Sample-based data model extended to veterinary drug residues

 As two Australian Football League players (the ice hockey of footie) claim their positive tests for clenbuterol came from steak consumed in New Zealand (that’s just scientifically BS, as cyclist Alberto Contador proved in 2010 ), the European Food Safety Authority is extending the use of its harmonised sample-based data reporting model to the collection of data on veterinary medicinal product residues in animals and animal products.

clenbuterol.aflSample-based reporting using standardized description elements is already used to collect occurrence data from Member States in areas such as food additives, chemical contaminants, pesticide residues and antimicrobial resistance. 

Monitoring data on veterinary medicinal product (VMP) residues are currently submitted annually in an aggregated format to a database maintained by the European Commission. EFSA then examines the data and presents the results in annual reports. However, aggregation does not lend itself to complex statistical analysis and is of limited value for quantitative exposure and risk assessments. The move to direct collection of data in a sample-based format will enable EFSA and the European Commission to tackle questions related to the risk assessment and risk management of VMP residues. 

Footie star suffers from Salmonella

I tried my hockey goalie re-debut in Australia and strained both my ACLs (that’s anterior cruciate ligament) within 10 minutes. Maybe I’ll prep better next time, or stick to coaching.

clay.smith.aflAussie rules football has become my second favorite sport because of the same randomness and aggressiveness of hockey (the ice kind, have to say that down here) but unfortunately for AFL rising star Clay Smith, he not only tore his ACL, he got Salmonella poisoning.

He’ll be out for the rest of the year.

Food allergy won’t floor Aussie rules footy player

I made a new friend last night in Germany, especially when I taunted him for saying the best music to come out of Canada was Rush.

I knew Rush was big in Europe, but not the best thing to come out of Canada when competing against The Guess Who, The Band, Neil Young, Sloan, Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo, Max Webster, David Wilcox, Teenage Head, Martha and the Muffins, and Alanis (in her early Debbie-Gibson-inspired-mall-dancing version).

At least I didn’t do my patented falsetto karaoke of Greedy Lee singing Closer to the Heart (And the men who hold high places …).

I also taunted my new friend for his lack of hockey knowledge, and proclaimed that all other sports would be far more interesting with full body contact – tennis, golf, baseball, basketball, lawn bowling and shuffleboard.

But the closest thing to the speed and mayhem of hockey that I’ve found is Australian rules football – AFL.

Fans will be relieved to know that West Coast midfielder Daniel Kerr is back to normal after overcoming a worrying case of food poisoning, but fellow on-baller Matt Priddis remains in doubt for Sunday’s AFL clash with St Kilda at Patersons Stadium.

Not only do they write like that down here, they talk like that. It’ll be awhile before I learn Australian.

AAP reported that Kerr’s eyes almost closed over and his face was left heavily swollen after suffering an adverse reaction to a meal on Monday, with teammate Nic Naitanui posting a graphic picture of Kerr’s plight on twitter.

Eagles’ coach John Worsfold was unsure what food caused the allergic reaction, but said West Coast’s medical staff treated the problem and Kerr had since made a full recovery.