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DOCTORS & RESEARCHERS CONTINUE SEARCH FOR CLUES ON GERMANYS DEADLY E. COLI OUTBREAK....

FOODBORNE ILLNESS INVESTIGATIONS

More Details on the Mysterious German Microbe
BY ROSS ANDERSON | JUN 24, 2011



Bit by bit, gene by gene, doctors and researchers in Germany and around the globe are cobbling together a profile of the microbe responsible for Europe's alarming outbreak of food poisoning.


Even as the grim toll climbed to 3,800 sick and 44 deaths, online articles in medical journals continue to shed light on the suspect bacteria known as E. coli O104:H4. And the authors appear to support the conclusion that the rare strain has properties that make it unusually toxic to its victims.


"Taken together, these data suggest that the pathogen in the current outbreak is exceptionally virulent," concluded a team of German doctors whose article waspublished online this week by the New England Journal of Medicine.


However, health authorities in the U.S. continued to cast doubt on the staggering statistics coming out of Germany. While the epidemic has undoubtedly been unusual, …

PORT OF FELIXSTOWE: UNITED KINGDOM'S LARGEST PORT FOR FRUITS & VEGETABLES

Port of Felixstowe (PFL) is the largest container port in the UK and one of the largest in Europe. 

PFL is a member of the Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH)Group.

HPH, a subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL), is the world's leading port investor, developer and operator. 
The HPH network of port operations comprises 51 ports, spanning 25 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australasia. 

Over the years, HPH has expanded internationally into other logistics and transportation-related businesses. These include cruise ship terminals, airport operations, distribution centres, rail services, and ship repair facilities.
http://www.portoffelixstowe.co.uk/

MANGO FESTIVALS ARE IN FULL SWING IN GURGAON, INDIA

Mango festivals adding flavour to the season                                           

Bhawna Gandhi, TNN | Jun 25, 2011, 04.05am IST





Gurgaon: Come summer and it is time to savour mangoes. Succulent, fleshy, juicy and sweet, this seasonal fruit adds flavour to the otherwise sultry, long and hot summers.

Keeping this popular sentiment in mind, hotels and restaurants in Gurgaon are hosting several festivals to celebrate the season with the 'king of fruits'.

With delectable names like Mango Mania, Mango Mayhem or Mango Indulgence, these festivals are offering a variety of items like drinks, salads, dishes and desserts – all prepared from mangoes.

Radisson Suites, Sushant Lok, has been hosting a mango festival for almost a month now – on offer are a variety of cakes and desserts.

"We keep hosting several festivals depending upon the season. Being the favourite fruit in summer, the pastry shop – Cakewalk – has some scrumptious offerings. One can sip into the fresh mango-fl…

PAKISTANI MANGOES WILL BE STAYING CLOSER TO HOME THIS YEAR....

Mango festival: The ‘king of fruit’ does not get royal welcome by exporters
By Z Ali
Published: June 25, 2011


A woman inspects the different varieties of mangoes on display at a Mango festival in Hyderabad. PHOTO: SHAHID ALI/EXPRESS

HYDERABAD:

Over 25 different varieties of mangoes — even of all shapes and sizes — were displayed at the three-day mango festival at the Expo Centre to promote the fruit’s international trade. 

But only a few direct export orders were placed to the farmers.

As many as 15 stalls of mango farms from Tando Allahyar, Nawabshah, Mirpurkhas, Hyderabad, Sanghar, Matiari and Tando Muhammad Khan districts are set up at the exhibition organised by the Hyderabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HCCI) and the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP).

Munir Ahmed Nizamani became the first among the fortunate farmers to be given an export order at the festival. 
Nizamani, who expects to earn Rs450,000 from this deal every day, told The Express Tribune that an exporter f…

A WORD OF CAUTION FOR HOT WATER TREATMENT FACILITIES: PROPER PROTOCOLS MUST BE FOLLOWED IN ORDER TO AVOID SAMONELLA OUTBREAKS....

By Will Cavan
Executive Director
International Mango Organization (IMO)
Vista, California


June 24, 2011






In this time of Heightened awareness of the critical nature and suseptibility of our Global Food supply, it is important to keep in mind the precarious nature of Hot Water treatment tanks.


They have been referred to as "A petrie dish for bacterial growth" when not properly managed.


