One in four slaughterhouses are failing to take basic hygiene precautions to stop contaminated meat reaching high street butchers and supermarkets. An analysis of government audits carried out at more than 300 abattoirs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland identified major hygiene failings in more than a quarter of the meat plants. The failings could expose consumers to serious food poisoning illnesses such as E coli, salmonella or campylobacter. The investigation by the Observer and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has also revealed that official Food Standards Agency records were falsified to conceal true levels of meat contamination at an English abattoir. A whistleblower said data relating to contamination of carcasses was misrecorded to mask poor hygiene practices at the plant, potentially allowing dirty meat to enter the food chain. The most recent audit reports were analysed for 323 abattoirs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. One key test that slaughterhouses have … [Read more...] about Fears of ‘dirty meat’ entering food chain after 25% of abattoirs fail tests
Normal 2 hour glucose tolerance test
A cricket game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground was suspended after several players suffered blows from the ball due to divots in the pitch. The match was cancelled just 45 minutes into the second session of the Sheffield Shield between Victoria and Western Australia on Saturday. Three of the Western Australian batsmen were hit multiple times after the ball ricocheted off from the pitch, casting doubts over whether it'll be safe enough for the highly anticipated Boxing Day test. Shaun Marsh, Cameron Green and Marcus Stoinis were all hit after the ball unexpectedly bounced into them. Marsh and Stoinis were both struck in the helmet but the game was eventually abandoned after Stoinis went down after taking a blow to the ribs. The game was halted several times after each player was hit and they were assessed by medical staff. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next That's going to be VERY Dusty! Martin finally picks up his... The long tradition of Melbourne's Boxing Day test … [Read more...] about Cricket game is suspended due to the MCG’s dangerous pitch being deemed unsafe for players just weeks before the Boxing Day test
Look at this difficult puzzle. It's upsetting. It's a word search but only with dogs. Well, almost dogs. Mainly it's just random letters, as is the case with word searches. But wait. There is one dog. It's hidden away in some bushes, searching for its ball. We found the dog search thanks to food and travel journalist Victoria Stewart , who tweeted the puzzle on Wednesday. She said that after three hours, only fellow Twitter user George Eves had managed to find the 'dog'. Have a go at the brainteaser ... Thankfully, we managed to spot the dog. It's around the middle, running diagonally down from left to right. Can you find the dog? Where is the dog? Where, oh where, is the mystical dog? Here is the dog. Keep scrolling to see it... .... .... .... .... .... Read More Impossible homework and test questions … [Read more...] about After three hours, only one person found ‘dog’ in this ‘dog search’
TV election debates are still a bit of a novelty in the UK. Each time an election is called, there's the question of whether any will take place, how they will be organised and who will take part. Broadcasters are still experimenting - this time putting on two-way debates, seven-way debates, a climate change debate and a special youth audience debate, among other permutations.So is there room for improvement? And, if so, what might that look and sound like? Here are some expert suggestions. 1. Turn off the microphonesNo-one likes it when leaders interrupt and talk over each other. It puts the focus on confrontation rather than discussion and does little to showcase anyone's qualities as a potential prime minister. As US academic Bryan Van Norden puts it, writing for the Hipporeads website, "There is absolutely no professional or political context in which elegantly interrupting others or being interrupted by others is a useful skill."He suggests simply switching off leaders' … [Read more...] about General election 2019: Six ways to improve TV debates
Late last year, I woke up after a boozy night out and was immediately hit with the recollection of telling a disgusting story to the people I was having dinner with. I wasn’t sure if I was remembering it exactly as it happened, or whether my brain was adjusting the image to improve my behaviour. Either way, they had mild horror in their eyes. This has always been a potential social hazard for me, drunk or not. When you spend your day writing comedy, particularly with others, the discussion of jokes and how far to push things with a group of unoffendable colleagues means that your grasp of what is acceptable in normal conversation is often skewed. I have ruined more than one night out with other couples by making a joke about goat sex, only to find that: “Helen actually grew up on a farm and was triggered by what you said.” When drunk, things get even worse. I suddenly think I’m charming and hilarious. Goat sex is merely an hors d’oeuvre to my full range of … [Read more...] about I am an offensive, joke-shouting cyclops when drunk. But will I be worse sober?