Cameras everywhere: Student filmed allegedly spitting in roommates’ food, adding poison

Police say a University of South Carolina student has been arrested after her roommates set up a camera and caught her spitting and putting window cleaner in their food.

security-camera-iconInvestigators told media outlets the roommates set up the camera because they had several arguments with 22-year-old Hayley King and she refused to leave their off-campus apartment.

Columbia police say the camera caught King taking several containers of food out of a refrigerator in February and spitting or spraying window cleaner into them. Authorities say one of the roommates ate out of one of the containers before seeing the video.

King is charged with unlawful, malicious tampering with human drug product or food. Her lawyer didn’t respond to a request to comment.

10 sick; Croations in Italy hospitalized for food poisoning

At least 10 supporters of Cedevita Zagreb, a Croatian professional basketball team, were sickened during a trip to Sardinia.

Saturday there was a huge dinner on a farm, Sunday lunch in a restaurant with a menu based on fish. But something did not work and when the Cedevita Zagrebfans arrived at PalaSerradimigni, they began to twitch in the throes of an excruciating stomach ache that forced them to overshadow the game (something probably lost in translation).

Rubbing alcohol? Woman charged over poisoned juice at California Starbucks store

A California woman who police say planted two bottles of tainted orange juice at a San Jose Starbucks has been charged with attempted murder, a police spokesman said Tuesday.

Ramineh Behbehanian, 50, is accused of adding rubbing alcohol to the contents of the bottles and then placing them into a refrigerated display sbucksorangejuicecase, Police Sgt. Jason Dwyer told reporters.

“According to our San Jose firefighters that were on scene and the fire captain there — they really are the experts there — it was a lethal dose,” he said.

Behbehanian was arrested Monday after a customer spotted her allegedly pulling out two bottles of orange juice from a bag and putting them in the display case, he said.

The customer reported it to employees, according to police. The customer also got a license plate number, and investigators later traced the plate to Behbehanian’s residence, Starbucks spokesman Zack Hutson said.

The employees immediately pulled the bottles of orange juice from the display case, and the store was evacuated until firefighters could determine the contents of the bottles, Hutson said.

Hitler’s former food-taster tells all

Peter Elbling has lead what seems an interesting and varied live. A founder of the Times Square Two, a frequent guest of TV shows like Taxi and WKRP in Cincinnati, and the co-author of what would become the movie, Honey I Blew Up the Kid.

In 2003, he published his first novel, The Food Taster, telling the story of Ugo DiFonte and his teenaged daughter Miranda as they are Margot from their farm and spirited away to Duke Federico Basillione DiVincelli’s estate. Ugo thinks life can’t get any worse…until he is forced to replace the recently de-tongued royal food taster. Now Ugo must stay alive–a difficult prospect considering the prince’s myriad of enemies and their poisons–to protect Miranda from her suitors and desires, and somehow hold the unruly court together.

I’ve read about half the book.

Food tasters have been used for thousands of years to sorta protect those in power from the many poisons out there. Doesn’t work so well with microorganisms like Listeria that may take six weeks to incubate, but other procedures have been developed.

There’s recurrent stories of U.S. Presidential food tasters, that are always denied, but the Food and Drug Administration does takes an role in food prep for the President, and especially at large political gatherings.

Maybe one of the worst jobs was as the food taster for Adolph Hitler.

Margot Woelk was one of fifteen girls who spent two-and-a-half years testing Adolf Hitler’s all-veggie diet to make sure it wasn’t poisoned, telling Stars and Stripes, “The food was delicious, only the best vegetables, asparagus, bell peppers, everything you can imagine. And always with a side of rice or pasta. But this constant fear — we knew of all those poisoning rumors and could never enjoy the food. Every day we feared it was going to be our last meal.”

Cyclists barfing: Tour de Langakwi peloton struck down by illness

I didn’t know what a peloton was until Frenchy was watching the Tour de France when I was around.

She said she knew they were all doped up, but not her elementary school friend, leviand she watched it mainly for the scenery of France.

Her friend was doped up.

That may not have felt as bad as the cyclists at Tour de Langkawi did as illness ripped through the peloton on Thursday night, with suspected food poisoning the most likely cause for the mass exodus from the race. Ten riders in all failed to either start or finish the stage.

Barfing at the BAFTAs

While Anne Hathaway delivered what some called a vomit-inducing acceptance speech at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards on Saturday, and while Argo won again but no one mentioned Canada’s role in getting those hostages out of Iran, Eddie Redmayne was backstage barfing.