What follows is an article from the Oxford Journal about a salmonella enterica outbreak that was traced to a HWT facility in Brazil back in 1999:






"Fresh produce increasingly is recognized as an important source of salmonellosis in the United States. In

December 1999, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention detected a nationwide increase in Salmonella serotype Newport (SN) infections that had occurred during the previous month. 





SN isolates recovered from patients in this cluster had indistinguishable pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) patterns (which identified
the outbreak strain), sugge…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: "THREE MISTAKES" By Admiral Chester Nimitz

Subject: The Three Big Mistakes




A note from a third party:

"Tour boats ferry people out to the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii every thirty minutes. 
We just missed a ferry and had to wait thirty minutes. 
I went into a small gift shop to kill time. In the gift shop, I purchased a small book entitled, "Reflections on Pearl Harbor" by Admiral Chester Nimitz.

Sunday, December 7th, 1941--

AdmiralChester Nimitz was attending a concert in Washington D.C. 
He was paged and told there was a phone call for him. 
When he answered the phone, it was President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on the phone. 
He told Admiral Nimitz that he (Nimitz) would now be the Commander of the Pacific Fleet. Admiral Nimitz flew to Hawaii to assume command of the Pacific Fleet.



He landed at Pearl Harbor on Christmas Eve, 1941. 
There was such a spirit of despair, dejection and defeat--you would have thought the Japanese had already won the war. 
On Christmas Day, 1941, Adm. Nimitz was given a boat tour of the destr…

A STRANGE TAKE ON THE WAR ON DRUGS.....

The global drug war and the Nixon connection

Failed policies in the war against drugs have historical roots in the foreign policy objectives of powerful nations.

Paul Rosenberg Last Modified: 05 Jun 2011 08:20




Border patrol officers on the Mexico-US border have long struggled with contolling drug trafficking [GALLO/GETTY]

On June 2, a report form the prestigious Global Commission on Drug Policy told the world what it already knew: the decades-long war on drugs has been a spectacular failure.

"The global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world,"said the report in its executive summary, "fundamental reforms in national and global drug control policies are urgently needed.”

As one indication of how badly the war on drugs has failed, the report cited UN data showing a 34.5 per cent increase in opiate use from 1998 to 2008, along with a 27 per cent increase in cocaine and an 8.5 per cent increase in cannabis.

It went on …

SINALOA, MEXICO; THE DEADLIEST STATE FOR REPORTERS WHO CHOSE TO COVER THE DRUG CARTELS...

Witness



The Deadliest Beat

A look at the journalists who are determined to report the grim truth about Mexico's violent drug war.



Witness Last Modified: 15 Jun 2011 10:00



Filmmaker: Rick Rowley


The daily headlines in the Mexican media are filled with the litany of death and violence that is Mexico today.


The Deadliest Beat is the inside story of Mexico's drug war as seen through the work of two newspapers in Sinaloa.


As the journalists risk their lives to cover - and uncover - the story, the dangers of their work unfold.


Photojournalist Ernesto Martinez reflects on the personal cost to him and his family of his work, while he follows and films the grim fallout of drug wars.


And the newsmen of the weekly paper Riodoce tackle the complex politics behind the war on drugs, chasing stories that more than hint at collusion and corruption from high places.


Two days, two newspapers and a grim look at those who are determined to report the truths of Mexico's bloody drug war.








The…

THE CORPORATE CULTURE OF THE NMB: WHAT ARE THE VALUES OF THE NMB???...IS TRANSPARENCY ONE OF THEM???

IMO NOTE: COMPETION IS GOOD....Equal access is even better....freedom to express one's opinion is best and respecting each others' right to do so is PEACE ...(Benito Juarez, former President of Mexico)
The NMB desires to exist in a vacuum not accepting any other point of view than their own...when challenged, the culture at the NMB chooses to attack and trivialize..rather than embrace a dialogue on critical issues...and seek what is best for the grower / shipper and the USA consumer...the ultimate objective of a marketing order or Board....



From Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Value_(personal_and_cultural)
A personal and/or cultural value is an absolute or relative ethical value, the assumption of which can be the basis for ethical action. 
A value system is a set of consistent values and measures. 
A principle value is a foundation upon which other values and measures of integrity are based. 
Those values which are not physiologically determined and normally considered objec…