151 sickened: Australian woman has emergency caesarean after eating at Sylvania bakery linked to food poisoning

A woman from Kiama Downs was forced to undergo an emergency caesarean after she says she became violently ill after eating a hot chicken roll from a Sydney bakery suspected of being at the centre of a food-poisoning outbreak.

c.section.sydney.bakeryFirst-time mother Ashley Buchanan remains in Wollongong Hospital after giving birth to her daughter, Ava, on Tuesday, five weeks before her due date.

Mrs Buchanan said she and her husband, Caine, had travelled to Sylvania, in Sydney’s south, for a birthing class at the weekend when they stopped at Box Village Bakery and Cafe for lunch about 1pm. Both she and her husband ate hot chicken rolls with gravy, she told the Illawarra Mercury from her hospital bed on Friday.

By 8pm, Mrs Buchanan was violently ill with intense cramping, vomiting and diarrhoea. Mr Buchanan drove her to Shellharbour Hospital about 1am on Monday. By then, he too was experiencing some of the same symptoms.

Mrs Buchanan was transferred to Wollongong Hospital, where doctors kept watch on her falling blood pressure and worsening loss of fluids. Doctors decided to operate when unborn Ava’s movements slowed.

c.section.sydney.bakery.2Mrs Buchanan told radio station 2UE earlier that she was admitted to the hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU) after the surgery.

“It was all quite frightening, because my blood pressure went right down; they had to rush me to ICU straight after the delivery,” she said.

“My husband was actually in hospital at the time, but because he was sick he wasn’t allowed to come into the theatre with me to see the birth, so it was all very stressful and frightening.”

“It wasn’t until the next day they told me they were so lucky that they made that call, because once they started the caesarean they found I had internal bleeding so it could have ended up much worse if they waited,” Mrs Buchanan told the Mercury.

Baby Ava ultimately arrived at 35 weeks and six days, weighing a healthy 2.9 kilograms.

Doctors told the family a younger baby of a lesser weight might not have withstood the stresses of food poisoning.

The South Eastern Sydney Local Health District said 151 people had now presented themselves at Sutherland and St George hospitals with food poisoning, and 27 had been admitted to those hospitals.

182 sick: Barf cruise ship docked in Sydney

The Explorer of the Seas arrived at around 6am on Wednesday with Royal Caribbean confirming 182 cases of a gastrointestinal illness among guests and crew of the 14-night trip.

mr.creosote.monty.python.vomit“Those affected by the short-lived illness have responded well to over-the-counter medication administered onboard the ship,” the statement issued on Wednesday said.

Paramedics were on stand-by as the 3,566 passengers and 1,139 crew members disembarked the Royal Caribbean Explorer, but no patients needed to be transported, am Ambulance NSW spokesman told AAP.

The ship and terminal will undergo enhanced cleaning and sanitisation to prevent any illness affecting future cruises as the ship prepares to depart for its next voyage on Wednesday evening.

With more than three per cent of the ship’s passengers struck down with the stomach bug, it is a legal obligation that health authorities be alerted.

The outbreak started on December 5 and peaked on December 11 and 12, but has since been decreasing, NSW health authorities told AAP.

Spam burger in Sydney

Amy was born in Albert Lea, Minnesota, next door to Austin, MN, the home of Spam.

spam.burgersProving that it really is 1978 in Australia, a popular Sydney bar is now serving a Spam burger.

Bloody Mary’s in Sydney’s Darlinghurst is known for its Instagram-worthy, American diner-style creations and of course, top-notch Bloody Marys made with homemade tomato juice.

The spam burger costs $16 and comes with grilled spam, bacon, lettuce, tomato, pineapple, mayonnaise and mustard.

“We put it on the menu two weeks ago and it’s going off, it’s crazy,” owner Cinta Rockey told news.com.au.

Australian students and staff struck down with salmonella poisoning after end of year event

Six members of the Double Bay Public School community were struck down with salmonella poisoning following a Year 6 farewell event.

school_logo_1318056958377_1318056958377_mSouth Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) public health unit director Mark Ferson confirmed the illnesses were linked.

An excerpt from the school’s Week 4 newsletter, written by principal Andrea Garling, said those who fell ill included students and staff.

Prof Ferson said the public health unit had been alerted to the December, 2014, incident following lab notifications of a particular strain of salmonella linked to the school event.

Due to privacy concerns he would not provide specific details of patient symptoms or treatment.

But they’re so cute: Bandicoots across northern Sydney infecting children with Salmonella

Germ-riddled bandicoots are terrorizing parents across northern Sydney by infecting their young children with dangerous Salmonella.

salm.bandicoot.aust.feb15NSW Health and a Sydney council have advised residents to modify their fences to stop bandicoots from burrowing into their properties.

The warning comes after 19 toddlers fell violently ill with gastroenteritis last year after ingesting Salmonella java found in bandicoot poop. The problem is so severe that Pittwater Council has had to close three parks and spend $285,000 ­replacing contaminated sand.

