February 28, 2010

1 to 5 Stars

1 Australian Eateries to Display Hygiene Ratings

Restaurants in Brisbane, Australia, will be "voluntarily" encouraged to display their food safety inspection ratings under a new Eat Safe scheme launched by mayor Campbell Newman. The ratings range from 1 star to 5 stars, with 3 stars and above indicating very good to excellent performance in meeting Australia's food safety standards. The scheme is backed by various restaurant and hospitality organizations. Los Angeles, California, pioneered this kind of "scarlet letter" restaurant transparency system, and restaurant sanitation compliance has reportedly risen drastically since it went into effect. Ironically, one of the benefits to Brisbane restaurants that gain a 5-star rating will be fewer inspections, so Brisbaners may want to patronize 4-star restaurants instead.

More at Brisbane Times | Hat tip to BarfBlog | Posted 8 years ago by Mark

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Day in the Life of a Sanitarian

2 Anatomy of a Surprise Restaurant Inspection

Austin, Texas, recently posted a video from their Health and Human Services Department showing what a "sanitarian" (restaurant inspector) does during an unannounced restaurant inspection. Mark Parsons walks through a typical inspection. In addition to restaurants, convenience stores, food warehouses, day care centers, and schools are subject to inspection.

More at YouTube (Austin Government Channel) | Hat tip to BarfBlog | Posted 8 years ago by Mark

Previously:

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Annual Presidential Physical

3 President Obama is Still Smoking

President Obama passed his annual physical with flying colors, but was warned by personal physician Jeffrey Kuhlman that he needed to improve his diet to reduce his cholesterol levels, and he needed to continue to make efforts to completely stop smoking cigarettes. Last June the president admitted that he still occasionally smoked, and in the 8 months since he apparently has not been able to quit for good. The president's weight has not increased, and is lower than average, suggesting that he is fit and active. Dr. Kuhlman said that the president's choloesterol levels might indicate the future use of static cholesterol drugs if the president cannot bring his numbers down through dietary measures.

More at USA Today | Posted 8 years ago by Mark

Tags: Cigarettes, Tobacco, Barack Obama, Smoking

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But Vaccine Refusals are Rare

4 1 in 4 Parents Believes in Vaccine-Autism Link

In a study based on data from a year ago, 1 in 4 parents stated that they believe that some childhood vaccines could precipitate autism. Nevertheless 9 in 10 parents believed that vaccination is helpful in preventing dangerous childhood diseases, suggesting that despite some doubts parents still support vaccinations. The belief that vaccination is related to autism was born from a 1998 study published in the prestigious British medical journal The Lancet. The editors of The Lancet recently retracted the study because of findings that the study's author had acted dishonestly and unethically in conducting and reporting his research results. In 2008 there were major measles outbreaks in several states, caused in part by the growing number of unvaccinated children.

More at AP (via Yahoo News) | Posted 8 years ago by Mark

Previously: Babies of Older Mothers at Risk for Autism, Lancet Retracts Autism Study

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