Tagged: Clostridium

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

Monday Micro – A bacterial link to Multiple Sclerosis? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Oct 21, 2013

Today marks the start of International Open Access Week, a global event now entering its sixth year, aimed at encouraging wider participation in Open Access – that is, making the results of research freely & immediately available online, and giving others the right to use and re-use those results as needed. There were a number … 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 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