The northern beaches council ­recently sent out flyers to residents ­advising them how to bandicoot-proof their backyards with fine, ­galvanised fencing buried 15cm deep to keep the bug-carrying critters out and children safe.

Council general manager Mark Ferguson said that three playgrounds had been temporarily closed owing to the bandicoot bacteria.

“In each case NSW Health advised us to close the parks due to cases of gastroenteritis in young children caused by Salmonella java,” Mr Ferguson told The Daily Telegraph.

25 Japanese tourists isolated at Australia hospital

Twenty-five Japanese tourists have been isolated at a Sydney hospital after suffering from illness and vomiting.

vacation“Symptoms appear to be similar to food poisoning … it’s not confirmed but they are the kind of symptoms that we are looking at,” a southwestern Sydney local health district spokeswoman told AAP.

The tourists were on Tuesday isolated in part of Liverpool Hospital’s emergency department and measures to control any spread of a potential infection have been put in place.

Fined Sydney kitchen cleans up act while many others continue to break hygiene rules

Bankstown, Holroyd and Parramatta have dished out the highest number of food fines per resident, according to an analysis of government data.

Meatball or Kofta CurryNot handling food safely, unclean premises, failing to have handwashing facilities and in some cases, having rats and cockroaches in food preparation areas, were among the breaches.

Figures from the Office of State Revenue show food ­retailers in these locations have copped 266 fines totalling $154,220 since July last year.

Bankstown was also targeted by the NSW Food Authority recently over ­potential outbreaks of salmonella poisoning in Vietnamese pork rolls.

Khal Asfour, the mayor of Bankstown, said more money was needed for education programs for about 900 food retailers in his area.

“We make no apology for placing the health of our residents first and cracking down on food handling businesses which don’t do the right thing,” he said.

“Our food safety officers work hard to make sure that happens without funding ­assistance from the NSW Government.”

19 sick; Salmonella outbreak in Sydney linked to bandicoot droppings

Bandicoots have a bifurcated penis.

And are apparently Salmonella factories.

bandicoot.sydneyAn outbreak of Salmonella cases in children on the northern beaches in Sydney is being blamed on bandicoot droppings.

Northern Sydney Local Health District director of public health Dr Michael Staff said cases of the potentially deadly bacterial infection were rare, but there had been an unexplained spike that began in February.

“So far this year we’ve had 19 cases confirmed and while some have been traced to play area sand, it appears that many children may have been infected by contact with bandicoot droppings,” Dr Staff said.

The Northern Sydney Public Health Unit inspected the backyards of several patients and found bandicoot droppings collected at one property tested positive for the Salmonella Java.

Chicken wire mesh at least 50cm high and 15cm would stop bandicoots entering backyards.

Failing to name takeaway protects industry not consumers; 11 sick; Salmonella linked to pork rolls in Sydney

NSW Health has confirmed an outbreak of salmonella in Sydney’s north after 11 patients were admitted to two hospitals since Wednesday.

The suspected cause is pork rolls from a northern suburbs bakery. NSW Food Authority today confirmed it had launched an investigation pork.roll.sydneyfollowing a request from NSW Health.

Northern Sydney Local Health District said eight patients had been admitted to Hornsby Hospital this week after contracting salmonella. A further three patients were admitted to the Sydney Adventist Hospital nearby.

A 46-year-old woman and her mother both experienced symptoms including vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach cramps, headaches and fever.

The woman, who wished to remain unnamed, sought medical attention from her doctor and was not part of the 11 people admitted at the two hospitals.

“My mother and I were so sick on Tuesday night after eating from (the food outlet),” she said.

“I’m still having headaches and (my mother) is so sick she hasn’t been able to get to the hospital for treatment.”

“(NSW Food Authority) has prevented any further sale of the suspected food items from the outlet.”

He said there was no ongoing risk because the product is no longer for sale.

Food safety culture for produce in Australia

In public ways, Australia is 20 years in the food safety past, and so is my fashion.

One friend(?) says Amy or Sorenne need to dress me before I go out.

Looks aside, Amy says I give good talk, but we’re both American–something and not sure it goes over so well out in the colonies that are still British-esque.

FreshFruitPortal.com covered my chat with produce marketing folks in Sydney last week, where I stressed the importance of creating a food safety Doug-Powell-small.jun.13culture, rather than relying on regulation and government policies to provide businesses with secure and safe produce.

“Having lived here [Australia] for over (almost – dp) two years, I don’t see that public culture of food safety. There were 140 people sick in Canberra, because they were using raw eggs in mayo and yet there was no media coverage about it.

 “The thing I hear most in food safety, whether it’s produce or anything else is – ‘We’ve always done it this way and I’ve never made anyone sick’. What it probably means is that you don’t have the surveillance systems to pick it up.

“This is a reality – there will be outbreaks, like with rockmelon and peanuts in Australia and you as an industry have a chance to come together and get proactive, or wait until the next outbreak.”