrations were cut short after he fell ill.

    Shatner previously appeared on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America Friday to recount his magical evening, saying, “Opening night on Broadway… Well I’d love to say I absorbed every second of it but I got food poisoning. So the lack of absorption was really good.”

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  • Posted: November 29th, 2011 - 4:27am by Doug Powell

     Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was admitted to hospital Tuesday morning due to diarrhea caused by food poisoning, the Thai government said.

    Yingluck now stays in Rama 9 hospital in downtown Bangkok and she has not canceled any schedule yet, an official at the Government House told Xinhua.

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  • Posted: August 30th, 2011 - 8:40pm by Doug Powell

    The first Irishman to play at the U.S. Open, Conor Niland, withdrew during his first-round match against Novak Djokovic after suffering food poisoning following a meal of pork and salad at a fancy Manhattan restaurant.

    "I got sick everywhere after my 30-minute warm-up. I thought I could bluff my way through but you can't do that against the number one in the world, I just found out. I thought I was going to vomit after long points. I just felt really, really rotten out there."

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  • Posted: August 24th, 2011 - 8:56pm by Doug Powell

    Gambling can be dangerous to your health.

    Health chiefs are investigating a possible food poisoning incident after 11 people fell ill at a racecourse.

    Three people needed hospital treatment after visiting Hamilton Park racecourse in South Lanarkshire on Monday.

    They have since been discharged and are recovering well, as are the other eight people, NHS Lanarkshire said.

    Dr David Cromie, consultant in public health medicine at NHS Lanarkshire, said, "A number of people became ill yesterday whilst at Hamilton races. Our initial investigations would suggest this was linked to the food they ate. No organism has been positively identified, as yet.”

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  • Posted: August 20th, 2011 - 6:58pm by Doug Powell

    Susie is a mysterious waitress who allegedly served the New Zealand All Blacks a dinner of food poisoning 48 hours before the 1995 Rugby World Cup in Johannesburg, which felled 27 of the 35-member squad. Or so the story goes.

    As the 2011 Rugby World Cup approaches, the Food Safety Authority has revealed that samples of food served to the team will be frozen to provide a record for food safety.

    And to ensure a level dietary playing field, Rugby World Cup 2011 will document all meals provided to all teams at the tournaments.

    But it’s not because of Susie.

    "We are following best practice,” said hospitality and logistics manager Ian Crowe, “so it's unrelated to those issues."

    Tournament organisers had been working with the authority for the past four years to ensure the best possible food safety.

    Teams and officials will be served 103,000 meals during this year's tournament.

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