I had to look up who Eddie Redmayne was, but realized I enjoyed his performance in The Good Shepherd, and he’s apparently in that French movie (see Anne Hathaway in the Zach clip below).

Eddie was slated to present an award with Lincoln’s Sally Field but was forced to pull out at the last minute. When Sally took to the stage, she said, “He is puking his guts out backstage.”

According to a source cited by Perez Hilton, “Eddie has bad food poisoning. It was a difficult for him to make it here today but he did his best. After doing the carpet he felt really sick again.”

Did pilot who passed out during flight have food poisoning?

Doctors believe food poisoning or a flu virus caused an Alaska Airlines pilot to pass out on a Seattle-bound flight that was diverted to Portland otto.airplaneThursday night, an airline spokeswoman said.

Alaska Airlines Flight 473 from Los Angeles to Seattle landed in Portland Thursday night after the pilot passed out. The copilot landed the Boeing 737 safely at Portland International Airport shortly after 9 p.m. and the pilot was taken to the hospital, officials said.

No one was injured.

Six Afghan policemen poisoned then shot by colleagues

Food poisoning has, for centuries, been a preferred way to dispose of rivals.

Still going strong in Afghanistan.

“A cook and a policeman first food-poisoned their colleagues in their post, and after they fell unconscious they were shot dead,” provincial spokesman Ahmad Zeerak told AFP on Saturday.

He said the policeman involved in the shooting had been arrested but the cook was still at large.

Farid Ahmad Farhang, a provincial police spokesman, confirmed the incident.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, according to purported spokesman Yousif Ahmadi, who said eight policemen were

Afghan police are the key force in supporting US-led NATO forces in a war against Taliban militants.

Guam says most foodborne illness comes from homes

In May 2011, 370 students in five of Guam’s southern schools became ill after a breakfast of an egg salad sandwich, fruit and milk.

But Jian Yang, an associate professor of food science with University of Guam’s College of Natural Applied Sciences, Cooperative Extension Service, says data from the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services show that 63 percent of foodborne illnesses in Guam occur in the private home. Foodborne illness is estimated to occur for one out of four Guam residents at least once per year. Obviously, foodborne illness prevention at home is essential.

Anyone who has to write “obviously” is compensating for something.

Yang also writes that based on a survey of 200 individuals in 17 villages, the high frequency of foodborne illness on Guam may be attributable to storing food at unsafe temperatures, cooking food improperly, and consuming risky foods.

I’m not familiar with the data cited, but any time someone tries to point fingers, it’s easy to find holes in the data.

We’ve reviewed most of the publicly available data and seen estimates of the home as the source of foodborne illness vary from 11-84 per cent. And most of the data sucks. If a person eats peanut butter or spinach at home, they might get sick at home, but the contamination was beyond the control of the consumer.

Jacob, C.J. and Powell, D.A. 2009. Where does foodborne illness happen—in the home, at foodservice, or elsewhere—and does it matter? Foodborne Pathogens and Disease, 6(9): 1121-1123.

Foodservice professionals, politicians, and the media are often cited making claims as to which locations most often expose consumers to foodborne pathogens. Many times, it is implied that most foodborne illnesses originate from food consumed where dishes are prepared to order, such as restaurants or in private homes. The manner in which the question is posed and answered frequently reveals a speculative bias that either favors homemade or foodservice meals as the most common source of foodborne pathogens. Many answers have little or no scientific grounding, while others use data compiled by passive surveillance systems. Current surveillance systems focus on the place where food is consumed rather than the point where food is contaminated. Rather than focusing on the location of consumption—and blaming consumers and others—analysis of the steps leading to foodborne illness should center on the causes of contamination in a complex farm-to-fork food safety system.

90 police in Peru sickened with food poisoning

BBC reports more than 90 police officers at a jungle base in Peru have been taken to hospital with food poisoning.

The officers developed fever, nausea and stomachaches after eating chicken soup at Mazuco police base in Tambopata province, officials say.

Police said they would investigate the suppliers of the meals.

The police officer said 150 police had been taken to the medical post on the base, but many had to be moved to hospitals because the base did not have enough medication.

One of the officers who fell ill told local media he and his colleagues had been "poisoned with bad food, dirty meat, and eggs and fish that were off."

The area has been the scene of violent clashes between the security forces and miners protesting against tougher penalties for illegal operations.