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“Radiation in New Zealand food is not from Fukushima” ?

Posted by te2ataria on September 22, 2016

Raise your [third] hand if you can verify the following information:

“Two post-Fukushima meltdown studies [conducted by the government] have found radiation in New Zealand food: but fear not – it is merely harmless remains [REALLY?] from nuclear testing decades ago.

[FOOD SAFETY MUCH?]

“While conspiracy posts on social media may have people thinking that harmful levels of radiation were making their way to New Zealand, and into the seafood we eat, science has proven that is not the case [REALLY?]

“After the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami, which caused a meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries [MPI] commissioned two studies to look at radiation making its way into the New Zealand diet.

“By examining 40 foods including farmed salmon, shellfish and wild fish they have found that the radioactive version of caesium at levels less than 0.1 per cent of the international guidance limit for contamination.”

[REALLY?]

“Not only were the elements expected to be found in Fukushima fallout not present, but modelling showed it would be about 10 years before it reached New Zealand – and by then it would not be at harmful levels,” MPI mouthpiece said.

Other Selected Headlines:

Wellington Guillain-Barre Syndrome case under investigation

“A patient is in intensive care in Wellington Hospital with Guillain Barre Syndrome – the debilitating condition linked to campylobacter outbreaks such as the one that hit Havelock North.

[Water Safety Much?]

“However, health authorities say they are still investigating whether the Wellington case is linked to last month’s Hawke’s Bay outbreak which left an estimated 5200 the Havelock North residents suffering from gastro illness.”   http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/84507285/wellington-hospital-treating-guillain-barre-syndrome-patient

Queenstown’s The Helicopter Line has four crashes in three years

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/84499620/queenstowns-the-helicopter-line-has-four-snow-crashes-in-three-years

Indian man killed by train,  mobile phone blamed [NATURALLY!]

24-year-old Tejas Patel was hit and killed by a train at Auckland’s Morningside station. And in the old kiwi tradition the authorities, Transport Accident Investigation Commission,blame him, the victim, for the fatal collision.

[Rail Safety Much?]

The commission admitted, however, “there was insufficient protection at the bottom of the platform ramp to prevent pedestrians inadvertently walking out in front of trains.”

Nimesha Patel, the victim’s mother, has joined voices calling for safety at New Zealand rail crossings, following the incident which killed her only child.   http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/84536892/Pedestrian-killed-by-train-may-have-been-distracted-by-using-his-phone

Yet another body recovered near Kaitaia in the Far North

Police say they have recovered a body from a rural bush area 20 minutes east of Kaitaia. And … that they have been searching in the area since yesterday using cadaver dogs and a specialist search unit from Auckland.

“We believe the body may have been there for some time and it has been a methodical process to preserve any potential evidence. We have been assisted today by a Pathologist and several scientists from ESR in Auckland.”  http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/body-recovered-during-search-rural-area-east-kaitaia

[See if you can spot at least FOUR logical fallacies in the police statement.]

The F**ing Cowards of New Zealand

Father charged with fleeing Exclusive Brethren triple fatality

Exclusive Brethren Russell Stewart has pleaded not guilty to seven charges of driving under the influence of alcohol causing death or injury, and one charge of failing to remain at an accident.  http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11714784

Our Racist Justice System: A Korean-born New Zealand resident suspected of killing a woman in China should be extradited to China, frigging racist Justice Minister Amy Adams has decided [TWICE.]

Kyung Yup Kim, 41, who spent his 40th birthday in custody in 2015, has been held in custody without a charge for more than five years while the extradition process continued.

Kim, who has two teenage children, has repeatedly denied meeting the woman who was killed in Shanghai or having anything to do with her death in December 2009.

Kim’s lawyers said there was “overwhelming credible evidence of routine use of torture and ill-treatment” in China, particularly to extract confessions.

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NZ Health Alert No. 23 – Major Salmonella Outbreak

Posted by te2ataria on December 23, 2008

New Zealand Health Bulletin # 23. Major Salmonella Outbreak

Contaminated flour may be responsible for the national salmonella outbreak that has sickened about 50 people, says the New Zealand “Food Safety” Authority

Salmonella symptoms include diarrhea, stomach cramps, fever, nausea, vomiting and headache. So far five of the victims have been hospitalized.  A woman infected with salmonella mbandaka died in Nelson, in April.

Champion, Edmonds, Homelife and Pam’s brand flours with best-before dates between June and July 2009 are likely to be infected and should not be eaten raw. [Image.]

Safety Precautions

In New Zealand AVOID

  • Licking the spoon during baking
  • Eating raw batter or other mixes (such as cake or muffin)
  • Coming into contact with pets and farm animals (and people with pets and farm animals)
  • Swimming in untreated water
  • Consuming meat products
  • Drinking tap water

[Note: Health officials are warning bakers against licking their bowls!!]

“NZFSA compliance and investigation director Geoff Allen said investigations had found the relatively rare salmonella phage type 42 strain in bags of flour. The same strain had infected people across the country.” Source

For people outside New Zealand:

  • Avoid coming into contact with people traveling from New Zealand
  • Do not import or consume food products imported from New Zealand

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