Tagged: botulism

Is science censored? - Mere Conjecture

Jack Auty Aug 03, 2016

There was a recent piece in New Zealand news about mass governmental censorship of scientists. Starting with apocalyptic images of the Fukushima nuclear power plant incident to instill fear, they painted a picture of mass governmental meddling with scientists reporting their results, with the clear insinuation that our lives could be at risk because of this censorship. To give … Read More

Report of independent inquiry into Fonterra botulism scare released - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Oct 29, 2013

Today saw the release of the report by the independent inquiry into the contamination of whey powder that lead to the Fonterra botulism scare in August this year. At 165 pages its not exactly light reading. The inquiry team, comprised of Jack Hodder QC (a lawyer), Jacob Heida (an expert in whey production processes and standards … Read More

Details of new botulinum toxin censored to stop ‘misuse’ - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Oct 15, 2013

Clostridium botulinum,* the bacterium that turned out not to be contaminating a heap of New Zealand made infant formula a few months ago, is at the centre of a new scare. This time it’s the discovery of a strain of the bacterium for which there is no treatment. C. botulinum produces neurotoxins that prevent acetylcholine from being released from the … Read More

Fonterra saga rumbles on – and just how common is C. sporogenes in cans of baby formula? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Sep 09, 2013

The Fonterra ‘not botulism’ story continues to rumble on with Crown Research Institute AgResearch releasing a statement saying they didn’t confirm botulism in the Fonterra samples they ran through the mouse bioassay, merely flagged the need for further testing. Then came the revelation that it was the death of one mouse out of five … Read More

Botulism or not? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Sep 01, 2013

MPI says Fonterra whey powder not contaminated with botulism-toxin producing bacterium. Over the past few days I’ve been contacted by a number of journalists asking how this case of mistaken identity could have been made. “What did they do wrong?” has been the main question. To answer that we need to know all the details of the experiments and see … Read More

A dirty pipe, a "vet" and wild claims about C. botulinum - Guest Work

Guest Work Aug 16, 2013

by Dr Heather Hendrickson, Lecturer, Molecular Biosciences, Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, Massey University When anthrax spores (Bacillus anthracis) were sent in the mail in the US, the response was media hype and mass hysteria.  In the aftermath, there were calls for routine detection and some of these have been put into place. Dr. Heather Hendrickson In fact, the Anthrax … Read More

Could the Fonterra botulism scare be down to herbicide use and GM crops? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Aug 15, 2013

According to an article in the Stuff, Matamata veterinarian Frank Rowson says the contamination of Fonterra’s whey powder with the toxin-producing bacterium Clostridium botulinum is linked to contamination of the food chain by glyphosate weed killers. Glyphosate is better known as the Monsanto product Round Up, to which the company developed genetically resistant crops … Read More

Fonterra botulism scare – some useful links - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Aug 06, 2013

As the Fonterra botulism story continues to rage in the media, here are a few links that people might find useful. Fonterra Managing Director Gary Romano talking on Radio NZ Morning Report this morning – he confirms its the bacterium they have identified in the whey powder, not the toxin. Microbiologists Prof John Brook and … Read More

Botulism scare: how is Clostridium botulinum and its toxin detected? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Aug 05, 2013

With news that all Nutricia Karicare Infant Formula Stage 1 and Stage 2 Follow-on formula should be avoided, the Fonterra botulism scare continues to rumble on. Fonterra Managing Director Gary Romano appeared on Campbell Live tonight where he said that it was the toxin rather than the bacterium Clostridium botulinum that had … Read More

Fonterra scare: the other side of Botox - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Aug 04, 2013

Fonterra is currently in the midst of its third scare in as many years, with news that over 30 tonnes of whey powder concentrate manufactured at the Hautapu plant in Waikato has been contaminated with the soil bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The contamination happened back in May 2012, caused by a faulty pipe, and there … Read More